Thursday, July 10, 2014

INTER-BORO 2 on 2 FINALS END AT IAAF FESTIVAL BKLYN

The NYDLBALL INTER-BORO 2 on 2 Competition 
and Mini-Camp for June/July ended at the 2014 
International African Art Festival at Commodore 
Barry Park, Brooklyn, NY and when the smoke 
cleared we had 3 new Champions in the 16 & 
Under Division, the 18 & Under Division 
and the Adult Unlimited Division.


With the dramatic and energetic backdrop of
the www.IAAFestival.org, which showcased
music, food, cultural vendors and staged
performances many of the young men
competed and participated with great spirit
and pride.  After the stretch and mini camp,
the players were divided into appropriate 
age groups and challenged one another for
"Blacktop Supremacy."  





Players came from
all five boroughs of New York and several
players from Long Island made their mark on the 
camp and competition.  Before we name the 
winners and competitors we would like to thank 
the NYDLBALL.com Tournament Committee 
and Staff for producing seven events, all over
the city, in four days.  






Madd, Madd Shout to Gil Alvarez, Wendell 
Ransom, Eddie Woods, John Pugh, Neil Woodard, 
Chris Todd, Armondo Vega, Charlie Patterson, Steph 
Graham, Warren Storey, Tamara Mitchell, Milton
Plummer, and Kente McClure. Your professionalism 
patience, and dedication is a major part of what 
makes all of this happen for our community. 

Before we move on to the champions, I
just have to say that I cannot believe that
I did not win anything.  I'm not a sore loser,
but I had four or five chances to beat
out somebody in this competition, and for
the first time, in a long time I came up
empty.  I lost in the Free-Throw Contest.
I didn't Win/Place/or Show in the 3-Ball
Challenge and my team got erased in the
2 on 2 Competition by a team that had
a player wearing dark sunglasses and low 
top sneakers.  I wasn't quite humiliated, but
it just didn't feel too good. I had a good time, 
but I got to get some "Ws" on the scoreboard.  
Some Way...Some How!!


The July 2014 Unlimited Age group champs
were the family combo aka as The Warriors...
Fatari "Skip" Huntley and Amasiah "A Game" 
Huntley who played great defense and passed
the ball efficiently to secure their title in their bracket.
This Huntley team was the club that eliminated
my team from the playoffs.  They are deceptively
skilled at passing and scoring.  They are not to be
slept on, even when they wear their sunglasses
during athletic competition. It doesn't get any 
cooler than that...Now does it?

In the Senior Division [18 & Under] it was also
a family affair as The Brothers claimed their 
Championship with great, balanced offense and
solid "D."  The Brothers, Ymajesty "Ice-Man" Allen, 
and Infinite "Hops" Tucker ventured to the event
from Long Island and will be a force to be
reckoned with for some time to come. Their 
strength and athleticism separated them from
all of the competition.

In the Midget Division14 and Under Division 
Abdullah Lusut and Shamari Dorns aka
Team UMOJA were crowned the June/July 
2 on 2 Champs. All of the young adults played
hard and all showed great sportsmanship and
respect.  We need more RESPECT in our
neighborhoods.  God Bless Them.


We thank the parents and community
members who supported this event.  Your
presence, time, and contributions are greatly
appreciated.  See you all at the next event.
In the meantime...I'll be practicing  my
free-throws, doing push-ups and getting 
ready for next months event.
Peace and Blessings. LW


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

U Can't Guard Me Interboro Finals June 2014




All roads lead to Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn...
The 2014 U Can't Guard Me Inter-Boro Finals for
One on One, Two on Two, and individual events.
The games will take place on the basketball courts
Saturday July 5th at 4PM at The International 
African Arts Festival 2014...F train to York Street
and a short walk to the park. The park is at Flushing 
Avenue near Navy Street and near Tillary in Fort 
Greene, Brooklyn...Come early with the family 
and spend the day.  This is a great family event
with food, vendors, performances.  The event
begins at 10 am and the basketball portion begins
at 4 PM...So there is something for everyone!

Marine Park, Brooklyn


MacArthur Park, Staten Island


Flynn Park, Bronx, NY




Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan


Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan


Brookville Park, Queens


Brookville Park, Queens, NY


NYDLBALL.com Staff

Congrats to all of our participants from All 5 
Boroughs and Long Island.  You played very
well and we hope to see you all on Saturday.

Our Mini-Camps have been shared
with the positive and talented youth in our 
community and dedicated to Mr. John Isaacs,
Mr. Billy Clarke, and Mr. John Watusi Branch.
These three men are pillars of community 
education, athletics and social activism.
All three have transitioned after living full 
and vibrant lives in this city, while sharing 
so much with the world.  

