One in ten. At the courts at Riverside Park and on 111th Street, it is the number of basketball hoops that actually have nets attached to them. This is a particularly bleak instance of the challenge that the New York City Parks Department has when it comes to maintaining basketball court nets all around the city.
The term “mecca” is often used to refer to New York City as it relates to basketball. Despite their recent run of underwhelming seasons, the New York Knicks still have the largest market in comparison to all of the other clubs in the NBA when looking at the market size of the league as a whole.
The players who are considered to be the game’s all-time greats call “The Big Apple” home. At point of fact, many of these players spent their childhoods refining their abilities in the courts that were maintained by NYC Parks.
On this list of legends, you’ll find NBA superstars like Kareem Abdul-Jabar, Julius Irving, and Nate Archibald, as well as a list of talented players that never made it off the streets of New York City, such Earl Manigault, Joe Hammond, and Rick Kirkland. Other names on this list include Rick Kirkland.
Players of this calibre have been instrumental in establishing a storied tradition of basketball in the city of New York.
This culture revolves mostly on the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, but it is also bolstered by the more than 1,800 basketball courts that are maintained by the New York City Parks Department and can be found almost everywhere in the city.
Basketball is one of the most popular forms of recreational activity in New York City since it does not need a vast playing field, which is one of the reasons why large playing fields are hard to come by in the city.
Public basketball courts are especially important because they provide an outlet for communities all over the city, some of which may not have direct access to a gym or large field, to get exercise and compete against one another. This makes public basketball courts one of the most important aspects of a city.
Keeping the city’s public basketball courts in a playable condition is the responsibility of the New York City Parks Department; but, as seen by the aforementioned courts on 111th Street, this obligation does not necessarily involve replacing missing or frayed nets.
Dan Kastanis, a spokesperson for the New York City Parks Department, agreed that “New York City is a basketball city.”
However, he also stated that “As the stewards of over 1,800 courts citywide, it has been our experience, over decades of maintenance and care, that basketball nets are often vandalised, removed, or quickly worn out,” so the department does not install basketball nets on its courts.
Although nets are not required for a player to successfully play the game of basketball, most players would much prefer compete on a court that has a net than on a floor that does not have one.
Jeremy John Kaplan, a former basketball player who is now an artist, became frustrated with the practise of playing on rims that lacked nets. As a result, he decided to take things into his own hands and establish the Gold Nets Project.
The deterioration of basketball nets all over the city is the focus of this particular project, and its primary objective is to address this issue.
This objective has been actively pursued by the group, which has made progress toward it by bringing a ladder to local courts and erecting bright “gold” nets without the consent of the city.
The initiative as a whole, as well as the individual nets, have served as a form of citizen protest against inadequate net upkeep.
According to the regulations of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the net’s function is “to check the ball briefly as it travels through the basket.” Since of this, the primary function of the net is to establish whether the ball has entered the hoop.
Because of this, the absence of a net in a hoop may lead to confusion because it is more difficult to tell whether or not a shot has truly been successful.
Aside from that, the addition of nets simply makes the game more enjoyable since they provide an additional level of gratification to each shot that is accomplished by virtue of the presence of the “swish” of the net.
Public basketball courts in New York City have helped hone the skills of many generations of basketball players and fans.
It is imperative that these courts be kept in good condition with minor enhancements like new nets in order to retain the next generation of New York City basketball players interested in the outstanding metropolitan sport of basketball.