Heaven is a Playground

You wanna fuck these smuts?  Fuck these smuts, but you gotta do the right thing.” Six years later I’m still not sure what Coach meant by “the right thing” -- wear a condom or don’t commit sexual assault seem...
Address: Pleasant Street, Cambridge, MA 02139 I played pickup basketball with Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev once; only time I ever guarded a consensus monster. I never really knew Tamerlan, but I was certainly aware of him. One of my best...
Address: 26th Street NW Cross Street O NW) Washington D.C. In the 70s it was a combination of nightly hockey-style fist-fights and the absence of white superstars that alienated casual fans. The narrative goes something like: blah blah blah, Bird and Magic, Lakers and Celtics, East Coast and West Coast, Michael Jordan,...
Address: Memorial Drive, Cambridge MA 02139 Back in the day, Corporal Burns Park, along the Charles River on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, was considered the premier spot for pickup hoops in Boston. Alumni of the court include Patrick Ewing, Rumeal Robinson and a gaggle of local college players. During the summer months it wasn't uncommon...
I imagine that when the lights went off, the Ghost of Pete Maravich came out to run ball-handling drills across the battered floorboards. On Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, the Downtown YMCA of San Diego closed its doors for the final time. Where do all the old ballers go now? The guys with the pointed...
Address: 357 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Exhale and release: I made it. Seven months is not a long time, but in this city — the city that intimidated me to the point of not wanting to leave my house most days — time might have well have been some abstract...

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