Our homie Bobbito Garcia (DJ, Baller, Historian) needs our help getting his independent flick on the history of pickup basketball in New York City, out and into theaters. Doin’ It In The Park, produced and directed by Bobbito and Kevin Couliau, explores the social significance of the sport inside of the urban environment. The project’s got 22 days left to reach it’s goal of $35K USD. Worth the support especially since so many of the pledge amounts come with perks like signed bball gear an early digital download of the movie and mention in their “Special Thanks” section! Pledge your support here.
New York City summer basketball hits new heights as Nike NYC unveils its Rivington Court down in the Lower East Sidean outdoor hardwood court and venue. Fans that are in the city this week should stop by on Wednesday to check out one of the Battle Of The Boroughs games, a dunk contest and a Team Nike game with some special guests.
As the NBA Finals march closer to fruition MTV2 gets ready to air their original basketball show, Nothing But Net, this Sunday. The production follows two high school basketball teamsWadleigh High School in Harlem and Douglass High School in Oklahoma Citywith championship hopes of their own. Professional ballers Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks make appearances as they help guide and mentor the aspiring lads.
Considering the recent positive turnaround of the New York Knicks basketball squad (headed for the NBA playoffs) we thought we’d drop a little post for the tried and true fans out there. Graphic designer and artist, Salehe Black, pays tribute to the modern, oldschool and even injured (Jeremy Lin) Knickerbockers via his series of player illustrations. He applies a familiar Distorted Urban Realist style that projects each player in a largerthanlife proportionsomething that postseason basketball usually does to diehard fans.
For those that may not know, this year marks the 20th anniversary of former NBA player, Earvin “Magic” Johnson’s HIV announcement. The stellar basketball legend’s world literally turned upside down after contracting the disease. Aside from protests from other players and public outcry, personal anguish forced Johnson to reassess his path and goals, to say the least. This Sunday, ESPN presents “The Announcement.” The Rudy Crewproduced documentary follows Johnson’s riveting story of survival and changea must watch for basketball fans everywhere:
So now that just about every single “Knick” name possible has made headlines for 22 yearold basketball phenom, Jeremy Lin, we thought we’d get the real deal from some of the world’s most renowned criticsauthentic New Yorkersto hear what they have to say about #LINSANITY. From one of Uptown basketball’s most recent hallowed grounds, Dyckman Courts, and beyond República proudly presents the hometown skinny on Linny:
Nike has recently unveiled its latest upgrade to the digital Nike+ training department and it’s pretty darn awesome! New sensor enabled footwear and bluetooth technology allows athletes to track almost every aspect of their practice and activity. Take basketball for example: after a game a player can view his or her realtime statshow high they jumped, fast they ranand share or compare it with friends via their smartphones. Pretty impressive. But that’s not all, Nike+ has also created a series of downloadable training sessions with some of the world’s most renowned athletes like Manny Pacquiao, Lebron James and Allyson Felix to interactively guide users like personal trainers. Like we said, pretty awesome!
Here’s one for our baller readers. Basketball, that is! Presenting the SKLZ ShootAround, a training chute that attaches to a standard rim’s net and guides the ball back to its designated direction. The 180degree rotation system allows it to distribute the shot back to any postion on the court. For $30 USD you too can do less ballchasing and more shooting. Sweet!
Chicago Bulls AllStar point guard, Derrick Rose, is rumored to be preparing to sign a $250K USD contract with Adidas. The deal, being dubbed a “lifetime” one, will span 10 years. Sources say the plan is to give the Nike/Kobe deal some competition, especially in China and the rest of the Far East. If true, Rose will make it into the books as the current highest paid shoe endorser in all of the NBA!