Lucky's All-Star Diary: 2006

Lucky is one of five NBA mascots chosen to perform this weekend in Houston. He's been keeping a diary of his experience and sharing it with Check back for the latest updates from Houston, TX.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Hey Celtic fans, Lucky here after an incredible All-Star Game and a satisfying win by the East.

What an experience this has been. I got up today at the crack of dawn even though I didn't have to report to the arena until 2:30 this afternoon. I was so excited for today and wasn't too sure what to expect. Any expectations I had for the game today were not only met, but they were exceeded by leaps and bounds (no pun intended).

After arriving at the Toyota Center early, I set out my Lucky outfit and went to the main court and just sat in the stands and reflected on an amazing week and tried to imagine what the upcoming game would be like. I pictured myself cheering on the East in the fourth quarter of a close game and Paul Pierce hitting the game winning shot. My vision was almost accurate - it was a close game that the East won, but as it turned out, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat clinched the win for us with the final bucket instead of Pierce.

Paul definitely made his mark in the third quarter along with Rip Hamilton, Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups to get the East back in the game after a slow first half. In fact, if it not for a phenomenal performance by Paul and his teammates in the third quarter, the outcome of the game wouldn’t have been the same. Even though Paul didn't hit the game winner, he certainly made a difference in this exciting All-Star Game.

Throughout the game I had the opportunity to interact with actor Jamie Foxx, rapper P-Diddy, Snoop-Dog, Lil' Bow-Wow, Ice Cube, Nelly, All-Star National Anthem singers Destiny's Child, not to mention NBA stars Rick Berry, Bill Walton, David Robinson, and Dr. J. The most impressive celebrity of the night - President George Bush, Sr. Can you believe it? I met a former president of the USA!

As for me, I did my best to keep the East fans cheering and had a ton of fun performing for a global audience. During the first half I worked the crowd the way you are used to your mascot working it back in Boston. I helped the Orlando Magic dunking dancers with a dunk skit during the third quarter, which was a big hit, and I continued to show my support during the fourth quarter.

I couldn't possibly have asked for a better experience for my first All-Star Game and I can't wait for next year in Las Vegas. Before I get ahead of myself, I have a great night ahead of me and I'm looking forward to a solo performance at Jam Session tomorrow.

Even though my first All-Star experience is almost in the books, be sure to check in to see how my final day in Houston goes.

I'll do my very best tomorrow during my solo performance and I feel as confident as ever that I'll finish out the All-Star week with a solid effort to round out a great week for the Celtics, following Delonte's great Rookie Challenge showing and Paul's outstanding game tonight.

Stay tuned for my report on my final day in Houston.

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Hey Boston. Day #3 is over as it's very late...2 a.m. Before I get into the details of today, I've got to tell you about last night. I mentioned I was going to attend an ESPN party last night, but plans changed. Instead, I attended a party with the other mascots at a local pub. I guess you could say it was mascot-bonding night. We had a great time playing billiards and talking about the different events we had attended throughout the day. Each of us had some good storied to tell about different celebrities we met, half court shots we made, dunks we had performed or conversation with fans who tracked us down to show their support for our team even if they lived in a different city.

I was able to sleep in Saturday since my day didn't start until 3 p.m. I guess the excitement of being at All-Star Weekend had caught up with me because I slept in pretty late. Moondog, The Raptor and I went to lunch after a relaxing morning and we made our way to the arena by 3. We weren't scheduled to perform until 7 so I decided to soak up some of the attractions at Jam Session, which is being held at the convention center next to the Toyota Center.

Jam Session is the main side attraction during All-Star Weekend where various events like the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and the Celebrity game takes place. I ran into several celebrities at Jam session like rapper Snoop Dog, music mogulP-Diddy and talk show diva Oprah Winfrey. Jam Session is full of fun interactive games for NBA fans. If you like music, Jam Session has it. If you like shopping at different vendor stands, Jam Session has it. If you like running into celebrities, you guessed it - Jam Session has that too.

