Sunday’s contest between Bingo’s All-Stars and the Fireball defending champion X-Men at Baruch College was built up as the game of the summer. A report in the New York Post covers the details of the contest but it points to a rumor I heard on the street concerning the Team Nike 5k challenge. The word is that if an NBA pro comes to the Dyckman and wants to participate he will not be allowed to play against them. I might have heard it wrong but if that’s the case, it’s a shame. The essence of summer league playground ball is the NBA Pro vs Street Legend challenge, and if Team Nike is the best New York has to offer on the street level, they should have enough of a crew to meet that challenge. EBC has done it for years that way, and so has the Dyckman tournament.
For example, Ron Artest plays for Maxwell “Bingo” Coles – Team Nike’s coach, regularly. The street wants to see Ron so he suits up, but Will Bynum comes with Corey Homicide to play against Team Nike. I’m hearing that Will wouldn’t be able to play, unless he plays with the Nike team. That’s crazy. I hope this rumor is dead wrong. Read More »