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DOIN' IT IN THE PARK
I got into basketball because of hormones and because of my mom. I’m not ashamed. My mom has always been a sports nut - she was a super fan/stan of the Dallas Cowboys for years and would keep me up on Monday nights SCREAMING. So when I was a pre-teen and I discovered basketball, hormones and the boys who played basketball, I may have become my mother’s daughter.
While I was busy fawning and screaming over the likes of Alonzo Mourning playing for Georgetown, unbeknownst to me there was a whole street ball thing happening in New York that I wouldn’t even hear of until I moved there. Every New Yorker and her visitors pass by the ball courts at West 4th Street in the Village with their crowded myriad group of ecclectic men, boys and sometimes girls - looking like street pirates, all vying for a spot in the next game. But there is a whole world behind that scene that NYC radio personality/former Rock Steady breakdancing crew member/street ball player and lover/documentarian Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau tackles in his new doc DOIN' IT IN THE PARK.
Garcia hits a treasure trove of memories, rules (by borough naturally), beloved legends, new legends and grounds that would normally be lost forever. I myself, totally obliviously lived near one of the most famous street ball courts in Harlem on a 129th and Seventh Ave. These treasures pour straight from the source with many neighborhood legends talking about their progression of playing ball with socks and the wall, garbage cans lifted up to walls and finally, the courts in the neighborhood. And you can’t forget about the legendary games that the courts have witnessed! Some footage shows folks sitting on the top of buildings to watch some of the tournaments..some even with legends like Kareem Abdul Jabar. Ahh the days before video games.
The story telling is absolutely fascinating to any basketball lover as many of those courts have gone on to give the NBA some legends like Kenny Smith, Dr. J (my mom’s husband in her head), Kenny Anderson and many street legends that never got to the NBA because of, well, life, like Pee Wee Kirkland and Fly Williams. Garcia and Couliau travel from famous courts like the Ruckers up in Harlem to smaller courts like the ones on Riker’s Island, a place that can’t contain the dreams of some of the younger and older street ballers despite their incarceration.
And you can’t forget about the women!