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Layup Line. Young World. WE DO 22 HOWNesmith’s Malloy “Back to the Future” move. 6 . DOGMA 24 STREETof American Streetball? The Death BEYOND THE 26 PLAYGROUND Scott Perry’s rise from St. Cecilia to the Detroit Pistons. 40 EPIPHANNY PRINCE The Natural goes pro and makes history. Flossary.SUMMER 2009 12 16 17 GAME PLAN The Jump Off. Bounce Worldwide.ISSUE 21 . POSTING UP Love and Respect for Will Bynum. SHOOTAROUND Featuring “SKIP TO MY LOU” Teacher’s Corner. 46 KENNY ANDERSON The NYC one-man fast break speaks. FEATURES 34 KYRIE IRVING The Son of Drederick Rises. THE WORLD 28 AROUND Summer Marko Jaric’s League Jones. 30 LET EM MARINATE "Phenom" footwear.

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At 23. people are quick to praise the first Baller from Mississippi with a signature shoe. He dropped 72 in a single game as a teenager. Monta Ellis is just getting started. Back home in Jackson.They call Monta Ellis the Mississippi Bullet because he does everything fast. He blew by college to become a starting guard in the NBA. MONTA ELLIS ME8 MID 11 . Now he puts gloss on his backyard moves and lets them shine with amazing speed and a smooth finish.

and now puts the NCAA on notice that the women’s college game is changed forever. Then. a hard stutter and cut to Epiphanny Prince. AAU. all the time is Kyrie Irving. and blowing opponents out. we explore the made-in-the-park moves of Malloy “The Future” Nesmith. So to all the party-people ready to get this issue off right. and now. Both are circular with a point of jump off. and high school teams in fear because of his ability to go one-man-fastbreak. Kenny “Chibbs” Anderson. All rhythm. College coaches are singing his name as the best point guard in the country and the father and son duo nod their heads. The DJ’s were my father and my playground coach Evander Ford.GAME PLAN Photos: John Walder. fresh off a MVP performance at the Nike Global Games as a sixth man. The Jump OfF A turntable and a basketball mid-court are remarkably similar. who had whole playground. the young streetball phenom that rolled with Shaq and the big dogs of the rap game at the turn of the century. It’s the same on the playground. TJ. We set it off with Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston’s super-hero-like exploits and how his style set the world on fire. scored 113 points in a high school game. constructed playground tough by his father. We also celebrate one of New York City’s finest guards. My jump off time was spent in Dyckman Park. running. with my first turn on the Bounce turntable as E-I-C. the girl who beat boys with game at eleven-years-old. Their rhythm was about pressing. when the ball is put in flight for the tip-off by the ref. The “Phenom” Issue is dedicated to players that truly have created their own individual songs of praise from the mouths of the bleachers and parks around the world. let’s dance to the writer’s beat! Sean Couch EDITOR IN CHIEF Bounce: From The Playground 12 . Drederick Irving. and H Rumph Jr. I’m applying my press. The right song starts the party off right and a dance floor explodes with bodies ready to sweat.


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Chicago. Brawley Chisholm. It reminded me a lot of Jax [Atlanta rap artist]. We never give up. I always said that the best basketball to watch is females because they are so basic and simple when working on the game. Long Island. I have a son who probably won’t be over 6’0” so Will’s story is big for him. great job! Jamaal Wilkes. NY Native American I CAN’T BELIEVE Bobbito is leaving!!! Anyway. CA Players to Watch I LIKE how you covered the upcoming players from all the areas around the country. Kiri. There aren't many sponsors.POSTING UP “I love what you guys do and stand for! I am a huge fan!!!” . Jah-Leah Ellis. and an Indian dude who was the ball boy for Duke in their glory years). NY How We Do I PERSONALLY liked the article on Cyndra Couch. I also liked the ”How We Do. Atlanta. Anyway. all my best to her and the beginning of her college career. Ball State Guard. Keep up the great work! Steve Kostyk. Long Island. I like how you're not selling out like some other magazines that are full of ads but no content. NY Cover Story: Will Bynum I HAVE big time respect for Will Bynum. It showed another aspect of minority life and how basketball is part of it. who was pretty nice. 16 . Jax passed on stage. Westchester.Billy “White Jesus” Rieser Bounce Issue #20 CLASSIC! I REALLY like what you all are doing. Conrad would come down with some HS buddies (a guard named “Tick” who went to a school in Florida. Indiana Editor’s Note: Bob' still down with the crew. CA THANK YOU. Scoop Jackson. Always On Point. and appreciate your watch on worldwide streetball. Señor Kaos. That was also when I got to play with the Future and another guard named Panama. I remember Wendell Alexis would ball too. but you could just see how raw ‘Rad was in cementing shots against the glass. may he rest in peace. Keep pushin'. and have found some great talent. IL THE NEW Digital issue on the website looks good! I enjoyed the Bynum Piece. I enjoyed the Native American Story. Rochester. I hooped at NYU a lot. still eating cucumber's and DJ-ing. When I lived on the Loisada. Weird. He should have been in the NBA straight out of school. I’m waiting for the double edition Bounce. They don’t need the shake and bake but just some good old fashion footwork with a good hard nose rip here and there. IL I LOVE the way the magazine is put together. something I'm sure he loved. Coming out of Georgia Tech he didn’t get a fair look and even when he got into some trouble over in Israel he kept his head up. Rob Hoffman. but we push hard. Muncie. I'm also trying to be a pioneer in Hungary. Chicago . thank you. Eugene Willians. to give and not ask from the sport. I've been taking more time out to appreciate life lately myself. 100. thank you for issue #18! The McNasty article especially moved me. London Reyes. ‘Rad passed out playing ball. Very authentic. It is great to see an article on an up and coming female student/athlete who is demonstrating on how to break her girl down off the dribble. Los Angeles. He's an Editor-at-Large now and his plan is to play more pick-up ball and watch me from the stands play in championship 40-and-over leagues. Al Morales. I flipped to the back like Bob said to check out the story on Conrad McCrae. GA I LOVE what you guys do and stand for! I am a huge fan!!! Billy “White Jesus” Rieser. NY I AM GLAD to read Bounce. the graphics and the lay-out are great! Leroy Herbert. God bless and take care. Hungary Back Edition Love AS I READ THE "Life Starts Today" part in the beginning of issue #18. In the magazine/print business that usually leads to longevity. Create Wisdom. Harlem. Los Angeles. Everything isn’t easy and you have to work real hard to get it. NY BYNUM reminds me of myself.” it’s especially good for younger players to use. NY ALI. Westchester. They really know how to play with a chip on their shoulder.


