Brooklyn native Jack “Black Jack” Ryan recently was invited to entertain aspiring young ballplayers in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. Far away from home, the West 4th St. legend quickly won over the kids, and totally enjoyed the experience. “They gave me a nice Qatar uni to perform in,” he told us. Apparently, he’ll get to wear it again with the success of his trip: “The GM of the country’s federation said he wants to bring what the NBA does for its players and fans. Maybe I’ll be back . . .”

Shortly after returning home, Jack Ryan played against the Main Event Dream Team in a positive community entertainment game held for the Linden (NJ) PAL. Against former AND 1 Mixtape Tour players like Spyda, Shane, and Pharmacist, the 45+ year old scored 25 points! Announcer Joe Pope (also of Watson Classic and Tri-State) told the old man, “You should be playing with us, man!”

The legend continues . . .

4 Responses to “From Brooklyn To The Middle East: Jack “Black Jack” Ryan”

  1. Casey Lee says:


    It’s amazing with the right opportunity and traveling what sports can do. This all started from James Naismith and the peach basket mind you…ha!

    “Preparation + Opportunity = Success” ~Bruce Lee

  2. LA says:

    BLACK JACK is no joke — he gave me forty once…

    speaking of streetball legends — peep this flick I found…

  3. Snake says:

    Dang, Jack’s doing stuff in countries I never heard of before! That’s crazy, always cool to meet people from different areas and cultures. Great to see Jack doing his thing as always.

  4. Seldom Seen says:

    I witnessed Jack shooting the lights out against Main Events Dream Team…talk about a crowd pleaser

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