Manny Waks 14/8/2016 Today is Tisha b'Av, the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av, when we commemorate the destruction of the Jewish temples.Traditionally we read from Eicha, the Book of Lamentations.
The team also featured man amongst boys in high school Tim Thomas. 1996 Riverside Church NYC - Ron Artest- St Johns, NBA. By far the best offensive front line in the history of high school basketball. Across all the tourneys we played in those years, I think we lost 4 games out of hundreds — 1 to Riverside Church, 1 to some team from Detroit, 1 to a team from Baltimore in the ’99 National Championship, and I think 1 to the NJ Boys/Girls club.
Rumor has it that Kobe Bryant played point with Hamilton & Carter at the off guards. Featuring three future NBA All Stars Riverside Church was the most dominant team in the 1990s. Dwight’s team wasn’t good enough to advance far enough to play us, we beat Big Baby’s team, we beat Al Jefferson’s team, we crushed the top-ranked Memphis War Eagles by 32 in the Sweet 16 of the ’99 National Championships (and that was the year we finished in 2nd).
While a lot of legend and myth surrounds this team there is more than enough personal account to believe in its existence. Eric Barkley also played significant minutes as the distributor. We’re not talking regional titles, we’re talking National titles.
They won 2 AAU national championships as stated by Kevin Freeman. Featuring NYC legends Artest and Odom, it was Brand who held down the inside. Not sure that kind of dominance has ever been seen in AAU history.
Considered by many the great AAU team ever assembled. The often loaded Celtics featured 5 future NBA players and no one matched their talent level. Won every game in the tournament (except 1) by 20 or more points. Daniel Hackett played big minutes at the off guard spot with Story coming off the bench. We won the AAU title in ‘99 and ’01, and took 2nd in ’00.
Future defensive Goliath's Josh Smith and Dwight Howard teamed to make the Celtics a dominant force. Taylor King who was a grade school legend, lit up the outside for SCA. Whaley and White could come close to stopping Curry. Direct quote of, “top 10 team I have ever seen”Ditto what LJ said – you forgot the 1999, 2000, 2001 NY Gauchos led by Sundiata Gaines, Russell Robinson, and Ronald Ramon, coached by Marc Jones. The most intimidating front line in the history of traveling basketball. People in California still talk about the summer Lebron teamed up with Oakland to give the whole country a show. 2006 Southern California All-Stars - Kevin Love - UCLA, NBA. Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love dominated while Renardo Sidney complimented Love inside. This was the DC’s clubs best ever team in a strong line of history. 2005 Friends of Hoop Seattle - Spencer Hawes - Washington, NBA. Well I might as well throw what I believe is one the best teams I will say: Illinois Gold 2001 Eddy Curry may have eat himself out of the NBA but was by the most dominate HS center I have ever seen! Notable players Eddy Curry 7’0 James Augustine 6’10- Illinois, NBA Dee Brown 6- Illinois NBA Najeeb Echols- 6’8 mizzou Jay Straight 6- Wyoming Marcellus Sommerville 6’8 Iowa/Bradley Marcus White 6’8 Uconn Not much NBA but they did that Michigan Mustang team.How do you, a rav, an askan, a dayan, a teacher, see the pain of a parent begging on behalf of their betrayed child, and say, well, we can’t believe the testimony of a child, and there is no one else who witnessed the act?The season will reach the midway point soon for most teams, meaning the contenders will need to separate themselves from the pretenders.In each class a few teams have done so already, still there are a few that have yet to emerge as either. This New Jersey based team will forever live in AAU lure. I can remember each of those because it was such a huge and rare deal when we lost. Seriously, name another AAU team that was so dominant for so long. If we’re talking about teams that just happened to boast the most successful NBA stars, then I can probably agree, but if we’re talk flat-out, talented, dominant, winning teams, this list definitely comes up short.