This celebration of a unique, wildly populist basketball event in contemporary America is sporadically thrilling but always boisterous fun, more boastful hip-hop video than even-handed sports documentary. Why not: boasting is certainly in keeping with the spirit of the annual Entertainer's Basketball Classic at Harlem's Rucker Park, a summer tournament that pits neighborhood legends against professional players in some very showy, showdown streetball.
Some call it a "Second NBA," but others just think of EBC as a very cool thing, where local, non-pro heroes such as Bone Collector, Keithy Keith, Sticks, and Alimoe can play their game their way, on their turf, to a crowd of 1,500 and occasionally steal thunder from the likes of the Trailblazers' Derek Anderson, the Warriors' Rafer Alston, and even the Lakers' Kobe Bryant (whose long-awaited arrival in Harlem causes near-hysteria). Recommended as a touchstone of spectacle and deserved pride. --Tom Keogh
From the Back Cover
You've seen all the imitators, now check out the real...The newest installment to the phenomenal BALL SERIES, Melee Entertainment in association with UrbanWorks Entertainment presents BALLIN' AT RUCKER PARK. BALLIN' AT RUCKER PARK features the best streetballers and the NBA's most explosive players going head-to-head at the 2002 ENTERTAINER'S BASKETBALL CLASSIC at Rucker Park in Harlem USA. Once again, Harlem's Rucker Park hosted the best street basketball on the planet. EBC ballers like BONE COLLECTOR, ESCALADE, PRIME OBJECTIVE, WHOLE-LOTTA-GAME, NBA hotshots BARON DAVIS, STEPHON MARBURY, KOBE BRYANT, STEVE FRANCES, and JAMAL TINSLEY all converged on 155th to showcase their skills. As always, the highlights from this year's ENTERTAINER'S BASKETBALL CLASSIC are the hottest you'll ever find anywhere!
That's not all! Each DVD will include a BONUS AUDIO CD featuring music from the hottest rap stars on the scene today including; Fat Joe, Clipse, Xzibit and more!