In the summer of 2011, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant put on a show at Harlem’s famous Rucker Park, scoring 66 points in the Entertainers Basketball Classic.
With his participation, Durant joined the likes of Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Vince Carter and Kobe Bryant to carry out the longstanding tradition of NBA greats in the playground tournament.
The game included a now-iconic Rucker Park scene where Durant hit his final basket of the game and was mobbed by fans on the court. The atmosphere was insane, hundreds of fans rushed the court, you could sense the explosion of energy. It’s amazing to see professionals play for the love of the game.
“I got a wide-open look, my feet were set, my shoulders were set, and I let it go,” Durant said. “And everybody ran on the court.
“It was probably one of the best feelings I’ve ever had … like we won a championship.”