Streetball: All the Ballers, Moves, Slams, & Shine
And 1 & Chris Palmer
HarperCollins, 2004 (2004)
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Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
treetball: All the Ballers, Moves, Slams, & Shine
tells how it all started in the 60s and 70s, with '
' and '
' at inner city '
', where nets were rarely replaced and soon disintegrated, but where '
' could be earned. Early streetball greats include Joe '
' Hammond, and Earl '
' Manigault. Unfortunately, many served time in prison, '
the downfall of another street dreamer.
' The authors speak of a lull in the 80s and an explosion of '
' coast to coast in the 90s.
ow did it happen? We're told that the spark was Rafer '
Skip to My Lou
' Alston, born in Queens with a passion and a genius for streetball that ignited interest in others ... '
Since grass doesn't grow in the ghetto, stories do.
' Skip eventually made it to the NBA. At the same time as Alston's legend was mushrooming, sneaker company
distributed a '
' with all its shoe sales. Given the immediate enormous interest, the company made more tapes, which '
shot out of stores
' and led to '
Mix Tape Tours
' - likened to '
'. Thus, a streetball industry was born.
nspiring stories of
AND 1 Mix Tape Team
members are told next, from Harlem's '
' Evans to '
' Howard, who sadly died in 2004. Following this are instructions (accompanied by step by step photographs) for '
' from basics like '
Left Fade Away
' through intermediate techniques like '
', to advanced moves such as '
Now You See It
' or '
'. The book ends by celebrating Rafer Alston's success in moving from the streets to the NBA, and closes with a list of top U.S. Streetball courts.
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