Inaugural Nike World Basketball Festival Makes Big Splash in NYC

August 15th, 2010 by Carlos G Giron Leave a reply »
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant add star power to inaugural Nike World Basketball Festival in New York City

Madison Square Garden, New York, NY (August 15, 2010)—The inaugural Nike World Basketball Festival concluded today with an entertaining doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.

Before a sellout crowd of 19,763, Team USA easily beat France, 86-55, and Puerto Rico defeated China, 92-76.

"First time I've been in the Garden and the people have been cheering for me," quipped former Detroit Pistons star Chauncey Billups, chosen as the USA vs. France match MVP. Billups is usually booed by the pro-Knicks MSG crowd for his exploits against the Knicks during his Pistons days.

Rudy Gay scored 19 points, Billups added 17, and Rajon Ronda had six assists. Danny Granger played poorly, did not score, and fouled out of the game. He could be the last cut the team makes before playing in the FIBA World Championship.

France played without NBA star Tony Parker, who chose not to play for Les Bleus but was on site and watched the game with his celebrity wife, Eva Longoria Parker.

Beyond the games at MSG and Rucker Park in Harl ...

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