Come through Vancouver’s Kits Beach this time of year and you will find that two things are guaranteed. One, you are sure to see an abundance of beautiful Canadian young ladies donning Miami-style bikinis. And two, you will find some hard-nosed pickup on the beach’s chain-netted courts. Reminiscent of Cali’s Venice Beach, Kits features some of the city’s sickest and most boisterous street ballers. Read More »
Summer hoops in Vancouver doesn’t stop as soon as the Dolphin Basketball Classic ends. Every August for the past half-decade, my man Steve Lee has organized Hoopfest. Sure, it’s not outdoors like Dolphin, but it attracts the same usual suspects: Randy Nohr, Bol Kong, Joey Haywood aka King Handles, Aman Heran and Neb Alesic. Read More »
A little over five years ago, Mike “Ghost” Zanidean trekked to Toronto from his home just outside of Vancouver with little more than $300 in cash and two suitcases full of gear. He dreamed of finding the finest comp Canada had to offer, but eventually earned worldwide acknowledgment thanks to his formidable bag ‘o tricks and took an American detour to play in Memphis at LeMoyne-Owen College on scholarship and run on AND1’s Mixtape Tour. He’s returned to the T.Dot, but things haven’t slowed for the hoops vagabond. “Million Moves” Mike founded the You Can’t C Me Streetball Tour, is releasing his “The Game Within The Game” highlight compilation film in August, still plays in college, updates his blog and YouTube profile regularly, guides young ballers in clinics and camps, and fine tunes his upcoming clothing line… In his spare time!
Hit the jump to learn more about Mike’s NBA influences, favorite pre-game meals, and favorite moves!
When we met with you last, you were hooping at Division II LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis. How nice is winter in Tennessee?
Well, the winter wasn’t as harsh as it is up here in Toronto, but the summer was so hot that the winter seemed cold. Put it this way: I would rather spend the winters out in Tennessee than I would here. Read More »
photo: Superman doing his best Sidney Crosby.
Maybe there is something to Dwight Howard’s nickname after all. Not only is the man an automatic double-double who can probably dunk the top of the backboard, but he can also switch it up like Bo Jackson. In Vancouver yesterday to promote the upcoming release of NBA Live 10, Superman showed off his entire sports repertoire by playing a little tennis, soccer and hockey. Yes, hockey. Read More »
The 6-4 club! DRIVE coaches: Lucian Sauciuc, Jordan Mason, Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford.
DRIVE Basketball is in the ball player breeding business. It’s no secret around Vancouver that if you’re a kid serious about raising your game, you come see DRIVE to train or play on their AAU squads. Founded by locals Pasha Bains and Chad Clifford five years ago, the two best friends are like the Tim Grover’s of the city that once had the Memphis Grizzlies. Read More »
Flipping through the current edition of Bounce, you can’t help but get a feeling of pride. The entire issue is dedicated to all the great Puerto Rican players from guys in the League like Carlos Arroyo and Melo to playground legends like James “True” Carter. By the time I was done reading, I was inspired to go back to my roots and find Filipinos out there that are making noise.
A Google search later, I found someone who has a very similar background to me. Coincidently, Ryan Wetherell is also a 5-10, Filipino (well half) who is from Calgary, Canada. But unlike me, he is playing ball alongside Demar DeRozan and Percy Miller Jr. (aka Romeo) at USC. Read More »
photo: Ric Ernst, The Province. Emerson’s on the right playing D. What about the Kid ‘N Play cut?
I wrote a feature on Emerson Murray today in the Vancouver Sun. Em’s got major, major game and he can dunk with the best of them. He’s one of those hybrid guards, kind of like Derrick Rose. At just 16 years old, the St. George’s HS junior is already getting looks from St. John’s, San Diego State and Gonzaga. So take a mental note of the name Emerson Murray. Something tells me you will be hearing that name again pretty soon. Read More »