“One day I just started doin’ me. I just started scoring a lot, I guess.”-Michael Beasley, Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot Some people are put on this planet to do one thing. For instance, I think Jaleel White was put on the planet to planet to give nerdy brothers higher self-esteem by playing Steve Urkel; Marv Albert graces the green Earth to scream adverbs and adjectives at you through the T.V. screen and Pamela Anderson, umm, was put here to join PETA in the fight against fur. Michael Beasley, Minnesota’s new leader of the Wolf pack, was simply born to score. A lot.
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Above The Rim Re-Launches with Martell Webster ATR, Apparel, Articles, Community, Events, High School, Interview, News, Sneakers, The Latest, feature / Nov 4, 2010 / 7:19 pm
It’s 8 o’clock on the Thursday night before Halloween in midtown Manhattan. My older brother Rell is with me to hit the re-launch party for the sneaker brand, ATR (Above the Rim). As we make our way up and down 68th street, a man dressed in a Johnny Cash-esque all black suit stops me and asks, “hey, are you looking for the ATR party?”
“Yeah, is this the place?” Read More »
World Basketball Festival: The Cutting Room Floor Around The World:, Articles, Community, Events, Highlights, Hoops Culture, Interview, Rucker, The Latest / Oct 6, 2010 / 10:58 pm
The next issue of Bounce Mag currently being chopped and screwed will feature our take on the NYC Nike Tournament of Champions and the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach. But with the first ever World Basketball Festival making its home here in the city, we had to be heavy in the streets that weekend to cover it will definitely be highlighted with pics, players and the overall unprecedented level of illness that took over the NYC hoops scene for a little over four days. Like any other great production, some things just didn’t quite make it to the finished product and ended up here on the site like the extra credits portion of your favorite DVD.
I got the chance to kick it with Renaldo Balkman at the WBF where we spoke about his heritage, his adjustment to ballin’ with his Boricua brethren and other goodies like that.
2010 NIKE TOC: CHAMPIONSHIP ROAD NOW RUNS THROUGH ORCHARD BEACH Articles, Best of Playground, Events, Highlights, Hoops Culture, Hoops In The Sun, News, Nike, The Latest, feature / Aug 28, 2010 / 10:15 pm
The 2010 Nike Tournament of Champions was about one thing – Namesake. I had a convo with Corey “Homicide” Williams a few weeks before the game and he told me two important things about the city game. “It takes a long time to build a name but only a second to lose it,” Homicide said. Makes sense.
Watching a player kill summer after summer only adds to their legacy. It’s why players like the newly retired John “Franchise” Strickland, the master of post finishing for several years in New York City, are so revered in playground basketball – he owned the game in his prime and now in its 4th year, the Nike T.O.C. can bite that rep and now be called “The Franchise” of NYC tournament ball. Read More »
KNOW YOUR HISTORY: NIKE 133rd & 8th Articles, Community, Converse, Events, Hoops Culture, Jordan, Jordan Brand, News, Nike, Sneakers, The Latest, legends, nba / Jul 22, 2010 / 9:58 pm
The world basketball festival (Aug 12-15) is less than a month away. Player appearances, retail pop-up shops and actual on-court action in unprecedented places (Namely Times Square) is on the way, but before all that action attacks Manhattan, the people at Nike, Converse and Brand Jordan wanted to give a everyone a chance to see how all aspects of the game started, how we got here and where the future will take us.
The Topic of Conversation:Who’s the Best Guard in NYC Articles, The Brooklyn Report, The Latest / Jul 12, 2010 / 11:43 pm
I have been ear-hustlin’ for the past two to three weeks. One thing I have noticed about New York City and the game of basketball is that opinions do not matter, you have to let your game speak for itself. The Topic of Conversation for this week is…who’s the best guard in New York City?
This summer, the guard play in the city has been real crazy. I have seen with own eyes guards carry teams to victories and even gaining the respect from the hypercritical New York City street ball fan. The Big Apple is a guard laden city. There are so many names to mention. Read More »
Hectic was the only word that could crack the too cool for school (or at least three more years of it), demeanor on John Wall’s face and sum up the last two years of his life. Going from a buried in the tar heel state prep star, to a top HS recruit who led the resurgence of a college hoops haven, a media sensation and a soon to be overall no. 1 pick in tomorrow’s NBA Draft, hectic might be the only way to describe a two-year span like that. Read More »
Although the Celtics lost in an ill fashion yesterday all I could think about was Rasheed Wallace’s Nike Air Force 1’s. I’ve admired this man for wearing this iconic shoe even though its technology is obsolete in 2010. I was more impressed with his “Gumby” colorway today than Kobe’s new White/Gold “Big Stage” Nike Kobe V. I had to pause my TV a few times to get a good look of this model because I was so intrigued. All I could think about was how I had a Bobbito moment and sooner or later I would be telling my kids about these Forces. This man plays 48 minutes not counting how many times a week he practices in them; this man’s feet must hurt on levels I can’t imagine. Read More »