After spending time at Jam Session I made my way over to the Toyota Center and prepared myself for an evening full of festivities, such as the NBA Skills Challenge, the 3-point contest and, a fan favorite, the Slam Dunk contest. Throughout the evening I had the opportunity to spend time with Celtics legend Bill Russell, P-Diddy, and comedian Chris Tucker. Not to mention many other celebrities representing the NBA, such as Julius "Dr. J" Erving, former NBA Slam Dunk champion Spudd Webb and of course, Shaq of the Miami Heat.

Also on hand were former Celtics Mike James and Walter McCarty. James said he was in town to just have some fun during the All-Star break while Wal-tah (as Tommy Heinsohn would say) was in town to sing the national anthem before today's events on the main court. It was great to see Mike and Walter and they are both doing great.

As the night got underway I switched my focus to performing for the fans who attended the events for the evening. The Skills Challenge and the 3-point shootout was fun, but the Slam Dunk contest was awesome. Everywhere you looked you saw an A-list celebrity sitting courtside.

The Slam Dunk contest definitely lived up to the hype. I was on the court during the contest doing my best to hype the crowd and cheer on the dunkers. At one point I looked around the arena and almost pinched myself to make sure it was real. I mean, I (your dunking leprechaun) was on the court with the NBA's top dunkers cheering them on and giving them high fives as they battled for the title of 2006 NBA Slam Dunk champion.

I kept thinking to myself, if I only had my trampoline I would blow these guys out of the water!

Each day just keeps getting better and I can't wait for tomorrow. Tomorrow is the All-Star game and I can't wait to cheer on five-time All-Star and Boston's own, Paul Pierce. It's almost 3 a.m. so I'd better get some rest, but stay tuned for more updates…

Friday, February 17

Today was awesome! I got up around 6:30 a.m. for a Read to Achieve event that started at 8. The event was so much fun. All the mascots and celebrities such as Lil Bow Wow made the event a memorable one for 2,000 children before the Rookie game practice session. During the event I drained a couple of half-court shots that would make Beantown proud.

After the Read to Achieve event, I took a break and prepared for the Rookie Challenge game, which was a total success. The dunk skit we planned was great. I nailed my dunk and once again proved that Lucky is one of the hottest mascots in the NBA. Delonte West played great and I was so proud to cheer him on.

It is now 11:30 on Friday night and I'm getting ready to go to a party hosted by ESPN. I'm sure I'll have some good stories to tell tomorrow so I'll finish with that and fill you in tomorrow.

Thursday, February 16

Well, it's 11:10 p.m. here in Houston (1:10 a.m. in Boston) and I'm at the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets and site of the 2006 NBA All-Star game. For those of you that haven't heard yet, I was selected as one of five mascots to represent the NBA at this year's All-Star Weekend.

Today started at 5:30 a.m. for me. After double-checking that my vest, knickers and shirts were ironed to perfection, I packed my bow tie, hat and new sneakers into my oversized and overstuffed suitcase. Then I scurried off to Logan Airport en route to my very first NBA All-Star event with the excitement a 10-year old child feels on Christmas Eve.

I arrived in Houston at 10:45 and after spotting Moondog, representing Cleveland, and the Raptor from Toronto, I was quickly whisked away to a car waiting for me and the other mascots outside the airport. I checked into my hotel and was told I had a few hours to settle in before I would be picked up for a long day of rehearsal.

Moondog and I met in our hotel lobby at 12:30 and decided to walk to a nearby restaurant for lunch. After eating lunch I prepared myself for a long day of rehearsal. Rehearsal is from 3 p.m. until midnight. We, the mascots, rehearsed all our parts and I feel good about this week. We are doing a dunk skit with the Orlando Magic dance team at the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge tomorrow, which I'm very excited could probably understand why :).

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