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Playground, We Reminisce / Aug 19, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Mixtaped: How And1 Changed The Way We Watch And Think About Basketball

AND1 Mixtape Vol. 6

Before the turn of the millennium, something happened that would alter the basketball landscape for the entire decade to come. It would change the way fans think about the sport, the manner in which we consume it, and it would spawn whole cottage industries of hoops that few of us could have imagined or predicted. It was the arrival of the And1 Mixtape Volume 1. Read More »

Playground / Aug 13, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Marcus LoVett Jr. & Jamal Crawford Show Sick Handles At Seattle Pro-Am

Jamal Crawford, Marcus LoVett Jr.

High school senior out of Garden Grove, CA, Marcus LoVett Jr. has impressed the nation’s top scouts and recruits with his explosive scoring ability and extraordinary handles. The lefty point guard is undeclared as of now, but UCLA, Marquette, Indiana, and Michigan State top his college list. It’s also no secret Jamal Crawford is among the best in the NBA at putting up points at a rapid pace and doing so with stunning ball-handling skills. So when LoVett Jr. teamed up with Crawford this past weekend at the Seattle Pro-Am, it was nothing short of special. Read More »

GIFs, Playground / Aug 12, 2014 / 9:00 am

Young Hollywood Eastbay Jam Over Clipper Darrell Wins Drew Dunk Contest

Young Hollywood, Clipper Darrell

The championship game between C.O.A. and Houdini’s All-Stars may have been the main attraction at the Drew League this past weekend, but its annual dunk contest featured an array of attention-stealing acrobatics that garnered some major buzz amongst the crowd on Sunday. Fresh off his win at the Nike 3on3 Slam Dunk Contest earlier in the weekend, Michael “Airdogg” Stewart joined Haneef Munir, a.k.a. Young Hollywood, Jonathan Clark, Chris Staples, and Steven Mallory in a showcase of gravity-defying and innovating jams at the 2014 Drew League Dunk Contest. Read More »

Playground / Aug 8, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Los Angeles Delivers In The Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown

Kwame Alexander

NBA Nation has been taking its Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown across the country this summer in pursuit of finding the top amateur dunker in the country. Thus far, they’ve traveled to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. The winners from each of the eight tour stops are awarded $2,500 and a spot to compete at the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown at the 2015 All-Star Weekend in New York City, where the contest’s top dunker will be rewarded $10,000. Read More »

GIFs, Overseas, Playground / Aug 6, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Video: Dimtry Krivenko Shuts Down FIBA 3×3 World Tour Dunk Contest

Dmitry 'Smoove' Krivenko

The 2014 3×3 World Tour – endorsed by FIBA – kicked off in Manila on July 19 and is scheduled for five other masters before wrapping the tour up in Tokyo for the finals in October. The 3×3 World Tour provides an international stage for amateur streetballers from across the globe to showcase their talents in a 3×3-team format. Ten thousand dollars is up for grabs for the winning 3×3 team at on each World Tour stop. Read More »

GIFs, NBA, Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 5:30 pm

Top 5 Most Flavorful Moves Of The 2013-14 NBA Season

Andre Iguodala, Quincy Miller

It’s summer time, so a ball is always bouncing at Harlem’s temple, Rucker Park. Bacardi Flavored Rum is hosting “Flavor at the Rucker” nights every Thursday at 6 p.m. ET during a partnership with this summer’s Entertainers Basketball Classic The NBA is focused on the win, but Rucker’s where players can showcase their personal flavor of hoop brilliance. That’s what makes these next five sequences from the 2013-14 season such bold indictments of the defenders involved. In the NBA, you’re embarrassing the best. Read More »

Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 5:00 pm

James Harden Lights Up Drew League In Week 11

James Harden

After 11 weeks of stellar basketball at the Drew League, 28 teams have been narrowed down to 16 who have earned their place in the knockout format of the playoffs. Already 15 of the 16 playoff spots have been determined as the Drew entered its final week of regular season action. But that did extinguish the the always competitive and explosive play that went down in Week 11. Read More »

Playground / Jul 31, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Jordan Kilganon Shuts Down Rucker By Dunking Over Man Standing On Chair

Jordan Kilganon

There’s a new, worthy opponent in the seemingly never-ending competition for the summer’s best dunk performance: Jordan Kilganon. The 6-1 high-flyer showed off his crazy hops with an array of jaw-dropping slams at New York City’s Rucker Park last night. There have obviously been some epic dunking moments on those hallowed grounds, but Kilganon’s exhibition just might be Rucker’s best – ever. Read More »

Playground / Jul 30, 2014 / 4:32 pm

Video: EBC Celebrity Challenge Highlights

Big Sean

This past weekend, The Barclays Center hosted the 2014 EBC Celebrity Challenge, which featured some notable NBA talent and streetball players from various regions. In the first annual game at the Barclays, the three-game showdown featured players such as Marcus Williams (LA Team), Nolan Smith (DMV Team), Jarret Jack ( DMV Team), Erving Walker (NY Team) and other notable ballers. Read More »

GIFs, Playground, Video / Jul 30, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Watch Ball Up Lose First Game Ever In Birmingham

Ball Up Streetball Birmingham

Records are meant to be broken. After going four years without suffering a loss, the Ball Up all-stars team – coached by Gilbert Arenas – were defeated by the team representing Birmingham, Alabama, 84-83, over the weekend. Read More »