THE MORNING PRE-GAME BEFORE THE LAST SHOT
WOW!!! IT is finally here. Sorry I did not blog yesterday, but so hectic and by the time we got back to the hotel we were exhausted as our day started at 4:30am EST. The plane ride was long and thankfully Justin took 2 naps. I had prepared for the 5 1/2 flight getting Justin some of his favorite foods for the plane: cinnamon pretzels and a 5 guys double cheeseburger. We landed and met Chris Grundner from NBTS and went straight to the hotel. WE had 15 minutes to get dressed and met Patrick from the NBA who was very instrumental in making this weekend happen.( big thanks goes to all the NBA folks who made this happen). On our way from the convention center we say Charles Barkley having a late lunch at Lawry's Carvery. We asked Justin do you want to meet him and of course he said definitely. Justin and I approached Charles at his table with a friend and we introduced ourselves and told him about Justin's story. He listened attently and was genuinely interested in Justin's plight. He posed with Justin for a photo. It definitley helped that we were wearing our NBA credentials around our neck. Then we saw the celebrity game with Scottie Pippen and Justin Bieber just to name a few at the convention center.The game was great. Then we went to the rookie challenge at the Staples Center. It poured down raining and was cold. We ran through the streets and got soaked. Finally we came back to the Omni Hotel( awesome by the way) and crashed as we were so tired. Justin woke up at 6:30am PST and said he was starving. We showered and had a very candid conversation about what today meant to him. It was emotional to hear his thoughts. He is excited and nervous. We had a wonderful Breakfast( which is Justin's favorite meal). He had a homemade waffle and french toast( low carb)as his pre game meal. We are in the hotel room waiting to leave in 35 minutes for the convention center for the big moment. I will update you later...It will be awesome today!!!!!