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The Kevin Durant And Rucker Park Of Lacrosse

Kevin Durant Rucker Park
Kevin Durant at Rucker Park

If you have a pulse and love sports, by now you’ve heard that Kevin Durant played in a basketball game at the famed Rucker Park in Harlem where he scored 66 points, electrified the crowd, and became an instant legend.  Seeing a pro step off the varnished parquet floors of the NBA and on to the concrete courts of New York City is special.  Seeing them dominate, get all the love in the world, and join the ranks of Rucker Park legends?  Well, that’s just really rare.

Most of the pros aren’t ever going to play at Rucker.  Why should they?  Talent-wise, quite frankly, it’s beneath them.  Stature-wise it can’t compare to the NBA, or even European league.  And the pay for these “amateur” Summer teams certainly isn’t much of a draw.  It’s something else.  It’s the drive to play.  Anywhere.

Now there is the chance that some no-name guy will just have your number out there too, so the risk of being embarrassed is real.  Fouls are called, or not called, for different reasons, and fans can literally run onto the court and touch you.  Kobe Bryant would probably have a freaking heart attack.  Shaq would probably love it.  But most NBA guys just wouldn’t do it.  That is not to say others have not done this before.  And that others will not do this again.

But Kevin Durant did it.  And he did it extremely well.  His stature in NYC is forever elevated, and amongst basketball die-hards  both he and this moment will be a topic of conversation for years, if not decades.  Don’t believe me?  Ok, watch this little snippet.  12 points on 4 shots in under 2 minutes is tough no matter what:

Now that you’ve seen that, you know what I’m talking about.  Rucker was and is special.  KD was special in a special place.  Sheer awesomeness.

Now who is going to be that guy for lacrosse?  Who, in the next year, is going to leave the MLL, or LXM, and dedicate themselves to hitting EVERY SINGLE big lax tourney on the face of the planet?  And who is going to DOMINATE?  Because simply winning isn’t enough.  I want to see a guy go out and be a GB vacuum.  I want the guy to score goals, drop assists left and right and ride like a mad man (if they are on attack).  I want to see a guy, who is clearly better than anyone else out there, go out and prove it.  Tourney after tourney.  And all just like KD.  Embrace the fans.  Be an ambassador for the game.  For yourself.

But there is another part to this story… the guy can’t just jump on ELITE teams and dominate.  He has to do it on average teams, while not being surrounded by other top flight players.  So he’ll have to be a giver, and a scrapper, and a total team player.  He’ll have to be in shape, be tough, and be able to absolutely take over a game.  I know, you’re all thinking “Paul Rabil”.  Ain’t gonna happen.  He is the face of the MLL a la Kobe or LeBron.  And you KNOW those guys aren’t hitting Rucker.

I think a guy like Peet Poillon could pull it off, and so could Matt Abbott.  Another guy that I could see digging the tourney circuit would be Brendan Mundorf because he could avoid all the partying pitfalls, and just stick to dominating on the lax field.  Of all the guys who are already not playing in the MLL, I think Kyle Harrison or Shamel Bratton could do damage, but Kyle has so much going on, and Shamel just doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who would play for a team with “average” teammates.

So who is the Kevin Durant of Lacrosse?  Who could step on over to the Summer Club tourney scene and dominate like KD?  Where would they have to play?  What’s our list of tourneys that simply MUST be hit.  Vail, Placid, Tahoe, Ocean City are all MUSTS, but what else is on the list?

To spice things up a bit, the best comment wins an Evo3 Lacrosse Head from Warrior!  So get to commenting!

Kevin Durant Rucker Park

Kevin Durant at Rucker Park

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Connor Wilson

Connor is the Publisher of He lives in Brooklyn with his better half, continues to play and coach both box and field lacrosse in NYC as much as possible, and covers the great game that is lacrosse full-time. He spends his spare time stringing sticks and watching Futurama.


  • Eric Martin of the Denver Outlaws would be the best. He made a name
    For himself in college and became a leader on all his teams. Runs great
    Camps and really is down to Earth when dealing with the fans.

  • I’d have to say Matt Danowski and here’s why. Over his 4 years at Duke he absolutely dominated the field. In only 80 games he racked up 353 points! 4.4 ppg? And not only was he a top scorer with 170 goals, but he was a team player with 183 assists! Even after he graduated he came to Duke’s championship game against Notre Dame and cheered on his team to their first national title, what a team player. Plus even through the 2006 incident and all the bad rep lacrosse got he pulled through and still kept playing. In 2005 and 2007 he and his team lost the championship game to Johns Hopkins by ONE POINT, BOTH TIMES! But did that stop him? No. Look where Danowski is now? He’s a sponsored Warrior Lacrosse athlete in the MLL, playing for the L.I. Lizards, who are now in the playoffs with 3 other teams remaining. What a MANCHINE!

  • The player that really fits your description is Max Seibald. Three characteristics that a player would have to possess in order to crush the competition in those tournaments. They are a sense of humor, a great lacrosse skill-set, and the willingness to try something revolutionary. I don’t know about you, but when I think of those characteristics Max Seibald is on my mind! People who played against Seibald would have a lot of fun. They would be excited to play against him! Not just because he is famous, but because he makes the game a party! A serious player like Paul Rabil would be amazing to play with, but quite frankly would ruin the game. He would take it too seriously. Seibald just gives off an awesome vibe. He’s an all-around great athlete. He would basically play in every tournament he has time for: Placid, Vail, Ocean City, and Tahoe are the only ones that he NEEDS to attend, and he could just pick a few that he likes in between. 

    SEILBALD 2012

  • most definitely paul rabil. hes so athletic, and awesome to watch. he dominates the game with athleticism and skill, just as durant does. if anyone deserves the title “Kevin Durant of Lacrosse,” it’s gotta be rabil.

  • Pauk
    Rabil because Durant became a legend by his amazing
    performance/appearance in Ruckers Rabil is on his way to legendary
    status because he pushes lax exposure. through the youth,media (BOOM
    commercial),US team,etc. Durant is a ‘freak’ he
    is long and tall but compliments it with finesse and grace in the game.
    Rabil has a ‘freakish fast shot. and they both are hometown boys
    choosing to rep there home state in college

  • Chazz Woodson no doubt, I mean look at him. Even though his age is catching up to him the crazy moves he makes are those of an athlete, such as the crazy superman shots he used to do ALL THE TIME. but basically he is someone who gets people excited about the game, like hose fans were when KD started his jump shot. They loved him because of his electrifying style of play. I saw a machine game last year and while he probably wasn’t the best player on the team EVERYONE wanted his autographs SO BAD and he came over and he gave them, he was one of the last players to leave also. His personality was kind you could sense it. And we want people to associate personalities like that with lax. He’s played for so many teams oh don’t see why he could go for a “Rucker park” caliber team. He could play in tournaments on the west coach where lacrosse is a developing sport. His personality and great skill will run off as the younger kids watch him and think and dream of being like him. Chazz Woodson thanks for bein my role model and favorite player:)

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