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Rucker Park Pro Legends will be venerated during halftime of the New York Liberty vs. Chicago Sky game on Friday, August 14th at 7:30 PM @ Madison Square Garden. The Rucker Pro League will be recognized, while honoring Madison Square Garden figures that played pivotal roles in developing the Rucker Pro League such as Donnie Walsh, Cal Ramsey, and Carol Blazejowski. To learn more information about the event, please visit http://www.wnba.com/liberty/news/Rucker_Legends.html

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Last week, a lot of heads in NYC where rooting for EBC @ Rucker Park legend Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston to help the Orlando Magic to their first NBA title. Didn’t happen, but it sparked a conversation between www.bouncemag.com frequent visitor Funkalot, who inquired to me about who exactly could claim an NBA ring as well as a Rucker Park chip.

I knew that Skip won an EBC America title against Seattle in 2006, but I couldn’t remember if he ever actually went all the way at EBC’s regular tournament. And the only modern-day NBA player I could think of who had league rings who had also played at EBC this decade was Kobe Bryant, however he only showed up for one regular season game so he wouldn’t qualify for having claim to both either.

I had to take it back, so I called Rucker Park Hall of Fame coach Butch Purcell, who directed the mighty Westsiders in the Rucker Pro League in the ’70s. From what he could remember, there were only a few players who could claim both a Rucker championship and an NBA (or ABA) title ring:

Rucker Pro League Champion Westsiders team members with NBA (or ABA) rings:

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