NBA London 2015 drew plenty of big name spectators to the O2 Arena on Thursday night and perhaps the biggest basketball fan in attendance was Chelsea striker Didier Drogba – who dazzled with his ball-spinning skills.
BT Sport’s Facebook Lounge saw plenty of high-profile guests stop by and speak about their love for Basketball including musicians Little Mix, Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and actor Rob James-Collier.
And Didier Drogba was keen to get involved too – speaking to Helen Skelton and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain about his favourite NBA players.
“I do follow the NBA,” explained Drogba, who is a regular attendee at the NBA London events.
“I think this is a great game, a great sport, everybody plays basketball everywhere in the world – it’s a bit like football.”
“You know, either you kick it, or you throw it! It’s good and everybody likes it,” he joked.
When asked which particular team he followed in the NBA he explained that his national connections gave him only one choice.
"I’ve got a few friends everywhere. T.P. [Tony Parker] in San Antonio [Spurs] and Boris Diaw, you know both of the French boys.
I’ve come for Carmelo
“I know them because I grew up in France and we speak a lot sometimes.”
But when he was asked which team he was supporting on the night - the struggling New York Knicks or the steady Milwaukee Bucks - he explained he was only there to see one man.
“I’m here to see Carmelo – I would love to meet him.”
What a spinner
And just before leaving to take his seat courtside he was asked to take on the BT Sport finger-spinning challenge and to beat the record of two seconds.
Which he did with relative ease!
The Milwaukee Bucks took on the New York Knicks at NBA Global Games London 2015 at The O2 on January 15. To follow the NBA in the UK visit www.facebook.com/nbauk