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New York City has produced some of the greatest players in basketball history.
But it’s known for one particular type of player- the point guard.
Now Showtime Sports Documentary Films and Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman’s Boardroom are partnering together to bring basketball fans NYC Point Gods, a documentary that details the stories of some of the greatest floor generals to ever play the game.
In the late 70s/early 80s, New York was in a state of transition.
The Civil Rights era had ended, white flight had occurred, the crack era began and a grittier, harder New York emerged across Harlem, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens.
But from those rough neighborhoods came two shining lights for those who wanted out.
Hip hop and basketball.
While movies like “The Warriors”, “Wild Style” and “Beat Street” presented visual depictions of New York, artists like DJ Kool Herc and Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five were introducing a new sound that would quickly dominate the music scene worldwide.
On the blacktop, the days of the Goat (Earl Manigault), Lou Alcindor and Connie Hawkins lived but were slowly phasing out.
In their place arrived a new generation of player that dominated from outside of the paint.
The point guard.
“NYC Point Gods” features the stories of some of the greatest point guards ever to play in the city.
Names like Rafer Alston, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson, Stephon Marbury, God Shammgod, Kenny Smith, Rod Strickland and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington are some of the legends who dominated on both the blacktop and hardwood, from summer leagues and college to the pros.
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