Cordell’s immediate goal is to get more young musical artists to own teams and NBA players to drop in for cameos. Kevin Durant, who joined a team during the 2011 lockout when he bagged a record 66 points in front of over 1,000 frenzied onlookers, said playing Rucker was one of the most indelible moments in his basketball career. Cordell said he has reached out to Shaquille O’Neal to play and will invite Durant. Last summer, precious few NBA guys came in as ringers as Greg Marius’ sickness deepened.
Rucker Park Rumors
Five people were shot on a Harlem basketball court Wednesday night during an annual basketball tournament, officials and witnesses said. Gunfire erupted around 10 p.m. at the Holcombe Rucker Park court on Frederick Douglass Boulevard near W. 155th St. after a dispute during a game for the Entertainers Basketball Classic, witnesses said. “They started arguing, about a bad call or something like that,” said Rodney Harris, 47. “The guy was standing no more than five feet away from me. He pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot once. He then shot one more time. Everyone started running.”
Nate Robinson, a former point guard for the Knicks, was at the game but escaped unscathed, witnesses said. “He was watching the game,” Harris said. “After the shooting, he was okay. He wasn’t hurt…he left like everyone else.”