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and is there any explanation why? Skip: I identify with people that played before me on the playgrounds. they need to add on.. He wanted me to work on my game. can you say that one coach or mentor brought the best out in you? Skip: Jerry Tarkanian allowed me to be a point guard. That’s how you learned to deal with a lot of things. While Michael Jordan represents professional basketball excellence. I get up and just go to different parks to see the kids playing. Some days when I’m in New York during the summer. and its domination of America ’s hoops sub-culture. with a lot of flash-and-bang should get them to understand that they need to blend fundamentals together with that. He never held me back though. on the first AND 1 mix-tape. People don’t understand – the playground is hard. Fly and Joe Hammond. Coaches who get guys who love to razzle-dazzle. many feel that it’s on its ⇒nal leg. You can’t suppress God-given talent. And I love seeing them play like they need it. The magic of Skip on the street can only be seen on old video tape – is there a reason we haven’t seen you on the playground recently? Skip: I just can’t do it anymore.The official man of power with blazing handle RAFER “SKIP TO MY LOU” ALSTON INTRO: Sean “In Fin” Couch / INTERVIEW: Andrew “Whitey” Katz / ILLUSTRATION: Michael Kraiger SHOOT AROUND The bulletproof rep of Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston has been well-chronicled in the annals of playground basketball. I looked up to Dancin’ Doogie and Master Rob. His body language while handling the ball was an art form. I think the kids just need to play more. Who are those guys you looked up to? Skip: I don’t know if you’ll remember these guys. I’m one of the best coaches in the circuit! But you still think that the playground plays an important role? Skip: Oh yeah. Instead. It’s the city’s game. Looking back on your career. All those guys battled on the playgrounds – they knew that’s where you gained your confidence. It’s up to us to explore the fantastic movement that Skip point-guarded and developed. We play with a lot of flair and passion in our game. Some of the pro guys who came through made a big impact on me – Julius. where we develop a style of play that’s unique. It’s too much of my time in the summer. sometimes they try to take their whole game away and just be fundamental. That’s where we learn to get our confidence from. video-game advanced. So many of them were so good. whatever they say in these NBA arenas doesn’t compare. BOUNCE: You’ve been called the ‘Michael Jordan of the Playground. The "Michael Jordan of Playground Ball" sat down with Bounce and explained how he became the master of his domain. He didn’t want me to change my game. But if they’re lacking something. Do you agree. Street basketball is alive in New York. It’s OK for those guys to keep their God-given talent. New York . in and of itself. He wanted me to go out there. We need it. They say so much to you. I think it’s simple – you need to add on. Skip to My Lou's playground genius put players of all ages into a "make a move" mode unlike anything seen since the arrival of "Pistol Pete" Maravich to the NBA in the '70s. I got kids now. Now I coach my team. Skip: I think that people need to remember what got them this far. What do you say to the idea that people need to ‘get the playground out of their game’ to succeed in college or pro ball? Skip: We’re taking a back seat to a lot of cities and states right now. Earl Monroe. He’s a point guard from Queens . They’re not playing as much as they have been in the past. If you can deal with that. They need it. People talk trash right in your ear. Instead of doing a disservice to players by telling them what they need to remove 19 .’ How does that make you feel? from their game. His wild imagination gave the world a template of the expressive full body movements that many new jack guards embraced. One of them passed away – Karlton Hines. that’s where coaches need to come in and get them to understand how to put it together and become a complete player. You’re talking about a legacy that’s been here since Bob Cousy. I always remember that it brought me to where I’m at today. be a point guard and keep my turnovers down. the skill was superhero-like. But it’ll never die down. but the legacy of the New York point guard seems to be dwindling. That’s our game. With modern era commercial streetball now in its eleventh year. It’s been going on since then and it’ll keep going on. People would always tell me about Earl ‘The Goat’ Manigault.

2008 Laura Vane & The Vipertones “Man Of Your Word” 7”. waist. putting on the magic act and wrapping the ball around their legs." ADOLESCENT SKIP 1990 age 14 LATE TEEN SKIP 1994 age 18 "At this point. At six feet. “mind you biz’ness. Chancellor Dedianga “Future Afrobeat” 7”. Harlem. let Skip do his thing!” Lay Up Line 1981 was the ⇒rst year I ever heard music being played during a lay-up line. McNasty’s teammates tried to double but the crowd yelled out. Unique Records. Dejavu Records. 2009 Gizelle Smith and the Mighty Mocambos “Working Woman Part 1” 7".SHOOT AROUND The TEACHER’S CORNER Legendary playground coach Ron Naclario knows all the ins and outs to Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston's rise to playground icon.” Fans didn’t even know his real name. When Skip toyed with him. " FLOSSARY "Mind your bíz’ness" When the crowd or announcer tells a defender to stop double-teaming so that the offensive player can go one-on-one.co. and heads. I thought everyone had the nervous factor playing at the Rucker but Rafer was fearless. Coaches didn’t care if he showed up at halftime—they just wanted him in the park. At that age. 2009 Sharon Jones “I Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Is In” 7”.com/www." "He became the legend “Skip to my Lou. I had a game in the Holcombe Rucker Memorial at Mt. Old Capital Records. 1988 SKIP YOUNG age 12 "He sat his first game and just watched for a bit. peep my compilation with DJ Rich Medina Connection: Modern Explorations in Afro & Latin Music on CD/LP/Digital (www. Soultronik Records.richmedina. and the song coming off the portable record player on the scorer’s table was the Treacherous Three’s “The Body Rock” (Enjoy Records. 14 and 18-year-old Skip on the NYC playgrounds. Skip was like the chicken in the Rocky movie. only in the park! Here are some recent non-commercial joints I’d love to hear pre-game: Afrozen Orchestra feat.com) . Here are his words.uk/theconnection/)and catch us at our HAPPY FEET party worldwide (www.bouncemag. 2009 If you like the above tunes. Guys started getting physical and he would just embarrass them. Morris Park. I didn’t realize how good he was until I brought older kids up there and they were scared of the crowd. It was his second game where he showed off his handle and was effective. Daptone Records.Bobbito Garcia 20 . He was the featured player everywhere he went.r2records. he had the cockiness to dominate. I got amped! You couldn’t hear that on the radio. 2008 Stefania Rava “Send In The Clowns” 7". no one could catch up with him on the court. 1980). toying with them with the ball instead of playing tag out there. Rafer started confronting defenders. he started to be able to physically hang with men. recalling a 12.

put it on the floor. They’ll become household names on the next level with their exciting swag and entertaining.” SHONI SCHIMMEL . I can make a lot of things happen . UCLA. We ain’t scared of nothing. create for other players and get to the basket. Villanova and a few others. My mom. is an outdoor court in Memphis where everybody goes to play. I also spend a lot of time just working on my long range shooting. I really enjoy making a beautiful pass. Duke. I grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon and started playing in tournaments when I was four. When I was in middle school. People compare me to Allen Iverson because I can fill it up. They took a minute to talk about where they’re from and what they bring to the table. a very big part of our community. I’ll be in Tokyo. Memphis is no joke. I have different types of moves that people haven’t seen from a small guard.5’10” Point Guard Franklin High School. up and down freestyle elements. as well as Glenview Park and Melrose Park. Right now. Memphis. Louisville and Rutgers are some of the schools that are recruiting me. I noticed that I was becoming pretty good. Portland. the top schools I’m considering right now are Memphis. I’m working on my defense and driving to the basket. It’s my first time going overseas and I’m really excited. I play with a lot of flair and that comes from playing a lot of one-on-one against my brother and watching the AND 1 mix tapes when we were younger. I started playing organized ball in middle school. we play hard. scintillating ⇑oor games. Stanford. At my size. trying to add that leadership role to my game. In August. For college. Mount Moriah. Kentucky. Marquette. There’s a toughness to our game.Joe Jackson / Shoni Schimmel VERBALS: Alejandro “Ali” Danois / VISUALS: Rick Schimmel & Eric Robinson YOUNG WORLD Phenom! That’s the word most often associated with these young point guards. Tennessee. Class of 2010 “I started playing with my friends and older brother in the backyard when I was in the fourth grade and started going to the parks when I got a little older. JOE JACKSON . We would go to Orange Mound Park and hoop around the neighborhood. I’m also trying to master floaters and difficult shots. I’m working on leading a team and my jump shot because that’s the meal ticket. which are enjoyable because there’s a lot of run-and-gun. In the sixth grade. I’m very athletic and capable of dunking on people in traffic. I always played with my older brother and his friends growing up.” 21 . Oregon Class of 2010 The game of basketball is very important to Native Americans. Japan with an All Star team of some of the top players in the country. In my city. My strengths are passing and shooting. grandmother and great-grandmother played ball and they used to talk about being allowed only two dribbles when they played. I started traveling with my mom’s AAU team. Tennessee. The Precinct. We’d also play in Indian tournaments.score.5’11” Point Guard White Station High School. I’m playing for the Memphis Magic this summer and going to the Chris Paul and LeBron Nike camps. which gave me an advantage because guys are a lot stronger.

