CHEKA Digital recently got to chat with SABC1 BBall Show presenter Jerome ‘Slim’ Du Plooy who had been given the opportunity to once again represent Mzansi at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston, Texas USA. Here’s what our home-grown screen talent and MC had to say about his experience in Houston.
The NBA All Star Weekend took place the weekend of the 15th till 17th of February 2013, and I was blessed to be part of Jam Session which took place on the 14 till the 17th of February.
I was blessed to be part of the experience in Orlando, Florida last year (2012) and being called up to MC for a second year was an absolute privilege. Jam session is this amazing experience that gives fans the opportunity to experience what would actually happen during the All Star Weekend; events like the Taco Bell Skills challenge and the centre court events. All Stars would show up and fans would have the chance to get autographs as well as pictures with their favourite players. A highlight that comes to mind is that Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks happened to cook on the sport court, one of the courts I was an MC on! The Houston Rockets Power Dancers and Texas Legends Dancers were also on those very courts.
I enjoyed rocking with JJ on the mic who works for the Box 97.9 in Houston. One day I hope me and her could rock a centre court event together because of the chemistry we had. Met great DJ’s like the DJ Supastar, DJ Irie as well as a brother and friend Freestyle Steve who is Timbaland’s official DJ. I was honoured to meet some All Stars like Kyrie Irving, Swinn Cash, Chris Bosh, Dwight Howard and Luol Deng who is like a brother and close friend.
To describe the All Star Game is almost impossible as the experience in itself was so surreal! I spotted Jay and Bey court side and also managed to catch a glimpse of Diddy, Usain Bolt and even 2 Chainz showed up to the game. Ne-Yo and Alicia Keys delivered killer performances!
The feedback I received from the crowd was amazing. They really loved what I did at Jam Session and want to take in everything this opportunity made possible and continue to work hard so that next year, hopefully, I could go back to New Orleans and New York after that (if I’m lucky).
Overall, Houston was a great place to be working in and the hotel in which I was living in was more like an apartment than a hotel The Residence Inn Hotel Downtown was good to me. I was also privileged to make a speech at the Rotary which does a lot of great work internationally .If you ever have enough money I would encourage you to save up and head out to All Star Weekend. You will not regret it!
Follow me on Twitter @CuteKidSlim and also Jerome Slim Microphone on FaceBook. Catch my TV show The BBall Show on SABC 1 every Saturday at 13h30.
From CHEKA Digital: Thank you Slim for sharing this great experience with us and we look forward to seeing you on our screens and in your other future endeavours.
Compiled And Written By: Lebohang Ramollo (@RA_Mollo)