Playground / Aug 14, 2009 / 2:36 pm

Converse Band of Ballers

The Jones Family

The Jones Family

Converse held their first ever Band of Ballers event to celebrate the launch of the Weapon Evos on Wednesday afternoon at the St. Patrick’s Youth Center in New York City.

The tournament had musicians play in a 3-on-3 tournament that starred Jim Jones (The Jones Family team), Asher Roth (The Roth Boys team), DJ A-Trak‘s Fool’s Gold record label, Pac Div, Matt and Kim (Brooklyn’s Crew team), and Mad Decent. Hot 97 radio personalities Miss Info and Peter Rosenberg kept the crowd entertained as DJ Cipha Sounds blasted current and old school hits as well as new tracks from the musicians participating.

The 3-on-3 teams were made up of the respective crew’s entourages as they all rocked the new Converse Weapon Evos, Converse’s advanced version of their legendary basketball sneakers — the original Weapons. The teams battled and entertained in front of a full house of fans along with celebrities DJ Clue, Bobbito Garcia, Coltrane Curtis, and popular music video vixens Rosa Acosta and Xio (Drake‘s “Best I Ever Had”).

Asher Roth proved not to be much of a baller but would instead let his “Roth Boys” go to work as his manager Scooter Braun’s smooth 3-point shot kept his team competitive. Matt and Kim’s (Brooklyn’s Crew) had some decent skills but literally brought their whole Brooklyn crew with them as they clearly had the home court advantage as their fans stayed rowdy throughout the day and started some hilarious chants.

Converse Band of Ballers

Converse Band of Ballers

Coach DJ A-Trak had his Fool’s Gold team almost made the finals as they lost in the semis in a sudden death overtime against Pac Div. Coach A-Trak played more of a GM role, though, as he brought quite a few 6-foot-3 and above players to the courts who were some of the better players of the day.

The final game went down with Jim Jones’ “The Jones Family” team squaring off against Southern Cal’s underground group on the come-up, Pac Div. Pac Div might have been the favorite going into the event, as each of them played high school ball for a few years. Despite Pac Div’s basketball experience, Dipset’s Capo, Jim Jones made sure his team sealed the win as they held down the city of New York against the West Coast ballers. Jim Jones actually has some nice handles and can finish around the hoop, but it was really his cousins who did most of the damage, including his at least 60-year-old grey haired cousin who was getting buckets on the younger competition.

From all the trash talking on Twitter going on through the week, Jim Jones celebrated the championship by letting the haters know:

“We told y’all, for all the shit-talking we was doing on Twitter, we talk shit and flush the toilet! You know what I’m talking about? Ballin’!”

Band of Ballers

Band of Ballers

Band of Ballers

Band of Ballers

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  • rockets

    I wish I could do play ball on Wed afternoon instead of staring at a comp all day at work

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    Wow some of the lady ballers are hot.

  • BiG ShoT BoB

    Especially on the red team Mmmmm…oh and I like the orignial weapons way better the ones Magic used to rock…I used to rock them joints with a velour suit and a head band with a swisher in it.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    I don’t think the women played lol. Aren’t they just posing to make the fellas look official.

    Some of them dudes look like guys that can’t hoop, but when they get on the court they giving out work!

    What were some of the chants?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Jeff Chen

    Ya the girls were there just to model except Kim on the Brooklyn’s Crew team (black jerseys) who is the girl on the left. The other girl Brooklyn’s Crew team is Rosa Acosta and the girl on the Jones Family team is Xio who were both featured in Drake’s Best I Ever Had video as well as others (Xio said she is also in Jay-Z’s new Spike Lee directed Rocawear commercial so look for that)

    The chants were something “Ninjas-something-something” maybe a reference to a Matt and Kim song? And they also had some vulgar taunts to Jim Jones and Harlem as they were repping Brooklyn oh so hard lol.

  • S-SiN

    This looks like Dodgeball 2 tryouts… pass that blunt Steph

  • S-SiN

    Which one is Ben Stiller?

  • http://GEE2.COM POPPI GEE

    @6 lol you and Steph got it lit up!

    Jay’s commercial must be big cause I have seen shots of it on several diffent online publications.

    Promise it’s some tig ol bitty girls in the Drake video lol.

    NY most def. reps NY more than most cats from other places.
    Do or Die Bedstuy
    Money Earnin Mt. Vernon
    Even Whiteplains lol


  • Iceman

    Where can you get the shirt and shorts the teams are playing in?

    Two color ways of the Evos are currently on Converse.com.

  • warren

    yeah where can i get some of those shorts, t shirts and shit cause they is well nice get me…..bare jokes but still where can i get them?


    “Asher Roth proved not to be much of a baller but would instead let his “Roth Boys” go to work as his manager Scooter Braun’s smooth 3-point shot kept his team competitive.” HAHA- i want this dude to sign me but his jumpshot can hold me down too. THat is what you call a manager

  • DG

    jeff chen – the chant that was being yelled was “ninjafuckingsonik…we are sonikfuckingninja”. It’s not a reference to a matt & kim song, rather a reference to the band which comprised the other half of The Brooklyn Crew, Ninjasonik. Check ‘em out at http://www.myspace.com/ninjasonik

  • danny ( Jones Fam)

    What up Yall!!!!! My boo was looking through this website and saw that we made dimemag!! thats wassup Jeff!!!I must admit this was a great tournament and we had alot of fun….. But yes those shorts, jerseys, shirts, and especially those sneakers were very comfortable… Converse did a great job and treated us like kings of new york after we won……. But i would suggest to anyone to get themselves a pair of those kicks. Shutout to the entire jones family team and all those that came with us to support us… By the way Rosa Acosta and Xio are some bad ass chicks!!!!!!! Holla!!!!!