Hosted By Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club & DJ Clue,
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge Will Feature Performances by
Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Big Sean and some of
Basketball’s Biggest Names
New York, NY, (July 16, 2014) — It was announced today that The Entertainers Basketball Classic Inc., (EBC) — the most recognizable streetball tournament in the world — and LineRocket Entertainment present the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge, featuring four celebrity-coached teams by hip hop artists Fabolous, Wale and recently added, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana. Hosted by Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club & DJ Clue, the famous streetball tournament will bring its non-stop action-packed version of basketball from Rucker Park in Harlem to Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Tipping off at 4 p.m., the celebrity basketball challenge will also feature live performances by Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Big Sean and more.
“The Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park has been a breeding ground for some of the best and authentic streetball players in the world,” says EBC Founder Greg Marius. “This Barclays Center event will take what we do everyday in the summer for 2,000 people at Rucker Park to an unimaginable level at an NBA arena. With Fabolous, Wale, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana as celebrity coaches, July 27th at Barclays Center will be an unforgettable night of streetball and entertainment. It’s go hard or go home!”
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge will feature four celebrity-coached teams, from major cities, each trying to prove its city has the best basketball players. Each team will have three to five professionals and seven streetball players representing its city. There will be two semi-final games, as well as the championship for bragging rights, so the fans get to see three games for the price of one.
The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge 2014 features Wale’s Team DMV (DC/ Maryland/ Virginia) vs. French Montana’s Team Montana; and Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA. The final two teams will square off in the championship game.
EBC AMERICA CELEBRITY BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Wale’s Team DMV vs. French Montana’s Team Montana
Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA
Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, by visiting www.barclayscenter.com or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, June 21 at noon, if tickets are still available.
This year, the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge promises to bring out the best of the best celebrity coached teams and surprise appearances by some of the biggest names in music and professional basketball. Last year at the EBC in Rucker Park, special appearances included: NBA All-stars Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors, Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets, Tyreke Evans of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets and retired NBA players Shaquille O’Neal and Shawn Kemp. Also attending last year was newly appointed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, a long time tournament supporter. Musical artists and celebrities who made appearances last year and coached basketball teams included Rick Ross, R. Kelly, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka, Troy Ave, Vado, Swizz Beatz and Daymond John of ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
About The EBC:
The Entertainers Basketball Classic was founded by Greg Marius in 1982 in Harlem, NY and is one of the most recognizable streetball tournaments in the world. The EBC Tournament features a Men’s and Women’s division, as well as AAU Youth divisions. The Men’s division is one of only a few tournaments in New York to be sanctioned by the NBA and the NCAA. The EBC has played host to a lineup of A-list celebrities, athletes and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton, former NBA Commissioner David Stern, Denzel Washington, Beyoncé, Lebron James, David Duchovny, Michael Rappaport and music superstars who have been EBC team owners or celebrity coaches such as Jay-Z, Mary J.Blige, Alicia Keys, P.Diddy, Fat Joe, and Jermaine Dupri, among others. Throughout the years the tournament has attracted fans from all over the world and included more than 30 NBA professionals who have played in the EBC tournament such as Kevin Durant, David Lee, Kyrie Irving, Tyreke Evans, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Vince Carter, Kenyon Martin, Ron Artest, and more.