Friday, September 29, 2006

Tomorrow at 2 pm there will be a Tampa Bay Strong Dogs, an ABA basketball team, tryout. Where to go for the tryout is Sports+Field at 2029 Arrowgrass Drive, Wesley Chapel, FL 33543. Even if you don't want to play for the team you can come see it and get involved with the Strong Dogs!
Also I will be there taking exclusive photos for Basketball Notes by Alex! The tryouts will end at 7 pm and the cost is $125 or $150 on starting day of try-outs, only cash or money orders made out to Sports+Field.
The New York Knicks bought out Maurice Taylor. I like this move. Wow a Knicks deal I like? This should leave more playing room and help the team chemistry.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

BONZI WELLS TO ROCKETS! The Rockets and Bonzi Wells have agreed to a two year $5 million dollar deal. This will really help the Rockets. Wells will provide a spark and should play well with Yao and Tmac. GO ROCKETS!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

WHAT'S NEW ON DAIRY VIEW! My friend Darrian has been doing his thing on these last couple days. He's now covering music and already has one review of an album with another on the way. EMAIL DARRIAN AT FORTDAIRYCOMEDY@YAHOO.COM AND GO TO WWW.DAIRYVIEW.BLOGSPOT.COM!

Friday, September 22, 2006

SHANE BATTIER SIGNS SHOE CONTRACT WITH LI-NING! Shane Battier of the Rockets signed a shoe deal with Li-Ning. This Chinese shoe company is starting to get NBA players and will keep becming better and come to the USA soon! GO ROCKETS!

Thursday, September 21, 2006


I talked to Coach Carr, Head Coach and GM of the Palm Beach Imperials, recently.

1. How have you been working with the players on the team?

"We’ve played 5 exhibition games this summer (winning 3 out of 4 against the USBL, and we also defeated a team of all-stars for a combined 4 and 1 record). Preparing for these games, the players participated in several open scrimmages while being introduced to the OSD Foundational Workout, which included 17/55s (i.e., running 17 times from sideline to sideline in 55-seconds). Players had to make 8 out of 10 free throws from the charity stripe and take a pop quiz on the game of basketball. Most were completely surprised by how little they really knew about the game. Finally, we encouraged each player to exhibit professionalism both on and off the court."

2. Your division looks fast paced. How will you defend the running game?

"By scoring 200 points a game!"

3. Have you visited the University of Virginia since winning the ACC Tournament Championship in 1976?

"Yes, I’ve worked Pete Gillen’s basketball camp and also attended reunions at U-Hall. In September 2001, shortly after 911, I attended the 25th anniversary of our ’76 ACC victory over UNC."

4. How will the team be involved in the community?

"It’s important that we keep a positive presence in the surrounding communities. So far, we’ve worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Delray Beach. Currently, we’re working with a non-profit agency called Kids @ Home in Boca Raton. In June of this year, members of our dance troupe and some of the players participated in the grand re-opening of a McDonald’s on 45th Street in West Palm Beach. In July, the team participated in the Palm Beach Sports Commission Kid’s Fitness Festival at the South Florida Fairgrounds. There were 4,000 kids on hand. Whew!"

5. Do you know the other coaches in your division?


6. What is your thought on international basketball getting better?

"I’m glad you asked. As seen in the recent FIBA World Games back in August, the U.S. players went up against highly disciplined and fundamentally sound players. Players, who seem to enjoy playing the game for the love of the game, and not for the love of money (all mighty dollar), players and coaches who are paying attention to what’s happenin’ on the backyard courts of America via satellite, players, who have elected not to reinvent the game, rather to merely execute those skills we preach all the time – play good defense and make your free throws."

7. What do you think the USA team needs to do to get back the gold in 2008?

"Play good defense, make free throws and find a place for me on their coaching staff. I’m serious!"

Lookout out Coach K!

8. Besides basketball, what do you do for fun?

"I play darts once a week and watch basketball videos. I enjoy easy listening and jazz music. I practice free throw shooting and help younger basketball players become better players. I’m also fascinated with outer space and IQ tests. I scored 124 on my last one."

