WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the line outside of Trinity University's high school sized gymnasium builds to epic proportions, the crowd inside is getting louder, more animated and more buzzed with each minute as the Goodman vs. Drew League Capital Punishment game inches closer to tip-off.
Right now, the D.C. Takeover AAU club is nursing a late lead in their pre-main event matchup with a Baltimore club team that features class of 2013 five-star recruit Aquille Carr. Takeover's sponsor, local product and Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson, is looking on from the team's bench.
The various NBA ballers and streetball veterans slated to play in Saturday's main event have just filed into the locker room to dress for the game, which has taken on a life of its own as an odd mix of national media, NBA celebrity and local D.C. flavor.
The crowd here is far more similar to that of a typical game in Barry Farms than an NBA arena, which makes the large media presence seem all the more peculiar. Everybody's excited to see how this plays out.