It’s hard to believe that basketball is turning 125 this year. It was waaaaaaaay back in 1891 that basketball became a thing, and it’s definitely changed over the years.
Here in Kingston, there will be a celebration of the sport on Sunday at Queen’s featuring eight world-class players, including two of the best slam dunkers in the world.
• JusFLY, who was named best dunker in the world by NBA star Lebron James in 2012.
• Jordan Kilganon, whose Lost and Found Dunk was named the “best ever” by ESPN.
• Q-Mack, the NBA/Nike entertainer and event host who has more than 100 tricks including his signature SkyScraper, which features the ball spinning 25 feet in the air, balanced on his chin. He’s performed for the likes of James, Shaquille O’Neal and Canadian Steve Nash. Q-Mack also holds the a world record as he balanced an 18-foot, 100-pound ladder on his chin, hands free.
• Scott Jackson, the 2012 Canadian beatboxing champion.
• Eli Freeze and Magnet, international freestyle soccer legends.
• Pyro, an 11-time street dance champion.
• D.O., a Guiness Book of World Records freestyle rapper.
• DJ Mahogany Speed, a turntable specialist.
It’s great that we’re honoring the sport with a cool event – but don’t you think the beat boxing, break dancing, turntables and such do little to showcase the history of the sport? I mean, if you really wanted to celebrate where it all began – perhaps you should crank up the songs that were HUGE in 1891:
The event website is www.HappyBirthdayBasketball.com. Show times are at 1 and 4 p.m. Tickets cost $20 in a family pack of three.
If you want to see the first professional basket ever made in a game of Basketball – check out the video below: