Showtime Sports Documentary Films presents NYC POINT GODS
SHOWTIME Sports Documentary Films announces NYC POINT GODS, highlighting the lasting impact of New York cheerleaders who honed their craft and developed their legendary showmanship on the city’s iconic playgrounds and high school gymnasiums over the years. 1980 and 1990.
The documentary continues SHOWTIME’s successful collaboration with NBA superstar Kevin Durant and business partner Rich Kleiman’s Boardroom. NYC POINT GODS premieres Friday, July 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and will be available on the network’s on-demand and streaming platforms when it premieres.
The gritty blight of New York City in the ’80s REVEALED a cultural resilience, which ultimately gave birth to East Coast hip-hop and inspired a style of play on the basketball court that lives on today. The elegance of the city’s elite point guards, shaped by crowded streetball courts, the unwritten rules of deadly pick-up games, and the perseverance needed to survive the day-to-day, came to define an era of basketball and of American culture.
Their transcendent style is etched in the consciousness of all who have witnessed these wonders. The lasting impact of the New York point gods on basketball can be seen around the world, in virtually every league.
The film features a who’s who of the point guard deities: Rafer Alston, Kenny Anderson, Mark Jackson, Stephon Marbury, God Shammgod, Kenny Smith, Rod Strickland, and Dwayne “Pearl” Washington.
They brought theatrics, dizzying ball control, elegant misdirection and a game of shake-and-bake asphalt to hallowed halls of city high schools and the NBA, orchestrating successful offenses at every level. NYC POINT GODS explores not only how the city shaped these distinct players, but how these prodigies shaped and advanced the game under their watch, and whose impact continues to shape the game today.
“As a basketball fan who marveled at the skills and showmanship of each of these one-time gods, I couldn’t be prouder of this film for its faithful depiction of a special time and a special place. in basketball history,” said Stephen Espinoza, President, Sports and Events Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.
“New York City has produced some of the greatest showmen and generals in basketball history, players whose creativity and style – and signature moves – continue to influence the game today. Thank you to Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman for their vision and expertise in telling this rich and colorful story. Just as the game has evolved through these players, SHOWTIME BASKETBALL continues to evolve by exploring and celebrating iconic personalities and the richness of the culture and history that have made basketball the global force it is today.
“These players were the first people I idolized and looked up to, and this time in my life had a huge impact on me,” said Rich Kleiman, co-founder and executive producer of 35V and Boardroom. “To be able to tell these stories about this era and these cultural superheroes is an honor and something that I hope makes all New Yorkers and hoops fans proud to watch.”
“Everyone knows a NYC point guard when they see them,” added Kevin Durant, “and the point gods of this movie helped change the game for everyone. We’re so thrilled to honor them through this doc, and I know basketball fans will really appreciate it.”
The journey of each “Point God” of New York:
Rafer Alston – A streetball legend responsible for helping create a cultural phenomenon in the AND1 Mixtape Tour with his jerky out-of-control movements. “Skip to my Lou” inspired a generation of kids around the world, showing them that it’s possible to make the jump from playgrounds to the NBA.
Kenny Anderson – A native of LeFrak City, Queens, Anderson was widely considered the greatest high school basketball player of all time when he played for Archbishop Molloy’s iconic program under illustrious coach Jack Curran. He then played college ball at Georgia Tech and was drafted second overall in 1991.
Mark Jackson – Local hero who played high school, college and NBA ball in New York, Jackson was a 17-year NBA veteran and remains a leading voice in the sport as an analyst of the NBA.
Stephon Marbury – The prodigy. Born and raised in Brooklyn’s Coney Island neighborhood, “Starbury” was ranked No. 1 in the nation year after year while playing at Lincoln High School in New York City. Marbury played a year of college ball at Georgia Tech before being drafted fourth overall in 1996.
God Shammgod – One of the greatest ball handlers in history, Shammgod’s legendary status was marked when he popularized a unique crossover dribble now known simply as ‘The Shammgod’. The move lives on among today’s NBA stars, who use the move the same way Shammgod once did on city courts.
Kenny Smith – ‘The Jet’ performed his high school prom for the legendary Curran at Archbishop Molloy High School. After playing at UNC alongside Michael Jordan, Smith won back-to-back NBA championships as the Houston Rockets’ starting point guard. Today, he shares his knowledge and passion as one of the game’s most popular NBA analysts.
Rod Strickland – A native of the Bronx, Strickland grew up playing organized ball for the famed New York Gauchos AAU program, where he honed his unique ability to drive to the basket and finish on taller defenders. As a junior, he led Truman High School to a state title. After becoming a two-time All-American at DePaul, Strickland played 17 years in the NBA.
Dwayne Washington – A true showman, Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington embodied what a New York point guard was and inspired an entire generation. A boys and girls high school playground phenom from Brooklyn, Washington, has brought his flashy play to Syracuse University. He tragically died of cancer in 2016 at the age of 52.
NYC POINT GODS features many interviews and rare footage of the point guards, as well as prominent New York voices. Stephen A. Smith, Cam’ron, Fat Joe and iconic college coaches Lou Carnesecca, Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino bring their first-hand knowledge from personal interactions and share surreal stories involving the “Point Gods”.
NYC POINT GODS is a collaboration with Durant and entrepreneur Kleiman’s Boardroom (BASKETBALL COUNTY: In The Water). NYC POINT GODS is produced by Coodie and Chike (jeen-yuhs) and directed by Sam Eliad. The documentary adds to SHOWTIME Sports’ unrivaled lineup of premium basketball content. Additional titles from THE LINEUP include IVERSON, KOBE BRYANT’S MUSE, QUIET STORM: THE RON ARTEST STORY and SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE.
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