NBA Nation Tour / Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown coming to St. Paul this Weekend!

The NBA’s largest mobile basketball playground, NBA Nation presented by T-Mobile USA & Kia Motors rolls into St. Paul, Minnesota for the seventh stop on its summertime tour on Friday, July 2 through Monday, July 5, 2010, at a “Taste of Minnesota.”

NBA Nation special guests appearing in St. Paul include*:

• NBA Legend and NBA Nation Ambassador Darryl Dawkins – appearing on Friday, July 2nd from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, July 3rd from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 4th from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• NBA Player Corey Brewer – appearing on the Kia Performance Court on Sunday, July 4th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• NBA Player Kris Humphries at the Kia Performance Court on Saturday, July 3rd at 2 p.m.

The Minnesota Timberwolves’ dancers will make an appearance on Friday, July 2nd from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Mascott Crunch will be visiting with fans throughout the Holiday weekend. On-site rocking the NBA Nation crowd will be DJ Mad Mardigan.

NBA Nation is a customized 18-wheel truck that expands into a 20,000-square-foot basketball playground for fans of all ages to participate in a variety of activities. The NBA Nation action is non-stop including competitions, basketball games, contests, and prizes.

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Check out the entire Official Press Release HERE!


Also of note, the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown will be hosted in St. Paul this coming Saturday as well at the Taste of Minnesota. Specifically, the competition will start at 4PM at the Harriet Island Regional Park.

A quick synopsis of the program: The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown is all about finding the best amateur dunkers in 8 major US cities and pitting them against each other in a nationwide competition.

For Dunkers/Fans

Dunkers can compete in the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown either by attending one of the Showdown events or by submitting videos online at Fans also have an opportunity to participate at the event as the judges of the final round through text-in voting (just like the Saturday night competition at NBA All-Star). Fans also have the chance to vote on their favorite dunkers of the ten that are chosen as semi-finals (8 from the events, 2 from the online competition, which is judged by LeBron James, Darryl Dawkins and the All-Stars)

The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown Champion in Minnesota will win $1000 and a chance to compete at NBA All-Star in February of 2011.

You can find more details about the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, upcoming events and how to register for a competition on the Facebook page, Twitter account or at


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