Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 12:14 pm  |  40 responses

Basketball Greats Mourn Passing of Streetball Legend John Strickland

by Ben Osborne / @bosborne17

The news spread like wildfire throughout the internet yesterday: NYC Streetball legend John Strickland, who was working for the Halifax Rainmen of the Premier Basketball League, died in his sleep Wednesday night at age 38. It may draw our occasional contributor Matt Caputo, a big fan of Strick’s, to bring his “Too Real for the League” blog out of retirement with a tribute column this weekend, but in the meantime, the New York Post has a nice story about Strickland, which includes these details:

Strickland’s reach goes so far that even Miami Heat star Lebron James mourned his passing on his Twitter account saying: “R.I.P to homie Strick.”Finish Your Breakfast”. Roc Boyz in the building.” Strickland was mentioned in Jay-Z’s hit song Public Service Announcement in the line: “No one can do it better. I check cheddar like a food inspector. My homey Strick told me, ‘Dude, finish your breakfast.’” The 6-foot-8 forward, who was currently in the Halifax Rainmen’s front office as their Director of Basketball Development, was considered one of the best players ever in streetball. As a low-post wizard and a superb passer, he once averaged more than 40 points per game at Nike Pro City, considered the circuit’s primer league. Strickland became the first person to win a title there as a player and a coach when he led Gold’s Gym to the championship this summer.

RIP, Strick.

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  • Zach

    Sad day. R.I.P.

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com zee!

    Man, condolences to his family.

  • Cizzo

    I seen him R.I.P. doing it Grande at the Rucker in preson and an NBATV for plenty like many Summers… I alway loved is demeanor and dedication to the NYC Streetball. MY condolences go out to his family from me and my family, thank you Slam Mag for keeping things up to speed on and off the court….Real Talk!

  • http://stapledesign.com Spaceship Jay

    My condolences.

  • Familiar-Faces

    to the big homie, may you rest in peace! WOW! he was in the best condition but still able to pass on in his sleep. NEVER KNOW WHEN IT’S YOUR LAST DAY.. SO ON THIS NOTE (DUDE FINISH YOUR BREAKFAST) !!!!!

  • yo

    i wish his people strength. so sad

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    My condolences to his family. RIP John Strickland.

  • Tyler

    Dude was a monster on the blacktop son did work on the court now you rest my brother RIP

  • http://www.nba.com Jim ice Poorten

    Tuesday Oct 12th 12-8pm
    First viewing:
    Benta’s Funeral Home
    St. Nicholas, NY

    Wed Oct 13th
    Funeral Service
    Riverside Church
    10-11am viewing
    11-12:15pm service

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  • Jose

    At 38!!!What the…Man thats ….*sigh*…R.I.P

  • Spiv

    R.I.P. “Franchise!” He once told me that we were about to lose by 38 after asking the band at Hawaii Pacific the point spread before our game.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol…not to further get on Bron or nothing but that sure is a casual condolence…

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  • http://kb24.com DreXnaW21

    R.I.P John Strickland
    A Streetball Legend

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  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Lloyd Daniels.

  • e

    R.I.P. to a warrior this really was a shock that hit home you will be missed big strick




    Too soon. RIP man.

  • Nodizzel

    I went to High School at Park West With Stick. R.I.P my dude.

  • Diables_bleu

    R.I.P. John Strickland
    The man, the Legend, the Baller.
    God bless you and your loved ones Strick.

  • lou

    im still in shock to hear the news….i know him from grammer school …incarnation…..well miss u….truly….washington heights finest….

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    rest in peace.

  • http://www.time.com/time/ Poetic Justice

    Damn, that isht ain’t fair. You’re not supposed to die in your sleep at 38.

  • Jason Curry

    We will see another Lebron James and Kobe Bryant before we see another John Strickland!!!!! You can take that to the bank. Class act!!

  • MacBuckets

    R.I.P Big Strick….Will never forget those battles we had overseas….

  • The Philosopher

    There is this saying I’ve heard that if one dies in their sleep, that means that God supposedly sees you with exceptional favor.

  • piglewis

    man strick, i remember battling with u n venezuela…go home my dude….god bless your family an friends…whewww!!!!

  • Still ballin

    Rip.. Now you can play ball in heaven…

  • Tracey Cuesta

    R.I.P. strick, the DR is in mourning :-( We sure will miss you. I’ll never forget you physically carrying me out of the gym when I wanted to jump on that owner for not paying you dudes. :-( good times, good times. Play on Big Homie. We’re naming our clinics in your honor. T and Leo

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  • http://www.felinos.com ana javier

    rest in peace john strickland May God protect you wherever you are, you always miss it here in the DR …………. never forget you have a memory of you, which is my nephew……………

  • Jojo Outlaw

    Jojo Outlaw and Family- Our deepest condolences to the Strickland Family, I had the privilege of playing along side John, as well as being his roommate in college. We had many battles on the basketball court growing up, so when I got the opportunity to play on the the same team with him it was a dream come true. John always had a way of bringing the best out of me, even when I didn’t believe in myself. He was a great ball player as well as a great man and friend, he will be truly missed. Rest in Peace my friend, I know you are smiling down on us from that big basketball court in Heaven.

  • J Siebs

    Still too young..Legends live forever. RIP Strickland! Ballers for Life! from da’burgh!
    Go NPBC Cavemen!

  • http://www.minotnd.org Uncle Bigbee

    yo, basketball world…. we’re still a little bit slow up ‘ere………. Magic Minot mourns the passing of J-Strick. Loved him as part of the CBA. Our sympathies to his family and many friends. What a magnificent athlete and entertainer. RIP, Stick. — the True SkyRocket & SnowBear…. WayUpNorth, ND

  • crowned eagle films (asher )

    RIP Strick my condolences to his family alway showed love when i ran into him….. Was a a great basketball player and fun to watch on the court. RIP

  • big g

    we love you strick..always bringing your game and huge personality…nobody like you. R.I.P.

  • Darkside

    Peace and love to the strickland family, remember GOD knows best stay strong. FRANCISE for LIFE!!!!!!