Jon Lopez

Taking it upstairs, the X-Men put together a late run, but fell short to Big Apple Basketball at Pro City

United Brooklyn snatched a come-from-behind victory over The Uptowners, overcoming a late double-digit deficit. Meanwhile, the X-Men’s typical balanced attack was no match for Big Apple Basketball’s dynamic backcourt of John Lucas, Jr. (33) and Corey “Homicide” Williams (30), who combined for 63 points. Seven players scored double figures for the X-Men, but a late surge by Big Apple Basketball sealed the victory in the fourth quarter. Keep reading for more images of the action at Pro City on Thursday, June 30th. Read More »

Finish Your Breakfast Community, Hoops Culture / Oct 13, 2010 / 1:42 am

John “Franchise” Strickland leaves behind a legacy of a champion on and off the court

What else can be said of the late John “Franchise” Strickland that hasn’t already been said? His body of work speaks for itself. The way he ran back on defense looking at his right hand, then his left, then right, left, right, left after he made an innocent defender look dumbfounded under the hoop is the image that lasts in my mind. His craftiness on the block was unparalleled. I created an image with some pictures I have of Strick and thought I’d share it. It’s just one of the many ways his legacy has become immortalized.

Semi-Finals at Dyckman presented some unpredictable twists

Playoff action resumed at Dyckman last night with yet another electric crowd. Fans at Dyckman really get into the game. Yes, they are often literally on the court and in the game that way, but they are also basketball-savvy fans who do not hesitate to let their opinions be known. No better time to speak up than when the stakes are at their highest: playoffs. Win or go home. And it’s a long wait until the summer of 2011 – lots of lost sleep can take place over that one turnover you wish you had back or that rushed shot that was swatted into next summer.

Last night Mann Up took on TNP and Team 914 faced Castle Hill in Dyckman semi-final action. Continue reading for details on how it all went down. Read More »

Friday Night Lights at Dyckman The Latest / Aug 6, 2010 / 1:23 pm

Sebastian Telfair takes pics with some fans during another capacity crowd at Dyckman on a Friday night

The stars have been showing up at Dyckman this summer. Friday Night Lights are on and poppin’ up there with matchups that’ll keep you’re eyes glued to the action. Corey Fisher vs 2 Hard 2 Guard. Sebastian Telfair vs Edgar Sosa. Problem vs Steve Burtt, Jr. Anti-Freeze vs Keydren Clarke. And on and on and on and on. As Kenny Stevens proclaims, “Where else would you wanna be?” Keep reading for more images of the action up at Dyckman. Read More »

Haron “H2O” Hargrave’s jumpshot is pure

Queens Day is coming up on August 8, 2010 and there will be a one-day basketball tournament at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens. The event is sponsored by the New York Knicks and Dunkin Donuts. The winning team will leave with a grand prize of $3,000. There is limited space available. Continue reading for details on how to spectate or take part in the festivities. Read More »

Ron Artest, aka Apocolypto, guards up at the Watson Classic

This weekend at the Watson Classic streetball fans were in for a treat. After a game between two defeated teams, where both put forth a strong effort to get that first dub, there was a Ron Artest sighting in the park. Sean Bell’s All-Stars head coach, Lil’ Rah (better known as The Black Bobby Knight, as Joe Pope puts it) made a grand entrance with lots of “Action” as Watson faithful know it. Read More »

Hoops in the Sun All-Star Game The Latest / Jul 19, 2010 / 9:02 am

Baltimore’s Stacy Brown throws one down

It was a star-studded event at Orchard Beach this weekend for the Hoops in the Sun (HITS) All-Star Game. Baltimore’s ESBL squad took on a HITS all-star team that included the likes of Steve Burtt, Jr., Miguel “Miles High” Milien, Haron “H2O” Hargrave, Adris “Too Hard to Guard” DeLeon, Jesse Sapp, Kenny Satterfield and Mike “Optimus Prime” Glover. There was a major giveaway at halftime that saw Yankees tickets, a Nintendo Wii, an iPod and XBox 360 video games awarded to lucky winners. There was no shortage of highlights for the fans and media in attendance. Read More »

Tommy Gunz gets dap after a familiar bucket

I know Jalisha will be covering West 4th this year, and I look forward to keeping up with it through her posts, but I happened to be in the area with my camera yesterday. I had the pleasure of witnessing one of the more dominant performances in NYC this summer yesterday at West 4th. The returning Champs, X-Men, opened up the season with a memorable performance. Tommy Eddie aka Tommy Gunz played ok, he had about twenty points through the second, third and fourth quarters. It might have been a disappointing performance for him if he didn’t hit like a million threes in the first quarter en route to dropping 20 in the first 10 minutes of the game. He finished with a gluttonous 40 points as he scored in a variety of ways – threes, post ups, taking his man off the dribble, you name it. Read More »