Yesterday was an amazing event as a whole! The 50th Anniversary of Rucker Park Pro Legends held a Press Conference at Clyde's Wine and Dine and it was an amazing event. Below we were privileged to interview Wally Szczerbiak of NBA fame and who done color commentating for the New York Knicks this past season. Please check out the interview and also click on the photos section link and button on the event including a special game of HORSE that Anthony Mason, Jr. and NBABrother Mike and Chris had at Clydes Wine and DIne...
Please comment and also as mentioned before, check out the pics of the press conference including Pee Wee Kirkland's family and the game of HORSE played by NBA Brothers and Anthony Mason, Jr.
Rucker Park's 50th Anniversary is this year 2015. Several events have been lined up and the first Press Conference occurred at Prime One 16 Steak Restaurant this past Wednesday which introduced the Legends from 2-5pm on August 5, 2015.
See the interviews with Legends from Bob McCulloch, Sr., Richard "Pee Wee" Kirkland, Bill "Poodle" Willoughby (who blocked Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Hook shot at it's peak, Bobby "Bingo" Smith, Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond, Calvin Ramsey and more!
This was a great experience and more to come next week! So enjoy the 50th Anniversary Press Conference Legends Interview (PART 1) here consists of Pee Wee Kirland, Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond and Calvin Ramsey:
Part II of the Interviews can be seen here at Christian's Corner (click on the button below). The interviews there include Bob McCulloch, Bill "Poodle" Willoughby and Bobby "Bingo" Smith. View the Legends Interviews Part 2 by clicking the button below out...
This Press Conference was held at PrimeOne16 Eatery thanks to Mercedes Corona (Manager) who was the best host there can be.
And a special photo section of the event at Prime One 16 Steakhouse can be found by clicking the button below:
I went to the EBC Rucker Park tournament championship, and the game was team Ooh-Way vs. team Primetime. It was tight for the most part but late in the 4th quarter, team Ooh-way pulled away and took home the tournament trophy. While the game was exciting in itself, there was also an NBA legend in attendance to watch his son get the trophy. This NBA legend's name is Anthony Mason of the rough tough New York Knicks. He played on the New York Knicks from 1991-1996 and was a big presence. With career stats of 10.9 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game, he was definitely available on the offensive side and his toughness overall showed his defensive side. On that Knicks team, you would be afraid to go inside the paint. With a front court of Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley, and Patrick Ewing, it was certainly not easy to get inside without a bump or bruise after the play. Anyway, it was truly an honor to meet an NBA legend such as Anthony Mason and it is a Knicks legend so that makes it 1,000 times better. It was a short interview but I was so happy after the interview that I was able to talk to one of the toughest players not only in Knicks history, but in NBA history overall. It was truly an honor to meet and interview someone of Anthony Mason's caliber. So, without further ado, here is my interview with NBA legend Anthony Mason.
Q: Do you think the Knicks should bring back the kind of basketball that the you guys played when you were on the team?
A: They should definitely bring back that type of basketball if they want to win a championship. I mean the league is soft now and I believe that any team that is assertive like Chicago and Indiana stands a chance.
Q: What was your best moment as a Knick?
A: Being at all the home games watching my family cheer for me. Those are the most memorable moments for me.
Q: Do you think you could beat your son 1-on-1?
Q: Have you been following the NBA season this year?
A: I followed it last year, I'm definitely going to follow it this year but it's not the same. Like I said, the league is softer so it's not as exciting but I still follow it because I love the game.
Q: Who do you think will win the NBA championship this year?
A: I have no clue, because of what LeBron did, it made the league more interesting. The teams in the east are better and the talent is more spread out so it will definitely be interesting.
Q: What is the most valuable characteristic that young basketball players need to have in order to be successful?
A: Work ethic.
This was my interview with NBA legend Anthony Mason. He was one of the top Knick players in NBA history and he was right up there with the toughest in history. These achievements made it truly an honor to interview him and I am so glad that I was able to interview my first Knick legend. Anyway, this was my interview with Knicks legend Anthony Mason and there will be more to come soon. Thanks for reading and please comment!
At the EBC Rucker Park tournament, Ooh-Way Records beat team Primetime to win the 2014 EBC Rucker tournament championship. There were two commentators at this game and they were very nice to my brother and I and they did a great job. One of them was Hannibal. His main saying is “boy-boy” and he is so much fun to be around. I was able to interview him and I was truly grateful to interview someone who does something as fun as he does. It was a long interview but it was totally worth it. Anyway, here is my interview with Hannibal.
This was my interview with EBC Rucker Park tournament commentator Hannibal. It was lots of fun and I will definitely be back there next year. Coming up next is my interview with an NBA legend who was tough as nails and was all about grit and grind. Find out in my next blog who it is but for now, thanks for reading and please comment!
