Everyone who knows about playground basketball knows who Rodney Parker was. He was a true legend who helped a lot of different people throughout his life. When I worked out a few times with Tim “Headache” Gittens at John Jay College, he was there and actually took a liking to my game as he did with so many others. The point of saying this is not to brag about my game, but that he offered to take me around Brooklyn one summer to play in different tournaments and what not. I’m sorry that I didn’t taken him up on it. I didn’t know him extremely well, but I knew his background. Everyone who crossed Rodney Parker talked very highly of him as a person. I loved kicking it with him because he was such a cool, charismatic, and funny guy. A ball rolled by in the gym one day, and someone asked him for help and to throw it over. He just looked at me and said, “I’m not picking that ball up. I’m a freaken legend.” That made me laugh and it was true. I have great respect for Rodney Parker. If anyone has any stories or memories of him, please put some up. I’m sure many people would like reading them.
The funeral is on Sunday in Brooklyn. I am going to try to make it. He will be missed . . .