A welcome event to kick off the week is a long-standing tradition for the tournament and has been continued by the MBA since taking over responsibility for the tournament in 2009. The evening is one filled with renewing old friendships, food and fun.
The Pavilion at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
5550 NW 40th Street
Coconut Creek, Florida 33073
Award-winning Filmmaker and Playwright Dan Klores
Dan Klores is an Award-winning filmmaker and playwright who has made seven movies during the last 13 years, four of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival – The Boys of 2nd Street Park (2003), Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story (2005), and most recently, Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks(2010). Mr. Klores has received widespread recognition for his work, most notably being awarded the 2008 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary for Crazy Love (2007) and the Peabody Award for his film Black Magic (2008). Crazy Love was also accepted into the Library of Congress as was the audio soundtrack from Black Magic.
Dan’s latest film, the 10-part documentary, Basketball: A Love Story, is a brilliant portrayal of the game. With insights from over 160 interview subjects, the comprehensive film spans the entirety of the sport from the NBA and college ball to the ABA, international competition and the women’s game, as well. His emotional story telling presents the loving relationship, replete with both joy and anguish, elicited by the game in players and fans alike.
Retired NBA Player Geoff Huston
Geoff Huston is a retired NBA professional basketball player. He is a Brooklyn NY native who played at Canarsie High School and Texas Tech University. Geoff was a 3rd round pick in the 1979 daft by the New York Knicks. Geoff played point guard for the New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. In eight NBA seasons, he played in 496 games, having played 12,252 minutes, and scoring 4,380 points. During his NBA career he managed a 48.3 field goal percentage (1,836 for 3,805), 25.4 three-point field goal percentage (16 for 63), 70.8 free throw percentage (692 for 978), 684 total rebounds (201 offensive, 483 defensive), 2,509 assists, 331 steals, 32 blocked shots.
He is one of only 24 players in NBA history who recorded 23 or more assists in a game when Geoff did it with the Cleveland Cavaliers in a win against Golden State Warriors on January 27, 1982. Geoff also scored 24 points in that game.
Throughout his years of playing in the NBA, Geoff played on teams that included Earl Monroe, Bill Cartwright, Michael Ray Richardson, Bill Laimbeer, Phil Hubbard, World B Free, Cliff Roberson and Austin Carr to mention just a few of his past teammates.
After retiring as a basketball player, Huston became the director of the St. Mary’s Recreation Center in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx in New York City. Geoff has solid roots in New York City basketball and is known to brings friends, Earl Monroe, Dean Meminger, John Starks and Julius Erving to help promote the game of basketball at rec centers where he worked after retiring.