Entertainer's Basketball Classic

Entertainer's Basketball Classic is a basketball tournament held at Rucker Park in New York City. It was founded by Greg Marius in 1982.[1] In 1986, the original Rucker Park Tournament became the Entertainers Basketball Classic.[2] Participants of the tournament include NBA professionals such as Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Julius Erving,[2] Kyrie Irving,[3] as well NCAA elite players from schools like Syracuse University.[4]

Additionally, entertainers who have attended the event include musician Cam'ron,[5] Jay-Z, Fat Joe[6] Denzel Washington, Bill Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Bill Cosby, and David Stern. The event is often sponsored by companies like Reebok,[5] MTV,[6] and And1.[7] The MSG, ESPN,[2] and NBA often broadcast games from their channels.[6]


  1. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (2017-04-25). "Greg Marius, Impresario of Harlem Street Ball, Dies at 59". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  2. ^ a b c Tuchman, Robert (21 August 2013). The 100 Sporting Events You Must See Live: An Insider's Guide to Creating the Sports Experience of a Lifetime. BenBella Books, Inc. ISBN 9781935251149 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Armstrong, Kevin (3 September 2016). "All-Star team makes sure world doesn't forget about Sean Bell". New York Daily News.
  4. ^ Cheng, Wes (28 July 2016). "Recruiting Roundup: Several 2017 Syracuse basketball targets to play in Entertainer's Basketball Classic". The Juice.
  5. ^ a b Krastz, Roger (10 August 2016). "Cam'ron's Reebok Sneaker Collab Will Arrive With His Album This Fall". XXL.
  6. ^ a b c Company, Johnson Publishing (8 September 2003). "Jet". Johnson Publishing Company – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Penrice, Ronda Racha (4 May 2011). African American History For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9781118069813 – via Google Books.

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