From street legends like Larry ‘Bone Collector’ Williams and Anthony ‘Half Man, Half Amazing’ Heyward to established pros like Wilt Chamberlain, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James and even top high school prospects, the Entertainers Basketball Classic is the hottest spot for summer basketball and to gain street credibility. It is listed as one of the top 25 iconic venues in sports history by Bleacher Report, featured in “The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live” by Robert Tuchman, and is regarded around the world as the foundation of Streetball.
Holcombe Rucker Basketball Court – located in the heart of Harlem on 155th between Harlem River and Frederick Douglass Blvd – has been the home of the EBC tournament for over 30 years. Founded in 1982 by Greg Marius, the tournament runs each summer, June through August. Today, lead by Greg’s nephew Cordell Marius, EBC games average 2,000 fans, many times lining up hours before tip-off. Celebrities including Jay-Z, David Stern, Bill de Blasio, and Denzel Washington are often spotted on the sidelines and the excitement is tangible with DJs hyping the crowd with the air with the hottest beats. Without a doubt, it is the place to be summer nights in New York City.
As ESPN notes in “Things All Sports Fans Must Experience Before They Die” – Can’t afford an NBA game? Don’t worry. You can watch the next best thing for free at Rucker Park — and some would claim the ball is even better at Rucker.
EBC is sanctioned by The National Basketball Association (NBA) andThe National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
By Marc Berman There’s a new sheriff in Harlem looking to rejuvenate the Entertainers Basketball Classic at famed Rucker Park — Cordell Marius. Cordell is the nephew of the late Greg Marius, who ran Rucker for 35 years and died at age 59 in late April of colon cancer, sending a shock through the streetball […]
By Daniel E. Slotnik Greg Marius, who helped make street basketball big business when he founded a tournament in Harlem that let playground standouts share the court with professional stars in a raucous atmosphere of dazzling play, hip-hop music and exuberant crowds, died on Saturday in Harlem. He was 59. His sister Cheryl Marius, who […]