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Quote of the Day: Jason Terry thinks Knicks could win title this year… at Rucker Park


“Maybe the Rucker Park Championship. I don’t know, not the NBA championship. I don’t see how they could guarantee that, at all. I’m not buying it.”

—Jason Terry of the Brooklyn Nets, talking to Dime Magazine about J.R. Smith’s boast the New York Knicks will win the NBA championship this season.

There’s been a fair amount of talk going back and forth between the Nets and Knicks this season, and the Nets certainly would like to make this a rivalry. I’m not sure the Knicks see it that way, I know their fans don’t — they know New York is a Knicks town.

Rivalries are really forged in the heat of the playoffs. Man, I would really love for the Knicks and Nets to meet in the first round (or later) this season.

Nate Robinson not hurt in gunfire at legendary Rucker Park


NBA players swing by Rucker Park — the legendary Harlem playground pickup game/summer league — during he offseason. Heck, during the lockout last summer it was like an NBA camp out there for a while.

Nate Robinson was there Wednesday watching from the sidelines and was fortunate to escape gunfire that injured five people, according to the New York Daily News.

Five people were shot on a Harlem basketball court Wednesday night during an annual basketball tournament, officials and witnesses said…

“They started arguing, about a bad call or something like that,” said Rodney Harris, 47. “The guy was standing no more than five feet away from me. He pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot once. He then shot one more time. Everyone started running.”

All five people were treated at area hospitals and nothing was life threatening. So there’s that.

The Daily News has some cell-phone video of the chaos that followed the shots.

If you pull a gun on a bad pick-up game call, you have some serious issues.

Winderman: Players keep playing, which is a bad lockout sign

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We already have a complete 2011-12 schedule, because how, otherwise, could the NBA prove to the National Labor Relations Board that it is bargaining in good faith amid the lockout?

To that end, we also have a complete preseason schedule, because part of the process means tormenting fans in Wichita, Sioux Falls, Fargo and Raleigh that they’ll get to experience NBA basketball in October.

It’s all part of the negotiating game. We get that. The league trying to make it look like it is poised to move forward, even as it keeps its facilities locked and payrolls frozen.

But there also is the other side of the equation, namely the direction the players are taking, questions about the ultimate focus on that end.

Already, plans not only are in place for an informal league in Las Vegas over the next two weeks, but, potentially, for additional leagues there in October and beyond. Similarly, Goodman League showdowns have been scheduled for Rucker Park and Indianapolis, with regional summer-league matchups also possible in Los Angeles and Seattle.

While there is never anything wrong with basketball players playing, September also tends to be a time when teammates resume being teammates, families settle down in their respective NBA cities, conditioning moves closer to NBA level.

The constant in recent years has been NBA players arriving to NBA camps in NBA shape. Rare anymore are the reports of players showing up out of shape, failing conditioning tests, being held out of the starts of camps.

It’s one thing for the 76ers to have recently gathered in Los Angeles or Knicks players to be planning workouts in Tampa. It would be another for the 76ers to be working out in Philadelphia, the Knicks in New York, players showing that as soon as the lockout is lifted, they’d be ready to go, similar to what Chris Bosh said of the Heat soon reconvening in Miami, even if the practice venue is the University of Miami instead of AmericanAirlines Arena.

Unless, of course, they’re being told that there is no need to renew those winter-month leases, no need to copy the charade ownership has created with the unveiling of regular-season and preseason schedules.

In some circles, games such as the just-scheduled Goodman vs. Indianapolis Pro-Am are being celebrated as a commitment of players to their product. But when the games are being scheduled for Sept. 24, as is the case in Indianapolis, and when player-run leagues are being organized for October, it makes one wonder whether the players simply have given up on any hope of holding the owners to that preseason schedule or at least trying to force the NBA’s hand.

For the most part, the NBA’s infrastructure is in place for a timely resumption of the type of basketball most would prefer. For the players, though, perhaps there is a bit of too much willingness to continue this never-ending summer.

Ira Winderman writes regularly for NBCSports.com and covers the Heat and the NBA for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. You can follow him on Twitter at http://twitter.com/IraHeatBeat.

How about Goodman vs. Rucker Park showdown? It’s on.

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This could be better than any of the summer pro-am league showdowns this summer (and beating Goodman vs. Drew and Goodman vs. Melo will be hard):

How about Washington D.C.’s Goodman League vs. ECB Rucker Parck? The best of New York now in the mix.

It is set for Oct. 1, according to the official twitter for the Goodman League.

Breaking News!!!…..Goodman vs. EBC Rucker Park game tenative date is October 1, 2011 in New York….details coming….Stay Tuned!

This is not going to happen because the owners and players are going to solve their problems in the next couple weeks and training camps will open on time days before this. Ha ha, just kidding. We know that’s not happening. Just thought I’d throw the joke out there.

Goodman vs. Rucker would be a show — there is no environment like Rucker. Goodman will bring Kevin Durant and… does it matter who else? Durant is a one-man summer show. He already dropped 66 at Rucker this summer.

By the way, Goodman is going to have a West Coast rematch with the Drew League (according to the Drew League) but the date is not set.

Kevin Durant shuts up a heckler at NYC Pro-Am game

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Who heckles Kevin Durant? The guy drops 66 points at Rucker Park draining threes over double teams (Scott Brooks does not want you to take that shot, KD) and the next day the crowd is all over him? Man, New York City can be tough.

But Durant gets the last laugh. He’s tougher.

Watch the video and see some really poor heckling of Durant. First the heckler goes with “baby LeBron” which is… actually, I’m not sure what that is. Then part of the crowd heckles with chants of “Russell Westbrook.” These are not the Cameron Crazies. That’s not good heckling.

Doesn’t matter. Durant owns the building when it’s all over.

Hat tip to Got ‘Em Coach and Slam.