9. Do you have any basketball teams that you have always supported throughout your life?

"Back in the day, I was a big fan of the New York Knicks and Walt Frazier. Then the 76ers and Dr. J came on the scene. (I have a great picture with me and the Doc.) In recent years, MJ and the Chicago Bulls were my team because I grew up in the Windy City; but now, it’s the Miami HEAT with D-Wade and the Diesel. I’d be remiss if I omitted Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators and the Louisville Cardinals led by Rick Pitino. You see, I enjoy the up tempo style of play."

10. What age did you first start playing and coaching basketball?

"I started playing pickup basketball with friends from the neighborhood at 15. When I was a sophomore at Chicago Vocational High School I took the game more seriously. I officially started my coaching career in 1976, after graduating from Virginia, and why not, I was a champion."

Thanks Lamont. If you have one thing to say to our readers, please go ahead.
"I’d like to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to you, Alex, for persevering and keepin’ it real. And to thank basketball fans worldwide for supporting the game that we all love. C’est la vie"


Monday, September 11, 2006


1. What is it like playing at Rucker Park?
Rucker Park is the mecca of basketball for me. It has such an amazing history and being there and playing there is a great honor and one of the greatest accomplishments for myself. The fans at Rucker have seen some of the greatest players in the world and they know that there’s more to just being in the NBA, they know that there are dudes on the courts of NYC every night that are better than guys in the league but for whatever reason couldn’t get in, and that just because you’re in the league doesn’t mean that someone off the street won’t get you on the court. 2.

2. What team in what league will you play for in Japan?
I have signed a 1-year contract with the Sendai 89ers of BJ League in Japan.

3. What game that you played would you say was your favorite? My favorite game was my first game for Arizona State University, my parents were in from New York and I scored on a turn around baseline jumper, grabbed a board and had an assist in about a minute of playing time. Most importantly we won.

It's all about the W's baby!

4. Other than basketball, what do you do in your free time?
In my free time I love to travel, while in Germany last season I was able to travel during time off and I saw 16 countries. While in New York during the summers my free time is spent with my family, my girlfriend, and my friends.

5.Who is your inspiration when you are playing basketball? My inspiration when playing is my family. I would never be where I am today if my parents had not encouraged me to follow my dreams no matter where they took me.

6. Where is your favorite place to play basketball? Rucker Park, hands down.

7. Would you ever consider coaching basketball after you finish playing? I would love to coach but not for a profession. Professional coaching whether professional or college is a business. It’s too much time away from your family and it means willing to pack up and move your family at any time for a promotion. I would love to coach young kids and help them develop their basketball and life skills.

Like coaching maybe in the Junior NBA?

8. When you were growing up which basketball player did you look up to? I’m a Knicks fan, and my parents went to Syracuse so that was natural too. Luckily both teams were good growing up so I loved Patrick Ewing and all the ‘Cuse guys. I have since gotten to play with and against some of the Syracuse players that I grew up idolizing, I played against Lawrence Moten in an exhibition game, I got to work out in the summer with Otis Hill and John Wallace, when playing for the Harlem Wizards in a CBA game I played and roomed with Adrian Autry, and now I will be a teammate of Ryan Blackwell’s in Japan.

9. Which NBA team would you say is your favorite? New York Knicks!

We will see how they do this season.

10. Where can my readers get in touch with you? I love hearing from fans and any people with questions and comments for me. They can reach me on Myspace at or via e-mail at I also enjoy meeting all different people through my travels and tend to meet people when they ask, “You must get asked this a lot but… how tall are you?”

Make sure you talk to Affirmative!

11. What skills do you need to have to play street ball? You need to be tough. If you’re not tough mentally and physically don’t even bother setting foot on the court. The opponents and the crowd can sense weakness, they can sense if you’re not confident in yourself and they’ll make sure you get laughed or booed off the court. You also need to be physically tough because the refs are not out there to make the call for you and bail you out, you can’t go looking for a call and flopping on a charge, plus you have to be able to take hits, you’re going to get elbowed, kneed, kicked, even head butted, you have to withstand that.

12. What is your favorite show on TV?
I have a few, The Sopranos, Entourage, Daily Show, Colbert Report and Summerball on MSG because that show brings the NYC streetball scene to an audience that might not regularly get to see it.

