Posted February 17, 2014

Photo Diary: Behind the scenes from 2014 NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans

2014 All-Star Weekend, Adidas, Ben Golliver, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Jordan Brand, Julius Erving, Karl Malone, LeBron James, Nike, Paul George, Smoothie King Center, Yao Ming


As the official apparel provider for the NBA and All-Star Weekend, Adidas was seemingly everywhere in New Orleans. That includes an “Adidas in the Quarter” space that hosted events for players to meet fans and for media members to check out new product designs. This model was rocking the official All-Star Weekend hat at the “Adidas in the Quarter” location.


In addition to the All-Star Weekend gear, Adidas unveiled a host of sneaker designs tailored to New Orleans. Pictured above is an orange, spackled version of the “Crazy 8″ sneakers. More details can be found here.


Sunday — before the All-Star Game — is always the best time to do a little sight-seeing. Having never been to New Orleans before, I engaged full tourist mode. Here’s the St. Louis Cathedral that is right in the middle of the French Quarter action.


New Orleans’ style and flair is well-known. Hats — whether athletic or dressy — were common-place with the sun shining throughout the February weekend.


Bourbon Street was packed on Sunday afternoon. This is one of several Jazz bands that entertained thousands of people.


I’m not sure that any caption could do this woman justice or fully explain what she’s all about.


Topless women, body-painted performers, Jazz musicians, aspiring rappers and breakdancers made up the weekend crowd, as did this row of Harley Davidson motorcycles.


The one universal piece of pre-trip advice: don’t miss the beignets. Here’s an order from the famous Cafe du Monde; powdered sugar was everywhere by the time all three had been consumed.


After Smoothie King shelled out the money to get its name on the home of the All-Star Game, the least I could do was spend seven dollars to give one of their Strawberry drinks a try. I made it about 10 percent of the way through this monster; it was good, but so much. What a great tagline: “All other smoothies bow down.”


The All Stars look like CLOWNS with their socks and shoes ........