Recently traded (for nothing) Kyle Lowry was still in H-Town this past weekend to welcome “Streetball” back to the Lone Star state as the Ball Up tour buses came into town with their insane production setup and equally insane streetball legends.
For the past two weeks and for the upcoming month, the Ball Up tour will be travelling across the United States and reminding the basketball community what made the ESPN Streetball show & the And1 Mixtapes/Tour so popular 5-10 years ago. In every city the Ball Up Team made up of the best and most popular streetballers will take on the best ballers in each city coached by a NBA player.
What made Ball Up’s stop in Houston even more special was it was a homecoming for local baller and arguably the best dunker of all-time Air Up There aka Mr 720. AUT is most known for showing the world that a 720 dunk was possible and since then has made believers out of everybody from Drake to LeBron James by doing international events and winning the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown a few years back.
Another local baller/dunker named Sir Issac who spent the last 2 months on the road with the Sprite Showdown tour, was on the local All-Star team and he came out shooting surprising the Ball Up team with back to back jumpers and a couple tough shots. Streetball legend and former ABA and NBDL player Jerry Dupree bka The Assassin was also killing the Ball Up team early with his height and post up moves. Special FX and Air Up There didn’t disappoint by showing they were also unstoppable but trading buckets and a shoulder injury to Air Up There in the first half was a concern going into the half especially since Ball Up was without The Professor.
Just like the Bulls used to do in the 90s when it was a close game at half-time, the Ball Up team came out with every offensive weapon from the Bone Collector & Pat Da Roc’s penetration to the repertoire of Springs and tough defense (yes defense in a Streetball game) that gradually made the lead bigger and bigger until it felt like the game was a blowout nearing the final minutes where every possession turned into a possible “shut down” where the Ball Up players exchanged contest worth dunks.
The next stop for the travelling streetball legends in Indianopolis where they will be taking on local ballers coached by Darren Collison. Be sure to get your tickets for the Ball Up game in your city below!