 John Isaacs
 Billy Clarke

 John Watusi Branch
God Bless them because they gave so much, 
to so many people, for such a long time.  
All are welcome to participate at our events and for 
more info call 347-869-0523  Below is the IAAF Festival 
info and website...See you in the Winners Circle-LW

http://www.iaafestival.org/ 
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Monday, June 30, 2014

2014 U Can't Guard Me. Queens, NY and Elmont, Long Island, NY

QUEENS, NY

"YOU LOVE to hear the 
STORY again and
again of how IT
ALL got started
way BACK WHEN!" 
MC SHAN

A bright and sunny setting, the singing of the birds greets the NYDLBALL staff on 
this late June morning...We unpack the vehicle, sweep 
the courts, hang the nets {we dream about breakfast} 
and we patiently wait for the multitude of players that 
normally crowd these courts.

Where is everyone at 10 am on Sunday...Where else...
They're either [1] out of town  [2] tucked away in their 
pajamas or [3] lined up in the rows and pews of their 
church of choice or [4] Running several miles through 
Brookville's scenic park to get into better shape 
{Yeah-Right} Today the attendance was relatively low, 
however, those that came were focused and gave great 
effort. We know that for a fact when the sun starts to 
go down...this park will be packed.  By then we'll be 
long gone and having a late afternoon breakfast.  
Coach Neil and Coach Eddie took the lead and put
the student-athlete through the paces.  Stretch...Drills...
Scrimmage, Stretch...Drills...Scrimmage.
When we finally got to the competition Tyrell "T-Mac" 
Simon dominated the Free-throw, 3 Point and One on 
One events.  This seventeen year old prodigy will
represent Queens in the Citywide Final in the 18 & 
Under event this coming Saturday at Commodore 
Barry Park just off Tillary in Downtown Brooklyn, 
NY at the International African Arts Festival...
4 PM at the basketball courts on the Navy 
Yard side of the Park. 

 Needless to say Queens will be represented in the citywide
final...In the Unlimited Division...Chris "Cross" Todd will
step in to the competition.  He is an experienced One on
One competitor with national experience and several
out of state titles on his heavy basketball resume.
LONG ISLAND
"You go ooo and ahh when I jump
in my car, people treat me like  
Kareem Abdul Jabbar"
MC CHUCK D

Elmont Road Park is one of those off the road, 
hidden locations where great basketball players 
know how to "Get it In."  There were a number 
of very good ballers out on Sunday...Many of 
them could shoot the rock, bang under the boards 
and play that rock solid 'D' ...In the Unlimited 
Division the two stand-out players that held center 
courtfor a good amount of time were Leon"The 
Mayor" Lee a nd Rayshyn "Boogie" Grant.  This 
dynamic duo brought the noise to everyone who 
set foot on the court...including me.  Good Ballers.  
Also the perimeter shooting of Nigel "Swish" 
Redhead who should be a favorite to win, citywide 
finalist in the One on One and 3 point contest for 
Age 18 and Under. 

Our Mini-Camps have been shared
with the positive and talented youth in our 
community and dedicated to Mr. John Isaacs,
Mr. Billy Clarke, and Mr. John Watusi Branch.
These three men are pillars of community 
education, athletics and social activism.
All three have transitioned after living full and 
vibrant lives in this city, while sharing so much 
with the world.  

 John Isaacs
 Billy Clarke

 John Watusi Branch
 
God Bless them because they gave so much, 
to so many people, for such a long time.

Madd Madd to all who participated
and supported this months NYDLBALL.com
Tournament...Keep on Ballin and See You In
The Winner's Circle...Blessings...LW


Saturday, June 28, 2014

U Can't Guard Me. Interboro Challenge Hits the BX and Manhattan


"UP IN THE BRONX...
WHERE THE PEOPLE
ARE FRESH..."
MC KURTIS BLOW

This morning the balls and sneakers where 
bouncing at an accelerated rate in Flynn Park, Bronx, NY.  The second week of the U Can't Guard 
Me Tournament was in full effect. Last week NYDLBALL.com was rocking with the athletes in Brooklyn, and Staten Island. 
Today was an "Uptown Thing" with high powered stops on 
3rd ave near 158 St and Madison Ave 121 St in Harlem.  
Many of the ballers, young and old, gave their very best and 
left it all on the court. Bronx style basketball is creative, and powerful, which is usual finished with dribble penetration 
and a bucket.

Bronx ballers appear to be confident and sure of themselves, 
even at a young age.  Played with great heart and enthusiasm.
The 12 and Under competitors like Nelkai "The Jet" Brown, 
and Jayson "JI" Isles went toe to toe, bucket for bucket
 with the likes of Bertho "Bounce" Edourd, Makhi "Real" 
McCoy and Charles "The Prince" Johnson.

