Thursday, July 26, 2012

Ex-Knick Nate Robinson dodges gunfire at famed Rucker Park basketball court

Five people were shot Wednesday night at Harlem's famed Rucker Park where former-Knicks point guard Nate Robinson was among the throngs of people who dodged the flying bullets according to witnesses.

The gunfire broke out at about 11 p.m. at the courts on West 155th Street and Eighth Avenue at the annual Entertainers Basketball Classic— which features many NBA stars and local legends competing side-by-side every year.  Last summer, Kevin Durant showed up and wowed the crowds by scoring 66 points; while Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Ron Artest are some of the big names who have graced the court over the tournament's 29 year history.

Robinson— who was there as a spectator— had to scramble for cover once the chaos ensued but escaped unscathed witnesses said.

'He [Robinson] was watching the game," said the spectator.  "After the shooting, he was okay.  He wasn't hurt... he left like everyone else."

"They started arguing about a bad call or something like that," said the witness.  "The guy was standing no more than five feet away from me.  He pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot once.  He then shot one more time.  Everyone started running."

Other people said the gunman then calmly walked across the street and fired a few more rounds.

The five shooting victims were taken to local hospitals and all are expected to survive.

It's too bad when shooting hoops takes on a whole new meaning.

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