7 NYC Streetball Tournaments You Should Check This Summer
July 25, 2014 - 7:56 pm
Hoops In The Sun
Location: Orchard Beach Basketball Courts, Pelham bey Park (Bronx)
Notable NBA Players: Kemba Walker, Metta World Peace, Scott Machado, Tyshawn Taylor
We’re so used to hearing about ball players from NYC developing their style on the concrete courts of the urban jungle. However, believe it or not, the beach is where the best ballers from the Bronx go to hone their skills. If you and the homies are planning a day at Orchard Beach to peep the seaside “talent”, do yourselves a favor and catch the on court experts approved by Joe and Randy Cruz, too.
Photo Cred: Jon Lopez
Location: Monsignor Kett Playground, Manhattan (204th Street between 10th ave and Nagle Ave.)
Notable NBA Players: Iman Shumpert, Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Michael Beasley
Rappers You Might See: Juelz Santana, The Game, Teyana Taylor
There’s really no experience quite like Dyckman basketball. The energy, the atmosphere, the crowd; none of it can be duplicated anywhere else. NBA players from and outside of NYC come to the packed park to feed the frenzy that hypes the crowd. Get a piece a chicken kabob from the ladies selling food, listen to world renowned announcer Joe Pope on the mic and enjoy the “red carpet of streetball” that Director Kenny Stevens has helped create.
Photo Cred: Nike Basketball
Entertainers Basketball Classic
Location: Rucker Park, Manhattan (W 155th St. & 8th Ave)
Notable NBA Players: Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, Tyreke Evans
Rappers: Nas, Ace Hood, Machine Gun Kelly
There would be no summer ball without the world famous tournament at Rucker Park. Get a taste of the NYC history by watching a game in the same park that ball players like Dr. J, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (to name a few) came to challenge the best New York had to offer. There’s even a modern day feel to it, with a hardwood floor outdoors and giant scoreboard. Not to mention the rap performances that happen all the time. If you’re in the Big Apple, it’s worth the trip.
Photo Cred: Jon Lopez
Location: Sarah D. Roosevelt Park (Houston St between 1st and 2nd avenue)
Notable NBA Players: Tobias Harris, Danny Green, Lance Stephenson
Notable Rappers: ASAP Mobb, Shady Recording Artists
Manhattan’s Lower East Side is historically known for great bars, art exhibits and being a small beacon of culture. Thanks in large part to LES Express, you can now add “a great place to watch summer ball” to that list. The brainchild of a homegrown product, Director Brian Gardenhire, LES Express is quickly becoming one of the top tournaments in the city. If you’re in SoHo shopping or in the East Village bar hopping, hit Houston St. for some quality street ball. And if you’re in the neighborhood on a weekend, hit Chinatown to check out the Showcase NYC’s tournament, too.
Photo Cred: Jason Bergman
Location: 145th Street & Lenox Ave
Notable NBA Players: Kemba Walker, Ron Artest
Notable Rappers: Fat Joe
Back in the early 2000’s, Fat Joe was the sideline king of NYC hoops. Under the same name as his rap label, Joe’s Terror Squad brought out the best NBA and streetball players alike to rep at Rucker Park. Now that Joey Crack is back in the game, he’s got a young crop of talent and a new challenge: Tri-State.
Photo Cred: Jon Lopez
Location: West 4th Street Courts (Avenue of the Americas, W 3rd Street & W 4th Street)
Notable: Smush Parker, Gary Forbes, Brandon Jennings
Other than Rucker Park in Harlem, the courts of West 4th street might be NYC’s most hollowed grounds. From the early 1960‘s, great players have earned respect there while crowds formed outside of the chain link fence for decades. There’s not much seating, but you’d only end up jumping out of it anyway, astonished by the ill plays on the court.
Location: Baruch College (24th Street & Lexington Ave.)
Notable NBA Players: Kevin Durant, Greg Monroe, Kyrie Irving, Nate Robinson
This is the only place on the list that’s indoors, but that won’t cheapen the experience. In fact, because of its location, you’ll often find only the best of the best at Pro City. NBA and top level college players make unannounced appearances at Pro City and put on shows that become the stuff of legend and twitter talk.