photos by Joe Martinez
The Jordan Breakfast Club event kicked off 2 days of non-stop basketball events at NY’s most famous outdoor basketball court, Rucker Park. The guests of honor were Jordan Brand representatives Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, and Carmelo Anthony, who were on hand to meet and greet the children from local communities. The children were given a chance to shoot hoops with them as well. It’s to be noted that the usual blacktop at Rucker Park was transformed into a hardwood basketball-ready court for World Basketball Festival. To the surprise of many, Michael Jordan made an appearance.
All the attending children were given full outfits, including a For the Love of the Game t-shirts, basketball shorts, and a pair of kicks, like the Air Jordan II University Blue and the Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor.
Given the opportunity to ball with CP3, Melo, and DWade, these kids weren’t holding anything back, but the players weren’t either.
Michael Jordan joined his three proteges in a Q & A session and presented a $23K donation to all the charities that attended involved with the event.
Melo, DWade, and CP3 hung back to answer questions from the media. But despite the prodding, Melo wouldn’t reveal his plans for free agency next season.