Thursday, November 16, 2006

Rucker Needs to Be in the Hall of Fame's Scoop Jackson makes a compelling case for inducting Holcombe Rucker—founder of Harlem's hallowed Rucker Park, where street ball was born and where many NBA players cut their teeth—in the Basketball Hall of Fame:

It's been 41 years since Holcombe Rucker died. . . . The park that is named after him is, without question, the most "significant" park in the history of basketball. Its games and tournament have single-handedly shaped an entire culture of basketball, one that doesn't rely on an NBA paycheck to validate greatness.

Read the entire article, it's excellent.

I would add that Rucker legend Earl "The Goat" Manigault also deserves a place in the hall.

Pictured: Dr. J at Rucker Park


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