The CBE Classic is part of the College Basketball Experience, a permanent tribute to the game located adjacent to the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. I was able to spend a couple of hours there this afternoon, and it’s a lot of fun. I bumped into several Huskies fans in there, and if any of you are ever out this way, I certainly recommend it.
It is mostly made up of two part: an upstairs area that has lots of participation areas: a full open court, a 3-on-3-court, some free throw shooting areas, a 3-point shooting area and a dunk area. In fact — while I’m probable for tonight’s game — I actually have a pretty good bruise on my wrist from one of my dunks … on the 8-foot rim.
The bottom part of the CBE is more like a traditional museum, with some exhibits and films on the history of the game. Lorenzo Romar shows up in several of the films, including one in which he says, “Rules without relationships can lead to rebellion.” Which is a very nice line I had never heard before.
That’s also where they have the hall of fame, which now includes a new class inducated yesterday: Charles Barkley, Arnie Ferrin, Danny Manning, Billy Packer, Jim Phelan, Nolan Richardson and Dick Vitale.
As I say, lots of fun. And the tournament hasn’t even begun yet.