Baron Davis And Paul Pierce Host "A Midsummer Night’s Dream"
July 10, 2006
Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson and Baron Davis
Warriors point guard Baron Davis recently collaborated with the Celtics’ Paul Pierce to host "A Midsummer Night's Dream," a celebrity All-Star weekend of events raising funds for charity. Hosted by NBA legend Magic Johnson for the past 20 years, the event was handed over to Davis and Pierce for the first time this year.
The weekend was presented by ‘L.A. Stars’, a charitable event group composed of the Baron Davis Foundation and Paul Pierce’s Truth Foundation. A portion of the weekend’s proceeds also went to The Magic Johnson Foundation.
"Baron Davis and Paul Pierce not only are unbelievable basketball players but also unbelievable people," Johnson said. "They've already given back to the community in Los Angeles, where they both grew up. They're guys who care about those less fortunate than they are."
Taking place each year in Los Angeles, the weekend includes a variety of events featuring celebrities and athletes of all kinds. This year’s extravaganza included a Texas Hold’em Poker tournament, a fashion show and live concert, a celebrity basketball game and, finally, an NBA-sanctioned All-Star basketball game.
Terrell Owens and Reggie Bush went head-to-head in the celebrity game.
Celebrities such as Snoop Dogg, Usher, Reggie Bush and Terrell Owens participated in Sunday’s celebrity game, with Team Baron taking down Team Paul by a score of 50-42.
The main event featured a cast of NBA stars going toe-to-toe as members of the Baron Davis All-Stars and the Paul Pierce All-Stars. The Warriors' Jason Richardson joined his backcourt mate as a member of Team Baron, giving the two star guards the chance to play together before the upcoming season begins. Among those who also participated were Sam Cassell, Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Jerry Stackhouse, Mike Bibby, Antoine Walker, Ricky Davis, Cuttino Mobley, Joe Johnson, Damon Jones, Tyson Chandler, Shaun Livingston, Dahntay Jones, J.R. Smith and more.
In the end, Team Baron defeated Team Paul 118-117 in a back-and-forth shootout. Jones led Team Baron with 28 points, while Smith finished with 21 points and nine assists. Ricky Davis paced Team Paul with 37 points.
Davis and Pierce, who grew up attending the event while growing up in Los Angeles, helped make the weekend a huge success and were proud to build upon Magic Johnson’s legacy.
Baron Davis and Jason Richardson teamed up and helped defeat the Paul Pierce All-Stars.
"It's a great opportunity, a new adventure and a big maturity leap in my life to have something like this," Davis said. "Talking with Magic, he did it for me to help me get my basketball swagger back. Now with that, people will expect me to make improvements on a whole new level - from business, to the community, to the court. And I'm ready to do that."
Pierce echoed Baron’s sentiments, saying, "This is a way for me and Baron to give back to the people who raised us. It's some big shoes to fill, but we understand what it takes. Magic told us awhile back that it was going to be our game so he really got us prepared for it. I don't think he would have passed it on unless he was confident that it was going to the right people. He knows how Baron and I feel about our community and we're confident that we can help this event grow and keep it going for another 20 years."
For more information on "A Midsummer Night's Dream," including press releases, event rundowns and rosters, visit the L.A. Stars Official Website.