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This Streetball Player is the type that PRACTICES their tricks and moves, moves which resemble the “Harlem Globetrotters” or “AND1” type of play. Everything is structured to excite the crowd.
This Streetball Player is the type that never MADE IT BIG outside of playing on public playgrounds and/or in inner-city tournaments. EXCEPT FOR A FEW, this type of Streeball Player never had college and/or professional success… but on the playground, this player is God, even outplaying professionals who stopped by from time to time.
Skip To My Lou (USA), Hot Sauce (USA), Professor (USA), Tom “Conman” Connors (UK), Gilles Matho (Belgium) and Master Jeng (Taiwan) are a few world-renowned Streetball Players that are great at what they do and there are MANY MANY more that fall into this category.
All the names listed above fall into the “TYPE 1” Streetball Player.
Ed “Booger” Smith is the “TYPE 2” Streetball Player.
What made Ed “Booger” Smith special is that he played with his own type of tricks and pizzazz. But Booger could ONLY do his thing in REAL basketball games. Booger’s magical, God-given special gift was that he ONLY did unique, flashy, get-the-crowd-out-of-their-seats type of moves IF the DEFENSE FORCED HIM TO DO IT.
There were NONE better at this back in the day and NONE better at this today. PERIOD!
As Rick Telander (writer of the Sports Illustrated article where Booger was on the cover) put it: “The harder the defense tries to stop him, the more his genius comes out.”
Sports Illustrated and Rick saw it and so did SLAM magazine, Hoops magazine, Savoy magazine, VIBE, Streetball.com, DIME magazine, ESPN the Magazine, XXL and The Source. They can’t all be wrong.
The best Street Basketball player on planet earth is Ed “Booger” Smith.
Don’t believe? Then answer me this:
What other Streetball Player on planet earth, from the past to today, has ever:
- 1. Been on the Cover of Sports Illustrated? (Aug. 17, 1997 issue) Where Sports Illustrated labeled him the King of the Streets for being the best Streetball Player on the planet.
- 2. Had a movie made about his life? (“Soul in the Hole,” co-produced by HBO)
- 3. Had his name on an All-Time Greatest list, a list that includes Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe, Earl “The G.O.A.T.” Manigault and Connie Hawkins, amongst other greats.
I’ll answer for you. NOT ONE!
Booger is a supernaturally gifted player that one encounters maybe once in a generation.
This 90-minute documentary, “King of the Streets: The Story of Worldwide Streetball Legend Ed “Booger” Smith, catches up with Booger to see what he’s been doing after “Soul in the Hole.” Booger is now 26 and he is still the best Streetball Player on the planet. In the film, Booger talks about being shot twice, his two Spike Lee movie appearances (“He Got Game,” “The Twenty-Fifth Hour”), his video game (Street Hoops), the Award-Winning Nike dribbling commercial and his failed attempt to go from the streets of Brooklyn straight to the NBA.
Featuring interviews with reporters, NBA execs, trainers, players and the public about streetball in general and Booger specifically, this is more than a documentary. “King of the Streets” represents a stirring human story behind the game – as passionately told by those who live and breathe basketball on and off the court.
This documentary has it all. Oh, and I almost forgot, never-before-seen footage of Booger’s extraordinary play.
This documentary is a MUST see!
Review By DC of MSF Basketball
The Legacy Continues
The amount of stories, accomplishments and respect that Ed “Booger” Smith has obtained over the past 10 years makes it feel like Booger’s been around forever. With a resume` that includes video games, films, magazines and movies… anybody would think that Booger is an NBA All-Star veteran. But the thing is, Booger’s young, only 27 years old. (This documentary is a re-release. Booger was 25 when the documentary was shot, 27 when it was originally released.)
Still younger than Jason Kidd, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson, Steve Francis, Earl Boykins (who is the shortest in the NBA 5’5”) and rising NBA star Rafer Alston (Skip to my Lou). So the Booger Smith story didn’t end, it’s just getting started… Booger just took a backseat with all this worldwide craze about And1, which Booger was “begged” to be a part of but chose not to. (Find out why in the Booger interview).
So where’s Booger today? What’s Booger doing and what’s he got planned for the future? In the new documentary King of the Streets, Nefra Burlock hosts the documentary, interviewing Booger as he talks for himself and tells all. From his thoughts on the And1 craze to his thoughts on the level of the NBA today and how he never got the opportunity to tryout. There’s interviews with Tim Grover (Jordan’s personal trainer), Dave Babcock (Milwaukee Bucks’ Vice President of Player Personnel, Junie Sanders (Nike Battlegrounds finalist) and Rick Telander (globally-recognized sports writer and writer of the Sports Illustrated issue where Booger was featured on the cover).
This documentary is a real up close and personal look at Booger Smith, unlike any documentary ever made. A lot of interesting issues are brought up about Booger’s past and topical issues in the world of basketball today. Booger Smith has quite an impressive resume` and is a true playground legend that hasn’t been given the deserved respect and publicity to the extent it should be seen at. Yeah he’s made his fair share of mistakes, but his unfortunate situations and lack of guidance plays a big part in the Booger Smith story.
After all the obstacles and after all these years, Booger Smith is still standing.. and is an inspiration due to the fact he hasn’t given up or lost hope on the ultimate dream, playing basketball at the highest level.
Many people lose hope after a few bad years, but Booger is a true baller and is true to himself, which not many players these days deserve that label.
I’m not gonna get into the editing/filming techniques of this documentary purely because it’s the essence and the soul of this story and documentary that what makes it a must-see for any true basketball fan. At times the sound, framework and editing is a little unbalanced, but the documentary was funded, filmed and put together by one man, Steve Johnson, who even though is an amateur filmmaker, he’s a believer and close friend of Ed “Booger” Smith… And that’s what makes this documentary special in my opinion.
When you walk away from watching King of the Streets, you’ll have grown a better and clearer understanding and respect for the man behind the infamous name, Ed “Booger” Smith. If it weren’t for Booger, all this Street basketball exploitation around the world could have almost been non-existent or not as recognized. Maybe there’d be no MSF!? And if you understand basketball, you’ll understand that Booger is an authentic Streetball Legend.
This raw documentary will be something special to look back on in years to come, trust me! After Booger plays with the Harlem Globetrotters, after he tours the world and visits Australia, you’ll be happy you added this exclusive personalized documentary to your collection.
Grab this documentary and give credit where credit is due, to the man, the myth, the legend that is Ed “Booger” Smith. He is TRULY the King of the Streets!
Overall MSF Rating: 7.5/10
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