when MOB and muffin got tipsy at the cleveland magazine best of cleveland party this past october and bought a silent auction item granting them (us) a tour of the cleveland cavaliers practice facility in independence, i didn't really have a solid grasp of what we were in for.
well, last night that changed.
rolling up to the cleveland clinic courts i didn't expect the magnitude of the facility - bright lights, beautiful architecture, details and landscaping. a classy joint to say the least.
upon our arrival we were greeted by the cavs cleveland clinic courts operations manager, david painter - talk about an awesome, knowledgeable, and down to earth dude. couldn't have asked for a better guy to show us around.
we got access to the whole facility from danny ferry's office, to the locker room, showers, players theater, gym, and dining area.
we got to see all the fancy add ons, like ipod docks built into walls, more pairs of shoes and SWAG than i've ever seen in one place, an underwater treadmill and a gourmet kitchen.
dan gilbert sure knows what he's doing.
also, i may or may not have screamed when i walked into the cavs locker room.
muffin may or may not have posed with shaq's massive shoe.
MOB may or may not have sat in the barber chair.
now for some pics...
yes, i'm hanging out in the cavaliers open shower pretending to wash my hair in the above pic.
one of the last stops on the tour was the actual basketball courts where i had an itsy bitsy thing that i wanted to try.
remember last week when the video surfaced of lebron james nailing the full court shot with a football? no? see below then:
well i wanted to see if i could replicate the shot - yes i got it all on video.
david painter was even oh so kind to find the same football lebron used for me to take a shot with.
think i made it?
well, muffin threw from closer and didn't make it either....
after more unsuccessful hoop shooting we were all more than happy with our visit and experience when david slathered some icing on the cake in giving us each the lebron james bobblehead from the 12/2/09 game.
amazing. no words.
i'm obviously a cavs fan, but i think my crush on the organization as a whole was totally kicked up a notch after last night.
now, i just need to win multiple millions of dollars so i can buy courtside season tickets...