And1 Global Invasion
Global Invasion is once again another nice mixtape from And1 and showcases why they are just as popular overseas as they are in the US. And1 hit 5 European city’s including Paris, Barcelona, Milan, London and Frankfurt attracting mobs of crazy fans dying to get a glimpse of their favourite And1 ballers. In every game And1 ballers were split into two teams and in every game different rivalry’s would emerge and different players would go at each other. The trash talking between players would always result in tough competitive games with hard fouls and arguments, sometimes it was hard to imagine these guys were team mates let alone friends. This was good though because it made each game more interesting and it raised the level of play which always resulted in someone getting dunked on or someone being embarrassed. All the games displayed your typical And1 style type of play and seemed to leave the crowds satisfied. My favourite part of the DVD was at the beginning in the Pierre De Coubertin in “Paris” France, were before the game a dunk comp was held in front of a capacity crowd. Helicopter went against Slam Nation who threw down some amazing dunks, including Ziani’s 360 over 4 people and another Bama’s 360 between the legs of one foot. Helicopter had some impressive dunks as well including a 360 windmill and a nice lean off the bounce. Global Invasion also features a crash the court game against the French And1 team and the London Open Run. Unfortunately this mixtape didn’t show enough of the European players and what they can do, this is due to the games being played mainly by And1 players instead of local talent. Only two players were chosen from each city and I couldn’t remember any highlights from any of them. It did give you a good look on how popular streetball is in Europe and it did show a lot of the beautiful places the city’s have but it lacked the streetball flavour and creativity Europe players have to offer.
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