07/23/14 10:46 am EST
Long before the NBA’s marketing juggernaut placed it’s time, money and television network fully behind the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the only time a hoop head like me got to watch his favorite pro ballers in the off-season was on the rare occasion where one of them would drop in for a run at the local summer Pro Am.
Back in the day, tales of appearances by NBA players at the Drew League, Rucker Park, the Goodman League (a.k.a. Barry Farms), Seattle Pro Am, North Carolina Pro Am, etc., were passed on by word of mouth. In the 90’s and early 2000’s grainy mixtapes preserved the efforts of guys from the League at “playground” games against eager local cats. In the era of the iPhone and Go Pros, Youtube is now filled with crisp, clean HD video of these summer basketball sightings.
After the jump I pulled together a few of my favorite legends of summer basketball that involve former or current players from Philadunkia’s home team.