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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.


  • It’s gotta be the one, the only, Con Bro Chill himself, Connor Martin. Not only does he gave good basics, but he also knows some nice tricks, perfect for tourney play. Plus, he just seems like a hella fun guy to be around

  • The KD of the lax world in my opinion is Ned Crotty, and here is why:
    He is humble enough to step into any role, and has the skills to do so. The kid made a name for himself by feeding and creating for people. Yes, we have seen his ability to finish, but I think he takes over a game by his quarterbacking abilities of feeding and directing the offense.
    He plays at the highest level (MLL/NLL) and also coaches camp circuits, helps grow the game as KD is doing for BBall above. I know that if I could, I would want Ned on my club team to straight up dominate.
    I think, in addition to the tournaments and leagues listed above, he would have to play in the LXM Pro, allowing for a full scope of his talents.

  • Mikey Powell.  If he had the desire to, he’d simply dominate the summer circuit.  Who in the last 15 years has been more exciting to watch?  He is the Kevin Durant of the lax field.

    He could make his summer circuit trip a weekly youtube documentary or possibly use his connections at ESPN to make it a big deal production and have it shown on ESPNU, weekly. 

  • i would say either casey powell or dan hardy. i think casey powell because he already has semi done this he has barely played in the mll this year if at all and since his only other comitment is to indoor lacrosse he could use all of spring summer and fall to play on summer teams. he has already done this with the hawaii tournament and he is definetly good enough of a player and good enough of a team player to play on an average team helping his teammates and also still shine as a great all around laxer. I also think dan hardy could do this because of his size and the way he plays. this year he was traded from denver to chesapeake and in the games he has been in he has played well and complimented his teammates which shows he can be a good player and a team player wherever he is. also he is well known enough from being a syracuse star and a maverik sponsored athlete that he has a little bit of a star factor without also being just a good guy.

  • Billy Bitter. why Billy Bitter? Because he is one of the most young exciting players in the MLL just like KD is in the NBA. Biter would be able to score alot and flashy aswell in tourneys like War At The Shore, Salt Shakers Invitiaional, Vail, Placid, Tahoe, Ocean City. Who wouldnt want to see Bitter go againest the best club teams in big time tourneys. Plus Bitter appeals to a wide audience of newer fans because of his exciting play aswell as older fans who can appreciate his play,

  • .
    Joe Walters, crazy good lefty for the nationals, he is not only a scoring thret but also makes everyone around him better with his percison passing for assists which is key for a summer team because most of them are avrage players. He is 3rd in pts with 15 goals and 19 assists. He is a great guy who is allways doing things to grow the game and is a  2010 and 2011 Community Service Award winner.
    He can do it all and would dominate summer tornements with what ever team he played on.

    • I’ve seen Walters do this at RIT last year (not quite the biggest tourney but still a solid ROC tourney)…I think Joel White would kill it in those summer tourney’s because guys aren’t necessarily getting up and down the field and playing stellar defense…if he dodges Cuse opponents just imagine what he would do against summer teams

  • Nobody changes games singlehandedly like a dominating LSM who can face off too. CJ Costabile? Add Vegas (Nov), San Diego (Apr), and Miami (Jan) to the list.

  • I’m thinkin’ Chazz Woodson… he’s got the swagger to pull it off but the overall respect of the tradition of the game and Florida heat is just as hot as anywhere else, so he can def hit up the Summer LAX tour and survive.

    OR…. I’m still gonna plug the Four Corners Grow the Game invitational.  EAST, WEST, NORTH, SOUTH and let the legends just naturally rise to the top.  To put a name to the title might not be to that person’s advantage. 

  • Connor Martin, doing something like what Kevin Durant did gains a lot of attention and Con Bro is very into attention. He also has a personality that attracts lots of enthusiasm from spectators his game also lacks no flash and is just exciting to watch. On the topic of not playing for the most elite team he played his whole college career in the MCLA, a respectable league but not the greatest. I would not be suprised if he took on the challenge one year.

  • I like where this thread is going, but I’d like to point out the huge difference between the NBA and MLL, and just lax and basketball in general…the fact that it is so rare that a huge star like Durant would play in a place like Rucker Park is cool, but the lacrosse community is so tight-knit and intertwined that its more likely that you might play against a former or current pro…I played in the ALL last year against Mt. Washington and they had a bunch of current Bayhawks….while it sucked to have Buggs Combs tearing your team up, I liked that the gap between the amateurs and the pros isn’t as large as in the NBA and that I got the chance to cover a player like him
    That said, I think a guy like Siebald could do the total takeover in a tournament, Crotty, MP, Bitter and Walters are all great at offense but Siebald is the up and down kind of guy that could dominate the whole field in summer ball

  • So who is the Kevin Durant of Lacrosse?  A: Key words who is … No one has done this yet (i.e. moonlight in the professional league offseason with a team of amateurs and the result become an viral youtube video) So right now no one is the Kevin Durant of Lacrosse

    Who could step on over to the Summer Club tourney scene and dominate like KD?  A: Key word could… Kevin Leveille is by far the most jaw dropping player I’ve ever competed against. I think his level of stick skills and vision suggest telepathy. He feeds and scores offball and he uses ATW/BTB more often than conventional passes/shots. He also is seenplaying with various levels of talent around him despite being an MLL all-decade team selectee. Where would they have to play?
    A: I think those tourneys mentioned are a good list, but some to add are War At The Shore which has 88 mens teams in open A and B. Also the Bigfoot Bender, although small, could be a good place to “put the team on their back.” Another good one is the Dan Spillett Memorial Indoor Lacrosse Tournament every December 26th in Syracuse NY. It’s a box tournament with a lot of scoring and it brings in a who’s who of NCAA and Pro talent with Section III roots

    Just my thoughts, others might disagree

  • Mikey Powell, he just loves summer lacrosse. He even contacted the men’s league of Augusta, GA that I play in because he was interested in playing with us in a tournament just to play for the love of the game. He didn’t want to be so serious about it all the time. That just goes to show how much he as a player just flat out loves the game. He gained a whole lot of respect for that in my book.

  • I believe Paul Rabil is gonna be Lacrosse’s first Kevin Durant. He is the leading scorer in the mll right now and he is always commited to getting better. I was at a shooting demonstartion by Paul and he was explaining how he is always thinking of ways to improve his shot. He trains hard everyday, in-season and out, to ensure that he is the best on the field every game.

  • I think a good KD for lacrosse could definitely be Jeremy Thompson. He is a do it all throw back mid fielder. Face off, defense, and scorer. The role he has always played is a guy who runs up and down the field to do whatever job the team needs him to do whether its to rip corners, stop his man, or win a face off and then rip it. He also is unselfish, he dishes the ball and hardly forces it. He has lacrosse smarts that would help out an average tourney team. He could be the teams back bone and brightest star, but still dish the rock and make other people look good. Personally I would rather play with a pro that would occasionally help out others on the team by feeding and setting picks. Plus he could possibly bring back his traditional stringing, and that pony tail is just awesome.

  • As stated, I have to say Mikey Powell. He seems to have a outgoing, lively personality that would make him a fan-favorite when he returns. Also, this would be the best way to return to lacrosse after being off.
    Another player would be Johnny Christmas .
    After taking time off for L. E. A. P. S. And his summer tourney team, I think he could use all of this as a showcase fir his Encore line

  • 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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