I came to John Strickland’s wake in a black hoodie and shorts, like I was going to play a game, fresh from a workout — just the way John would have wanted. He had an NBA ball right next to him as he laid peacefully at Benta’s Funeral home in Harlem, while the NYC streetball community congregated outside to recall the life of one of the playground’s finest post players.
Yi Jianlian originally registered on the international basketball radar as the un-Yao Ming. Instead of a genetic breeding experiment who was more relatable to Iron Giant than Hoop Dreams, Yi was billed as China’s answer to Allen Iverson; a city kid who mostly honed his game on the playground before getting tied up in China’s notoriously rigid sports academies.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that Yi can get busy in a streetball setting; especially when you throw in the fact that he’s 6-11, pretty athletic and has a soaking wet jumper. Read More »
The other day we let you know about a dunk contest in the ATL this weekend. We’ve found out more. Dubbed the Sprite Slam Dunk Showcase, street legends Werm, HighRizer, Special FX, TDub and JFK will be showcasing their arsenal at the Lenox Mall. After we said that this group was arguably the best collection of dunkers ever in a dunk contest, other names have surfaced to contend for the crown. Elevator, DThac, Jonesy, Golden Child, Murda, and 5-10 Haneff Munir will also be in A-Town this Saturday afternoon to compete. Check below for their body of work.
With a headline like this, you probably thought we’d be talking about Dominique Wilkins, Spud Webb or Josh Smith. Although those three represented A-Town more than adequately in past dunk contests, they would have their hands full this weekend. Word out of the ATL is that Sprite and the NBA are holding a dunk contest this coming Saturday afternoon at the Lenox Mall featuring streetball legends Werm, HighRizer, Special FX, TDub and JFK. In our eyes, this group would arguably make this the best collection of dunkers ever in a dunk contest. Check below for the visual evidence.
The Nike Tournament of Champions is the premier summer basketball event in New York City. Pitting the winners of the four major Nike NYC tournaments against each other, every year the TOC decides once and for all who truly runs New York.
Since its inaugural game just last year, the TOC has developed into the championship that everyone looks forward to at the end of the summer. Held at Goat Park (99th and Amsterdam) the TOC takes the champions from all Nike tournaments– Nike Pro City, Tri-State Classic, West 4th and Dyckman — and lets them have at it to crown one ultimate champion.
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Some of the top street basketball players are teaming up with Tom Cavanagh (“Scrubs,” “Ed”) and his wife Maureen (from Sports Illustrated) to host the inaugural charity basketball game to raise money for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to prevent malaria worldwide.
A $10 donation is all it takes to purchase and distribute a long-lasting insecticide-treated bed net to a family in need. Visit www.NothingButNets.net to send a net and save a life.
Bounce‘s Nike NYC Blog has the recap from last night’s run at Pro City at Hunter College. Our guy on the ground, Kyle Henry, said was one of the best nights of basketball he’s ever seen. Buzzer beaters, tons of buckets, great performances by Ron Artest and Smush Parker and an appearance by Allan Houston made it a serious night.