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Rice University Basketball Camps
Author Ryan Tate
Posted on June 21, 2013 in category Archived News

Pro Dunk Hoops has proudly sponsored Coach Ben Braun and the Rice Basketball Camps for over 17 years.

Ben Braun Basketball Camps on the campus of Rice University are dedicated to providing basketball camps that are both instructional and informative along with creating a great atmosphere to learn!

The coaching staff here at Rice University prides itself on teaching the game of basketball to players of all ages and ability levels. All camps are taught by our coaching staff and players. The mechanics and drills that are taught at our camps are used with our college players. We are determined to provide the best possible learning experience for our campers.


More information available here.

Man Down: Kobe Bryant Vents
Author Ryan Tate
Posted on April 15, 2013 in category Uncategorized


Kobe Bryant went down last night during a game against the Warriors, and suffered a mean leg injury that ended his season. Although he has suffered plenty of injuries in the past, his possible torn achilles at this point in his career, may take him out of the game for good.

In the wee hours of the morning today, before his surgery, Kobe hopped on Facebook to vent his frustration in a dramatic post:

This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I’ve done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I’m supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that??

I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me…Then again maybe not! It’s 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I’m wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what’s the purpose of social media if I won’t bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever.

One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day.

“If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear”. Ive always loved that quote. Thats “mamba mentality” we don’t quit, we don’t cower, we don’t run. We endure and conquer.

I know it’s a long post but I’m Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge.

Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru.

Thank you for all your prayers and support. Much Love Always.

Mamba Out



Miami Heat Winning Streak Ends In Chicago
Author Ryan Tate
Posted on March 28, 2013 in category Uncategorized

CHICAGO — LeBron James’ frustration — almost a full season’s worth — spilled out.

Late in the fourth quarter, with the Miami Heat trailing the Chicago Bulls and the Heat’s 27-game winning streak about to expire, James delivered an overly physical foul — leading with his forearm — on Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.

A referee called a flagrant foul 1.

James wasn’t angry that the Heat were about to lose for the first time since Feb. 1. He was unhappy with the way the referees officiated the game, unhappy with the way the Bulls were able to be so physical — in James’ view — and get away with it.

After the Bulls ended the Heat’s winning streak — the second longest in NBA history and six wins shy of the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers’ 33 wins in a row — James sat in his cubicle, his feet in a bucket of ice with the 101-97 box score resting atop it, and vented about the pounding he has taken this season.

“It’s been happening all year, and I’ve been able to keep my cool and try to tell Spo (Heat coach Erik Spoelstra), ‘Let’s not worry about it,’ ” James said. “But it is getting to me a little bit. Every time I try to defend myself, I’ve got to face the consequences of a flagrant or a technical foul or whatever the case may be.

“It’s tough. It’s very tough.”

-USA Today

All-Star Guide: Where To Eat
Author Ryan Tate
Posted on February 13, 2013 in category Uncategorized

People continue to line up to enter the Breakfast Klub as the line wraps around the building.

1. Oxheart 2. Kata Robata 3. Tony’s
4. Hugo’s 5. Feast 6. Underbelly
7. Uchi 8. Hubcap Grill 9. Pondicheri
10. Pho Binh Trailer 11. Himalaya 12. Melange Creperie
13. Dolce Vita 14. Killen’s 15. Irma’s
16. Philippe 17. Giacomo’s 18. Reef
19. Great W’Kana 20. Da Marco 21. Pico’s
22. Gatlin’s 23. Huynh 24. Latin Bites
25. Crawfish & Noodles 26. Mala Sichuan 27. Shri Balaji Bhavan
28. Bernie’s Burger Bus 29. t’afia 30. Vic & Anthony’s
31. Vieng Thai 32. Branch Water Tavern 33. Brennan’s
34. Ninfa’s on Navigation 35. RDG 36. Indika
37. Samba Grille 38. Haven 39. Quattro
40. Que Huong 41. Goode Co. Seafood 42. Poscol
43. The Burger Guys 44. Sylvia’s 45. Queen Vic
46. La Guadalupana 47. The Breakfast Klub 48. Kasra
49. Plonk 50. Confucius 51. Cafe Pita +
52. El Tiempo 53. Virgie’s 54. Americas
55. Aura 56. Au Petit Paris 57. Rice Bowl Indonesian
58. Kris Bistro 59. Roost 60. Karancho’s
61. Cafe TH 62. Bijan Persian Grill 63. Good Dog Hot Dogs
64. Alpha Bakery 65. Frenchy’s 66. Villa Arcos
67. Gilhooley’s 68. Banana Leaf 69. Pizaro’s Pizza
70. Kenny & Ziggy’s 71. Mezzanotte 72. Soto’s Cantina
73. Tony Mandola’s 74. Asia Market 75. Revival Market
76. Radical Eats 77. Korean BBQ 78. Rioja
79 Ristorante Cavour 80. Romero’s Las Brazas 81. Istanbul Grill
82. Taqueria Laredo 83. Coppa 84. Fu Fu Cafe
85. Danton’s 86. Beaver’s Icehouse 87. Ibiza
88. La Vista 89. El Gran Malo 90. Teotihuacan
91. Angus Grill 92. Lemon Tree 93. Nidda Thai
94. Alicia’s Tex-Mex 95. Turquoise Grill 96. Rainbow Lodge
97. Yum Yum Cha 98. Tango & Malbec 99. Pappas Bros.
100. Spanish Village

A delicious dish from Yum Yum Cha

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