Most of my favorite shows to!

13. How did you learn the tricks you need to know to play street ball?
I don’t do tricks, I play ball. I learned that from watching other successful streetball and hard court ballers.

14. Your nickname is creative can you tell us how you got it?
When you’re the only white guy in entire leagues and no one in the crowd and the audience is white you’re going to get an interesting nickname. It was originally given to me by Boobie Smooth and Hannibal, the announcers at the EBC at Rucker Park. I love the name though and embrace it because in my case it represents crossing barriers and being accepted for your actions and not because of any trait like religion or race. I’m white, Jewish, and from the burbs, so what? Does that mean I shouldn’t pursue what I love? I ball out, and the basketball community respects that, there’s a saying “real recognize real”, if I wasn’t real it wouldn’t be an issue, I’m there because I belong and the play speaks for itself.

That's a good point!

15. What’s your real name?
Andrew Ecker. I’m contemplating legally switching it to Affirmative Action, any thoughts?

Thanks, and if you have one last thing to say to my readers just go ahead.

Be thankful for what you have, but don’t be complacent with it. Always give it your best because it might be your last, tomorrow isn’t promised and love those who love you. 1 The Affirmative Action Make sure you visit Basketball Notes by Alex so you stay in the game on what’s up in the world of hoops! 1 The Affirmative Action

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

DETROIT SHOCK WIN WNBA TITLE! The Detroit Shock beat the Sacramento Monarchs 80-75 to win the WNBA championship! This is great for Detroit and I hope they can do it again next year! GO SHOCK!

Friday, September 08, 2006

DUMARS, CHUCK AND THE HUMAN HIGHLIGHT TO BE INDUCTED TO THE HALL OF FAME! Joe Dumars, Charles Barkely and Dominique Wilkins will be inducted to the basketball hall of fame tonight at 6:30 Eastern time on NBA TV. This is great. All of these guys have done great things for basketball. Also three others to be inducted are Geno Auriemma (21 season as Coach of Women's basketball at the University of Connecticut), Sandro Gamba (30 years of Coaching in Europe) and last David Gavitt (Chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee from 1982 to 1984 and is responsible for the expansion of the tournament to 64 teams). I an sending my thanks to all these guys and what they have done for basketball. GOOD LUCK IN THE FUTURE FOR ALL OF YOU!

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I have created a new section called "people who are reading Basketball Notes by Alex". I want audio from my fans that you can send to me from, my name is gotdogs2 on their or email me at telling me you are reading Basketball Notes by Alex and one reason why you like it, also maybe one shout out to a friend and I will post it on my sidebar under the section that says "people who are reading Basketball Notes by Alex"! So go on give me some audio! Remember send it to me thorough or by email at thanks! Note: I will only have 5 audio pieces on at a time!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

WESLEY TO CAVS! The Cavs have signed David Wesley to a deal. This is good. He adds that shooter they want and a lot of veteran experience. Talk about this and other basketball stories on and add me on Myspace at thanks. Also my friend over at has a Myspace you can find at check it out and add him also. GO CAVS!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Photo by: Octavine
I am glad to announce that Basketball Notes by Alex has a Myspace profile! All future episodes of the audio show will be added to the Myspace. I have the 2nd and 5th episodes up there now. Make sure to add me and leave me a comment!

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Photo by: Jesse D. Garrabrant
SPAIN TAKES IT ALL WITHOUT GASOL! Spain pulled of a blowout win over Greece 70-49 to win the FIBA World Championship! What an upset! Mark Gasol was great on the defensive end and changed the game. Greece didn't come out and play hard enough to win. They had a hangover from the victory over the USA. More on this game later. GO SPAIN!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Photos by: Garrett Ellwood
The USA was upset by Greece 101-95. This surprised me because Greece had no NBA players on their roster. I hope the USA can at least beat Argentina and get a bronze medal. Carmelo Anthony got 27 points and 3 boards in 32 minutes. Melo was great. Too bad they couldn't win the game though. Vasileios Spanoulis got 22 points and 3 boards in 30 minutes for Greece. I will talk more about this on my audio show.