NICE-NASTY capped off its official launch week at the Ball Up Summer Challenge (Chicago) at Dunbar Vocational Career Academy on Chicago’s South Side.

And with faces like Derrick Rose, Will Bynum, Tony Allen and more in a designated V.I.P section … Ball Up Chicago is great fanfare!

Granted I’ve yet to explore the Marquette Park ProAm, West Haven Safe Summer Basketball League and Nike’s Chi League doesn’t kick off until this upcoming week, the two-day weekend at Ball Up sets the adrenaline and competitiveness-bar very high!

Because beyond all the celebrity and high-res vector signage, is the soul of all the hoopla …. that grit that I wrote about in my initial post. The nice-nastiness of the players’ brotherhood from off-to-on the hardwood! The games were, in the highest regard of the word …. NICE!

And in the upcoming weeks as get stats and play-by-play … I’ll be able to provide more of a game recap but until then … you’re just gonna have to take my word for it!

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