Thursday, July 20, 2006

Philadelphia is the new Williamsburg Rucker Park

With all the hype of the hipster invasion, we very well may have missed the fact that Philly has become home to the best basketball proving grounds in the country.
That's exactly what today's Philly hoop stars have done to make themselves the nation's top batch of high school ballers.

They've taken the smarts and toughness Philly has always been known for and combined it with the prototypical size and strength scouts love. Evans and Robinson are already 6-foot-5 and have the talent and quickness to go against anyone.

Add to that an us-against-the-world mentality and it's an ideal combination for success.

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If today's players ever need a reminder of how to play tough, they don't have to look very far. The face of Philly's pro hoops team for the past decade has been Allen Iverson, a guy most of today's ballers look up to.

And players don't have to be blessed with Iverson's killer crossover or otherworldly talents to play like him. At 6-foot, 165 pounds, Iverson has made a career out of driving into the paint and scoring against players a foot taller and 75 pounds heavier. His toughness and passion inspire Philly players and set the tone.

"I look up to A.I. because he's one of the smallest players in the league, but he has one of the biggest hearts," Robinson says.

Even high schoolers know that Allen Iverson is the shit.

Related:
Philly finally gets a crown — but it's not for anything official [SI.com]

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