Basketball doesn’t stop with the NBA Finals. In fact, for the majority of us, since we aren’t playing professionally, the summer is the best time to catch a game at the park. Yes, sometimes the rims suck, the court is falling apart and more often than not, the talent level screams freshman basketball. But it’s still hoop. Thanks to our friends at Nike, we are all about to be really, really spoiled. They are set to open Rivington Court in New York City, and from what I’ve gathered about the place, it is unreal.
Check out the release info from Nike below:
“Summer 2011 will go down as one of the greatest summers in the history of NYC hoops, period. Who can forget the Kevin Durant tour? In just one week, KD dropped 66 at Rucker Park, 41 at Pro City, and 35 at Dyckman! Exciting as those moments were, the summer hoops spotlight shined brightest on Team NIKE, the reigning Dyckman and T.O.C. Champions. Through the creation of Team NIKE, tournament basketball was back in a big way. Countless numbers of NBA Superstars, Overseas Talents, and Playground Legends came from across the country and around the world to prove themselves on the playgrounds of NYC.
Then Winter approached and the elite ball players needed a place to sharpen their game. The temperature dropped but hunger rose. Masaryk was built and players grinded through the winter in preparation to dominate this summer.
But we’re not here to wax poetic on the past. The time is now. Rivington Court is Nike’s newest L.E.S. arena where names will be taken, names will be kept, and names will be earned.
While Coach Bingo and Team NIKE I will be accepting all WBF challengers in London, Paris, and Washington D.C. â€“ Coach Rah and Team NIKE II will be battling for bragging rights all summer long against New York City’s best. Got something to prove against Team NIKE II? Settle it on their home turf – Rivington Court.
Then the future of New York, our high school kids, will be competing against each other all summer long in the 3rd edition of Battle of The Boroughs. Each borough will use Rivington Court for practices and scrimmages and then will come together for a one-day, winner take all tournament in August.”
GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE:
Wednesday June 27, 2012
5:00 PM: Battle of The Boroughs â€“ Queens vs. Bronx
7:00 PM: Nike+ Basketball Dunk Contest
8:00 PM: Team NIKE I vs. Team NIKE II
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