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Spring is the most wonderful time of the year for true hoop heads. The top high school players and teams are wrapping up their seasons with State titles.  College teams are making March go mad, as players prove one last time why they’re worth that NBA money or seniors shed tears, knowing that their careers are coming to a close. The NBA playoffs are around the corner and the weather starts to clear up enough to for pick-up games outdoors. But NYC residents also know that spring means the summa time’s cooking up and the players that rep our city-game are waiting to test their mettle on sacred city streets, once again. With that in mind, I decided to catch up with one of the city’s torch best ballers; Corey Williams a.k.a. Homicide

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Photo by Rafael Roy

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 »

The Cruz brothers – Joe and Randy – have done it again! Yes, they have produced yet another trailer in anticipation of the summer season at Orchard Beach in the Bronx.

With the advancements in gadgets and gizmos, Joe and Randy Cruz have been the ones to intelligently market their tournament through their website – – as well as other outlets like Facebook, Twitter, and Skype.

Peep this new trailer, not only of legendary moments in HITS history, but the marriage of street basketball and technology!

EZ Pass Bounces Back Hoops In The Sun, Rucker / Jan 21, 2010 / 3:04 pm

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Kemba Walker will admit it.

The kid they call EZ Pass hasn’t been operating UConn’s offense the way CT folks envisoned the Rucker Regular would the past few weeks, and UConn’s three-headed mauling machine of Walker-Stanley Robinson-Jerome Dyson hadn’t been leading the way they were supposed to during the program’s first three-game slide in three years.

“(Coach Blaney) told us (Walker, Dyson, Robinson) we’re the big three on this team and he wanted us to take the leadership role,” said Walker.

“All three of us haven’t been doing a great job with it, but lately throughout practice, we’ve been talking to the guys and trying to get them to step up.” Read More »

Last week, the temperature was warmer than the typical weather of previous January and winter seasons. As it reminded us of the soon-to-be summer season, we anticipate great tournaments like Hoops in the Sun at Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York.

Thanks to the Cruz brothers, we have a trailer to get us ready for the outdoor game once again!

Team 914 – HITS 2009 Champions Photo: Casey Lee

Throwback varsity jackets Photo: Casey Lee

(Sunday, August 16th) The championship day marked the 5th anniversary of the passing of Joe “Pops” Cruz. It was a memorable one as Pops 5 Legacy, a team created in honor of the Hoops in the Sun founder, took on Team 914 in the championship game at Orchard Beach in the Bronx. A moment of silence was held before the start of the game. People, hoop-heads and beach goers alike, took to the stands, along the sidelines, and by the main entrance for a packed game. MCs Bobby C and G-Stacks announced the commentary and in-game analysis of situations, players, and teams. Read More »