This weekend I kicked off the "12Parks in 12Weeks" Summer Hoops Tour at Washington Park nicknamed "The Black Top," located at 55th and MLK Drive. People across the world live in a bubble, living in the same community, going to the same school, shopping in the same establishments, and playing ball at the same outdoor courts. Many in California never visit Yosemite, and Hawaii residents may never travel the Road to Hana. It's also true that those who live in the greater Chicago area may never travel downtown and experience the greatness of the skyscrapers which top their skyline, but never seem to be a part of their lives. The My Block, My Hood, My City Summer Hoops Tour takes you a world away, but right next door in your own City. I will be visiting 12 Courts in 12 Weeks. My Block, My Hood, My City serves as a vessel to introduce Chicagoans to places in their own City that they've never seen or experienced.
At "The Black Top" I had a lot of fun playing a few games of "32" with young and energetic Chi-Town ballers. I also got a chance to break in the new Nike, Graffiti Lebron 11's. Great shoes! Very comfortable and supportive. This was my first time playing in these Nike's, but they didn't feel "out of the box stiff." I felt safe, secure and ready to cross people up. The shoes cost me about $200.00, (which is a ton of money for shoes) but when you look good, you feel good. When you feel good, you play good. Maybe the price is so high because the Miami Heat are in the Eastern Conference Finals. I'm sure hoping Lebron 3peats. That'd be great for the game. My hops aren't what they used to be, but I still could finish at the rim with ease.
Grab the M3 White T-Shirt and go hoop at the Black Top in the Washington Park Community before the summer is out. Be sure to get there before dark because there's no street lights for night balling! Although the rims are regulation height and in excellent condition. Great Times on My Block, My Hood, My City Summer Hoops Tour. See you next week at another Outdoor Basketball Court in Chicago. 12Parks in 12Weeks. #TheBlackTop #WashingtonPark #HoopLife #MBMHMC #JahmalCole