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photo of kemba walker pop-locking on john wall: si.com

It’s no secret that UCONN’s luminous junior point guard, Bronx native Kemba Walker, aka “EZ-Pass” aka “The Prince of Zamunda”, is one of our favorite players to watch. He graced the cover of Bounce Mag in the fall of ‘07, during his senior year at Harlem’s Rice High School. This was after he led Rice to the State Championship and the New York Gauchos summer AAU squad to numerous tournament titles and a #1 national ranking.

The cover photo featured him skating on somebody outdoors, on the asphalt, under the lights at the renowned Dyckman League.

We all know what’s happened since then. 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. This video recently surfaced on Youtube, and although I’m sure we could squabble about how this cat decided to rank some less worthy Booyakasha facials higher than some Grandmaster’s, we at least have to applaud the effort. Read More »

photo of tyreke evans and brandon jennings: slamdunkcentral.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 the Dish, aka The Assist, is my favorite part of the game because it’s the most philanthropic. While most casual observers appreciate the dudes that can get buckets, my informal education as a New York City playground point guard stipulated that I acknowledge, comprehend and cherish the brilliance of the pass that led to the basket, as well as players with an innate ability to make others better.

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Honestly, I’m at a loss to recall any season where three rookies, all young point guards not far removed from their high school proms, exploding onto the scene in such immediate, brilliant fashion. Read More »

The Semi-Automatic: Kevin Durant The Latest / Apr 27, 2010 / 5:15 pm

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(This was published in January, to coincide with the arrival of a new year and era in NBA basketball. I thought it was appropriate to re-visit this discussion, in lieu of recent events.)

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 there is no greater young prospect in the game today with the combo of length, desire, work ethic and an insatiable appetite for greatness – all of which marinate along with a smooth, devastating offensive weaponry – than the 21-year-old Kevin Wayne Durant. Read More »