Playground Basketball Is Dying

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At Rucker Park in New York, people sat on rooftops and climbed trees to watch Julius Erving play. In Louisville, Kentucky, Artis Gilmore would pull up in his fancy car, still wearing his fancy suits, and just ball. Kevin Durant first measured the worth of his game on the D.C. playgrounds, and Arthur Agee chased his hoop dream in Chicago. The Philadelphia outdoor courts once boasted a who’s who of the city’s best ballers, and in Los Angeles, playground legends with names such as Beast, Iron Man and Big Money Griff played on the same concrete as Magic and Kobe.

That was then, a then that wasn’t all that long ago.

Now? Now the courts are empty, the nets dangling by a thread. The crowds that used to stand four deep are gone, and so are the players. Once players asked “Who’s got next?” Now the question is “Anyone want to play?” And the answer seems to be no, at least not here, not outside.

Playground basketball, at least as we knew it, is dying.

“Playground Basketball Is Dying” via ESPN

LeBron James Sent His Neighbours Cupcakes To Apologize

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LeBron James made a sweet move by sending his neighbors in Ohio cupcakes as his way of apologizing for all of the chaos he caused this summer.

In what was a classy move, James hired representatives from a Fairlawn, Ohio, bakery around his immediate neighborhood in Bath Township to deliver cupcakes to apologize for the traffic jams caused by the interest in James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this month.

“Dear Friend,” read a card that came with the treats. “We know things have been hectic in our neighborhood these past few weeks and we are sorry for the chaos. We are so thankful to live in this wonderful community and we are so blessed to have understanding neighbors like you.”

The card also explained that the two kinds of cupcakes in the box, “Just A Kid From Akron Cherry Cola” and “Homecourt Chocolate Chunk”, were originally devised for James’ foundation.

Cleveland Cavaliers Trade Carrick Felix to Utah Jazz

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The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to make moves in order to secure the necessary pieces to obtain Kevin Love.

The latest domino has the Cavaliers sending guard Carrick Felix to Utah for three players with non-guaranteed contracts.

While this deal in a vacuum doesn’t seem noteworthy, it provides the Cavs with more assets to go after Love.

The Cavs sent Felix, a second-round pick in 2015, and $1 million to the Jazz for guard John Lucas III and forwards Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy.

This trade will allow the Cavs to clear $3.3 million in salary cap space.