ESPN writer Ronnie Flores came out with a Top 24 Rucker Park list to match its Elite 24 at Venice Beach that I gotta give an “A” for effort but a “C” for a few glaring omissions. Article at ESPN RISE.
When measuring a legend in Harlem there are some factors that are obvious: overall game, crowd impact and NBA/College pedigree which Flores captured, but the one thing he missed was the players that impacted Rucker in ways that made them the most feared playground performers in NYC history and predecessors to the new style that everyone now thinks is the pinnacle of the street. And check it, the three players (really four – you know how we add peeps at the last minute during big playground games) nicknames alone matched their games, in an era when you had to earn one the hard way. Read More »