I don’t care how good you think a team is- no team in the world can compete with a focused NYC team. 9 times out of 10, you don’t even have to ask where they’re from because you can tell.
That NYC pride sits conspicuously on their shoulders when they walk; that NYC intensity is apparent when they play D; that NYC arrogance emerges amongst even the shiest when they handle the rock. It’s no secret- these “city” boys can ball.
No shade to anyone from anywhere else, you all can ball too…just not like New York City folk.
I’m thrilled to see this series because even though NYC ball players have the most talent, they also have a lot of distractions. It’s not easy to leave the sanctuary of the gym and as soon as you hit the pavement, everyone else outside is like this:
Or equally as bad, like this:
In other words- they really need to be in a committed 24/7/365 relationship with basketball if they want to be THE TRUTH. If they’re not, it’s easy to fall through the cracks- we can all tell those ‘I just KNEW he was going to make it to the league’ stories. Not to mention, those Texas boys don’t have the same distractions, do they?
Another hurdle young NYC ballers have to hop over is finding a coach who will teach and not leech. Everyone wants to jump on the bandwagon of the “13 year old, 6-foot 8-inch” point guard Jimmy- take him to games and practices, buy him a few dinners, maybe even buy him some clothes and give him a place to stay. How can 13 year old Jimmy tell who’s genuine when everyone gives him the impression that he already made it? Who’s helping him develop his game? Unfortunately, while they ride the wave, Jimmy doesn’t make it to the NBA because he doesn’t have a left. Now, 18 year old Jimmy is ineligible for college because he declared for the draft and all of his “friends” are ghost. Tragic story of countless NY standouts.
I say all that to say, the coach of The City seems genuine and really committed to teaching the game to the kids. I’m just as excited to see his story as I am to see the boys’ story.
Eric Newman produced a documentary telling the story of a talented NYC AAU team, entitled: The City. The documentary, narrated by Kemba Walker, follows the team throughout the summer on the road to an AAU National Title. The first episode has already premiered, I’m excited to see what the rest of the season will bring.
The webisodes are being hosted on the AwesomenessTV Youtube Channel. Check out the first episode below: