Friday, November 21, 2008

LeBron slams the Nets; Celeb sightings

LeBron James scored 31 points in 36 minutes to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 106 to 82 victory over the New Jersey Nets at the IZOD Center on Tuesday night.

James scored 15 points in the first quarter. But it wasn't until the second half when the Cavs put the game out of reach for Vince Carter and the Nets.

Meanwhile, there was plenty going on inside the East Rutherford, N.J. arena to keep things interesting as the Cavs cruised to victory.

Aaron Ross, of the New York Giants, sat court-side with an unknown woman. Clearly, it wasn't his finance' and Olympic track star Sanya Richards. Ross, wearing a purple jacket, didn't shy away from fans. He signed autographs and took a pictures. A real class act.

Ahmad Brashaw, also of the New York Giants, sported stunner shades as he watched the game court-side with another man. He wasn't as interactive with the fans as his teammate.

Others, such as hip-hop artist Teyana Taylor, weren't fortunate enough to score celebrity court-side seats.
If you don't know who she is, you're probably not alone. It didn't seem as though anyone recognized Taylor, who is signed to Pharell Williams' label, Star Trek Entertainment. Perhaps if you want to know more about her, you can just google her. Her first single released earlier this year was entitled, "Google Me." She reached a large audience when she was featured on MTV's Sweet Sixteen.

In other non-sports related news, R&B singer Donnie Klang kicked off the night with his rendition of the National Anthem. He returned at halftime to perform his single, "Take You There." It was a pretty lame performance, to say the least. Good thing he had two dancers to take your attention off of his singing. There was probably one fan screaming at the top of her lungs for Donnie, but for the most part the crowd was dead.

Klang, signed to P. Diddy's Bad Boy label, is most known for his role on MTV's Making the Band 4. Klang has struggled to see the same success as labelmates Danity Kane and Day 26, whose albums both debuted at the top of the charts. Klang's debut album, "Just a Rolling Stone," debuted at #19 on Billboard 200.
Jay-Z, who is good friends with James and co-owner of the New Jersey Nets, was apparently in the building for Tuesday's game, according to news reports and photos. (Note: His wife, Beyonce', dropped her latest album on the same day.)

Unfortunately, despite being able to spot Super Bowl champions and C-list celebs, I was unable to spot the biggest star: Jigga man. From the pics, it looked like Jay could benefit from a trip to a barber. LOL. Guess I missed that photo-op. It won't happen again.

Until next time...

(PHOTO CREDITS: All photos taken by M. Feenz, except Jay-Z photo, courtesy of

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