Trevor Kapp

I Reminisce: Levance Fields The Latest / Oct 12, 2009 / 12:08 pm

I’m excited as can be about this upcoming college basketball season, but one player I’m going to miss a lot is Levance Fields.

Fields—who will play in Russia this year, according to Wikipedia—drilled countless clutch shots over his four-year career at Pitt and was a joy to watch any time he stepped inside the lines.

I recently searched him on Youtube and thought I’d post one of the clips I found. How New York is this?

“Homicide” Heating Up The Latest / Oct 12, 2009 / 10:05 am

Corey WIlliams was one assist shy of a triple double Friday night. Photo:

It’s only October, but Corey “Homicide” Williams is already warmed up in the land down under. Williams nearly posted a triple double, scoring 32 points, grabbing 11 boards and dishing off nine assists, in a loss Friday.

Homicide followed that up with 19 points, six rebounds and seven assists in a win Saturday.

To read more about Williams, click here

Kyrie Irving to Duke? The Latest / Oct 4, 2009 / 2:12 pm

Chapel Hill, N.C. – Just ran into North Carolina guard Dexter Strickland, who said he spoke to his former high school teammate and Bounce #22 cover-man Kyrie Irving Saturday, and he said he thinks the St. Patrick’s point guard will commit to Duke, which would add even more excitement to arguably the greatest rivalry in sports.

Irving and Strickland would be the latest high-school pair to don different shades of blue. Wayne Ellington and Gerald Henderson committed to UNC and Duke respectively out of Episcopal HS outside of Philadelphia about four years ago.

40 Cal recently made the claim that ’09 was the worst Summer for playground ball yet. Hyperbole? Perhaps. But it definitely drew several responses.

For more opinions, check out this piece that ran on the Macleem Web site.

What are your thoughts?

Carroll hailed from New York City. Image:

Jim Carroll, the author of “The Basketball Diaries,” which is widely considered one of the best basketball reads of all time, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 60.

Carroll was a ballplayer himself and starred at Trinity HS on the Upper West Side of Manhattan in the 1960s.

He was also a musician and poet.

Is “The Basketball Diaries” the best book about the sport?


About a month ago, Bobbito, Casey Lee and I sat down for lunch at a Jamaican spot up by Bob’s crib in Harlem. The food was pretty good. The dialogue was even better.

Among the several topics we touched on was the most overrated player in the city. I know Bounce is in large part about spreading love, which I’m all for, but this query just seemed too intriguing to be left to three reporters sitting at a table on a hot Thursday afternoon.

I won’t list any of the names we came up with; however, I would like to pose the question because I think it could encourage serious debate: Who is the most overrated playground/tournament player in New York City?

Jacksonville, Fla. Photo:

As this summer draws to a close, it’s never too soon to anticipate the one ahead. Greg Vasicek has done just that. The Beach Jam 2010 creator is looking to gather over 1,000 teams across the country to vie to be “The Last Team Standing.”

Ultimately, 64 tournaments will be played across 16 states, and the winners will travel to Jacksonville, Fla., for a chance to win $100,000 and a four-day, three-night all-expense paid trip for four to Walt Disney World.

Tournament champions receive a $300 travel voucher and a six-day, five-night beachfront accommodation in Jacksonville. Read More »

Hannover celebrates its title.

The 5×5 Germany Reality Check, Germany’s biggest professional streetball tournament, attracted top-level talent for two days of intense, physical playground ball.

The tournament, which took place on July 11 & 12, was comprised of 85% pros and featured 12 German teams and four from France.

Teams went after it both days.

Germany’s Hannover squad knocked off France’s Paris Shets Hustler, 37-25, in the final.

Bjorn Schoo earned tournament MVP.

Schoo poses with his MVP trophy.

Joel Mondo won the one-on-one championship.