start going behind your back with your right hand while on your toes.Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. where he dropped 46 and 43 points.” said Future. Stop suddenly in a straddle position with your right foot and right shoulder pointed to the sideline . you also start a 360-degree spin. The ill repertoire earned him the nickname "Boogie. Catch the ball with your left hand as you come out of it. Now located in the middle of the ⇑oor. Duke Tango anointed him "The Future. . he rained 34. Nesmith is coming “Back-to-the-Future” Approaching the opponent in the open court." In the summer of '09. His fame as a hood celeb and game-changing player caught the eye of Shaq. Future got signed to Shaq's Dunk. 2 As you’re going behind your back. 4 5 6 22 Cross quickly to your right hand and then get to the elbow area of the foul line.your body momentum is going right – and cross low and quick at your ankles to your left hand and create space. “I don’t practice my moves. who at the time was working with Ne- smith's boy's .K." saying “The moves he’s doing here.A.” Demonstrated at 75 Park in the Bronx.net portal as its official "Man of Streetball.HOW WE DO THE BEHIND-THE. “When someone talks junk. it brings the move out. The move on display was spontaneously created when a kid started riffing and talking trash." At EBC. the 40-year-old Nesmith is still coming to the bricks strong in A-list leagues like the Tri-State Classic. keeping your 3 head up and straight.BACK -SPIN-TO-THE-DOUBLECROSS-PULL-UP A. you’re going to see in the NBA in the future. was the first modern street player to get a modeling deal with Sean John and Lugz. the “BACK-TO-THE-FUTURE” VERBALS: Sean “In-Fin” Couch / VISUALS: John Walder South Bronx native Malloy Nesmith took the playground by storm in the mid-80’s with his quick handles. wild-style moves and penchant for dancing with the ball and then jetting on his defender. take an extended foul shot and knock down the jumpshot.” Nesmith. After a short intro. an original AND 1 mix-tape signee. At EBC this summer.

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” In other words. Maybe an outdoor permanent home for streetball in a major city could bring it back. Kobe said. the real culprit is the lack of new star power that sustains the interest of the general public. pass. the majority of mix-tape disciples developed dead feet and sloppy ball handling technique. “Yo. wasn’t the bandwagon effect they hoped for. the game was a Darwinian survival-of-the-fittest affair in my park. “The Second Revolution. A blip of originality came in 2006 when “Air Up There” did the 720-degree dunk to a half-filled Houston arena. Everything started going down hill with the break up of the squad in early 2007. AND 1 called it. and Ball4Life agreed by saying. Mix-tape host Set Free and his business partner “Q” understood the power of music. The first player to seven points eliminates everyone who doesn’t score. However. I thought about saying to the kid “D-Up!” But I just kept it movin’ and caught the train. 2-0-0-9. If we needed to dribble through twenty guys to get to the rim. “It’s pretty much over here. I still remember the first time I heard about the “Skip” tape. yearning to rock the new ball style. One cloudy day this spring. have you seen this?” It was the unedited version. with “Q” saying the mix-tape “…captured the energy of the DJ on video. While many point to the economy as the thieving stick-up kid.” Joe Vecsey. Overseas looks like the next move. the players in place and the market ripe to experience Rucker Park set to a dance track.” figuring it would be the jump off to bigger and better things. 24 . and it had pros shaking their heads and jumping out of chairs at every Skip move. former EBC and AND 1 MC. Outs is a game to get scrubs off the court. Defense came in waves and mostly everyone played it. In the game I saw that cloudy day. the body is still active in the form of the BALL UP Tour that is viewed as a side attraction to the DUB Magazine Car Show. Ball4Real. While the burst of creativity created serious excitement. the AND 1 movement is still one of the most important events in grassroots basketball history and one of the best word-of-mouth marketing campaigns ever conceived. although spectacular.” With the head officially chopped off. and bucket.STREET DOGMA THE DEATH OF AMERICAN STREETBALL? VERBALS: Sean “In-Fin” Couch / COLLAGE : Daniel Weise Written under the inspiration of Common’s song “1-9-9-9” featuring Sadat X. sitting in a house with Kobe Bryant and some other ballers. we did it. recently told me that streetball tours are “…pretty much over at the big arenas. When the edited version took shape in ’99. ten kids stood under the rim. Duke Tango. who grew up on the circuit with AND 1. ten years after the Skip tape changed the nation’s mentality. but not grounded enough in the fundamentals to really grow and possibly supercede it. The movement is of⇒cially cancelled. it had the “place-to-be-party-effect” that everyone was thirsting for – a mesmerizing must see for a young music-driven generation that loved the creativity and the diss mixed like a record. I was chillin’ in Atlanta. But the effort. One guy was playing defense about five feet from the ballhandler because he didn’t want to get embarrassed. the buzz was already solid. I can’t really see anything happening on the domestic tour level. Back in ’85. I was watching a game of “Outs” – an elimination game of “21”– in a park uptown and got depressed. Tattoo it on your dome a la Steph Starbury and mark it as the death of the AND 1 national basketball tour. We were programmed to not come off the court. The compilation was a pure masterpiece of ball handling wizardry and underground sound. Youngsters were now glued in their seats in a way never seen before.

Streetball Syndicate . I thought to myself.the S.THE [AND 1 MOVEMENT] WAS A MESMERIZING MUST SEE FOR A YOUNG MUSIC-DRIVEN GENERATION THAT LOVED THE CREATIVITY AND THE DISS MIXED LIKE A RECORD. I lamented in my mind . The same thing was said about them in 1991 when they filed for bankruptcy. And now in 2009. Present owner Manny Jackson led them into the black by identifying their market – kids who love the circus and the parents that love to take them.” But then. A new group . The Trotters example provides hope that the Streetball touring phenomenon can experience a resurrection.Y. If tour organizers use the still interested overseas market to produce some open runs and spot a Ricky Rubio-type talent that can master the streetball entertainment style. 25 . they can possibly bring him over to America to mesmerize.” I remembered my super-tough project games with Shane “Dribbling Machine” up in Edenwald Projects in the Bronx in the late ‘80s. they have over 250 domestic appearances. is planning a European tour next year. the Harlem Globetrotters popped into my mind.Defense: The after-thought of a generation. and a worldwide presence. and how well-trained he was in the fundamentals. two travel teams. “It’s truly over. Bringing back a movement that now is part of mainstream American basketball history could be the next big story in the unfolding business that is Streetball. practicing moves for entertainment purposes. while the Street Basketball Association is touring with a ten-man roster consisting of five NBA-retirees and five Streetball legends in Belgium and Germany. “learned the fundamentals first by running fulls on the asphalt and at rec centers. I got home and thought about Mix-Tape #4 when Hot Sauce was dribbling in front of the mirror.K.is putting together a trip to Bermuda in 2010. AND 1. A disclaimer should have flashed across the screen saying that Sauce had. It remains to be seen if BALL UP can become the mercurial force that AND 1 once was. the leader of this movement.

