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#1 OFFLINE   Lil Kyrie™

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:43 PM

Is New York still considered the Mecca . I hear a lot of people say that Chicago is the Mecca and will always be considered the Real Mecca . Well lets think about all the legends and current stars who were born in New York .

Melo
Bernard King
Bob Cousy
Michael Jordan
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Chris Mullin
The Ron Artest

The list goes on but New York is the Mecca .

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:50 PM

Jordan doesn't count his parents were New Yorkers, but he was raised completely in North Carolina. Don't forget about Julius Erving he was also from New York. IMO, New York has fallen off we haven't produced a great player in years. Sebastian Talfair was supposed to be the "savior" but he never materialized. Chicago has produced some great players over the past few years such as Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Jabari Parker a very hyped prospect and future top pick just commited to Duke today and is from Chicago.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

Jordan doesn't count his parents were New Yorkers, but he was raised completely in North Carolina. Don't forget about Julius Erving he was also from New York. IMO, New York has fallen off we haven't produced a great player in years. Sebastian Talfair was supposed to be the "savior" but he never materialized. Chicago has produced some great players over the past few years such as Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Jabari Parker a very hyped prospect and future top pick just commited to Duke today and is from Chicago.

And don't forget D-Wade.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 03:52 PM

Jordan doesn't count his parents were New Yorkers, but he was raised completely in North Carolina. Don't forget about Julius Erving he was also from New York. IMO, New York has fallen off we haven't produced a great player in years. Sebastian Talfair was supposed to be the "savior" but he never materialized. Chicago has produced some great players over the past few years such as Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Jabari Parker a very hyped prospect and future top pick just commited to Duke today and is from Chicago.

yea I agree we have fallen off a bit , I love Chicago's born Jabari Parker .

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:01 PM

We're good but Chicago is just so nice too.. Will have to think more about this later!

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:02 PM

New York isn't the Mecca down to who played there, it's down to the streets where the ball was played, MSG AND the player.

The explosion of Basketball as a sport was down to NY more than anywhere else. When there's streetball where do they go every year? New York of course.

It was spoiled somewhat when people started talking about MSG being the Mecca and not New York, but that's rubbish.

New York is, was and always will be the Mecca and anyone who argues? Yeah sorry but you're wrong.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

Jordan doesn't count his parents were New Yorkers, but he was raised completely in North Carolina. Don't forget about Julius Erving he was also from New York. IMO, New York has fallen off we haven't produced a great player in years. Sebastian Talfair was supposed to be the "savior" but he never materialized. Chicago has produced some great players over the past few years such as Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Jabari Parker a very hyped prospect and future top pick just commited to Duke today and is from Chicago.

NY's talent isn't the same anymore. Not just in basketball but in hiphop too

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:24 PM

I think whatever way you look at it. Illinois, New York, and Michicgan are top 3 in states for Bball with Cali right behind um

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:27 PM

I think whatever way you look at it. Illinois, New York, and Michicgan are top 3 in states for Bball with Cali right behind um


Puma sells apparel in all of those States!
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:30 PM

Puma sells apparel in all of those States!

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Last day I'll be able to wear my Pumas

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:33 PM

:'(

Last day I'll be able to wear my Pumas


It'll also be the last day those cool kids that wear Nike and Adidas can make fun of me.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:42 PM

It'll also be the last day those cool kids that wear Nike and Adidas can make fun of me.

But you be dunkin on um doe

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:54 PM

NY's talent isn't the same anymore. Not just in basketball but in hiphop too


That's true but the idea of this context is whether NYC is the Meccas of bball so while i understand your point there is no city in the world that consistently produces talent in a given art or game, name me one, even try. Even in Brazil when it comes to soccer in Rio De Janeiro (probably the maddest of them all) they have their lulls.

These things are circular and the major cities have their time and then it's time for someone else to take over but what I don't understand is how the goalposts move. If you want to talk pro music then NYC still has a major claim with one of the biggest selling recording artist in the world (Jay-Z obviously) and all the people that are moving on now were inspired by he just as he was by Biggie, Nas, Run DMC and as they were by Public Enemy and so on.

I don't know if NYC still produces the best talent on the street, it could be Chicago, it could be Philly, hell it could be Cali, who knows? What I do know is where they all want to show how good they are and that's NYC and just as the best have been inspired and come from those streets in those walks of life, they will do again.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 04:56 PM

ABSOLUTELY. The legends that were born on NY soil is a long long list. Even Jordan was born in Brooklyn.

However... the church is in Indiana.
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:05 PM

ABSOLUTELY. The legends that were born on NY soil is a long long list. Even Jordan was born in Brooklyn.

However... the church is in Indiana.


Not Springfield, Massachusetts?
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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:17 PM

Not Springfield, Massachusetts?

Nah... Boston has 3 other major teams.

Indiana eats, sleeps and breathes basketball. It's comparative to football in Texas...

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 05:20 PM

NY's talent isn't the same anymore. Not just in basketball but in hiphop too

Talent in hip hop isn't the same. I listened to some of Chief Keef's album and it's probably the worst garbage I've ever heard in my life. Guys like 2Chainz and Big Sean are at the top in hiphop! Even the MC's (J.Cole, Kendrick Lamar) that are supposedly good cannot compare to what NYC was producing from 85-95.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:16 PM

Some really amazing ballers were born in NYC. Don't forget Tiny, Julius, Hawkins, Lanier, Billy Cunningham, Gus Williams, Lenny Wilkens, Brian Winters, Vinnie Johnson, Odom... also on that list.

ABSOLUTELY. The legends that were born on NY soil is a long long list. Even Jordan was born in Brooklyn.

However... the church is in Indiana.


Agree but change cathedral to Indy and church to Boston :D

I got family in Indiana, spent some time there, people are really crazy about bball down there.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:26 PM

Sure, but Boston is the Mecca of Sports.

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Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:38 PM

Sure, but Boston is the Mecca of Sports.

Lulz

No. New York is the Mecca of Sports. The New York Yankees have more championships than all the major Boston teams combined. Other teams like the Giants, Knicks Rangers and Islanders have also been relatively successful.
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