Rucker Park



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Rucker Park is located at 155th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard across the street from the former Polo Grounds site. Many who played at the park achieved a level of fame for their abilities, and several have gone on to play in the NBA. Rucker Park is a basketball court in the Harlem neighborhood of the New York City borough of Manhattan. Rucker Park was featured in the TNT film On Hallowed Ground. That won a Sports Emmy.

The court is named after Harlem teacher Holcombe L. Rucker, who started a basketball tournament in 1950 in order to help less fortunate kids stay off the streets and aim for college careers.
The original court Rucker used to start his tournament is actually on 7th Avenue between 128th and 129th Street in New York.
The Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) was founded in 1980 by Gregory Marius, playing our first years at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. EBC moved to the famed Rucker Park in 1980. Unique in Rucker Park (its) ability to delivery of sports and entertainment, EBC established a roster of legendary street legends and notable players that include players such as Walter Berry, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, Master Rob Hockett, Malloy "Future" Nesmith, Rafer "Skip to My Lou" Alston, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Ron Artest, Vince Carter, Jamaal Tinsley, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson and Gilbert Arenas have played and fueled the legacy of Rucker Park for the last 25 years. Many extremely talented players will grace these courts years and years after them.
Rucker Park should be especially noted that EBC established its tournament to become a major entertainment venue and tourist attraction that attracted the likes of: former President Bill Clinton, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Actor Denzell Washington, Recording and Entertainment Moguls namely, Russell Simmons, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and other notables.

Many famous professional basketball players have played at the Rucker Park court after gaining prominence, many others developed their basketball skills at Rucker prior to becoming notable in the sport. Some Rucker Park players include:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Rafer "Skip to my Lou" Alston.
Kenny Anderson
Nate "Tiny" Archibald
Aubrey Matthews
Earl "The Pearl" Monroe
Lamar Odom
Ron Artest
Devin Ebanks
Ed Pinckney
Joe Smith
Malik Sealy
J. R. Smith
Pat Smith
Lance Stephenson
Sebastian Telfair
Jamaal Tinsley
Sylvester Blye
Vince Carter
Wilt Chamberlain
Terry Dehere
Julius "Dr. J" Erving
Corey Fisher
Connie Hawkins
Bill Hill
Tyreke Evans
Jackie Jackson
Pee Wee Kirkland
Earl "The Goat" Manigault
Stephon Marbury
Jamal Mashburn

Rucker Park in video games:
The court appears in the video games NBA Street, NBA Street Vol. 2, NBA Street V3, NBA Ballers, NBA Street Homecourt (as downloadable content), NBA 2K6, NBA 2K7, NBA 2K8, NBA 2K9, NBA 2K10, FreeStyle Street Basketball