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Monday, June 25th, 2012 at 11:11 am  |  14 responses

Nike Basketball Presents Rivington Court in New York City


After one of the most memorable summers in the history of New York City hoops, Nike Basketball is back with tournaments all summer long, showcasing, and pitting against, the top talent from the tri-state area and beyond. Nike’s newest grassroots hotbed is Rivington Court, which is located in NYC’s Lower East Side and is scheduled to open up later this week. Various events will be held there, including Team NIKE games and the 3rd edition of the Battle of The Boroughs tournament. Here’s some more info, courtesy of our friends at Nike:

Summer 2011 will go down as one of the greatest summers in the history of NYC hoops, period. Who can forget the Kevin Durant tour? In just one week, KD dropped 66 at Rucker Park, 41 at Pro City, and 35 at Dyckman! Exciting as those moments were, the summer hoops spotlight shined brightest on Team NIKE, the reigning Dyckman and T.O.C. Champions. Through the creation of Team NIKE, tournament basketball was back in a big way. Countless numbers of NBA Superstars, Overseas Talents, and Playground Legends came from across the country and around the world to prove themselves on the playgrounds of NYC.

Then Winter approached and the elite ball players needed a place to sharpen their game. The temperature dropped but hunger rose. Masaryk was built and players grinded through the winter in preparation to dominate this summer.

But we’re not here to wax poetic on the past. The time is now. Rivington Court is Nike’s newest L.E.S. arena where names will be taken, names will be kept, and names will be earned.

While Coach Bingo and Team NIKE I will be accepting all WBF challengers in London, Paris, and Washington D.C. – Coach Rah and Team NIKE II will be battling for bragging rights all summer long against New York City’s best. Got something to prove against Team NIKE II? Settle it on their home turf – Rivington Court.

Then the future of New York, our high school kids, will be competing against each other all summer long in the 3rd edition of Battle of The Boroughs. Each borough will use Rivington Court for practices and scrimmages and then will come together for a one-day, winner take all tournament in August.

GRAND OPENING SCHEDULE:

Wednesday June 27, 2012

5:00PM: Battle of The Boroughs – Queens vs. Bronx

7:00PM: Nike+ Basketball Dunk Contest

8:00PM: Team NIKE I vs. Team NIKE II

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  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    The court looks crazy! Saw it today… Gonna be a craaaaaaazy summer!

  • da real

    this is getting a little stale, it’s not Nike’s fault, but its pretty much the same thing every summer

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    What’s stale about it? It’s basketball. Isn’t the NBA season technically the same thing every year?

  • Saku 39

    Just a few blocks from Steve Nash’s soccer game. Decisions.

  • Heals

    I dunno Hoops, NYC and summer, stale? I thought that was the law in NYC, every summer you better be hooping in the City…

  • tpathi1

    i might have to come up from DC to watch these games!

  • http://blackamericaweb.com charliewinning

    Saw the court today. Looks dope.

  • http://slamonline.com KDub503

    The game of basketball cannot get stale, because every day everything changes. And cosign dfrance, the NBA season is every year the same thing. That’s what leagues are, they have multiple seasons over multiple years and they build the product. Anywho, sounds dope, if I’m in NY this summer I’ll check out what they have.

  • Fresh Boirdee

    Basketball, like anything else can get stale… Let’s not forget about two or three years ago, the NBA was putting out a sub-par product and that was reflected in the over all ratings.

  • fippper

    i feel sorry for the people that lives right there. passed by this wknd and it was obnoxiously loud.

  • da real

    @KDub503, dfrance21, heals – Like I said before, no shot at nike because they are trying, but if you are a real hoop-head from the city you know what I mean. same old players, same vibe, nothing fresh. there might be an exciting game here and there but other than that, ITS KINDA LIKE GROUNDSHOG DAY with Bill Murray. NYC fans are super spoiled and jaded as well so nothing gets them excited anymore

  • BillyHo

    anyone know who is playing on the Nike I and Nike II teams?

  • Chris Paul

    The court is great! Really excited about the event especially how it compares to the Rucker and Dyckman league!

  • richard armijo

    i live across the street from rivington court. i’ve been in this area for three decades. how is it that Nike can rent a school playground, which is nyc property? did Nike apply to the economic development committe of the local community board 3? i don’t think the principal of either of the two high schools on site rented to Nike?
    it is an affront to this community to have noise blasted over loud speakers to sell the Nike brand without any permission whatsoever from the people who actually live here. mostly we are working people and we have the right to relax when we come home.
    let me be clear it is the noise and all the trash that is dumped on our sidewalks and homes that i object to. i have no problem with kids, esp
    school age kids having acess to the court. but unfortunately they do not have access. mostly it is adult players who actally have a dj blasting music somedays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and i have nothing against basketball. some days regular kids or young people play ball without the blasting noise and tacky crowd and that’s just fine. if Nike does this here again why not work with the school site and local area to insure that residents of the community here are not compromised.

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