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Cliff Notes: The NBA G League All-Star Collaboration with Earn Your Leisure

podcast December 31, 1969

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In this exclusive video, Rashad Bilal and Troy Millings sit down with Shareef Abdur-Rahim, President of the NBA G League. They discuss a groundbreaking collaboration for this year's All Star festivities where EYL will be selecting and drafting their very own team to compete in the "Up Next" game celebrating the G League players. This innovative concept aims to recognize and empower the future stars of the NBA, bringing together basketball, gaming, and live streaming for an unforgettable fan experience.

Shareef Abdur-Rahim reveals the strategy behind the game, detailing the concept of breaking the teams into four groups and making the game a faster-paced, gamified experience, akin to the popular basketball video game, 2K. The EYL team's involvement is highlighted as a crucial element to the success of the event, and the hosts express their excitement at actively scouting for talent among G League players to ensure their team's competitive edge.

As the conversation unfolds, Shareef Abdur-Rahim delves into the NBA G League's broader vision of embracing unconventional marketing strategies to reach and engage with younger fans through online and social media platforms. This alignment with the changing landscape of content consumption enables the G League to introduce new fans to basketball, fostering a gateway for them to become avid NBA enthusiasts. Additionally, the league's commitment to innovation, evidenced by initiatives such as the "Up Next" game, further solidifies its reputation as a trailblazer in the basketball industry.

The timing and location of the "Up Next" game are elaborated upon as Shareef Abdur-Rahim provides details for fans eager to witness the event. Scheduled on the Sunday afternoon before the NBA All Star game in Indiana, the game will be hosted within the footprint of the NBA's activations, offering an accessible and exciting opportunity for fans to support and cheer for the future stars of the NBA.

Moreover, the conversation shifts to the broader vision for the G League, focusing on expanding the league to include 30 G League teams affiliated with NBA teams and providing players with diverse growth opportunities both on and off the court. Shareef Abdur-Rahim emphasizes the league's dedication to supporting players through educational and entrepreneurial programs, highlighting their holistic approach to player development.

The dialogue further explores the evolving landscape of basketball and its global appeal, acknowledging the shifts in playing styles and the increasing influence of international players. Shareef Abdur-Rahim reflects on the game's transformation while maintaining a critical perspective, emphasizing that the NBA's status as the premier basketball league attracts talent from across the globe, contributing to the game's diverse and dynamic nature.

The conversation concludes with a thought-provoking discussion on the emergence of players in executive roles within the NBA, emphasizing the business acumen and leadership displayed by athletes such as LeBron James and the broader implications for the future of the league.

Join us for this insightful conversation and get ready to witness history in the making as EYL collaborates with the NBA G League for the "Up Next" game during the NBA All Star festivities. Don't miss the opportunity to support the future stars of basketball and experience an exhilarating event that redefines the intersection of sports, gaming, and entertainment!

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