Let’s start with I love the city of Houston. Not as much as I love NYC but Houston is definitely top 3 on my favorite US cities. One of the many reasons I love Houston so much is the summer basketball circuit. Through my later college years and post college years I noticed that there was never a shortage of good competitive basketball runs to participate in. They were all over the city. I was always a couple of phone calls away from getting a good workout in or getting a good game going.
Over the last few summers, it seemed like that was dying down. Last summer it was taken back up a notch with all the runs being in my backyard (the runs were at Rice University). It got so good last summer that even the best of basketball players had to arrive at a decent time in order to guarantee a spot to play. Even with that I couldn’t help but be disappointed in Houston last summer. The flagship of competitive basketball in Houston (in my opinion of course) was the Houston Pro Am and it was nowhere to be found last summer.
The Houston Pro Am, to me, is a staple of summer hoops in the city. It was something that I looked forward to over the course of the year. This enthusiasm is something that I’ve had since college. Besides the games itself, that atmosphere is just one that I always enjoyed being a part of. I was deprived of that last summer and a couple summers ago as well.
Enter Summer 2016 or as Drake would say “Summer 16.” The Houston Pro Am is back. The atmosphere is great and the games are of course competitive and fun, and of course I’m playing in it. Last week, my team had a bye. So instead of just going to watch like I usually do, or even worse staying home and not doing anything, I decided to put my camera to good use. I went to watch and take a few pics of the action as well.
Below are some of the best ones.
Please bear with me people. I’m still getting the hang of this photography thing.
The first slide show is from game 2 on Wednesday July 27. The second slide show is from game 3 on Wednesday July 27.