Kasani Hamilton and Nelkai Brown were the Bronx Free-
Throw Contest winners closely followed by Jose Medina, 
Enmanuel Ruel and Timothy "Hutch" Hutchinson.


The 14 and Under Ballers on hand 
were Angel 'A Game' Aponte, 
Hezakia "Zeke" Jones aka "Baby 
Shaq", Julio "Lo" Lopez, Harry 
Marin, and the talented Argenis 
Batista.  After some basic instruction many of these young student athletes 
were off and running.  Doing quite 
well in the training drills and in the various team and individual competitions.  So much to share with so many people.  Even 
with that hot summer sun, there was great competition and sportsmanship.


The 18 and Under talent on this day was very strong.  
Ballers played with pride, and heart...Two things you cannot 
teach over night.  These are all great defenders in open court 
and in isolated low post situations.  Remember these names...
Amini Dawkins aka "Call the Police", Jeron Randolph, 
Nahiell "NoNo" Namour.


The Unlimited [18 and Over] was well represented
Nelson "No Look" Nomour, Alberia Correau, D 
Elie, Charlie Chase aka Charles in Charge, Steph 
"Downtown" Graham [Who never saw a shot he 
didn't like] Graham, Lahh Woods and Jake "The 
Snake"McConnell aka The Shooter.




Madd, Madd Shout to Armondo "Hook-Shot" Vega, 
and Charles "In Charge" for all their hard word and 
dedication to youth.  We need more positive adults 
to guide and share their world with our young men 
and women.


Madd, Madd Shout to Nate Banks of the Bronx 
Basketball Association http://www.bronxbasketballassociation.com/ 
for all the support and all of the introductions 
at Flynn Park.

Madd, Madd Shout to the parents and adults at 
Flynn Park that gave encouraging words to the 
children and staff.  

Madd, Madd Shout to the NYDLBALL.com Staff 

MANHATTAN, NYC



"When we pulled up in the van...
Drop it like it's Hot, Drop it like it's Hot, Drop it like it's Hot-
There was Music and the Fam...
Drop It like it's Hot, Drop it like it's Hot, Drop it like it's Hot-
Marcus Garvey Park was jumping,
There was so much going on-
Barbeques and full park benches,
They had it Going On!

Harlem has a strong and rich tradition of producing
incredible ballplayers, primarily known for three
basic elements; showmanship, perimeter shooting 
and dancing to the basket.


When we walked into the park the full courts were blazing.
Intense, strong, full courts with everything that comes with
New York City Basketball...Deep 3's, Banging around the
basket, Shake n Bake moves to the hoop and of course...
a fair share of on the court debating.  After we kicked it 
with the local brothers on the crowded sidelines for a few
...We got the ultimate all-access go and compliment...We 
got the Corky Ortiz Pass.  Corky Ortiz for those who do 
not know is "El Rey" of Marcus Garvey Park and a 
teammate of mines on the New York City $ugar Daddies 
an age 55 and over traveling team.   





We had a musical backdrop provided by the many families 
in the park who came with blankets, tents, food, and their
own DJs.  In the background we can also hear the distant
whistles and cheering from the popular Marcus Garvey pool.  
To the far left side of the courts you can hear the famous
Marcus Garvey Drummers at the foot of the rock wall.
So with this symphony of sound, the rhythm of basketballs
bouncing, children laughing and the crowd on court one
"Oohing and Ahhhing" this has to be one of the Bright
Moments of our tournament.


Even on this hot summer day, the girls got into the 
act.  They did their thing, right along with the fellas, 
in the free-throw shoot, 3 Point contest and were 
finalist in the One on One Challenge.

We had a great time in Harlem and in the Bronx
as we continue our journey, producing these events
where we feel they are most needed.  The individual
and team competitions are great, however, the 
Mini-Camp instructional part our day is what I 
believe is the most important aspect of what we
are sharing. Fundamentals. Sportsmanship. Teamwork.

Our Mini-Camps have been shared
with the positive and talented youth in our 
community and dedicated to Mr. John Isaacs,
Mr. Billy Clarke, and Mr. John Watusi Branch.
These three men are pillars of community 
education, athletics and social activism.
All three have transitioned after living full and 
vibrant lives in this city, while sharing so much 
with the world.  

 John Isaacs

 Billy Clarke

 John Watusi Branch
God Bless them because they gave so much, to so many 
people, for such a long time.  And now it's time to get 
some shut-eye...because first thing in the morning we 
are off to a far away, distant galaxy called Queens and 
Long Island to continue our Inter-Boro Classic.