King of Hoops (KoH), America’s Premier Pro Am basketball tournament, has partnered with Nike Inc., The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, and Inner Good Health & Fitness Inc. to host multi-day events in celebration of Black History Month.
Events kick off on Thursday, February 24, 2011 with an invitation only luncheon “Celebrating Greatness” honoring NBA Legend Dale Ellis and Atlanta’s radio host Carol Blackmon of Magic 107.5 FM. Friday, February 25th will be a Day of Service (Feed the Hungry) at The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center from 12:00pm-2:00pm followed by the first round of the KoH Pro-Am Basketball tournament play starting at 7pm. The tournament will continue on Saturday, February 26th featuring a Slam Dunk Contest, tournament semis and championship game. Each event hosted by REEC of Positive American Youth and includes corporate attendance from NIKE, Inc.- Nike, Converse, & Jordan Brand, Bank of America, and several local celebrity guests. Read More »
As ball players (or any athlete for that matter), we have windows–shelf life of anywhere from 10-20 years of being able to play the game we love. In the summer of 2001, Mike Reckord’s window slammed shut when the comp he used to call youngin’s, transformed into thoroughbreds.
“I was in a pro-am event, and I couldn’t get my shot off,” Reckord said. “Everyone was quicker, and the young guys just had too much. I knew I had to retire.”
As a former JuCo player out of Richland College in his native Dallas, Texas, he had more game than your typical weekend warrior, nowhere near pro level but competitive and fit enough to run with the top-notch local talent. Once father time made him ride the pine, he thought of a new way to leave his mark on the 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 from the minute he stepped onto Georgia Tech’s campus in ‘82-’83, until his eventual retirement from the NBA in ‘98, William Mark Price did the thing with pure excellence. Ask any seasoned playground vet with a street pedigree or one of the winningest coaches of all time and they’ll tell you the same.
In the early to mid ’80s, I began paying serious attention to what head coach Bobby Cremins – an exuberant, white-haired, passionate native New Yorker in his 30’s – was building in Atlanta at the Georgia Institute of Technology. A 7-foot Brooklyn cat named John Salley, who tore it up at Canarsie High School, was doing his thing out there along with a guard from Harlem named Bruce Dalrymple. I couldn’t resist the New York flavors and watched those teams every chance I could. And each time, I walked away more and more impressed with a kid from Enid, Oklahoma, who stood a shade under six-foot. Read More »
From the early ’90s through the middle of the new millenium, his bark and bite were equally loud and vicious. For those whose memories reside in recent history, they might only remember Glenn Allen Robinson as a role player from San Antonio’s 2005 NBA championship team.
But for those of us who saw him as a youngster on the come up, he’ll always be fondly remembered as the “Big Dog”, one of the greatest and most dominant players the college game has ever seen. A tenacious rebounder and deadly shooter, he singlehandedly altered the hoops and financial landscape as one of the most complete and unstoppable forces in the illustrious history of the NCAA. Read More »