We've already shared a quick video recap of how Hoop & Hang's championship game went down. Today, we want to share pics of how the whole day went. Even with both elements of visual evidence, capturing the fun and positive energy that flows through the gym on event day is still nearly impossible.
What you can't hear is the laughter from players or roars from the crowd when a dope move goes down. Nobody's standing around to catch all the thank yous given to the staff or players. There weren't enough cameras to capture each dap and hug exchanged. Yet, we tried to capture and compile as much of it all as we could. The best suggestion we can offer to find a way to make to SXSW next year and witness Hoop & Hang in person.
GUS League's Joe (red shirt, forefront), Mark from HardKnock (navy shirt) and Gotty™ greet the players and breakdown the day's setup and rules.
The warmup. The guy in the forefront of the shot is RT-Faq, last year's biggest ringer and coveted free agent coming into this year. As early as January, teams were DM'ing Faq on Twitter, offering him free beats, strip club drink passes and Ryan Leslie's laptop trying to secure his services for HxH.
Everybody deserves one shining moment in March, right? Here's one for our very own Trackstar.
Damani shoots from beyond the arc.
The big homie Dutch Dinero, DeLorean's manager, Big K.R.I.T.'s road manager and former HxH champion from year one.
Drumma Boy and Problem awaiting their next opponents.
Yonas Michael penetrates and kicks.
Killa clears his path to the finals.
"Who's got next?"
The day came down to two squads - Trinidad vs. Run It
Doughbeezy aka Texas Birdie who was wagering heavy on Team Run It in the final matchup.
Trinidad tries to deny Propain's path to the rim.
King Vada, LDRS 1354 homie Vic Lloyd and Burn Rubber's Ro Spit
Doughbeezy, Dutch, Hustle Simmons and Killa
Producer Drumma Boy signs in.
Ro resting between Ws.
Warren G giving his sign of approval.
Miss Dimplez & Devi Dev got grins for days.
Dee-1 and Trae Tha Truth
Gold. Nuff said.
Rising Pittsburgh MC Devin Miles and Big K.R.I.T.
Devi Dev's been down since day one. This year, she brought along her husband, Duane Brown of the Texans. Brown gave us a verbal commitment for next year's game if he can find two other hoopers in his Houston locker room.
Big K.R.I.T., Killa and Smoke DZA, whose ankle injury suffering while performing kept him out of this year's action.
Team Trinidad cools off, after chalking up the W.
Kid Named Breezy snuck in last year...and was dunking on fools. This year, everybody knew who he was as soon as he entered the gym.
How do you keep 50+ rappers and media in check, on time and having fun? You call in these guys. Trent and Joe from GUS Leagues posing with JG.
DJ Spintelect adds his John Hancock to the ceremonial ball.
DJ Money signs the rock.
Hoop x Hang homie number one, Hustle Simmons. Much respect.
Masters of ceremony and sounds - DJ Spintelect, DJ Wally Sparks, DJ Dontizl and Chas Moore.
What's wrong, G?
Strange Music A&R Richie Abott, Duane, Dev, Fuzz and Carl of Beats By Dre and the homie Franz from Def Jam
Dame and Team Monster