Heard today that Rodney Parker, a legendary basketball figure in NYC passed away. What a guy!!! Rodney was famous for being the main character in Heaven is a Playground. He was around the NYC basketball scene for over 60 years yet he looked like he was in his early 50s.
Rodney nurtured many kids including Albert King, who often stayed at Rodney's home to get away from all the college coaches who were calling him. I still remember Rodney telling me about some kid named Smush. Of course that turned out to be Smush Parker, current NBA player.
Rodney was a fixture at high profile games and the ABCD and other camps. He will be GREATLY Missed. Rest in peach Rodney. And enjoy the free season ticket to any game you wish to see.