In continuation of the Rucker Park experience, I interviewed 2 great players. I was very fortunate to learn about some of their stat highs and greatest moments in their life. The two other ballers I interviewed were Anti-Freeze and The Beast, two very nice street ballers that took the time out of their night to let me know some things about them. So, here are the interviews.
Firstly, I interviewed Anti-Freeze who is a quick point guard who can get to the rim and finish. He was a very cool dude to hang with and I was extremely fortunate to talk with him. So, here is my Anti-Freeze interview.
Lastly, I interviewed the Beast and no joke, he is a beast! He grabs boards strong and puts it back through hard and gets hype real easy. So, here is my interview with the Beast. (Just like the Happy Feet and Peter Mulligan interviews, it was late at night so we could not record the interview so it is a podcast.)
So, these were the last two of my four street baller interviews at the Rucker. My interview with Total Package will be coming soon! Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment!
When I went to Rucker Park a little while back, I interviewed 2 awesome players from Ooh-Way Records. They were very nice to me and I was astonished by some of their stat highs and greatest moments in their life. The two people I interviewed were Happy Feet and Peter Mulligan, two very kind street ballers that took the time to let me know some things about them. So, here are the interviews.
First off, I interviewed Happy Feet who was very kind and had some awesome things to tell me. So, here is the interview below. (By the way, it was late at night so we could not record the interview so it is a podcast.)
Lastly, I interviewed Peter Mulligan who was a great person to meet and he had some cool achievements. So, here is the interview below. (Just like the Happy Feet interview, it was late at night so we could not record the interview so it is a podcast.)
So, these were two of my four street baller interviews at the Rucker. The other two interviews plus my interview with Total Package will be coming soon. Anyway, thanks for reading and please comment!
When my brother and I went to the Rucker for the second time we got a chance to interview Anthony Mason Jr. from Ooh-Way Records. If you did not know, he is the son of Knicks legend Anthony Mason. Mason Jr is a very nice person and an extremely athletic player. He was kind enough to let me interview him and he is great person to hang out with. So, here is the video interview.
Below is the podcast version.
His coach on Ooh Way Records, Sonny, is a really nice person as well but when it is game time he gets intense. Other than that, he was nice enough to let me and my brother get a picture with him and he is a cool person to hang out with in general. Check out his blog: http://oohway1523.blogspot.com/
This was my interview with Anthony Mason Jr. at Rucker Park. By the way, it was his first year at the EBC Rucker Park tournament! Exclusive interviews coming out this week including Fat Joe, Gilbert Arenas and streetball and NYC legends like Happy Feet, Total Package, Anti-Freeze including Mousey and the Tri-State Classic! . Don't forget to check out the Blog tomorrow and view Chris's first interview ever featuring Anthony Mason Jr.. Thanks for reading and please comment!
Other than Kemba Walker, I also met and interviewed CEO Greg Marius, a great commentator in Hannibal, and I have some footage of live gameplay from Rucker! So, here is part 2 of 3 Rucker Park segments.
When I met Greg Marius, he was a really nice person and even allowed me to interview him about how he organizes everything. He is a really nice guy and once you meet him, you may not want to leave him. He explained to me how much the game of basketball means to him and how much fun he has organizing some great tournaments every step of the way. He was also kind enough to let me interview him. So, here is the podcast.
I also met commentator Hannibal who was also really nice and you will probably here his voice on the YouTube video. He likes to say boy boy a lot and was really fun to hang out with. I’m extremely happy that I got to meet him and his assistant.
Well, that is what I got. Part 2 of 3 of the Rucker Park interviews and more is complete. The video of Rucker Park and its players is directly below. Thanks for reading and please comment!
On Thursday (July 10th), I visited one of basketball’s greatest street ball parks, Rucker Park. I got the true New York experience and I got to see some great players including one known as Kemba Walker play on the hardwood. I’ll get to that stuff in a second. Anyway, the experience at Rucker Park really gave me a good sense of what street ball looks like. There was lots of dunking and crossover moves that got the crowd ooh-ing and aah-ing. It was packed and it was not easy to find a seat to watch these players ball out, but if you got in you would definitely know that it was worth waiting in line. I also interviewed many players at Rucker which I will talk about in upcoming blogs but today I will talk about interviewing Charlotte Hornets point guard Kemba Walker.
Kemba Walker is a very nice person to be with and I am happy he gave me the opportunity to interview him. After this interview, I realized that he was not just a guy that put people on the floor doing beautiful crossovers, but he is a very normal person just like me and you and I have just became one of his biggest fans. Anyway, here is the interview with the one and only Charlotte Hornets starting point guard Kemba Walker.
This is part 1 of the EBC Rucker Park tournament coverage. Last night, team Montana (Kemba’s team) defeated team Madoff 92-88. More coverage and interviews coming up soon for the blog. Thanks for reading and please comment!
My name is Mike V. I am an enormous basketball fan. I also am a die-hard Knicks fan. After graduating 5th grade, I started writing this blog at the age of 10 in the summer of 2012.