The Knicks are a mess. Big-time college programs like St. John’s and Syracuse are currently in NCAA tournament droughts; even surrounding tri-state area schools like UConn and Seton Hall aren’t as strong. No longer is it a given that the best high school ballplayers in the country will have New York City ties. Even on the playground, non-NYC cats like The Professor (Oregon), Hot Sauce (Atlanta) and Mr. 720 (Houston) have more fame worldwide than most of New York’s finest. At the game’s highest level, arguably the three best players on the planet hail from Ohio (LeBron), Philadelphia (Kobe) and North Carolina (Chris Paul).
All of this begs the question: Is New York still the basketball capital of the world? And if not, which city/state/region can lay claim to the throne? Tell us in the “Comments” section or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll run some of the best answers in an upcoming issue of Dime.**
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