Scott Perry has risen near the top of the Sports Biz. Cecilia’s gym as one of the city’s top young players. I knew that if I wanted to reach my goal of working on the business side of pro sports. But Scott’s standing as one of the NBA’s most respected business executives was not a byproduct of inheritance.BEYOND THE PLAYGROUND SCOTT PERRY From the proving ground of St Cecilia’s. When I was in high school. three in the college division and two in the pro-am. He scrapped. a former pro football player. I needed to get in at some level. He sat in his Auburn Hills. I played with and against the top guys in the Detroit area like Roy Tarpley. He said he’d been around the pros for so long that he needed somebody who had a handle on the college game. As the Detroit Pistons’ Vice President of Basketball Operations. Lowell Perry. you were working in a bank and coaching high school at night. During and after his stellar college career at Oregon and Wayne State. Now. but I had some good games. How did you make the jump to college coaching? SP: Ricky Byrdsong got hired as the coach at the University of Detroit and some people told him that I was a young guy that he should consider for his staff. he returned to shine in Ceciliaville’s ultra-competitive college and pro-am league. SP: While in the college ranks. Perry started working as a pro scout in 2000. What are your favorite memories of playing at The Saint? SP: I never scored 50 or anything like that. We ran into each other after he got the G. Perry was already af⇒liated with a revered Motown sports institution – his own father. went on to become . I always had my eye on working in the NBA. When did you start playing at the legendary St. serving as General Manager Joe Dumars’ right hand man. he’s a hiccup away from becoming an NBA General Manager. unless you want to get hurt or embarrassed.among his many accomplishments . you couldn’t play at St. I was fortunate and blessed that he hired me as a scout. he’s an integral part of the organization’s recent run of excellence. I’d known Joe Dumars a little bit from around town when I was at Michigan. How did you make the transition to an NBA front office? SP: I went to their summer camp before ninth grade.the NFL’s first black assistant coach and CBS Television’s first African-American football analyst. I was hired at the age of 24 and was one of the youngest full time assistant D-I coaches in the country. But I grew up watching guys like George Gervin and Dave Bing in that gym when I was a kid. job with the Pistons and he told me he was going to be making some changes in the scouting department.M. If you didn’t. Sam Vincent and “The Judge”. I won five championships playing with guys like Greg Kelser. Before ever showing an early hint of athletic promise. Antoine Joubert. After getting your degree. You worked your way up to assistant coaching gigs at Cal and Michigan before becoming the head coach at Eastern Kentucky. After 12 years as a D-I assistant and head coach. clawed and battled in the legendary St. Cecilia’s. You had to learn how to stick your nose in there to fight and compete. Cecilia’s gym? Carlos Briggs and BJ Armstrong in there. 26 . What lessons did you learn that still resonate today? SP: You better come prepared to play. Michigan office to explain how a little kid from Detroit grew up to make power moves on the business side of the game. VERBALS: Alejandro “Ali” Danois / ILLUSTRATION: Daniel Weise Scott Perry is living the dream.

Big Shot here. To have a small part in helping to rebuild the organization has been very rewarding.? How rewarding was it to be a part of the management team that brought the trophy back to Detroit? SP: After my first year. that guy can play!” But that doesn’t mean that he can play here. We were his fifth team and he became Mr. You look for a guy who feels like he has something to prove and plays with a chip on his shoulder. basically the #2 man right below the G. I had a good handle on personnel which helped me bring something to the table. In 2007. I spent a season there and came back when I was offered this position. Chauncey Billups is a prime example. Then I was promoted to Director of Player Personnel. 27 . Rip Hamilton and Ben Wallace were similar. I also recruited and coached pro guys in college like Maurice Taylor and Tractor Trailor at Michigan. watched and then played against those guys in the summer at St.M. He’s a team guy who’s driven by winning.Detroit skyline image courtesy of nickstaroba. Tracy McGrady. SP: He has to have talent and toughness. I sat in some of their homes or coached against them or saw them in AAU tournaments. I went to the Seattle Supersonics as the Assistant G. That was my team. Lamar Odom and Chauncey Billups. where I became involved in the free agency process as well. Cecilia’s. I tried to recruit guys in high school like Kevin Garnett. As a scout.M. went to a lot of Pistons games as a kid. you have to be in tune and keenly aware of the culture and environment you have in your organization. What made you so successful? SP: I grew up in Detroit. I was promoted to Director of College Scouting.com / Scott Perry image courtesy of detroit pistons public relations department How did you go from there to becoming the Vice President of Basketball Operations. Most people see a talented player and say. “Hey. What do you look for in scouting a college kid or free agent? SP: Being fresh out of the college game.

helping lead the Dyckman team to a 6-1 first place regular season finish. shooting 52% from downtown throughout the tournament. the 6’7” point guard led Yugoslavia to a ⇒rst-place ⇒nish in the World Championship games in Indianapolis. There are a lot of talented guys at Pro City. In the mornings. Oh. Do you think that’s accurate? Last Summer. where they defeated Denver in the ⇒rst round. Second of all. Last summer. Before. in ’09. This summer. BOUNCE: How many years have you played at Pro City? MJ: Last year I played one. But I moved to New York and I love it here. You have 5. Jaric is the only player to win back-to-back Italian League titles with two different teams. It’s more of a guard's league. This year I came to play. The Memphis Grizzly was grinding all summer at the Nike Pro City tournament in NYC. that’s how it’s been for Marko Jaric over the past few years. Marko took a few minutes to talk about his summer and why he’d rather play against some of NYC’s best. as opposed to working out by himself. I work hard on my conditioning. You’re playing more one-on-one and there aren’t really tall guys here. So it seems like he would be content to just lay low. I had no idea what I was coming to. How does the competition here compare to the competition in an NBA game? MJ: It’s a lot more based on offense than defense here. Is there anyone you’ve matched up with at Pro City who could play in the NBA? MJ: This is my second year. I lived in Los Angeles. However. “How is he not in the NBA?” So I 28 . right? But that’s not the case. There’s not a big difference between NBA players or the guys who play overseas. In 2002. posting a 20-plus scoring average with superior point guard skills. the guy married Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima. two games. he’s been NBA-Smooth. It’s a small difference.A. you got booed by the Pro-City fans.AROUND THE WORLD A Serbian Goes Playground MARKO JARIC’S SUMMER IN THE CITY VERBALS: Trevor Kapp / VISUALS: Erin Edwards You know the song “Good Life” by Kanye West? Well.99. It’s closer to Europe so I go back and forth. These are guys who sometimes you say. I enjoy playing with a lot of good play- MJ: Definitely. Everything I do in the morning. I put into games up here to try to improve. Editor’s Note: Marko is the first NBA Player from Europe to play a full season of Summer League Ball in New York. he contributed to the L. and this past February. you’ve looked more comfortable. there’s much more isolation. Marko was not ready for the comp and got embarrassed. Clippers ⇒rst playoff appearance since ’97.000 guys who can run a 10-second sprint that’s 100 meters but only two can run it in 9. but all that means nothing to Pro-City veterans who bring that “I’ll-bust-your-behindattitude” each night. Four years later. ers here. The difference isn’t very big. Do you play in any other tournaments in the city or just Pro-City? MJ: Just here.

Here. What are you trying to work on this summer? MJ: I wanna focus on my ball handling. for the love of the game. There are no tournaments there. I never play there. I’m a 6’7” point guard and I want to have a handle like I’m six feet. just try to give advice to the guys and tell them.” Why do you play during the summer instead of working out individually? Do you ever play in tournaments back in Serbia? MJ: No. I work every morning with my trainer but during the evening. How do you find that balance between working on your game and trying to win games here? MJ: I just love basketball. I just love this. I like that and I have fun. 29 . I’m from Europe and I left my country when I was 17. “Hey. I went to Greece and played in their league. That’s why I play basketball. Then I came to the NBA—totally different world. You need to work on the little things that maybe can help you make a step forward. I can’t wait to play. I was never a player who was gonna score 35 points. MJ: I do it for a combination of both. Do you think playing in Pro City makes you tougher or is it more just something you do for fun? MJ: I know that if I play better as an individual. Then I played in the Italian league.SUMMER PHENOM 2009 ISSUE! Marko got the nickname "Polo" at Pro-City and played all 7 regular season games. this is New York playground. This is something else and I just want to adapt to this. Honestly. there’s not a big difference between you and NBA players. I’ve always just loved to win. the team’s gonna win.





2009 SUMMER PHENOM weight: 175lb MY FATHER'S NICKNAME IS Photo: Davide De Pas ISSUE! "ICE" GAME RATING: "JUST BLAZE 2010" THE BLUE PRINT CONSTRUCTING KYRIE IRVING A son follows the plan of a father and rises to Stardom VERBALS: Sean "In Fin" Couch Height 6'2" 34 .

