Sunday, July 8, 2012 | 11:59 p.m.
Miami Heat star LeBron James hosted his official championship celebration at Tao in the Venetian on Saturday night. The NBA champion donned a pair of dressy Billionaire Boys Club sweat pants with suspenders and his trademark spectacles and dined at the restaurants with friends, including other Team USA teammates in town to train for the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
After dinner, the group took over a VIP section on the dance floor upstairs in the nightclub. The reigning MVP set off cell phone cameras as he entered Tao, and DJ Steph Floss, whom LeBron flew from Cleveland just to spin for the celebration, kept the party going with hip-hop club anthems as he shouted out LeBron’s name throughout the evening. As Tao’s bottle fairy flew above the crowd, LeBron was presented with a cake replicating his Heat jersey and championship trophy.
“A big shout-out to Tao; that was one hell of a presentation,” said the DJ before he dropped the beat and confetti rained on the crowd. The group partied the night away as partygoers helped to celebrate LeBron’s first NBA championship. The night before, LeBron et al partied at a VIP table in the Boom Box Room at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Also at Tao: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets, Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers, Dejuan Blair of the San Antonio Spurs and Stanford Routt of the Kansas City Chiefs and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens.
Eve Hewson, daughter of U2 frontman Bono, celebrated her 21st birthday at Tao with her father and a large group of friends. The entourage dined on satay sea bass, lobster wontons, buddha chicken and red curry scallops.
Actor Wilmer Valderrama also started his night off at Tao as he dined with UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste before heading to a VIP table in the Boom Box Room, where he was joined by singer Omarion, former Pussycat Dolls member Lauren Bennett and friends. Wilmer enjoyed the sounds of DJ Eric D-Lux as he requested songs and even jumped on the mic.
Thanks to Al Powers of Powers Imagery for his photo gallery of the celebration.
Don Chareunsy is editor of VegasDeLuxe.com and senior editor, arts and entertainment, of LasVegasSun.com.
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