Friday, March 27th, 2009 at 2:00 pm  |  58 responses

Video: Hawk Mix – The Best Kept Secret?

Michael Hawkins is one of the best dunkers in the game.

Words by Justin Walsh

Michael Hawkins is a baller. He’s a lefty with a slippery drive to the hoop, a quick release on his J, and a cock back so good, you’ll wanna slap yo’ momma (Like the Friday sequels).

When people think about the roughest dunkers on the asphalt, you might mention some of the TFB cats, or possibly Emak ‘n Los. Don’t forget about Street Handles, one of the best street crews in the business, haling from Phoenix, AZ. Michael played a stint in the ABA, he’s part of the Ball Up squad now, he even ran with AND 1 for a bit. Michael Hawkins has been all over the map, but he’s still the best kept secret in streetball.

SLAM: What’s up Hawk? Thanks for dropping by to answer some questions.
Hawk: What’s up… thanks for having me. It’s always a pleasure.

SLAM: First up congratulations on making the Ball Up team, your first game for Ball Up is at the LA Dub show this weekend, What exactly is the Dub Show for those that don’t already know?
Hawk: First off, I would like to thank God for putting me in this position. It’s been a long time coming. Secondly, thank you. Now for those who don’t know about the DUB car show, it’s one of the biggest car shows in the world. You will see cars from celebrities, including athletes and music artists as well as people that have a passion for working on cars. It has a very large fan base and there are about 12 stops this year throughout the country.

SLAM: Looking at the Ball Up roster you’ve got some of the biggest names on the circuit with the likes of Professor, AO, Sik Wit It, AUT, etc. What’s the story with Ball Up, and how did you get involved with them?
Hawk: Ball Up is an organization that was put together by a group of guys with an overall view to influence youth to never give up on your dreams and just because you don’t make it pro doesn’t mean you can’t live the pro lifestyle or be successful in life. I was approached with the opportunity of being a part of Ball Up and decided that it would be the best move to play alongside some of the biggest names in the streetball world. This is a very talented roster from top to bottom and we plan on making history.

SLAM: The Ball Up team was in Phoenix for the All-Star weekend last month, was this just a once off thing or will the team exist outside of the Dub Show Tour?
Hawk: I’m not too sure of the plans Ballup has but should know more within the upcoming weeks. I will make sure to keep you posted with any new information.

SLAM: Arek Kissoyan (known in the mixtape game as mixtapelive, one of BIL’s main editors) dropped a mix of you a few weeks back on Ballislife.com which had a lot of people talking, as far as Street Handles and Ballislife go, what are some of the things you guy’s are working on?
Hawk: Yeah shoutout to Mixtapelive and as far as Street Handles and Ballislife goes, we are currently working on dropping some of the hottest clips and finishing up the next DVD, which is guaranteed to be three times better than the first.

SLAM: We’ve heard you mention BKS a few times, what is the story behind this?
Hawk: I was mentioned BKS by Mixtapelive on my last clip. For those of you who don’t know, BKS stands for “Best Kept Secret.” I’ve heard this name many times throughout my streetball career and I actually kind of like it. I don’t Hawk in the sky.feel like I’m the only best kept secret, but I am definitely one that you can expect to see a lot more from.

SLAM: You played semi-pro ball last year in the ABA, what was that experience like?
Hawk: Besides most of the teams folding, it was a good experience and helped me work on my all-around game a little more as far as organized basketball.

SLAM: Will you be playing again this year?
Hawk: I’m not sure right now. I might have other commitments with the Ball Up team.

SLAM: What are some of the things you do to work on your game? Jump programs, drills, workout? Or do you just ball?
Hawk: I work on my game a little bit every day, whether it’s going to the gym and lifting weights or playing in pickup games or just shooting around to stay in shape. I am not on any jump programs or specific drills, I never really got into those types of things I just go out and play the game.

SLAM: There’s always discussions about who the best dunkers in the world are and your name isn’t mentioned all that much, why do you think that is?
Hawk: Because I’m not just a dunker. I don’t have two or three hours to just sit in the gym and record dunks. As you can see, most of my dunks come in games or waiting for the next game. I’ve never been all about dunking, just something that I was blessed to be able to do.