Team Odom. It became the way to raise his kids and give his son Kyrie. KNOWS HOW A MIC CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOU. THE GAME ANNOUNCERS IN THE 35 . THE MAN WHO GOT THE NICKNAME. As a 16-year-old junior.his love for the playground game. AND HIS SUDDENLY MOTHERLESS CHILDREN. He went for 60 points with all the new jacks who didn’t know the deal suddenly asking who they were playing against. Things were going well – the birth of his daughter Asia and a year later his son Kyrie was born – but tragedy struck in 1996 when his wife Elizabeth suddenly passed away. As a 10-year-old.” at Rucker “The Go-to Guy. receiving a try-out with the Boston Celtics. WITH THE MEMORY IN HIS HEART OF HIS WIFE ELIZABETH. What they didn’t understand was that playground royalty was in front of them. he went out and showcased his talent at the Seattle Pro-Am league and signed with the Australian Pro League’s Bulleen Boomers. He’s been around the playground environment. became members of the first Gaucho biddie team. At BU he was an immediate factor. earning All-Rookie honors his first year and leading the team in scoring his sophomore and junior years. He averaged 38 points over a two-year period and instead of extending his overseas career. A 6’4” GUARD FROM THE BRONX’S MITCHELL HOUSING PROJECTS. It started at an early age. he and Rod Strickland.” Drederick said.” Kyrie got a chance to watch his father become his personal live training tape. a rising senior from North Jersey that has been compared to NBA-assist legend Rod Strickland. “When Kyrie was a kid we did a lot a traveling with the Gauchos. and Newark Rams. “He’s been around tournaments with mics. Kyrie. Father Irving crushed comp. Irving. Drederick was an official eight-year-old “garbage can baller” – a pre-requisite for NYC project-bred pre-teen players who get squeezed off the main courts of the playground. He traveled to my games since a kid and watched me play. During his senior year. WHO PASSED AWAY A YEAR EARLIER.” It’s that last nickname that has been spoken about quietly about his son. STEPPED ON THE COURT THAT DAY READY. Thinking he was done after getting cut.PARK DIDN’T HAVE A NICKNAME FOR THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY ALLAMERICAN WHEN HE RETURNED TO RUCKER IN 1997 READY TO CHALLENGE THE YOUNGER STARS OF THE ERA. they grew up to become a fearsome playground and AAU unit. Irving thrust Boston U into the national spotlight when they went to the NCAA tournament for the second time in 29 years. The move earned him a 4-year ride ride to Boston University in 1984 and a frame of reference for his son when the same circumstance would arise 26 years later. and his nickname game grew. Drederick transferred to the Bronx’s Stevenson HS searching for better competition. ON THE SIDELINE. FOUR-YEAR-OLD KYRIE AND FIVE-YEAR-OLD DAUGHTER ASIA.” and another given on the street was “The Professional. had the solution .” FROM HIS GAUCHO BIDDIE COACH AT 11-YEARS-OLD.931 points. D REDERICK IRVING. “ICE. the calculating Irving instead opted for a Wall Street big money career. article Irving on the attack that day was a sequence of pure skill. wanting to be closer to family. collecting chips. the blueprint to becoming an exceptional player. but after a call from his agent. If your going to compete at the highest level you have to compete there at an early age. At the Gun Hill Tournament he was called “First Step. a schoolmate since the second grade. Drederick accepted a job on Wall Street. suddenly the single father. The three-year All-NEC Conference shooting guard left the school as the alltime leading scorer with 1.

SO WHAT IS IT LIKE HAVING A PLAYGROUND LEGEND FOR A FATHER? It’s something to live up to. the younger Irving remains grounded. and a selection to the Elite 24 game at Rucker Park. 5 boards. 'Kyrie is playing like the number one guard in the country right now. and 2 steals a game. My relationship with him is on par with my sister Asia. Pats ending up ranked #3 in the country. Still. His name is out there on the east coast. the park buzzed when they knew he was going to appear. his father steered him to the academically strong Montclair-Kimberly Academy where he scored 1. hit his first regulation shot as a four-year-old. “I made an agreement with my son to coach him from 5th to 8th grade to teach him the important fundamentals – team defense. When 9th grade rolled around. Photo : Kelly Kline photo “My son dribbled a basketball at 13-months in rhythm. leading his school to their first ever Prep B title. Every time I go out. he too wanted more competition and after checking all the top programs in the area. immersed in his father’s plan of building him into a player that has game that speaks for itself. No one was going to do that better than me.' is the hotness that feeds the hype machine of projected talent and recruitment battles. 4 assists.” Irving said proudly. Kyrie's confidence in his ability has been validated by his selection to the Deron Williams and LeBron James Skills Academy’s this summer. like his father years ago. 4 rebounds. where he averaged 21 points. MVP of 2009 Nike Summer Global Games. whether it’s girls or ball.” Kyrie started playing with local community league teams and developed a following at the Zoo Crew tournament in Newark. I wanna take it to another level. 36 . My father protected me. I tell him everything. the family decided on Kevin Boyle’s St. and 2 steals a game. In his first year. With his skills growing every day. His father’s statement that Coach K told him. Kyrie made first-team All-State. I could have got caught up in negative stuff. and made a left-handed lay up at six. the blueprint designed by his father has galvanized into a strong basketball foundation that has a dad dreaming of bigger and better things for his loyal son. I’m a New Yorker and I’m Drederick Irving’s son. Soon. His rep as a phenom is blazing hot coming off a MVP performance at the Nike Global Games. weak side help. has defender twisted.Kyrie.000 points in two years. leading his team to a State Championship with St. and cutting. Patrick’s program. TELL ME ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR DAD? As I got older my relationship with my dad has turned from father and son to best friend and brotherly. But. second-team ESPN All-American averaging 17pts.

” 37 .Drederick "Ice" Irving catches a body at Boston University. Photos courtesy of The Irving Family “EVERYTIME I GO OUT. I’M DREDERICK IRVING’S SON… I WANNA TAKE IT TO ANOTHER LEVEL.

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Outside. I came close to my goal. WHAT TOURNAMENTS HAVE YOU PLAYED IN ON THE PLAYGROUND? When we play in that big game. Seton Hall. Villanova. I love the big lights. From Iowa! It showed me how many good players are around the country. People sleep on my ahtleticsm some times. It showed me how good other people are. If I see another great player. I WAS TRYING TO DESTROY EVERYBODY. I can do what the coach asks me to do. putting on a show. and the Zoo Crew in Newark. I played at the Pittsburgh Jam fest in the spring and averaged 35. my name wasn’t talked about with the best players in the cournty. DID YOUR FATHER’S PLAN FOR YOU SEEM SOLID AT ALL TIMES? He predicted everything that happened. everything is instinctive. Duke. When I was little. He was saying ‘You have to do certain things to get what you want. I can change a game on both sides of the ball. my game goes up to another level. I can play the one or two. DESCRIBE YOUR GAME IN ONE WORD. I‘ve heard I’m a combination of my father and him. I go hard. HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU GOT SELECTED TO THE ELITE 24 GAME? One my goals was to average 30 and at least 5 assist everytime I touched the floor. Around this time last year. I had three 30+ games. He makes sure everything’s set and taken care of. I’m going to take advantage of it. AND 30 AT THE NATIONALS IN ORLANDO. When I was ten-years-old my dad started showing me lay ups that he and Uncle Rod did. . When we work out in the back there are people working out just as hard as you and you have to get that extra edge. END 39 . I want to go at him. WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN? Versatile.“ I FINISHED OUT THE SUMMER AVERAGING 25 AT THE SUPER SHOWCASE IN ORLANDO. Georgia Tech. I’m running with the New Jersey Roadrunners this season. WHAT WAS THAT LIKE? 52 against Icelandic National Team. That’s when my versatilty comes in. I try to be a leader on the floor. I was trying to destroy everybody. but I like to put on a show. When I was in eighth grade. he’s the best father. The NBA camp and all the ranked kids were there.” pull quote HOW HAS YOUR FATHER INFUENCED YOU? ARE YOU A KILLER. HAS ANYONE EVER TOLD YOU THAT YOU PLAY LIKE ROD STRICKLAND? A combination of all of them. and Florida UCLA. AAU HIGH? Played in Bronx’s UDC. Overall I did pretty well. Kentucky. . I used to look at him like he was crazy. Gun Hill. We played against tough teams like the Metro Hawks and Dyckman. WHO’S RECRUTING YOU? AND IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER TO THINK ANYONE IS IN THE LEAD. RUCKER PARK ELITE 24. Texas AM. a lot of people would come and watch me play. I finished out the summer averaging 25 at the super showcase in Orlando. YOU GOT THE BALL. A FACILITATOR OR A GAME CHANGER? He’s showed me how to work hard on and off the court. Virginia. Harrison Barnes is the number one player in our class . It’s definitely an honor. PLAYGROUND HIGH? TELL ABOUT THIS YEAR ON THE AAU CIRCUIT? When I was in eighth grade I won Nike Swoosh with a team called Next Generation. so I’m just enjoying it. I watched my father all the time.’ I’m not sure. I love locking great players up. Nike Swoosh. WHEN DO YOU GET INTO THE KILLER MODE? I heard that a few times. and 30 at the nationals in Orlando. HOW DID YOU RATE AT THE SKILLS CAMPS AND THE NBA HIGH SCHOOL CAMP? One of my goals was to be selected for the Elite 24. I’m going to try to catch a few dunks to get the crowd into it and show my athleticism.

