If you know a little about the history of basketball, you’ve likely heard that this illustrious Harlem court is the birthplace of streetball. Today’s flashy, fast-paced game can be traced back to this spot. (Decades ago, when professional basketball consisted mainly of pasty dudes in short shorts failing to dribble down the court without staring at the ball the whole time, there were exciting games going on here.) Before they were NBA legends, hall of famers like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain and Julius Erving developed their skills in super-competitive pickup matches at Rucker. And all these years later, it’s still considered one of the basketball capitals of the world.
Play or watch? Unless you’ve got the talent to take on some of the best players around, you’d better avoid the embarrassment, take a seat in the bleachers and enjoy the action. ebcsports.com; free.