"What’s your story?"
"My name is Mike, I’m 25 years old, born and raised in Boston, MA.  I played in high school at a private Jewish high school and played overseas in Israel for few months.  I’m now working for Yelp doing phone sales."
"Why do you like basketball and why do you play?"
"My father introduced it to me at a young age.  It is a game of mental toughness, desire and will to win. I feel that it’s a game of chess and making the right decisions, the fastest person does not always have the advantage. Growing up studying and watching Paul Pierce, I learned the art of creating the right shots, angles and opportunities.""Is it true you got crossed up by Tyson Hartnett aka Top Gun aka Clark Gable?"
"Yes, I got crossed up by Tyson Hartnett, first time in my life I got thrown on my ass by being crossed over. I covered the #1 scorer in MA when I was in high school, the guy scored over 2,000 points and I was able to pick his pocket, but not Tyson Hartnett.""How was that experience?"
"That experience was interesting, on one hand happy to not have my ankles broken, on the other I was bit embarrassed, so I do seek revenge!"

"What’s your story?"

"My name is Mike, I’m 25 years old, born and raised in Boston, MA.  I played in high school at a private Jewish high school and played overseas in Israel for few months.  I’m now working for Yelp doing phone sales."

"Why do you like basketball and why do you play?"

"My father introduced it to me at a young age.  It is a game of mental toughness, desire and will to win. I feel that it’s a game of chess and making the right decisions, the fastest person does not always have the advantage. Growing up studying and watching Paul Pierce, I learned the art of creating the right shots, angles and opportunities."

"Is it true you got crossed up by Tyson Hartnett aka Top Gun aka Clark Gable?"

"Yes, I got crossed up by Tyson Hartnett, first time in my life I got thrown on my ass by being crossed over. I covered the #1 scorer in MA when I was in high school, the guy scored over 2,000 points and I was able to pick his pocket, but not Tyson Hartnett."

"How was that experience?"

"That experience was interesting, on one hand happy to not have my ankles broken, on the other I was bit embarrassed, so I do seek revenge!"

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"My name is Caroline and I played basketball in the past during high school, but I never got into it.  I have 4 brothers, and was a huge tomboy and played with them all the time.  Being the only girl, I figured it wasn’t my spot to keep playing, so I gave it up.  Everybody told me, ‘Ohh, you should play basketball because you’re so tall!’  I’m like, ‘Is that the only reason?’"
"Haha awesome.  Why do you come to the courts?"
"I’m a huge fan and I love the game.  Are the Knicks going to win soon?  I love the West 4th street courts."
"Where is life taking you now?"
"I’m in the process of writing a book/memoir about my own recovery and what I’ve been through.  Everybody has their own unique story, and I want to put my past in a book to talk about what is going on in my future…Which looks great."
"What do you see in your future?"
"I see a lot of happiness and joy from inside.  It’s a broad question, but I am very optimistic." 

"My name is Caroline and I played basketball in the past during high school, but I never got into it.  I have 4 brothers, and was a huge tomboy and played with them all the time.  Being the only girl, I figured it wasn’t my spot to keep playing, so I gave it up.  Everybody told me, ‘Ohh, you should play basketball because you’re so tall!’  I’m like, ‘Is that the only reason?’"

"Haha awesome.  Why do you come to the courts?"

"I’m a huge fan and I love the game.  Are the Knicks going to win soon?  I love the West 4th street courts."

"Where is life taking you now?"

"I’m in the process of writing a book/memoir about my own recovery and what I’ve been through.  Everybody has their own unique story, and I want to put my past in a book to talk about what is going on in my future…Which looks great."

"What do you see in your future?"

"I see a lot of happiness and joy from inside.  It’s a broad question, but I am very optimistic." 

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"What’s your name?"

"9-6, they call me 9-6 because I live on 96th and Amsterdam.  I used to be a wanna-be ball player… I played for Rice High School, but got cut by John Jay College…Then I became a bum.  Now I’m getting my life back together at the age of 50 through Alcoholics Anonymous."

"Why do you like to come to the courts?"

"I like to come to the courts to smoke a cigarette, andI  like to see how I used to be when I see these kids playing ball."

"Anything else you want to say?"

"Yea, get yourself a new ball.  Seriously… you got the talent, you just need a good ball.  I’ll be at the park tomorrow at the same time, and if you don’t have a new ball, I’m going to go buy you a new one with my own money."

The next morning, I went to Modell’s and got myself a new ball.

"What’s your name?"

"9-6, they call me 9-6 because I live on 96th and Amsterdam. I used to be a wanna-be ball player… I played for Rice High School, but got cut by John Jay College…Then I became a bum. Now I’m getting my life back together at the age of 50 through Alcoholics Anonymous."

