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Insider’s Guide to the City Game

Thursday, May 24th, 2012
Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Street Ball: The Love of the Game

Pass the rock.

Dribble, dribble, shoot.

Pick & Roll.

Give & Go.

Tighten-up on defense…

Pick-up basketball is part of a universal language that was well-chronicled by Alex Wielgus and Chuck Wolf in the early 80s.  The game is always the game, whether you are in Syracuse, DC, Kansas or Seattle. But there are some places where the game borders on religion. One of those places is New York

Later tonight hoops afficianado and writer Bob Garcia (aka D.J. Bobbito + Cool Bob Love) and Kevin Couliau will screen their film Doin’ It In the Park: Pickup-Basketball, NYC.  This self-funded project is an hour plus documentary on vim, vigor and vitality of NYC hoops.  In many ways the city and the courts and bball culture are the main character of the film, but there are some great interviews with Pee Wee Kirkland, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson,  Smush Parker and also some great vintage footage of the Doctor (Julius Erving) operating on a NYC blacktop as a youngster.
Dave Cain, the Director: He's got game

Dave Cain, the Director: He’s got game

Syracuse’s David Cain, who grew up in Harlem and played at St. John’s, is excited about seeing the film.  He says that there is a unique energy to basketball in New York. He talked about the allure of playing at Rucker Park, near where he grew up during a recent phone interview (listen below).

Dave Cain by SIF

Doin’ It will also be screened later this summer at the ImageNation Outdoor Film Series, which was founded by Syracuse’s Moikgantsi Kama.