From the outside, the building blends into the rest of the foot of Houston's downtown skyline innocently enough, your average neighborhood recreation center. Seemingly. But head inside and you'll quickly find out that Fonde Recreation Center is where the best of the best in pickup hoopers in the Bayou City ply their trade. During the NBA offseason, it's not uncommon to find many of the city's NBA players, Rockets past and present, as well as many non-Rockets (Houston is an unofficial "second home" for many a professional player) keeping their skills sharp in some highly competitive pickup games. Additionally, Fonde has been home to youth basketball camps, youth leagues and local tournaments, like the one that native Houstonian T.J. Ford ran last summer for the first time.