I had a ball in my hands. “I would watch the guys in the neighborhood at the park and try to imitate their moves. “We used to perform at talent shows.a few words placed in the proper sequence to create a galvanizing force that destroys. doing hip-hop. At the age of 11. to ever rise out of New York ’s concrete crucible. “Everywhere I went. ‘A girl could never beat a boy. “I loved the game. R&B and reggae routines.” is definitely true.” said Prince. From the get-go.” said Epiphanny. In other words.” Her desire planted the seeds that would blossom into one of the greatest phenoms. “My cousin told me. When she wasn’t playing. defeating him one-on-one. She led her High School team to fourstraight New York City PSAL championships.” she said. one statement. Brooklyn. recounting her early one-on-one battles where she came up on the losing end.S. And we used to win. it only takes a simple thought . set the national high school single-game scoring record.” With a slew of male cousins that all played. In the case of Epiphanny Prince.2009 SUMMER PHENOM ISSUE! BROOKLYN’S EPIPHANNY PRINCE BLAZES A NEW TRAIL Verbals: Alejandro “Ali” Danois THE NATURAL The old adage. Within a few months of taking up the game in earnest. the Brooklyn native was a natural talent. Although the game might have been new to her. she silenced her trash-talking cousin. young Epiphanny became a fixture at the P. so I could get better and show him. far worse than any single weapon ever could. competition wasn’t. 40 . and led Rutgers University to the NCAA women’s final as a freshman. “I was determined to prove him wrong. “When he said that. 67 playground in Fort Greene.’” said Prince. male or female. she was studying. uttered more than a decade ago. “I used to be in a dance group with six other girls from my neighborhood. she set out to silence her first critic.” said Prince.” So when her cousin started spewing that diarrhea of the lip about male superiority on the court. “The pen is mightier than the sword. lit a raging internal fire that continues to burn strong. it just made me want to play more. she immersed herself in games of 3-on-3 in Fort Greene Projects and at the Navy Yard Boys and Girls Club.

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” said Epiphanny with a slight laugh. “People in Brooklyn had been telling me about her before she even started playing for the Panthers.” said Robert “Apache” Paschall. Epiphanny showed no butterflies during her initial foray into the highly competitive travel circuit. “She’d score 30 or 40 a game without ever taking a jump shot.” said Marchand.” said Apache.” Although reticent to leave home. had no fear of any boy and a sense of angles that kids just don’t have. he tossed her a jersey. let alone an 11-year-old girl. “She was the only girl playing with boys and she went to work! She had poise and really didn’t say a word.” At Junior High School #113. before entering her freshman year at Murray Bergtraum HS. in addition to running AAU with the Douglas Panthers program in Manhattan. 287. “She could go to the basket in uncanny ways. “Some of the boys would tell me.” said Anton Marchand. “We suited her up and she was every bit of what they said she was. That’s when I knew I was getting pretty good.” Marchand. the founder and driving force of the Exodus girls AAU program.” As the only young lady on her elementary school team at P. 42 . But her coach was having none of that. along with other coaches and spectators. ‘Yo! I got this girl on my team and she’s NICE!!’” Epiphanny once accompanied a friend to Dean Street Park to watch one of his games in the Conrad tourney. “She was using both hands.S. she headlined both the boys and girls squad. was very advanced. marveled at her creativity and the ease with which she broke down defenders while attacking the hoop.” At the end of her first summer with the Exodus program. “Her godfather told her that she was going to be a next-level-type player and that it was time for her to come out on the road with Exodus to experience a whole different side of the game. she started on Exodus’ most talented team.Photo courtesy of Rutger's University Athletics “When she was about 11-years-old. she felt a little awkward when the coach implored her to be selfish. the Director of the Conrad McRae Youth Basketball League. But she knew where to go on the court and how to put that ball in the basket. the more she tried to appease her teammates with passes that led to easy lay ups. “My coach was telling me not to pass the ball to them. I started hearing about her. “He just wanted me to score. As an eighth-grader playing with high school upperclassmen. The louder the applause grew when she scored. “We were like ‘Yo! Did you just see that?’” said Marchand. When Marchand found out that she was the girl he’d been hearing about.

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” he told her. Prince put on an exhibition that’s still held in reverence on the summer circuit.” After recently completing her All-American junior season. led by future UCONN All-American Maya Moore. Vivian Stringer. a powerful Georgia Metros team. “And when are YOU gonna play like the Piph we know?” he asked angrily. “She made every play.” said Apache.” said Apache. he then turned his attention to his star point guard. During one Rose Classic game she led only three players on the court to compete against five. “Coach Stringer told me during the recruiting process that she would make me a much better defensive player. you have to get a jumper. was slapping around the Exodus team at the Boo Williams tournament in Virginia. Marchand gave birth to the Rose Classic. I listen to everything you say. But that’s what’s gonna make you special. Epiphanny shocked the sports culture when she announced that she would forego her final season at Rutgers to turn pro. Her tally broke the legendary Cheryl Miller’s previous girls’ record of 105. 44 . “And she did. I was lost when she’d use certain defensive terms. Prince complemented her offensive tools by absorbing the defensive principles of coach C. Noticing the proud and pleasantly surprised expression on her coach’s face as her jimmy’s splashed through the net. “I listened.” said Marchand.” “The next year. “She put on a Kenny Anderson display. You’re gonna be a great player regardless.” Her legend leapt out of the summertime annals and into the national sporting consciousness during her senior year of high school when she scored 113 points in a single game. She was incredible. which has since blossomed into one of the premier female tournaments in the city. the score was tied. she came back with a legit jump shot.” said Prince. “She still carried them and was able to split every double team. before her sophomore year at Bergtraum. shooting a bizarro 54 out of 60 from the field. At the half. but she had 30 in the second-half and everybody in that sold out gym was on their feet. Epiphanny was an integral part in the Scarlet Knights advancing through the Final Four to reach the national championship game. Furious. “We started the Rose Classic simply to give her something to play in around the neighborhood. Knowing that all of the top women’s college coaches were in the stands. end of season discussion. with the same temperament as always. At first.” As a freshman at Rutgers in ’06-’07.Prince is the first woman to voluntarily leave school early to play overseas. But she was teaching me things about the game that I didn’t know. And her team won the game. Apache lit into his players. It was a see-saw battle and we lost a close game. That summer. While in Jersey. The summer before her freshman year at Rutgers.5 points per game.” said Apache.” said Marchand. “I’ve seen a million guards from NY that can handle the ball and get to the basket. “Ten minutes in. where she put up 19. Exodus trailed by 25 as Prince took only four shots. “What’s gonna make you different is. And she was teaching me how to be a leader. In the second half.” “That’s when I knew she was different. Apache sat down with Epiphanny for his standard. You gotta be able to hit the in-between shot and the 3-ball. where her close-knit family could attend all of her home games. Prince looked him square in the eye and calmly stated.

