The buzz is building behind Team NIKE at Dyckman park. The park is packed every time Team NIKE plays and with good reason. With 10 of the best NYC has to offer on the same team, where else would you want to be?
We showed you episode 1 of the Team NIKE series, now check out the latest scenes from the Boys in Black. Check episode 3 after the jump.
Tough! That’s the word that describes fan-favorite Dele Ojo of the Goodman League. The 6-0 lefty-combo guard is a two-way performer on the street and has strong respect in the DMV area. After suiting up collegiately first at Montgomery College-Rockville (MD-JUCO) where he earned all-JUCO honors and then at the University of Pfeiffer (D2), Ojo has played for the ABA’s First State Fusion, the WBA’s Decatur Court Kings and is presently in Mexico, with the Abejas de Guanajuato averaging 13.7 points and shooting 58.5% from the floor. Read More »
John “Franchise” Strickland leaves behind a legacy of a champion on and off the court
What else can be said of the late John “Franchise” Strickland that hasn’t already been said? His body of work speaks for itself. The way he ran back on defense looking at his right hand, then his left, then right, left, right, left after he made an innocent defender look dumbfounded under the hoop is the image that lasts in my mind. His craftiness on the block was unparalleled. I created an image with some pictures I have of Strick and thought I’d share it. It’s just one of the many ways his legacy has become immortalized.
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 »
Semi-Finals at Dyckman presented some unpredictable twists
Playoff action resumed at Dyckman last night with yet another electric crowd. Fans at Dyckman really get into the game. Yes, they are often literally on the court and in the game that way, but they are also basketball-savvy fans who do not hesitate to let their opinions be known. No better time to speak up than when the stakes are at their highest: playoffs. Win or go home. And it’s a long wait until the summer of 2011 – lots of lost sleep can take place over that one turnover you wish you had back or that rushed shot that was swatted into next summer.
Last night Mann Up took on TNP and Team 914 faced Castle Hill in Dyckman semi-final action. Continue reading for details on how it all went down. Read More »
Sebastian Telfair takes pics with some fans during another capacity crowd at Dyckman on a Friday night
The stars have been showing up at Dyckman this summer. Friday Night Lights are on and poppin’ up there with matchups that’ll keep you’re eyes glued to the action. Corey Fisher vs 2 Hard 2 Guard. Sebastian Telfair vs Edgar Sosa. Problem vs Steve Burtt, Jr. Anti-Freeze vs Keydren Clarke. And on and on and on and on. As Kenny Stevens proclaims, “Where else would you wanna be?” Keep reading for more images of the action up at Dyckman. Read More »
Ladies and gents, boys and girls, children of all ages, Summer 2010 is almost here. If you’re like me, you’re fighting the cold winds of the winter and doing nothing but praying that they subside and the summer begins, when you can take all the extra clothing off and actually enjoy the weather. This is dedicated to all the tournaments in NYC–all the way from the Boogie Down Bronx through Queens and Brooklyn ’til you land in Lower Manhattan and make your final destination a trek up the FDR going from East to West Harlem! Read More »