This blog accompanies the website www.dcbasketball.com, as a vehicle to educate visitors about, and celebrate the rich history of Washington area basketball. The author is basketball writer Bijan C. Bayne. Why commemorate the D.C. game?
“If New York’s asphalt hoop game has long been known nationally, Washington’s, though not exactly a secret, has never had a real celebration of its legend…” Paul Hendrickson, Washington Post STYLE section feature, “Heroes in High Tops”, August 27, 1991
The same goes for Washington’s schoolboy game, local AAU ball, and summer league action. On any given day here, one may find news of D.C. area products playing abroad, or in the WNBA, NBA, D-League, or NCAA, as well as historical profiles, event notices, and links to pertinent articles. The organization DC Basketballⓒ has served in a consultant or historical research source for The Washington City Paper and The Washington Times, among others. It is also in, or forming partnerships, with the YMCA, The Washington Sports and Entertainment Commission, various local parks and recreation commissions, and the D.C. Public Library.
Bijan C. Bayne is the author of “Sky Kings: Black Pioneers of Professional Basketball”. A member of the United States Basketball Writers Association, and the Media Relations Director for the Association for Professional Basketball Research, his work has appeared in Pro Basketball News, “Washington Post Book World”, and his essay on schoolyard ball is part of the anthology “Basketball in America” (Haworth Press 2005). Bayne is a founding member of the tourism consulting group The Travel Educators (www.traveleducators.com). He has also served as a consultant and researcher for sports and history filmmakers for documentaries and PBS specials, and the books “Wilt”, and “Spinning The Globe” (the latter about the Harlem Globetrotters), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s “On The Shoulders of Giants”, and also performed consulting work for Nike, and The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bayne is an Executive Board member of the Association for Professional Basketball Research. Bayne was quoted in the March 2009 issue of SLAM magazine. 4353972742
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