Saturday was spent in the borough of manhattan. Well, as you may know, most of the local tournaments are over. Now comes the borough vs borough finals, which always seem to be held in Manhattan.
I started early afternoon at Nike Swoosh semis held inside at Riverbank State Park on 145th street and the Hudson. It was action packed with 3 courts going on at one time. Two of the games were female semis, which made the gym loud. Maybe 5 girls in there could actually play basketball. The rest were just doing what they love, not what they do well. My advice to some of the female ballers is, work on the basics and if you are a ball player, play more than watch.
In one boys semi, I seen Shawn Marks (Smoke) pulled out a close victory. In the next batch of games, Corey Underwood's, undermanned New Rens squad lost to LI Lighting. 2014 Center Khair Cook 6'7 formerly of Forest Hills HS, had at least 12 blocks for the lighting in the win. While, 2015 SG Lenny Kadisha (21pts, 9 rebs) paced the losing New Rens team.
Instead of heading back to queens to support the Joakim Noah tournament. My travels Landed me at the Rivington Court on the lower eastside of manhattan.
This was my first trip and After a brief wait on line, a pat down, and speaking to some of the nyc bball community. I went into the bleachers, and got a feel for the whole enviornment. Can't do that from sitting in VIP front row like everyone else right?
Well it's nice to see that Nike still invests money in NYC Basketball. I'm not trying to sound like a know it all, but i do know alot. One thing is, this Rivington Location isnt a good look.
The court was nice, security, police, celebrites (Irv/Chris Gotti, JJ Hickson, and Ricky Rivers) , and they got Joe on the Mic.
I just wasnt "feeling the location.". There have been rumors of the residents complaining about the popular bball venue. Which as my man Anthony Doran says "Were curved."
It's nice to see a crime free area host a basketball event. Especially with all the shootings and robberys in the city. Id just prefer it be at Bryant Park, Union Square, or maybe put it by World Trade or Times Square. If they can build a court on a battleship and play college bball games, anything can be done.
Otherwise, it was a good run event. I just missed the high school battle of the borough event.
Other then that, I had just missed the high school games. So, the unlimited was Watson vs Tri-State. Which included Justin Burrell, Paris Horne, Malik Boothe, Kenny Satterfield, Jomo Belfor, Mike Tuitt, and Brian Laing.
The game was a little boring, i stayed because i didnt really have too much to do after. Although every person u could think of had something they wanted to do last night. Ended up, doing the smart thing... Which was calling it a night. Sunday should be fun, catch me around.
Oh yeah. NY Post Link on the High School games that took place before I got in the park.