Rowan Spencer is a New York-based designer-who-writes-turned-writer-who-designs. In addition to the recent copy work presented here, he has contributed creative spanning visual and sonic media to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New Museum, Classpass, Discogs, Kinfolk, Open, and more.

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Project: NBA Top Shot
Format: Master Challenge 
Date: May 25, 2021
It’s been a long time coming, but we had to live up to the saying... Cats have nine lives, and so too do Cool Cats Challenges. This is the Moment you’ve all been waiting for: the NBA Top Shot Cool Cats Master Challenge is here.

LaMelo Ball came into the NBA this season with the expectations of a household name, and it’s safe to say that he shattered them all by playing his way onto highlight reels early and often. The 19-year-old Charlotte Hornets guard began the season executing the kinds of pinpoint-precision, flashy passes that can only be expected of rookies that have already spent years in the limelight. Still, there is so much more to Ball’s game, as seen in this highly-anticipated Master Challenge Reward from the Cool Cats set.

In this Moment, the Hornets host the Indiana Pacers in a heated matchup in Charlotte on January 29, 2021, having lost the first game of the back-to-back two days earlier. After jumping out of bounds to save a wayward pass and allow his team to reset, LaMelo Ball makes his way to the bucket and follows a Devonte’ Graham layup as it teeters around the rim. Unguarded, he launches skyward to beat Domantas Sabonis to the rock in the air and slam home the offensive rebound. The first putback dunk of the young guard’s career is captured in this Moment, as is the ensuing statement-stare-down. Yet to start for the Hornets at the time, Ball came off the bench to score 16 on the night including the game winner.

To complete this NBA Top Shot Master Challenge, you must collect at least one of each Moment in the Cool Cats set before the Master Challenge’s completion. Don’t miss out: all collectors holding at least one of each Moment when the clock runs out will be sent this exclusive, never-to-be-sold-in-packs reward! Please note that collectors can earn a maximum of one reward per Challenge.