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Thursday, December 5th, 2013 at 7:14 pm  |  21 responses

Marv Kessler Dedication Ceremony Slated for this Saturday in NYC

 

Known to the hoop world as “The Soul of Five-Star Basketball Camp,” Marv Kessler passed away in September of 2012 at the age of 80. This Saturday, more than a year after losing his battle to cancer, the New York City basketball community will celebrate his life with a dedicated ceremony and basketball showcase at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, where he once coached for nine seasons before becoming the head coach at Adelphi University. The basketball guru played at Boys High School in Brooklyn and later at North Carolina State in 1950s. He served as a scout in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings, while also having coached at the professional level in Israel, Egypt and Venezuela. Yet, it is his time as an instructor at the highly-touted Five Star Basketball Camp for over three decades that he’s predominantly known for, where he taught the likes of Patrick Ewing, Stephon Marbury, Tim Thomas, and Ron Artest, among many others. This YouTube video shows Kessler at Five Star, instructing high schoolers and emphasizing the ever-important fundamentals. For any basketball fan in the area, it might be an event worth checking out.

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  • player

    the best teacher on any level…could take a kid off the street and make him a player in 6 months…college coaches learned from him every time he ran a practice or lectured at5 star…

  • nyc

    So happy they are doing this for Marv. He was a true teacher and his passion for new York basketball was unmatched. NYC legend.

  • Fitzy

    Can anyone enlighten me on him? Just love this game and have been a pretty passionate follower for a while and have never heard of this man. I mean no disrespect from that. I’m from a small Canadian town.lol.

  • Guest

    This game is not a religion

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wdhk2y6zFg4

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I deleted this comment because I want people to study and read and reflect

  • Fitzy

    I don’t want to be told to study and read. I have my own beliefs. I believe in something bigger than us all but I don’t believe in a Muslim god or Christian god. How are all these religions saying thermis one absolute god when there’s hundreds of different religions. I appreciate you attempting to educate… But just like you didn’t wanna hear that rant about my beliefs… I didn’t come hear to read about yours… This is a basketball page.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    actually i want to hear all beliefs,, how can you believe in something greater than the Uncreated

    religions have and personal beliefs all have different claims. it is impossible for all claims to be correct… either 1 or none (atheism agnosticism) are…………….. There is only 1 truth. Basketball is entertainment.. examine the source text of religions and then see if there is a supernatural origin to it and if it is 100% truthful

    the idea that everyone is on the truth is a product of democracy trying to sustain a multireligous/cultural demograph. tolerance is great but not when it compromises and hides the pursuit of truth

  • player

    In the late 60′ through the 70′s his high school teams were a powerhouse in NYC. Final 4 four years in a row. Two all Americans. He was coach of the year in NYC four times and alongside Hubie Brown were the two coaches that were the foundation fir 5 star basketball camp. Lectured to college coaches on pressure defense before anyone else was playing it. Head college coach for a while and then worked in the nba and oversee pro leagues for 20 years. one of the coaches everyone inside the game knew about even though he wasn’t famous.

  • Fitzy

    Respect

  • Fitzy

    Thanks

  • Lambert

    This video has its moments but then he goes into the cliche diatribe about how we MUST have come from a creator, which is just something he decided and is calling rationality. “0+0 cannot equal 1″….i mean come on man.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Respect what? I do not intend to offend you

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    First off, I agree completely with you. I do not use creationists arguments because any religion can apply that to their supernatural claims. However, I use that video to get people to realize that Religions aren’t ancient fairy tales. Religious texts provide an absolute narrative to the human project. Each one makes claims and they should be examined carefully instead of jumping to the conclusion they are man made.

    In regards to proving God exists. Firstly, remember people around you will speak of heaven, hell, God, devil, etc… however, where do these IDEAS originate from–> religious text.

    You have to examine the source text. For instance when you examine the gospels there contain many forgeries. How can a text with forgeries be Absolutely true. Interestingly enough most Christians are unaware of this. Actually most christians are unaware of the obvious historical contradictions between the gospels.

    In regards to the Holy Qur’an, you must examine the claims of the author objectively. Read and study. You’ll find sufficient evidence that can refute other religions as well as support its claim. Faith is defined differently in islam: here’s a quick wiki reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iman_(concept)

    Blind faith is irrational.

  • Fitzy

    respect to you. Many people don’t accept other peoples views especially when it comes to religion in an attempt to force their own beliefs on others.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Lol forcing views… Bro human being should be searching for truth and here all sides

  • Lambert

    I do not have a negative or positive opinion about Islam because I know very little about the specifics of the tenets and so forth. But I do know that people are people. Some have called themselves prophets or those who speak to God or understand the universe. I don’t believe a single one of them. That’s why I’m an atheist: I’m not saying there is or there isn’t a God, I’m just saying that I don’t think that there is any validity to religious texts and therefore I reject the God of the various world religions.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    But how can you be quick to deny the claims and evidences presented in the Holy Qur’an without examining the evidences and different views critically. Read the Holy Qur’an before jumping to a conclusion.

    Same goes for the Bible. A text with forgeries in it cannot be the word of god let alone the constant editting with different understandings of the scrolls and variations as well.

  • Lambert

    I should read it, that is true. But to me that’s only because of its importance in the world. Any human centric view of the grand scheme of things is flawed from the get-go for me so I’m not motivated to read religious texts. But yes, I should read them more because of their role in human existence.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    lol bro cliche rhetoric atheist statements. Bro when you read it you’ll understand its supernatural origin. Be rational, skeptical, and critical when you read challenge the text (really translation which is different than the preserve Arabic.. so cop multiple translations).

  • Lambert

    When you start calling my beliefs cliche that’s when the conversation has to end so I’m not tempted to mock your beliefs. Believe me, I’m being polite.

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I apologize no desire to offend. I will conclude discussion because of my poor mannerisms.

    Please examine atheists contentions to religions and you’ll a repetitive over simplified dismissal of religion without examining the texts or religions

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