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05.22.15 Liam Mathews

So here’s something nice from the NYPD for a change: a pair of officers played a pickup basketball game with some kids in the Bronx. These cops, even in full uniform with gun and radio and ugly clunky cop shoes, can still ball. The shorter cop in particular has a great handle. Even if this […]

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07.28.14 Sophie Weiner

An annual basketball tournament at Berry Houses in Staten Island was interrupted by the arrival of a police car, but not in the way you might think. Organizers from the Under The Lights basketball league asked the local patrolling unit if they’d be willing to allow players to slam dunk over their car, and surprisingly, […]

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03.19.14 Andy Cush

“I have been shooting and producing it over the past 2 years and we just launched a Kickstarter to raise money to complete the film,” writes director Daniel Levin in an email to ANIMAL of The Legend of Swee’ Pea, his documentary on legendary and legendarily troubled Brooklyn basketball player Lloyd Daniels. Daniels made his name in […]

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12.03.13 Andy Cush

One of the best executed examples in recent memory of the this-thing-reimagined-as-this-other-thing school of virality are these rebranded NBA jerseys from designer Dead Dilly. The concept is simple: what if famous brands and/or artists were tasked with making over every professional basketball team? My favorite example is Banksy’s imaginary take on the L.A. Clippers, which pastes that […]

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09.09.13 Andy Cush

This morning, Dennis Rodman emerged into a conference room at Manhattan’s Soho Grand Hotel, cigar in his mouth and sparkly scarf around his neck, to a sea of eager reporters. Flanked by representatives from the International Crisis Group and the Irish betting firm Paddy Power, he rambled, seemingly without forethought, through references to his wedding […]

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04.17.13 Andy Cush

“Geeks are definitely the new rock stars,” goes the tagline to Bravo’s goofy new reality show about “startup culture,” and hamfisted a sentiment though it may be, at least one proposed mega-high-dollar business transaction is playing right into it! Reddit cofounder and Brooklyn native Alexis Ohanian told Bloomberg News Tuesday that he’s “absolutely” interested in […]

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01.28.13 Andy Cush

Brooklynite Mike Sorisi created Knicklyn as a way to give a home to people like him: diehard hoops fans from Kings County who’d rather stay true to NYC’s original team than jump ship to the Nets. Within days of setting up shop–selling t-shirts and stickers on Big Cartel–Sorisi received a cease-and-desist letter from none other than […]

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09.19.12 Andy Cush

As a part of their “Presidential FaceOFF” series, web sports channel The NOC sent two dudes who look an awful lot like the guys currently fighting over the fate of our country to play a friendly game of PIG at the legendary West 4th Street basketball courts. It’s a pretty tight match–peep O’s mean over-the-head […]

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08.08.12 David Lumb

Eager to close the funding gap between Obama’s and Romney’s campaigns, this Aug 22nd, one lucky NYC court will play host to showdowns between deep-pocket donors and basketball legends Michael Jordan, Carmelo Anthony, Patrick Ewing and Sheryl Swoopes…and maybe the Hoopster-in-Chief (God bless you, NY Daily News). The winner gets dinner with Obama and Jordan. […]

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05.30.12 Joshua Rivera

Filmmakers Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau want you to go out and play basketball. But not at your gym. Their forthcoming documentary, Doin’ it in The Park, celebrates the history and culture of the New York City pick-up basketball scene. ” We hope the film inspires people of all ages to participate at their local […]

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