Sean Couch

A new paradigm hits the streets of NYC tonight up at Dyckman Park with Nike sponsoring a group of 10 streetballers now known as Team Nike coached by last year’s Nike Tournament of Champions winner – Maxwell “Bingo” Coles. The word is that the winner gets 5k a game to split every Wednesday night (still haven’t gotten the press release on that and I haven’t gotten a verbal from Nike personnel but we’ll see at 8 pm tonight!). That’s $500 balls a man, in a park that is known for big crowds and interaction with the players that is unrivaled on the planet.

If you follow our print editions you know that Dyckman Park is known for crowds to the gill…it’s going to be real interesting…First up is United Brooklyn with Gary Ervin and Kavon Lytch vs 2 Hard 2 Guard, Anti Freeze, Kiki Clarke, K. Sat and T2. Team Nike has a lot of guard play but only one ball, and with the crowd calling for Hard 2 Guard to take over (from Dyckman) it will be interesting to see how the team meshes. Read More »

Come and Celebrate as Street Rootz Entertainment presents along with Jamtown and Tracey Lombardi’s CocktailsConnect, The Official Launch of Patrick Robinson aka Pat The Roc’s new website at ultra-chic Studio 21 in Manhattan. Pat is presently starring in the Ball Up Streetball Show on Fox Sports and Read More »

Union Square in New York City – 2011 People’s Games

At the vein of city life are the parks and recreational facilities that give men and women a haven from the grind of work. The People’s Games, according to the organizers, was a celebration of the common man and his right to compete and display his skill for his sport. Last week the inaugural sport chosen to kick off the Games was basketball, and two cities that love outdoor ball – LA and NYC – competed in a best-of-three tournament, with the first game held at Venice Beach and the second on a hardwood floor placed at the north end of Union Square Park in NYC. Game three was supposed to happen at the City College of NY (CCNY) up in Harlem but LA took care of that. Read More »

Aquille Carr (middle front row)

An article in the Prep Rally section of Yahoo Sports reports that 5-6 high school sophomore point guard Aquille Carr of the Team Melo AAU program received a pro offer from the Lottomatica Virtus Roma (Brandon Jennings’ overseas team) of the Italian professional league after averaging 40 points a game for the United States at the Junior International Tournament in Milan.

Carr has been a regular in Carmelo Anthony’s Summer Tournament in Baltimore and has been killing the competition all year.

Special Thanks to Steven Counts

As the Editor and Chief of Bounce Magazine, creator of the Nike-sponsored Chain Link Fundamentals and 20-year advocate for free youth sponsored training and conditioning sessions through the Jim Couch Foundation, I’m into training. I sent Steven Counts to interview Elite 24 alum Tyreke Evans and ask him about the importance of year-round training at a photo shoot for Queen Latifah’s new VBlast vitamin water, VBee multi-vitamin water for kids, and Aqua84 enhanced mineral water.

The Flava Unit Entertainment venture under the New York Spring Water Label is a big deal for Tyreke whose workout attitude is legendary – one that moved him up in the 2009 draft to the fourth position because he didn’t back away from competing against the top guards in individual sessions, displaying the I’ll bust your butt” attitude that makes him a #upandcoming NBA All-Star. Read More »

adiZero Crazy Light – Lightest Performance Shoe in Basketball.

I suited up for my playoff game in the Pelham Fritz Basketball League Sunday eager to see if my new adiZero “Crazy Light” basketball shoes would give me the “light feet” that “AG” – The Voice of Harlem chants on his songs and in parks around the city. The shoes are on many adidas NBA athletes in the playoffs and I also prepared for my over-40 tournament challenge in a league that features many former NBA players.

I had my best scoring game of the year, and the shoes fit like a glove! As we went down in defeat to a solid Kings team that had top professional talent, my man Al B, announcer of the Big Dogg Tournament in Harlem, who saw me as a youth playing in the Rucker, told me “thanks for giving me a flashback.” Read More »

Maka Ellis from Las Vegas, Nevada

Maka Ellis is a fifth grader from the Las Vegas Elite AAU organization who told me he once dropped 44 points in one of his games. He came all the way from Nevada, Las Vegas to test his game at the Middle School Elite National Camp (MSE) held at Fordham University and organized by Jerry Love. I volunteered my time to help with the new camp, so I eagerly came with the purpose of possibly including the MSE National Camp as a selection junction for a National Rising Freshman Game. The National game is a non-MSE event although the New York Daily News mistakenly reported it as affiliated with the camp.

Top players from around the country were in attendance with top 10 eighth grader Jerron Love, top NYC freshman Isaiah Whitehead and top Long Island freshman Terry Harris as headliners. In my search I spotted a surprising eighth grader rising as a freshman whose family is NYC playground royalty at the event. Read More »

“The Accelerator.”

One of my favorite players in college ball is Harrison Barnes. I even have a nickname for him – “The Accelerator.” Barnes is super-fast in the air to the hoop just like a man who Michael Jordan won chips with, Scotty Pippen. I did a How We Do (Our signature move section) with Harrison in Bounce #22 and in it he mentioned how he patterned his game after the versatile Pippen.

As the Sweet 16 starts up tonight, I read a tweet from @RadioHoopGirlz about Michael Jordan telling Harrison Barnes to shelf his Nike Zoom Kobe VI’s and wear Jordans the rest of the way. No one really argues with Mike, but it reminded me of something… Read More »