I saw the future of the NBA, incredibly, last night. And as the thunderstorm that threatened Mondays EBC game swirled north of the building that is Rucker Park, up into the Bronx, dropping hail on the borough that keeps on “creating it” according to KRS-1, I watched young 10 and 11 year-old shorty rocks sitting on the bench with KD, now known as “I am the One” at EBC. I saw two streetball legends, men who are dedicated to the run, Future and White Chocolate, introduce KD to NYC. I saw the future.
On a perfect midsummer night, as kids listened in KD’s huddle and lined the court up close, we all made money. And check it, I hear my present and former partners, the streetball community, and some real grimy niggums laughing at me because of the things I believe in, the things that I know make the playground game important. I don’t knock the new hustle, I just know that in order for NYC to create players like KD again, who looked like “Dr. J” reborn on the pavement last night, we need more of what I saw, last night. Read More »
New to the Bounce blog is Mingus Murray, musician and baller. Think Lenny Kravitz with game. Mingus played high school ball at Hun in Princeton against the powerful Blair Academy team with Luol Deng. Dropped 36 on em’ and now he’s down with us….
Whats up everyone this is Mingus Murray, new blogger for Bounce Magazine. I headed up to the EBC at Rucker Park to catch the game of the week between undefeated Team 914 vs TNP. Last night marked a big day in basketball news. Lebron’s decision was on everyone’s mind in NYC. Will Lebron come and join Amare Stoudemire, will he return to the Cavs, will he join H to the O V in Jersey, or will he take a slight pay cut and dream team it up with D-Wade and Chris Bosh? The World would find out shortly but for all of us in Harlem, watching Team 914 and TNP go at it, Lebron’s decision slipped from our minds… for a little while. Read More »
A large billboard of Jay-Z and new Net owner Mikhail Prokhorov is now up, on full blast on a wall high above the Manhattan streets, right in front of Madison Square Garden. Back in the day it was called sniping – throwing up posters in front of the comp and around places where your customers congregate, letting people know when your album is dropping. On July 1, the war has begun here in the city, but the revolution, my peeps, is down south, where John “Next Level” Wall resides.
I personally know the deal. John Wall is the next level of fast break basketball. This coming October, be ready to witness the revolution. While the Knicks and Nets fight for LeBron, John Wall is readying to become the Michael Jordan of the point guard position. Read More »
photo of Tyreke Evans at the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic: nydailynews.com
Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets.
And this Saturday, April 17th, at the mecca of Madison Square Garden, the next class of semi-automatic candidates will have the stage all to themselves at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic. At last year’s event, before his super-duper freshman year at Kentucky, John Wall, #1 NBA draft pick in-waiting, gave us a sneak peek at the luminous brilliance to come, both in practice and in the actual game. Read More »
Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets. And this Saturday, April 17th, at the mecca of Madison Square Garden, the next class of semi-automatic candidates will have the stage all to themselves at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic. Read More »
LeBron James is coming to town Sept. 20th to promote his new Air Max LBJ VIIs and his upcoming doc, “More Than a Game.” And, he comes bearing gifts, celebrities, free food & drinks and, of course, the NYC-inspired Limited Edition “MTAG” LBJ VIIs. Read More »
Amare, J-Kidd, and Lebron speak as Paul Pierce stakes his claim
When Paul Pierce made the claim that he was the best player on planet last year, many basketball head’s shook their heads in disbelief. However, Pierce’s claim has some merit even though he hasn’t made one All-Defensive Team and has just one NBA title. What Paul has developed is that desire to dominate on both ends of the floor. He has overcame multiple stab wounds that nearly ended his life and playing with mediocre NBA talent, to become a NBA champion. That desire is what the playground is truly about, the second, third, and fourth chance to learn how to dominate at the ultimate moment. See my article about Paul “The Truth” Pierce, at www.blackpower.com that is written with no disrespect to New York’s original “Truth” – Walter Berry, one of the best playground scorers ever on the streets of N.Y.