With the NBA currently in lock-out
mode, some of its stars are looking to play overseas in countries
like China and Turkey. Then there are others, like Kevin Durant, who
just decide to go to 155th Street and Fredrick Douglass Boulevard in
Harlem and drop 66 in a Rucker Park game.
The Oklahoma City
Thunder small forward put on a clinic during an Entertainers
Basketball Classic game Monday (Aug. 1). At one point the four-year
pro and two-time defending scoring champ dropped in 12 straight, all on three pointers. After hitting his fourth in a row,
the boisterous crowd at the legendary basketball blacktop flooded the
Playing for the DC Power, Durant made
9-of-11 threes en route to a victory against the Sean Bell All-Stars. According to ESPN, only two other ballers, Steve Burtt Jr. and Joe (The Destroyer) Hammond, have scored
more at Rucker with 68 and 74 respectively.
After the game, Durant took to Twitter
to talk about his night. He says, “No lie, jus had one of the
best times of my life at Rucker park..wow! I love NY…Harlem
Rucker Park is the court of basketball
lore. All-time NBA greats from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Wilt
Chamberlain to Julius Erving have laced up there shoes and played
there. It’s even earned a spot in numerous video games, including NBA 2K11 and
Grand Theft Auto 4.
But what you really want to see is the
video. Get out your popcorn.