Sports Illustrated writer Chris Ballard’s Hoops Nation rates Seattle’s Green Lake the eighth best non-college basketball court in the country, behind New York City’s West Fourth Street and California’s Venice Beach, but ahead of New York City’s Rucker Park and Detroit’s Joe Dumars Field House. The criteria are quality, competition, atmosphere, location, safety, and availability. The past and present stars of Green Lake include NBA players Doug Christie, Will Conroy, Jamal Crawford, Bobby Jones, Shawn Kemp, Nate Robinson, Brandon Roy, and Detlef Schrempf. But the Legend of Green Lake is Ed Jones. And Ed loves to drop names of all his homeys that made it big. Still, Ed says, “Most of the time Green Lake’s a buncha niggas fightin’ over a basketball.”
I met Ed on court in 2001. . .
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