Although she’s not the first female college player to turn pro with eligibility remaining. plyometrics and full court/short burst dribble moves.” said Marchand. her days are spent in a Brooklyn high school gym. But she has a carefully thought out plan. in terms of her career goals and commitment to obtaining her degree. stronger and faster players now. but they don’t realize how smart she is. She’s also taking summer school classes. defensive footwork. 80% of her camp was initially against it. “Everything she does. In addition to strength work with resistance bands. she thinks through. going through strenuous workouts with a personal trainer. she’s also perfecting her use of the glass on pull-up jumpers. “People see this phenomenal player. if you wish. she plays in the women’s West 4th Street League. She’s prepared for the pro game. conditioning. We weren’t on some ‘Get Money!!!’ stuff. On weekends.Evan Sung Photography With the shorties at the Conrad McCrae tournament in Brooklyn Because the WNBA will not draft a player until they’re 22 or a college graduate. 45 . I’ve seen the evolution from a young girl to a woman. forging ahead to complete the degree requirements in her double major of criminal justice and African-American studies.” said Apache. Physically and mentally. Epiphanny’s path could open doors for women of similar stature down the road. she has to add every shot to the arsenal because she’s going to be playing against bigger.” So go ahead. she’ll have to debut as a professional overseas while waiting for her WNBA opportunity next season. and tell her she can’t. she was ready for this challenge a year ago. “Even though she’s an advanced scorer. she will be the first to voluntarily leave school early to play overseas. Just don’t be surprised when “The Natural” shows you she can. It’s time. As she awaits her six-figure European deal.

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hopefully as a college or pro coach. giving out more assists than welfare. the playgrounds are still humming. Adrian “Red” Autrey and Brian Reese were down with the Riverside Church Hawks. Arnold “The A-Train” Bernard. THE LEVIEN GYM ON THE CAMPUS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY BECAME THE EPICENTER OF THE AMATEUR BASKETBALL UNIVERSE. legends and little kids. Dave Edwards and Karlton “Dunkin” Hines suited up for (what was then known as) the Bronx Gauchos.E ARLY ON AN AUGUST EVENING IN 1987. Chibbs. most people simply referred to him as Kenny. he ran his usual superb floor game. whipped the rock behind his back.” Inside the gym. he screeched on the breaks just short of Hurley’s good defensive positioning. ballers and wannabees. He’s eyeing a return to the game. Handling at full speed. Kenny sat down to talk about the days when the King of Queens ruled over the entire five boroughs. Today. he was addressed by his childhood nickname. Andre McCullough. Sidewalks normally teeming with acne faced ivy-league kids were overrun with B-boys and B-girls. IT WAS HARLEM WEEK. old timers and hustlers.” the name bequeathed to him as a kid while tearing up Harlem ’s youth basketball world. Others knew him as “Kenny The Kid” or “Ken-Do. Chibbs is making good on a promise he made to his mother. Florida. 47 . THE DAILY NEWS GOLDEN HOOPS TOURNAMENT WAS SET TO TIP OFF AND THE QUIET STREETS RUNNING THROUGH THE IVY LEAGUE ENCLAVE AT HARLEM’S SOUTHERNMOST END WERE TRANSFORMED. dank and dreary Meadowlands with the New Jersey Nets.” Well. When not studying. As a sophomore. Kenny was the first NYC player since Kareem to be named a three-time Parade All-American and All-City for four years. he averaged 27 before teaming up with Drazen Petrovic and Derrick Coleman to brighten up the dark. completing his bachelor’s degree requirements. no last name necessary. remarkable poise and a mid-range & pullup game that some pros would have sold their souls for. Luther Wright and Jerry Walker with the Jersey Road Runners. 6’1” Kenny Anderson. Some knew him as “Kenny Ice. But Riverside’s and the tournament’s irrefutable marquee attraction was the #1 high school baller in the land. nearly twenty years after his departure. The teenage phenom had the full arsenal on display: extraordinary quickness. through his legs. then behind his back again before squeezing off a delicious leaner in the lane. Tiny Archibald surveyed the action from a seat at the scorer’s table. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. Already a certified legend on the streets. Throughout the Golden Hoops. and it’s Lethal Weapon III offense. it would have to be when he sprinted down the left wing to corral a loose ball against Duke. he volunteers at St. With his image on prominent display in the NY sports sections since the age of 14. He later embarked on the best season for a freshman guard in the history of college ball (not even Magic or Isiah’s first year credentials compare) while leading Georgia Tech. He once told Phil Taylor of Sports Illustrated in ’94. night goggle vision. the razor-thin. with a cast of characters that included Bobby Hurley. to the Final Four. college scouts began flocking to his games in the sixth grade. Malik Sealy. The talent level at the Golden Hoops was high. who selected him #2 overall in the ’91 NBA draft. “I want to make sure that when they talk about me on the playgrounds. they have something good to say. Among those from his Queens neighborhood. Terry Dehere. all of whom came out to see “The Anointed One.” NYC’s most revered and celebrated school boy star since the inimitable Kareem Abdul Jabbar. If one snapshot can encapsulate his god-given genius. AS A BLANKET OF HUMIDITY RESTED COMFORTABLY ATOP THE NYC SKYLINE.

I would do my homework in a little office before coming out to play. We’d go after school and stay ‘til 11:00pm. by I. She’d always say. my sister Danielle would watch me. 8. WHAT WAS YOUR INTRO TO ORGANIZED BALL? I played C. He saw me playing in the parks. but Vince put everything together for me in terms of how to be a point guard. Vincent Smith.’ She’d be on the benches talking to her friends and I was fascinated with watching the older dudes play.Y. I practically lived there. They lived a couple of buildings from me in Lefrak and became like my second family. I’d score 40. I always wanted the ball. but I really didn’t understand the game. off of Queens Boulevard. he did for me. HOW? We did different drills and started incorporating some moves. Kenny Smith’s older brother in 1979. I had God-given talent. I was killin’ those kids. What he did for his brother. While my mother was working. I could always beat my man and no one could steal the ball from me.Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech Athletic Department WHERE DID YOU GROW UP IN QUEENS AND WHEN DO YOU REMEMBER FIRST GOING TO THE PARKS? I grew up in South Jamaica.S. let’s go to the park. I would cry for it and was always dribbling it. I moved to Lefrak City when I was 8 or 9 years old and I would go to the parks there and play. I added the Jimmy to my 48 . We started working out at Lost Battalion Hall on Queens Boulevard. I was a bad teammate. SO WHEN DID THAT UNDERSTANDING CREEP IN? When I met my mentor. but I never passed the ball to anybody.O. I started working on my jumper. ‘C’mon. I would walk right on the court and almost get run over a few times.

