I remember my Toronto days like they were yesterday....ohhh boy, what a weekend. I had such a blast being back in Toronto, but I'm not necessarily just talking about being back...I mean, I've been back hundreds of times since I was traded back in 2006. I'm talking about being back and getting the opportunity to enjoy the city as an observer...going sight-seeing, enjoying the great dining all along King Street, exploring all the great things the city has to offer, and on top of it all...it was All-Star Weekend...for the first time ever - so lots of activities were on deck. It was a good trip, very productive. I gotta shout and show some love to the NBPA, which kept me very much involved with what was going on, plus, more importantly, gave me full support for an event that I hosted.
As some of you guys already know...I've been working on this documentary called "Season X" (working title). The documentary started out as a story about my life and now has become more of a story about Alopecia. The storyline is still in development and Team Villanueva continue to make progress with the production. But we wanted to take the opportunity, of using such a major platform like All-Star Weekend to create some awareness about Alopecia. If you don't know what is Alopecia....Google it! The NBA has such a global reach that allows me to broadcast my story beyond my belief. So I'm very thankful to be in this position. I always say "everything happens for a reason", and I'm going to continue to say that. It's crazy cause, behind the storyline, you have Alopecia, which is just the subject matter....the story itself has a bigger message, a stronger statement , and that all really evolves around bullying. Anti-bullying is something I've been preaching and supporting since my rookie year in Toronto. So being back here and having the opportunity to do this 'sneak peek' private screening...it's was honestly an incredible feeling, humbling. Thanks and shouts to the Canadian Alopecia Areata Foundation (CANAAF), they help us out big time. I didn't even know the organization existed until last minute, they contacted us shortly before All-Star Weekend and we made it happen. It's a blessing not only to help, but to connect with others dealing with the same struggles I dealt with...it's my purpose. Check out the event invite below, plus a few extra pics from the event that got sent to me. The pics are a little blurry, but you get the picture:
Like I said, it was quite the weekend...if I had to choose one moment best of all....it might be a tie lol...between: a) spending time with my son, CJ, and the Slam Dunk Contest! This has to go down as one of the most entertaining Slam Dunk contests in history. And no disrespect to Zach LaVine, he's the truth, but brooo...Aaron Gordon! Wait, just watch this video again in case you missed it:
Now cooomeee'ooon! You mean to tell me he didn't deserve to win after that. Maaaan...I would hate to be a part of that judge panel...it was a close contest, can't front, but goooot daaaamn that was one of the all-time best original dunks in the history of this contest. There has been some great dunk duels in the past, but this one goes in the record books as one of the best...maybe the best. I know it's arguable. But you know what...now that I think about it, hanging out with CJ...that's my #1:
Here are a few extra pics that were also just sent to me...again, not the best quality pics, but it works:
Okay, so this concludes my NBA All-Star Weekend recap in Toronto. One last shout...to my little sister, Genesis, which help me out tremendously keeping things in order as I was running all-around. Toronto will always have a special place in my heart and it's not because my son is Canadian ;) though that does help lol.