Apollo Jets: Jock Air

Convicted stock swindler Al Palagonia has reinvented himself as the private jet kingpin for top athletes
“There are a lot of people with checkered pasts in this business—like me,” says Al Palagonia Photograph by Andrew Hetherington

The annual National Basketball Association All-Star Game isn’t taken too seriously by basketball fans. It’s best appreciated as the culmination of a weekend of parties attended by athletes and their celebrity friends. Before the most recent competition on Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in Orlando, the players mingle beside the court with director Spike Lee and civil rights activist Jesse Jackson. Rapper-turned-actor Common visits Cee Lo Green. Their younger peers, Lil Wayne and his protégé, Drake, make faces for TNT’s cameras.

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