Pearl Washington. EVERY PARK! King Towers. DIDN’T YOU PLAY FOR A CREW IN HARLEM CALLED THE TS BUCKS? YO!!!! That’s crazy that you know that. Everybody wanted to play for those teams to get exposure outside of NYC. stop lyin’! You ain’t in no paper.’ I was like. ‘Here. THAT YOU LOOKED UP TO AROUND THE CITY? Kenny Patterson. .’ It was crazy! AND EVENTUALLY. The TS Bucks did what they could. YOUR GAME. I matched up against Arnold Bernard. YOUR MOM WOULD HEAR FROM PEOPLE THAT YOU WERE REAL GOOD. and eventually. look. ‘Yo. look.’ And they’d be like. I was 14. but I want to do it better. WAS SLINKY AND SMOOTH. The TS Bucks really exposed me to all that Harlem World stuff. We won and I took over in overtime.handles and my mid-range game got tight. Colonel Young Park. Vince would put me against the older guys. I had like 24 points and won MVP. ‘Man. She worked hard. Aaaah’ on myself like the crowd was. Boo Harvey. I’m in the paper. ‘Man. just killin’ ‘em. YOUR NICKNAME IS CHIBBS. Boys of Yesteryear. sometimes as a bartender and waitress on the side to keep things together. The gym at Columbia University was packed.’ Sports Illustrated put me in the magazine as the best 9th grader in the country. LIKE KENNY SMITH. BUT SHE DIDN’T KNOW THE EXTENT FOR A WHILE…? She had a lot of pressure on her trying to pay the rent and put food on the table. That’s when it all came together. And the Mecca really supported high school basketball and its young players.’ WHAT WAS IT ABOUT PLAYING IN HARLEM? We were little kids. Each One Teach One at Rucker Park.’ WHEN YOU WERE A LITTLE KID. you got a nickname. THE GOLDEN HOOPS WAS SOME INCREDIBLE BALL.’ And they’d be like. look! This is me. WHEN DID YOU START THINKING THAT YOUR SKILLS COULD TAKE YOU AROUND THE WORLD AND DO BIG THINGS FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY? When we beat Tolentine in the City Championships during my freshman year at Archbishop Molloy. but Riverside and the Gauchos were more powerful. They were traveling all the time and kids were getting sweat suits and sneakers. And I never started that year or played the first quarter. I was telling people. look! This is me. WHAT DO YOU RECALL ABOUT THOSE DAYS? That was one of the most exciting times in my life because it was Harlem Week. I’d check in at the start of the second quarter but I wouldn’t come out after that. “ 49 “ Everybody around my way knew me by that name [Chibbs]. I used to hear about those guys and I was like. I’m in the paper. YOU MADE THE MOVE TO THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH. I used to tell her all the time and she’d just laugh and say. And you didn’t have to pay when you went out of town. ‘Yo. If you were nice. it turned into Chibbs. HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? When I was a week old. EVEN EARLY ON. Everybody was like. I was telling people. Everybody around my way knew me by that name. Walter Berry. She started coming to some games after that and it made her real proud. I didn’t even know my real name until we went to register for kindergarten. I want to do what they’re doing.’ SO NOBOBDY AROUND YOUR WAY KNEW YOUR REAL NAME? Nah. stop lyin! You ain’t in no paper. My mom was filling out forms and they called me ‘Kenneth. But she would hear about what I was doing. WHO WERE THE OLDER GUYS. That night changed my whole career. but the parks were packed. ‘Oh boy. I got pushed around but they could never take the ball from me. The Chick All-Stars. my real name is Kenneth. this kid from Queens is coming up to Harlem. BEFROE YOU PLAYED WITH THE RIVERSIDE CHURCH AAU PROGRAM. Ooooh. My real name is Kenneth. ‘Here. That’s still one of my favorite basketball memories. You’re right! I played with them in different tournaments and that’s how I got my exposure outside of Queens. ‘Aw man. HOW DID IT FEEL WHEN YOU’D CRACK SOMEBODY WITH THE HANDLES? I really didn’t get excited about dropping dudes until I got to college. I know I can do this. The title was Anderson: Another Pearl. ‘Yo. Those guys helped me a great deal. One of her friends gave her a copy. It was hot! There were great tournaments back then for teenagers. even today. ‘Who’s Kenneth?’ Everybody in Queens and in Lefrak calls me Chibbs. As a freshman! That’s when I said. ‘Man. They made it physical for me and I had to adjust to the difficulty in getting my shot off. my mother started calling me Cheeks.’ I was like. I wasn’t like ‘Ooooh.’ I was like. whatever!’ One of the first articles about me was in the Daily News. She was tired and didn’t have time to come to my games. They used to call me ‘Kenny Ice.

Karlton and Andre McCullough. 165 p pounds. HOW WAS IT HAVING TINY ARCHIBALD AS YOUR COACH WHEN YOU GOT BIZMARK AT THE BOSTON SHOOTOUT? Man!!! You’re bringing back memories. That was the fiercest camp I’d ever been to. He still made it to the league after everything he’d been through. THE DEMONS THAT WREAKED HAVOC ON LLOYD ALSO CAME AFTER YOU TOO. Imagine if he was solely focused on the game.’ And even though I was only 6’1”. WHAT ABOUT THE EMPIRE STATE GAMES? Oooooh! I killed in that too.’ And even though I was only 6’1”. I was feared. God rest their souls. Another favorite was Jamal Mashburn. ‘Look at this lil’ guy. 50 My network was pretty tight. who didn’t get as much attention. I was ready for something like that. I just shake my head and laugh when I think about his talent. We stayed in the gym and they made me do my schoolwork. the top hundred players in the land. NY was full of point guards with game. Somebody caught me at the right time. ‘Look at this lil’ guy. I think we won three years in a row. Coach Curran and my friend Pierre Turner. YOUR’RE CERTAIN WOULD’VE GONE DOWN AS ONE OF THE GREATEST EVER? Oh. I was rated as the top player in the country and everybody was lookin’ at me like. the best from every city. I was a hard-nosed kid. like Jamal Walker and Andre McCullough. NJ WHEN YOU TOOK MVP? Me and Bobby Hurley went at it. WHAT DO YOU RECALL FROM THE NIKE ALL-AMERICAN CAMP AT PRINCETON. He was like Magic. never did drugs and never got shot. That’s SweePea! Lloyd Daniels. it was me. I had Vincent. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t have the foundation and everybody wanted to exploit him. ‘Yo. DUDES THAT YOU PLAYED WITH WHO UNDERSTOOD THE GAME ON YOUR LEVEL? WHO WAS THAT ONE INCREDIBLE TALENT THAT YOU PLAYED WITH THAT. I scored 47 in one championship game. Just go run the team and do your thing. That was the best. but with an automatic 30-foot jumper. You could not guard him. Allan Houston and Jimmy Jackson were there too. getting pushed around on the playgrounds. He put in some isolation plays for me and said. . I was playing for my idol! I dropped 51 on the Los Angeles team. I was feared. Conrad. Then you had Conrad McRae and Karlton Hines. AP Malik Sealy! That was my man. 165 pounds. you can get by these guys whenever you want. Tiny was mad cool. They all passed away.’ That gave me some incredible confidence.” WHO WERE THE POINT GUARDS YOU WOULD BATTLE AGAINST IN THE PARKS AND TOURNEY’S DURING THE SUMMERS? Arnold Bernard with the Gauchos and Danny Tirado were nice. I had the right people with me. SO DID THE NEW YORK PLAYGROUND EXPERIENCE PREPARE YOU TO PUT IT ON DUDES AT EVERY LEVEL? No question at all! Certain environments that you grow up in prepare you mentally and physically for how you think of yourself and get after it. WHO WERE YOUR FAVORITE SUMMERTIME TEAMMATES. And I listened to them. We killed everybody that summer. WHAT ALLOWED YOU TO SHAKE THEM OFF LIKE YOU SHOOK HURLEY WITH THE CRAZY DRIBBLE MOVE ON THE FAST BREAK IN COLLEGE? Photo: Elie Seckbach. Coming up through the playgrounds gave me a sense of confidence and self-esteem. There’s an attitude you get from that and it prepares you to handle anything. IF THEY’D AVOIDED THE PITFALLS. growing up and playing on the New York streets.“ I was rated as the top d h player in the country and everybody was lookin’ at me like. Jamal. who was a lawyer. everybody that played with him knows. When I ran with the Gauchos. Then I had 41 against Louisiana.

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