Bobby Kinzer, former Wilson High School (and Penn State) player, shared this memory w/ the DC Basketball Blog:
My greatest playground memory is:
The day Moses Malone and Chris Patton came down Upshur St. playground. All the rivals that nornmally existed on the playground, all join together to beat the then currently signed University of Maryland players. They were in the area because they were playing in the Urban Coalitian up on the hill at Roosevelt High School. Upshur’s team consisted of Harry Brokenberry (DC Teachers – one of the greatest shooters to ever to come out of D.C.),Wesley Boussard (Bell Vocational – one of the best all around sports player in D.C.- drafted by Dallas Cowboys), Bobby Kinzer (Wilson High/Penn State/European Professional League – one of the 1st big point guards out of D.C.), Carl Patterson (Roosevelt), Mike “Dick Barnett” Dodson (Upshur St.),and Gator Brown (Dunbar/Wilson). This was a day to remember because the word got out that Moses was playing down Upshur. People were coming out the wood work. The playground all of a sudden got packed. Standing room only. People were looking through the fence. The game started off with 5’9″ Gator Brown dunking on Moses’ homeboy who was 6’5″. The playground went off! The atmosphere was electric. Upshur playground went on to win the game and that day became frozen in time. It is the one time that Upshur Street playground united and celebrated like it was the NBA Finals. The next day, the rivalries were back at it, if you didn’t have game or know somebody you weren’t getting on the court and you might get jacked up and your wallet taken.
Chris Patton, for those who may not know, was a 6’9″ Maryland University forward out of Buffalo. Thanks Bobby.