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New York museum honors city's rich basketball history

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New York museum honors city’s rich basketball history

NEW YORK (AP) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar smiled as he rattled off the names of his former highschool teammates and opponents.

The Hall of Fame middle was intently watching video of one among his New York highschool championships when he starred for Power Memorial Academy 55 years in the past. He was generally known as Lew Alcindor again then, when he dominated town earlier than heading to UCLA.

The video was a part of a brand new exhibit on the Museum of the City of New York that chronicles a few of New York’s best basketball gamers and moments – City/Game.

“I will always enjoy those memories,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “I remember I was still in grade school when I started to go to NBA games at Madison Square Garden and that had an effect on me.”

Abdul-Jabbar spent about 15 minutes strolling by means of the exhibit, which opens to the general public Friday. Besides the video, there was additionally a photograph of him enjoying in highschool. He rapidly identified former Knicks’ nice Dean Meminger within the image, as nicely.

The NBA’s all-time scoring chief was additionally proud to speak about his father Ferdinand, who performed in highschool in New York within the 1930s with legendary Knicks coach Red Holzman.

“People don’t realize that my dad played in high school with Red. They were teammates in high school and I don’t think Red realized that I was the son of someone he played with,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “Red graduated in January. My dad said we were good until Red graduated and then forget it.”

Holzman’s Knicks are nicely represented within the exhibit, with one among Bill Bradley’s warmup jerseys and the 1970 championship banner the crew gained that normally hangs within the Westchester coaching facility.

The exhibit is split into completely different eras of New York basketball beginning within the 1900s and going by means of present time. There’s Kenny Anderson’s highschool jersey, in addition to that of Sue Bird and Tina Charles. A signed Jeremy Lin Knicks jersey from the peak of “Linsanity”.

Basketball’s history and development is inextricably tied to New York,” says Whitney Donhauser, the director and president of the museum. “City/Game captures the excitement and evolution of this quintessentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play it and love it.”

There’s additionally a nod to the tradition and outside recreation that has made New York well-known. There are over 1,800 outside courts within the metropolis.

There’s additionally gadgets from ladies’s basketball, together with a video of Queens College and their legendary coach Lucille Kyvallos. The crew performed the primary ladies’s recreation at MSG in 1974 in opposition to Immaculata.

The museum had a gala Tuesday night time, after they honored Abdul-Jabbar. Other New York basketball greats had been in attendance, together with Bernard King and Felipe Lopez.

King grew up in Brooklyn and starred for the Knicks within the 1980s. He went to school at Tennessee and joked that Hall of Fame St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca tried to recruit him, however King stated no. Although he did get a great Italian dinner out of the deal, as a result of, “how could you say no to an Italian meal with coach?” King recalled.

One of Carnesecca’s sweaters is on show, in addition to the NIT and NCAA trophies that CCNY gained in 1950. They are the one faculty to ever win each tournaments the identical yr.

Museum curator Lilly Tuttle stated it took about 18 months to drag this exhibit collectively. It runs by means of January.

“The exhibition is a way to celebrate the long history of basketball in New York and the legacy of talent that’s come through the city,” she stated.


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