A torrid August afternoon in 1971. Venue: the sacred court of the Holcombe Rucker Park, New York's most famous playground still today. The match schedule pitted Westsiders against Milbank for the final of the basketball tournament (nowadays known as the Entertainers Basketball Classic). Westsiders some of his teammates from the Nets of the NBA, while their opponents fielded street basketball legends Richard 'Pee Wee' Kirkland and Joe 'The Destroyer' Hammond. In actual fact though, Hammond didn't even start the game, as he was busy playing dice in a bar not far away. He only showed up for the second half, when he entered the court amid two rows of fans who seemed 'to part like the Red Sea when Moses crossed it' to start his show against Dr J. True? Legend? Either way it doesn't matter, the tales from New York's playgrounds are simply too juicy to resist being handed down orally, decade after decade.