"Why do you like to come to the courts?"

"I like to come to the courts to smoke a cigarette, andI like to see how I used to be when I see these kids playing ball."

"Anything else you want to say?"

"Yea, get yourself a new ball. Seriously… you got the talent, you just need a good ball. I’ll be at the park tomorrow at the same time, and if you don’t have a new ball, I’m going to go buy you a new one with my own money."

The next morning, I went to Modell’s and got myself a new ball.

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Winning a week of Bobbito Garcia’s Full Court 21 in New York City

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"What’s your name, and why do you like basketball?"
"My name is Marilyn, and my dad got me interested in basketball."
"Do you think you’re better than you’re dad at basketball?"
"Umm, a little."
She was hopping with the ball, dribbling with both hands at a time.  Her dad said, “No hopping with the ball, you can’t hop with it.”
She screamed back, “Yes, hopping!  Yes, hopping!”
I started instigating, “Yes, hopping! Yes, hopping!”
Her dad just rolled her eyes at us.

"What’s your name, and why do you like basketball?"

"My name is Marilyn, and my dad got me interested in basketball."

"Do you think you’re better than you’re dad at basketball?"

"Umm, a little."

She was hopping with the ball, dribbling with both hands at a time.  Her dad said, “No hopping with the ball, you can’t hop with it.”

She screamed back, “Yes, hopping!  Yes, hopping!”

I started instigating, “Yes, hopping! Yes, hopping!”

Her dad just rolled her eyes at us.

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Adam Johnson from Edinburgh, Scotland. 
"What are you doing in New York?"
"I’m in NYC for summer for a few weeks before I go to Canada for 2 years to live and work up there."
"What’s the difference between New York basketball, and anywhere else?"
"In Scotland, it’s hard to find a lot of players to play.  There’s really only 1 court in Edinburgh, and you’re lucky if you get 10 players to play.  It’s crazy to be here in NY to have such a mix of players, some good and some bad."
"Anything you want to do while you’re here?"
"I want to see more basketball.  I want to go to Rucker park, and go to the top 10 courts in new york, the cage, these courts at houston and chrystie, everywhere.  I played 3 on 3 with some guys at Rucker park a few years ago, and had a huge smile on my face the entire time.  It’s just such a great history for basketball."
"Anything else you want to say to people?"
"I gotta think of something inspirational… Okay I’m too tired to think of anything."

Adam Johnson from Edinburgh, Scotland. 

"What are you doing in New York?"

"I’m in NYC for summer for a few weeks before I go to Canada for 2 years to live and work up there."

"What’s the difference between New York basketball, and anywhere else?"

"In Scotland, it’s hard to find a lot of players to play.  There’s really only 1 court in Edinburgh, and you’re lucky if you get 10 players to play.  It’s crazy to be here in NY to have such a mix of players, some good and some bad."

"Anything you want to do while you’re here?"

"I want to see more basketball.  I want to go to Rucker park, and go to the top 10 courts in new york, the cage, these courts at houston and chrystie, everywhere.  I played 3 on 3 with some guys at Rucker park a few years ago, and had a huge smile on my face the entire time.  It’s just such a great history for basketball."

"Anything else you want to say to people?"

"I gotta think of something inspirational… Okay I’m too tired to think of anything."

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Pedro Barre from Brooklyn, NY.
"So what are you doing with your life?"
"I just graduated from college, and I’m doing data entry right now, in pursuit of my criminal management degree."
"That sucks."
"What does?"
"Data entry.  I’ve done it before…it sucks."
"Haha yea, very repetitive.  It’s like Office Space."
"Why do you play basketball?"
"I’ve played basketball since I was 14, and I love to get good competition."
"What are your goals for the future?"
"To work for the U.S. Marshal’s."
"Anything else to say?"
"It’s hard to make it in New York.  It’s cliche, but it’s true…if you can make it here, you can literally make it anywhere."

Pedro Barre from Brooklyn, NY.

"So what are you doing with your life?"

"I just graduated from college, and I’m doing data entry right now, in pursuit of my criminal management degree."

"That sucks."

"What does?"

"Data entry.  I’ve done it before…it sucks."

"Haha yea, very repetitive.  It’s like Office Space."

"Why do you play basketball?"

"I’ve played basketball since I was 14, and I love to get good competition."

"What are your goals for the future?"

"To work for the U.S. Marshal’s."

"Anything else to say?"

"It’s hard to make it in New York.  It’s cliche, but it’s true…if you can make it here, you can literally make it anywhere."

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Ball players along the west side highway under the lights in NYC

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