SLAM: With the downsizing of the And 1 Tour last year, what do you think of the current state of commercial streetball?
Hawk: I’m sure there’s always gonna be loyal fans of AND 1 but the downsizing opens doors for other streetball crews as well as tours.

SLAM: As far as underground crews go, which three teams do you consider the best?
Hawk: First off, no disrespect to any streetball crew that’s doing their thing. I really don’t pay any attention to any crews outside of Street Handles. Every crew has their own style, their own fan base but outside of Street Handles, there is not really any crew that comes to mind. And I’m not just saying this because I am a part of Street Handles.

SLAM: Out of all the underground ballers you’ve played with and against who do you think has the most potential to make a living off of streetball.
Hawk: I would have to say my top three are Bone Collector, High Rizer, King Handles. Everybody else that I feel has the potential to make a living off streetball has either done it or is currently doing it.

SLAM: What are your future plans?
Hawk: I don’t know what the future holds but I hope to continue to be successful in the streetball world and continue to be a role model for my son and those who look up to me.

SLAM: Any last words?
Hawk: I want to thank God first for answering my prayers. As always, thank you for the interviews and continuing to support me and Street Handles, as well as all of the underground streetballers trying to make a name for themselves. I wanna tell all those who haven’t been as successful to never give up on your dreams and keep God first. Play every game like it’s your last and stay ready, because you will never know when your time will come. I would also like to thank everyone who supports me as well as the Street Handles family. Also, look out for the Ballup tour which will be coming to a city near you in the near future. For the current dates and locations you can check out Dubshowtour.com.

Major hat-tip to Brad Taylor of Streetballin’ for the hook-up.

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  • BostonBaller


  • BostonBaller

    There is something about seeing a good lefty dunk that makes you wanna get back on the court…..whoooooHa

  • BostonBaller

    After I work the kids out this evening I’m sending them home and I’m going to TRY to assualt the rim and pray that ther rim doesn’t hit back. lol I just hope I don’t break this 40 something year old body apart just b/c this vid got me hyped. lol

  • Gift2basketball

    Cot Damn!

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Cool. Good catch, JW.

  • Young Chris MP3

    What he does at :47 would win any dunk contest alone.

  • RayRayJr

    Cot Damn! is right! Impressive how far he takes off with 2 feet. Most one foot jumpers don’t take off that far outside of the key. Good handles too

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s35kBpvxfsc&feature=related James the balla

    NBA … bound!!! Sick. Shots looks rusty but DAMN!!

  • malanacream

    nice, the black bird man hahahha

  • Diesel

    He’s cocking back completely level with the rim. That just doesn’t look normal because of how high he gets.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    He gets so hiiiiigh on everything too. It’s just like…WOO HAAA

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    by the way, just gotta say again, MAJOR thanks to Brad Taylor of Streetballin. He helped me out on this one. HAWK is a beast, he’s a boss, he’s not to be crossed.

  • http://mindyourbusiness@getalife.com Allenp

    That dude is Chris Browning the rim. Crazy.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh


  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    extremely dirty.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    good sh!t Justin. I hope he doesnt turn into James White II. Although NBA Champion and respected by millions aint a bad thing.

  • steve t

    dude can sky, and play 4real not just a dunker dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  • http://chicken.com brad

    villanova ownz evrythin

  • http://chicken.com brad


  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I have not really cared from streetball since and1 mixtape 3 (damn, im getting old lol) but this dude is filthy. he seems to have decent handles which means that he could create separation. once he’s in the lane, it’s at least 2 fts, right? how is this dude not on a fat contract overseas or in the nbdl waiting for a shot?!

  • http://www.sexbot.com PheremoneWilliams

    cock back..lmao

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    yeeeep. He’s filthy, nasty, disgusting, with stupid hops and swangin’ handles. I think I should use more adjectives for good measure. zimzallabim, gully, gutta.

  • Megan

    If you love seein Hawk you have to get streethandles mixtape he is just nasty on that mixtape go to streethandles.net to order it

  • Kas

    what is this, 2002?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    haha Kas, was that making fun of my adjectives? I’m quite proud of my dated slang, thank you!

