On Location: Ball Up Streetball With The Professor And Eric Gordon

Streetball gets a bad wrap. After being exposed to the And1 Mixtape Tour, and occasional Rucker Park Tournament highlight, it’s easy to envision four guys standing around while one guy dribbles, each possession punctuated by a slam dunk with little or no defense.

But the Ball Up “Search for the Next” is completely different from its predecessors. It’s a 10-city tour looking for the best undiscovered player in the country that culminates in $100,000 and a roster spot for the tour’s winner.

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Ball Up Streetball Tour – The Professor SPEAKS

 

I Can’t Give The Professor Enough Props For Being Cool AF

“The Professor” aka Grayson Boucher is a streetball legend who converted a random tryout into a career as a professional basketball player.

While attending an And1 Mixtape Tour stop in Portland, Oregon in 2003, the 5’10” 155 pound 19-year-old Professor competed in an open run competition prior to that evening’s game and did well enough to get invited back that evening to square off against team And1.

After a solid performance in the game, he joined the team full-time and was suddenly getting paid to play basketball, literally overnight.

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Bucks Larry Sanders Misspells Tattoo

Larry Sanders’ tattoo is misspelled.

I thought we all understood “i before e except after c?”

“If one is unsure whether a word is spelled with the sequence ei or ie, the rhyme suggests that the correct order is ie unless the preceding letter is c.”

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Today In NBA History 8/10/65: John Starks Is Born

Today, New York Knicks legend John Starks turns 53 years old.

I checked the date, I double checked, I triple checked but as of today, John Starks is 53 years old. Which is amazing to me because he still looks like he could play. But on a much more selfish note, as a guy who grew up watching Starks work his Svengali like magic, if John Starks is 53, then I am no spring chicken either!

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Top 5 NBA Dunk Contests

What images leap to your mind when you hear the phrase, “Best NBA dunk contest ever?” There have certainly been some epic match-ups that made this even the centerpiece of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend.

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Gilbert Arenas’ House For Sale; Would You Rather Be Him Or Vanilla Ice?

Remember when “Agent Zero” was “Agent Zero”? Now, courtesy of Vanilla Ice and his movie Cool As Ice, he’s more like “Drop Agent Zero and get with the hero.”

As of this very moment, who has more money: Vanilla Ice or Gilbert Arenas? According to Wikipedia, the “Iceman” is still worth $20 million dollars.  Arenas made $119 million dollars in his NBA career (including a staggering $19.2, a career high, in 2011-12) but how much does he have left?

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Greatest Slam Dunk Champion Ever – Part Four

Read parts onetwo and three of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball.

Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height. With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails.

This group of five is easily the most stacked. So many studs, from different eras, with different dunking styles.

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Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever – Part Three

Read part one of this series here and part two of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball.

Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height. With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!

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Greatest Slam Dunk Contest Champion Ever – Part Two

Read part one of this series here. In ranking these champions, I want to completely exclude their overall skill as basketball players, and focus solely on their ability to dunk the basketball. Also, I think era in which they were dunking in is very significant, as is height.

With those parameters laid out, let me throw the second five names at you, in no particular order. Of these five, I will rank them by reader comments via Hoopsvibe.com, Facebook and private emails. The player who gets the most vote moves into the “Final Four” of great dunkers, from which a mythical champ will be crowned; open wide, here they come!!

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