A Summer To Remember: After creating New York City streetball history, Team NIKE’s journey has finally come to an end. Although they left Dyckman Park with two losses under their belt from the regular season, the crew showed unity as the team pulled through to win the League Championship. And then when it mattered most, the Boys in Black came together for one last time and won themselves a city title in the Nike Tournament of Champions.
TOC Championship Game, Final Score: Team NIKE: 64 – X-Men: 53
Dyckman Championship Game, Final Score (OT):
Team NIKE: 71 – Ooh Way Records: 70
Dyckman Playoffs Game 3, Final Score: Team NIKE: 74 – United Brooklyn: 65
Dyckman Playoffs Game 2, Final Score: Team NIKE: 71 – Team 914: 65
Dyckman Playoffs Game 1, Final Score: Team NIKE: 80 – Rosedale Trailblazers: 62
A Hunger For More: As reality sets in, Team NIKE reflects on their first loss of the summer. Coach Bingo and his players are using the lessons learned from their loss as a step backwards in order to move forward. Their egos are in check and the team seems hungrier than ever. Their undefeated season is out of reach but the new goal is to win the Dyckman Championship.
The Main Event: After all the talk and hype, the Game of The Decade had finally arrived: Team NIKE versus Team Ooh Way Records. During a pre-game meeting, Coach Bingo rallied his Team NIKE troops inside Harlem’s Boulevard ICE for a pep talk to prepare his crew. As game-time slowly approached, both teams arrived to the most populated Dyckman Park crowd in the history of the league’s existence. After a few delays, the players were finally able to get on the court and take care of business for their teams. Team Ooh Way Records Coach Tony Rosa had his players in full attack mode, as the two heavyweight teams traded buckets all night long. During the final moments of this historic matchup, the crowd was able to witness history as Corey “The Priceless One” Fisher sealed the upset and victory over the previously undefeated Team NIKE. Fingers were pointed and excuses were made: the Boys in Black were taken out of their element, didn’t play as a team, and didn’t play with their signature high-level defensive tenacity. Despite any reasons for the loss, one thing is for certain – Team NIKE’s goal for a perfect summer was ruined.
Calm Before The Storm: The Rodney Park game against Team NIKE was not the matchup all of New York City wanted to see. But because a schedule is a schedule, the game was played and the Dyckman crowd witnessed that Rodney Park was not physically or mentally prepared to hit the court against the 10 reppin’ The Swoosh. The Boys in Black played a near perfect game while their opponents struggled all night long. As soon as Anthony “Africa” Pimble threw down his windmill slam to end the blowout victory, the whole city shifted their focus towards the following week’s Game of The Decade versus Ooh Way Records. Days before the actual showdown, the Dyckman League staff began to distribute game tickets to the fans who ventured uptown into the Heights. Meanwhile a little further downtown, Allan “Shep” Sheppard and Keydren “Kee Kee” Clark are spotted enjoying their downtime by walking through Harlem and picking out their tuxedos for Kee Kee’s wedding. It was all good just a week ago.
Game of The Decade: Ooh Way Records’ Corey “Homicide” Williams and rapper Jadakiss scout Team NIKE’s recent blowout wins and are impressed with what they see. The Boys in Black are at a comfortable 5-0 record and their team chemistry is at an all time high. While Team NIKE is sitting pretty at the top of the Dyckman standings, Ooh Way Records isn’t scared as they’re carrying a full arsenal of talent. Ooh Way Records’ Tony Rosa, Oun P, Sunny, and Cory Gunz (Young Money artist and friend of Homicide) preview the players that will be suiting up opposite of Team NIKE that includes Homicide, Ron “Metta World Peace” Artest, Dwight “Top Shelf” Hardy, Darren “DP” Phillip, Jeremy Hazell and Nakia “Fabulous” Miller. Streetball history will be made at Dyckman Park on July 20, 2011. Where else would you wanna be?