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 »
If you’re in New York City tonight, it’s well worth your time you head up to Harlem to check out the opening night of EBC at Rucker Park. Playing in NYC for the first time in four years, Larry “Bone Collector” Williams will be joined by Rafer “Skip 2 My Lou” Alston and Darryl “Showtime” Hill as they take on the Angie Martinez All-Stars featuring Adris “2 Hard 2 Guard” DeLeon (2010 Nike NYC Player of the Year), “Jiggy” Josh Watkins and Jersey’s Finest. Read More »
If we could see one Streetball vs NBA matchup, it would be the blazing speed and
chop of Nate Robinson against the mesmerizing handles of the Bone Collector. Bone
did not play in NYC in 2008, while Nate made some appearances last summer. If
anybody knows, what’s up with Bone? In Bounce Edition #10, there was a strong feature on Bone where the Collector said, ” No one can guard me.” Larry “Smooth”
Hughes got it out in Saint Louis a few years ago when Bone threw the ball through
his legs and watched Larry do a complete 180, looking for the rock. While Bone is notorious for the now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t handles, Nate’s blazing hand and
foot speed with the ball is equally dangerous. Who do you think would get the
most talked about move and win the overall battle?