Mecca and the Soul Brother(s)'s Scoop Jackson chronicles the efforts by Chris Rucker and Dexter Gordon to get Holcombe Rucker, patriarch of Harlem's legendary Rucker Park, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

But it's not necessarily the names that make what Mr. Rucker started so significant. It's the worldwide reverence that has been sustained over the years — how even those who play the game at the highest level feel that their game, or their journey through the game of basketball, cannot be complete — fully tested or solidified — until they've visited Harlem and played at Rucker Park.

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To many, playing there is more important than playing inside Madison Square Garden.


Goal: To eventually have a game node for Global Village Basketball at Rucker. Call it my personal pilgrimage to Mecca.


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