Baylor University Hall of Famer Brian Skinner enjoyed a long and successful journey through the NBA and Italy’s basketball league. He was the 22nd overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1998 draft before calling it quits in 2011.

Here is a quote from the Waco Tribune after Skinner’s Baylor Hall of Fame induction:

“Skinner was arguably the most dominant shot-blocker and rebounder in Baylor basketball history. The big man from Temple thrice earned all-conference recognition (1996-98), helping the Bears transition from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12. He remains Baylor’s career leader in blocks (346) and rebounds (915), and ranks fifth in scoring (1,702).

Skinner was a first-round pick of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1998 NBA draft, and embarked on a journeyman pro career that saw him play for eight different teams in 13 years. He also played professionally in Italy before retiring to the Houston area.” (source)

Having local heroes like Skinner make our great city their home is just another reason to love Houston. When those same local heroes share our passion for cigars, then all we can do is welcome them with open arms.

While I was planning the Sunday Smokeout #2, which is being pegged as The Ultimate Cigar Party, the 6’9 NBA vet walked into Cigar Envi happily smoking a puro. Shortly after his arrival, I was introduced to Skinner by Eduardo Rizo (a.k.a. The Crazy Cuban).

Rizo is the Operations Manager for Cigar Envi, which will be the venue for the second round of the Sunday Smokeout adventure.

Speaking of adventure, Rizo and I extended an invitation to Skinner to attend our cigar party. Considering we already have a celebrity chef on deck for the event, it only made sense to have an athletic sensation join the party to boost the star power and glamour.

I can tell you this, Mr. Skinner will be attending the Sunday Smokeout #2 for the same reason as us; to watch football, listen to great music and enjoy the scenery of the Houston Cigar Life models.

Most importantly he will meet part of his 1600 calorie per day intake by snacking on Cuban food prepared by celebrity chef Ja’Nel Witt who won Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen. She now commands the helm at River Oak’s hottest restaurant, Corner Table as their Executive Chef.

In addition to Skinner & Witt holding down the star power, Rizo will be playing all NFL games on 3 big screen TV’s and giving ‘crazy‘ discounts on cigars while Houston legend DJ Melodic chills us out with deep lounge vibes.

There is so much more to be announced for this event, so stay tuned…

Now to make this a proper party all we need is you and your friends to come celebrate the life blessed with great cigars and even better friends! So spread the word and join us on November 2nd for the Sunday Smokeout #2.

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