words // Brennan Hiro Williams

This past weekend, Dwight Howard held a celebrity basketball game at the University of Central Florida, benefitting his charity, the D12 Foundation. While the NBA lockout shows no clear end in sight, the players involved did their best to entertain a basketball-hungry crowd in a game that included stars like Penny Hardaway, Gilbert Arenas, Trevor Ariza and Josh Smith. The two teams were led by celebrity coaches Lil’ Wayne and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

The game also featured an impressive array of sneakers, highlighted by Dwight Howard’s adidas adiPower Howard and Penny’s Nike Zoom Rookie. Check out the pictures below in the latest edition of Sneaker Watch.



Dwight Howard addresses the crowd wearing the adidas adiPower Howard.


Lil’ Wayne makes a cameo, sporting the Binary Blue Nike Zoom Rookie.


“The Franchise” Steve Francis makes a well-received appearance, wearing the new Jordan Brand AJ 8.0.


The Nike Zoom Rookie, customized Air Jordan 6 and the Light Graphite Air Jordan Retro 14 all graced the court.

D-12 delivers a monster dunk wearing his signature adidas adiPower Howard in Black/White/Blue.


Gilbert Arenas entertains with a trampoline-aided dunk in his custom Air Jordan 6.

photos via Sneakernews, Orlando Sentinel