NEW YORK (AP) – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar smiled as he said the names of his former schoolmates and opponents.
The center of the Hall of Fame was watching the video of one of its New York high school championships when he starred at the Power Memorial Academy 55 years ago. He was known as Lew Alcindor at that time, when he dominated the city before moving on to UCLA.
"I will always enjoy these memories," said Abdul-Jabbar. “I remember I was still at school when I started attending NBA games at Madison Square Garden and it had an effect on me. "
Abdul-Jabbar spent about 15 minutes walking through the exhibition, which will be open to the public on Friday. In addition to the video, there was also a photo of him playing in high school. He quickly also pointed out the great Knicks dean, Dean Meminger, in the photo.
"People don't realize that my dad played in high school with Red. They were high school teammates and I don't think Red realized that I was the son of someone he played with," said Abdul-Jabbar. in January. My dad said we were good until Red graduated and then forgot about him.
The Holzman Knicks are well represented at the show, with one of Bill Bradley's warm-up shirts and the 1970 championship flag that the team won, which is usually located at Westchester training facilities.
The exhibition is divided into different periods of New York basketball starting in the 1900s and going through the present time. There's Kenny Anderson's high school jersey, as well as Sue Bird and Tina Charles. A shirt signed by Jeremy Lin Knicks, from the height of "Linsanity".
"The history and development of basketball are inextricably linked to the New York”, Says Whitney Donhauser, director and president of the museum. "City / Game captures the excitement and evolution of this essentially urban game and the energy of the diverse New Yorkers who play and love it".
There is also a nod to the culture and outdoor play that made New York famous. There are more than 1,800 outdoor courts in the city.
There are also items from women's basketball, including a video from Queens College and its legendary coach Lucille Kyvallos. The team played the first women's game at the MSG in 1974 against Immaculada.
The museum held a gala on Tuesday night, when they honored Abdul-Jabbar. From others New York big names in basketball were present, including Bernard King and Felipe Lopez.
King grew up in Brooklyn and starred in the Knicks in the 1980s. He went to college in Tennessee and joked that Lou Carnesecca, Hall of Fame's St. John coach, tried to recruit him, but King said he didn't. Although he got a good Italian dinner with the deal, because, "how can you say no to an Italian meal with the coach?" King remembered.
One of Carnesecca's sweaters is on display, in addition to the NIT and NCAA trophies that CCNY won in 1950. They are the only school to win both tournaments in the same year.
The museum's curator, Lilly Tuttle, said it took about 18 months to set up this exhibition. It runs until January.
“The exhibition is a way to celebrate the long history of basketball in New York and the legacy of talent that comes across the city, "she said.
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