Archive for the 'Bounce' Category

Bounce, Playground / Oct 14, 2010 / 3:15 pm

Blacktop Kingpin: NYC Streetball will always love John Strickland

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.

Strick, a.k.a. “The Franchise,” who passed away last week at 38 years old, would show up to most of his games in a sweaty t-shirt, shorts and drawstring bag with his sneakers in it, looking real kid-like. Read More »

Bounce, NBA / Aug 12, 2010 / 2:15 pm

Kevin Durant: The Come Up

Kevin Durant

This is Kevin Durant‘s moment. As the eyes of basketball nation are fixed on New York City right now for the World Basketball Festival, Durant is the focal point of Team USA and the unquestioned star of this massive event. In our special all-WBF issue of Bounce Magazine, Durant talks about his meteoric rise to stardom. Read More »

Bounce, NBA / Jul 1, 2009 / 5:28 pm

Yi Jianlian vs. New York’s playground elite

Yi Jianlian

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 »

Bounce, NBA, Playground, Video / Sep 24, 2008 / 2:06 pm

Sprite Slam Dunk Showcase

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.


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Bounce, NBA, Playground, Video / Sep 22, 2008 / 6:31 pm

Dunk Contest In The ATL

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.


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Bounce, High School, NBA, Playground / Aug 26, 2008 / 10:13 am

Kings of New York Decided Once and For All

Ron Artest and Bobbito Garcia at the TOC

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. Read More »

Bounce, Playground / Aug 14, 2008 / 2:13 pm

If You Haven’t Been to Rucker Park Yet This Summer…

We’ve got the perfect excuse to make the trip up to Harlem’s hallowed grounds. Over on Bounce, they’ve got the skinny on a great event next Monday, August 18th from 12PM – 2PM that they say embodies everything that street basketball is really about.

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, NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 30, 2008 / 10:08 am

Michael Beasley Killed it at Nike Pro City Last Night

After a full day of “work” at the NBA Rookie Shoot in Tarrytown, New York, Michael Beasley and Donte Green (who is reportedly part of the Ron Artest deal) somehow found the energy to make a surprise appearance at Nike Pro City up at Manhattan’s Hunter College last night.

Our man Kyle Henry was on hand to deliver the recap and pics for Bounce’s NYC Daily Blog. Spoiler alertBeasley killed it. Check out the full story HERE.

Bounce, NBA, Playground / Jul 25, 2008 / 4:57 pm

Allan Houston Ran at Pro City Last Night

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.

Check it out HERE.

Bounce, Playground, Style - Kicks and Gear / Jul 7, 2008 / 11:54 am

We Found God (Shammgod) on the Playground

Photo. Stanley Lumax

Bounce Magazine was on hand to catch legendary Shammgod Wells‘s appearance at the Tri-State Classic up in Harlem the other day. True to form, Shamm ripped it up. Check it out HERE and HERE.