  • ab_40

    at 47 48 that’s a sick dunk… i’ve seen all the other dunks but that one was fresh

  • http://www.ballislife.com Arek

    ahh yeahh!!

    btw, street handles is the BEST underground streeball crew period.

  • doyouwantmore

    James, there’s no way dude’s NBA bound based on just this vid. That’s not to say that he doesn’t have a chance, but it takes more than buck wild hops and good handles.

  • http://www.streethandles.net CAUTION




  • niQ

    omgyaaaaaaaaaaad. this cat is dirrrrrrrty.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    doyouwantmore, Michael is just a filthy basketball player. I’m not sure that he’s TRYING to play in the NBA, he’s just being him. If it happens great, but if not, he’s got a damn fine niche in the game as it is.

  • EC

    He Heath Ledgered/ Chris Browned the Rim on them dunks, DAMN!

  • stokesey

    Thats the closest thing ive seen to a video game, some of the things he’s doin is just ridiculous!! On a side note glad to see some more streetball footage, nice work SLAM an all involved

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    stokesey, thanks for the support- the nice work goes to Hawk for BEING like that, Brad Taylor, and yeah, SLAM for doing it like they do.

  • http://www.womensrights.com AllensAnIdiot

    “Chris Browning..?” that’s pretty f’in ignorant…not funny at all, and pretty disrespectful

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Caution, thanks bro, good to see you up on here.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    AllensAnIdiot … And saying Heath Ledgering isn’t? When I say that he rapes the rim, or murders the rim…Isn’t that the same thing? It’s just an off color metaphor for ho he treats the rim. It’s jokes. jokes. And if you didn’t see anything in that video that would make you say “wow, he can play” and all you can do is criticize a comment? Man this basketball player deserves more. Here, I’ll start it by saying this- sorry I offended you by attributing heinous crime to the rim. Now let’s find something cool to say about a basketball player :)

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    The criticism was warranted. I knew that was disrespectful when I made joke.
    I made an insensitive comment. It was not right.
    But, I ain’t apologizing. So, whoever is mad, can be mad.
    Now, when everybody else effs up, I hope y’all man up the same way.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    Thanks for defending me though.
    But, it wasn’t necessary. My comment was off-color, I knew somebody was going to get pissed at it.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @1:10 that white dude gets pwned! Got nothing to do with race ^ just that the next guy is black. Helps to show difference. LOL.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Allenp, it wasn’t necessary, but at the same time, if I don’t get b*tched at for saying he murders or rapes the rim, how is he gonna get mad about the chris brown thing? It’s a dang joke haha



  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    hah, HAWK, bro, check all the love here. I talked to Caution yesterday, I’ll be talkin’ to you and all the street handles crew ASAP

  • S-Mc

    he makes the ring look low



  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    No doubt, Michael, I’ll hit yall up soon

  • German Reignman

    like the way he is tomahawking the sh*t out of the ball … power

  • Fred34

    Get him a high top fade and he’s the reincarnation of Shawn Kemp – just nasty, gives you chills and makes you wanna work on your jump.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    Fred34, you know the funny part? He’s nowhere near as tall as Kemp! He’s 6’3

  • konweezy

    Kids Nice, but sum of the dudes hes playing aginst are trash

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    konweezy, as in all streetball games, this is true, not everybody they play are going to be stars. But you can’t deny those hoppppps

  • Fred34

    JW – that would explain why he looked horizontal in a lot of those dunks. 6’3″ ??? nuts, just plain nuts. And I take it those are real rims?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Justin Walsh

    yes, they are 10′ rim, all of em. We filmed this ish, so we can attest to it.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Gotta admit, I thought some of them joints looked a little low myself. Especially if dude is 6’3″… Super sick though, I think him being a lefty gives it an extra flair. And dude must have huge hands cuz he really brings the ball back before banging.

  • Konweezy is a Joke

    konweezy thinks hes hot shizzle

  • airsmith

    he makes it look like hes dunking on 6′ hoops, he’s like a video game… NBA street

  • http://deleted airsmith

    720 plZ!!!!

  • toddgakk

    this is the dunk i see in thenight times.

    I go to see the basketball and the games with the matches and the baskeball players. Play on.