Lofty Goals: #NBALondon

Since he started painting ‘K’ all over NYC in the ‘90s, Jeffrey Gamblero a.k.a Korn has gone through a number of transformations. From graffiti artist to poker king to the Brooklyn Nets superfan, he tells his story in his column for FRANK151, Lofty Goals.

Earlier this month, I was invited to fly to London with the Brooklyn Nets for the NBA Global Games. As a season ticket holder and devout Nets fan, I was thrilled to go cheer my team on across the pond.

We arrived three days before the game, which gave us enough time to settle into our Shoreditch loft, check out some local street art, hit up a few parties, and enjoy a taste of the London life.

The Global Games Tip Off Event was hosted by Sushi Samba London at the top of the magnificent Heron Tower. DJ Premier rocked the decks for a hip-hop throw down while the home team Atlanta Hawks’ cheerleaders and Sky Team performed for the partygoers. It was amazing to meet some of my childhood heroes at this party including Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Smith, and Dominique Wilkins. We danced the night away and made sure to get photos of the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy that was on display in a glass case shining in all its majestic glory.

On the day of the game, we attended the exclusive grand opening of Brooklyn Bowl London, their new outpost in the O2 Arena. The place was just as fresh as the BK location and was a great way to get revved up before the game.

The O2 Arena holds around 20,000 fans and at least 90% of them were sporting Brooklyn gear. It was exciting to see all the Londoners and Europeans come out to support the NBA and get so into the game. The place was packed with British celebs like Ellie Goulding, Paul McCartney, Kelly Brook, Cara Delevingne, and several well-known footballers. The whole experience was surreal but the best part was cheering on our Brooklyn Nets to a runaway victory!

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