Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at 11:19 am  |  22 responses

Video: Heart & Soul of New York City

A tribute to NY basketball.

Thanks to our friends at K1X, a visual love letter to NY basketball is here for the sharing. Streetball documentarist Kevin Couliau spent most of last summer capturing stunning backtop visuals from all five boroughs. Que Red Cafe’s ode, and it’s pure magic:

The video, in K1X’s words: “Yes, it’s about that time. Rain, sleet and snow have made way for the sun, long evenings and fresh sneakers. Early may, when Europe’s hardwood champions have been crowned and the NBA Playoffs shift into full gear, marks the unofficial start of the real basketball season: the streetball season! That’s when reputations are made, nicknames are born and every ballplayer naturally gravitates towards that “thump”, “thump” sound of his or her home court. Playground basketball is where it all started. Playground basketball is where talent is honed and friendships are made. It’s where neighborhoods gather and where skills and sweat are a currency. That’s especially true for the mecca of basketball, New York City. Nowhere else do streetball tournaments, players and games attract a quasi-religious following. Dollars, pride and bragging rights are on the line. Believe the hype!”

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  • http://slamonline.com GotHandles?

    dope song, cool footage.

  • Ramon

    119st TWC hahahahaha thats my block

  • daynja!

    your own government crashed your buildings

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Jerry “Ice” Reynolds.

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Vern Fleming.

  • The Philosopher

    One more shout out: Mike Francesa. The King of New York.

  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    That was truly a great video… And Pete Rock rocks!

  • kaboom

    The Franchise?? he looks like stevie francis,with some extra pounds

  • erich

    How basketball should be.
    A great bunch of players, a nice court and good weather.
    I really miss that.
    Nice to hear something new from Pete Rock.
    R.I.P. Guru.

  • AdrianC513

    that tune will be in my head allllll day good video

  • Whistler

    great video Kevin Couliau !

  • http://www.yamahyouth.com Gerwin


  • SchW

    A great mix of the greatest city and the greatest game… Holla and mad respect to K1X for this video….

  • http://asphalt-chronicles.com Kevin Couliau

    People ! Thanks !!!

  • e

    doesnt get better than nyc basketball in the summer last year a couple tournaments fell off but 2010 will a good year for nyc basketball

  • Natalie

    That’s excellent. Really well done. I just wish the women could get a little love. How about the West 4th St. League that plays all summer, for instance? Did I miss it? Were they in there for a nano-second? LOL I mean, aren’t they NY Basketball too?

  • http://asphalt-chronicles.com Kevin Couliau

    Natalie, I would have loved to add women’s streetball footages, unfortunately k1x wasn’t doing any partnerships with women tournaments. Anyway, I agree with you, so next time I’ll put some bball ladies in it !

  • Natalie

    Cool, Kevin. Thanks for the response — and on behalf of the ladies, if I may, the respect. Will look forward to it. See ya at the Cage :)

  • the_baller20

    Nice video. I’m a women baller and I defenitly agree that women should get some love. It would be great to see the women ball next time.

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

    Like, like, LOVE!

  • http://tripledoublesportsapparel.com Phillip Richardson

    I like this joint and it’s what real hoopers know and respect about ball in the NYC as and in playgrounds of all cities. Much love and respect to NYC and the game of B-Ball. Peace

  • http://www.aragingbull.com Tony ‘Dizz’ Grier

    Thanks for the props Kevin…