The King Of The Rock- Basketball on Alcatraz Island Hosted By Rajon Rondo

History was made as Red Bull King of the Rock, a one-on-one basketball tournament, was held in The Yard on Alcatraz. The event marked the first official sporting event ever held on Alcatraz, and the first time basketball has been played there since the inmates left the island over 50 years ago.

Los Angeles’ Isaiah “Clutch” Bowman lived up to his nickname and beat Phoenix’s Gary Smith with a clutch shot breaking the six-six tie with two seconds remaining on the clock to claim the crown as Red Bull King of the Rock.

The event which was hosted by Rajon Rondo and also sponsored by 2K Sports, Converse, SLAM and 24 Hour Fitness reminds me of one that Nike did a few years back called Battlegrounds, King of Court (and not the version that aired with Lebron, I’m talking the 2003, 2004 version). Considering that Mike Parker now a Converse executive was a part of that project, this shouldn’t be so surprising to me.

A 30 minute television show of Red Bull King of the Rock will air on the following networks: FOX Sports West – October 9th after the Kings vs. Canucks game FOX Sports Arizona – October 10th at 10:00pm Comcast SportsNet Bay Area – October 8th at 6:30pm, October 9th at 7:30pm, October 10th at 5:30pm & 10:00pm

Sorry East Coast, nobody from your side made it to the final four. But Against the San Fransico Bay back drop out on the yard with the fog hanging low, you have to admit it’s visually Inspiring. Check the highlights. So Thug Life!!

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  • alphonse

    Now we got game. that is a sweet azz project