The announcement arrived today. NYC native and one of the illest, most unique talents to ever rise from the city asphalt, Chris Mullin, has been elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. In lieu of the great news, I’m rewinding this selection from a couple of years back, as we celebrate Mo’s achievement.
Christopher Paul Mullin was a simple, neighborhood guy from Troy Avenue in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. The love affair with hoops was a multi-generational thing that began in the driveway of the family’s small row house. Read More »
Tonight, The Celtics and Knicks will play their first meaningful game in quite some time. Back in the day, when the incomparable Larry Bird and Bernard King were battling, the divisional rivalry was tangible.
In addition to Boston and New York being two of the three remaining original 11 NBA franchises (the Warriors are the other), the teams have had 12 postseason battles, with each walking away with six series victories. Read More »
Rolling Stone named Robert Randolph one of the 100 greatest guitar players of all-time. His genius on the pedal steel guitar is something to behold and if you’ve been watching the NY Knicks on the MSG television network over the past year, you’ve already been sprinkled by the musical magic the team is incorporating into the fan experience, thanks to the incredible classic funk, R&B and rock talents of Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Robert and I have something in common in that we’re both passionate, diehard Knicks fans. The serendipitous laws of the Spike Lee universe brought us together for a recent conversation, some of which is shared with you below. Read More »
Here at Bounce, we appreciate the style/substance combination. This season, there are a few pro and college cats that will be fighting their way back from injury or other circumstances, players who possess the swagger, skills and “IT” quality that make you shiver in your seat when they’re playing their game at full capacity. One such player, who I’m itching to see back at full strength, is the Bucks’ Michael Redd.
To be quite honest, there’s a Love/Hate element that exists here. I’ve never truly forgiven Michael Redd for giving St. John’s the bizness in the 1999 Elite Eight with his 20 points and stellar play, which, for all intents and purposes, signified the end of the Red Storm’s relevance. As Ohio State marched into the Final Four, the St. John’s legacy, inclusive of the remarkable college accomplishments of Louie Carnesecca, Chris Mullin, Willie Glass, Malik Sealy, the McGuire boys, Walter Berry, Mark Jackson, Felipe Lopez and Ron Artest, among others, staggered into oblivion. Read More »
I was super tough in transition, ask former NBA All-Star Mark Jackson about his “D” against me at King Towers back in the day…
“The business.” It’s a term used when a player starts to flame broil his opponent on offense. Many players left like “cooked beef” from our gym back in the day, grilled and handled with a spatula by NBA pros, but real appreciative of having a place to test their skill. I truly remember how the comp helped a city get its rep as the breeding ground of the NBA hardcore player that willed their respective teams to the championship round. I miss that charcoaled flavor. During this All-Star Weekend, I reminisce about men like Mark Jackson, Kenny Smith, Anthony Mason, and Tony Campbell, all NBA All-Stars and championship round players who made NYC’s Jim Couch Foundation Open Gym a Pro Experience… Read More »
I just got the word that former NBA player Mark Jackson is a finalist for next year’s Basketball Hall of Fame. Jackson was drafted 18th by the New York Knicks in 1987 and gave his heart and soul to our city for the first five years of his NBA career. He is one of three Knicks, along with Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing, to win Rookie of the Year.
On Sept. 2, 1992, the Knicks traded Mark to the Clippers for Doc Rivers and the greatest choke in NYC history, Charles Smith, who got pinned four times in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals as you can see in the video below.
Mark went on to lead the Clippers to two playoff appearances in two years and then was traded to the enemy, the Indiana Pacers, adding even more fuel to the rivalry. The Knicks went on to beat the Pacers in seven games at the 1994 Eastern Conference Finals, but in the second round of the 1995 playoffs, Mark and Reggie Miller would get their revenge by beating the Knicks in the second round in seven games. Read More »
The Dunk! The Ram! The Slam! The Bong! Whatever you want to call it, it’s an art form, birthed on the playground, that has revolutionized the way the game is played. And in game 4 of the Western Conference playoff battle between the Houston Rockets and Pheonix Suns on May 5th, 1994, Kevin Maurice Johnson threw down one of the illest yokes of all-time. Read More »
While watching former St. Anthony’s standout Tyshawn Taylor, (first playground experience was with Dyckman/Jim Couch Foundation in the Holcombe Rucker Memorial League) start as a freshman at Kansas, I grouped him as a player who could excel as an All-Surface Performer. He possesses the killer speed and sudden stops to dead defender’s legs, the bungees to go over the 6′8″ or better big man, and the jumper to deal with the uneven elements that the outdoor game brings. Combine that with the killer disposition to recover from the back-and-forth, one-on-one challenge the playground presents, and you get a player who has the ability to excel on the All-Surface level (Grassroots/High School, College and Playground).
Playground ability is a gift that many players who are NBA pros don’t possess. The list down below presents 10 that are All-Surface types. They have the ability to play in the NBA and come through on the asphalt to produce the “spillout” that we all love to talk about. A few names are surprising. Read More »