HoopsHype Denzel Washington rumors
Bill Oram: Al Jefferson also wanted to make sure I got this on the record: He believes he is better looking than a young Denzel Washington. Twitter @tribjazz
PJ Carlesimo on coaching the actor Denzel Washington on Fordham’s junior varsity basketball team: (Washington) played at Mount Vernon High School (north of New York City). (He) Came to us as a walk-on, went to the downtown campus, the Lincoln Center campus (Fordham University’s campus in midtown Manhattan), came up and tried out for the team and was a pretty good player. But, this kid…from Mount Vernon stuck it out for two years. (He) didn’t start for us. We were 18-0 the one year. He was already doing productions in New York and at Fordham. On his current relationship with Washington: Oh, he’s great. He’s been unbelievable. He’s been really good to Fordham. We both spend a lot of time with the Boys and Girls Club as one of our charities. When we go to L.A. is usually where I see him, the Laker games, he’s sitting right up front. NetsDaily
A half hour later, Denzel Washington, wearing a warm-up suit, black baseball hat and Joakim Noah’s tennis sneakers (a payback for Air Jordans he turned over upon request in Paris to the then 12-year-old), unassumingly slid in opposite West. Many moons ago, Duane Martin, whom I knew as a squiggly jump shooter at FDR, NYU and Harvey World before he ventured out here to become an actor (“White Men Can’t Jump,” “Above the Rim”), sports agent and currently real estate entrepreneur, took me downtown to ball at the YMCA. Denzel was there that day. After his freshman year, Fordham assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo might have done him a favor by telling him he should think about pursuing another career. Still, Denzel loves to hoop and loves to talk about it; the Mount Vernon product is narrator of the soon-to-be released documentary about all the great players to come from that area — Gus and Ray Williams, Rodney and Scooter McCray, Ben Gordon, Lowes Moore, Earl Tatum, etc. New York Post
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