Written & Photograph by: Poe
The word “Commitment” usually does not conjure a physical place. Instead, in most people’s definition, it is an act of promise, obligation, selflessness, and determination. But for the people at Nike Basketball, Commitment is an actual place, a tangible space at the heart of Harlem, New York, where past stories of the USA Men’s Basketball Team are immortalized. It is a living tribute to the current members of the team, whose stories still left unwritten. And come next Thursday, July 10th, you can visit to see this one of the kind exhibition.
Nike Basketball – The Commitment: USA Basketball Exhibition
111 West 161 Street | Map
New York, NY 10026
Exhibition Date: July 10th (Thursday) – August 25th (Monday)
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Upon entering this space, the path diverged into 2. The path on the left is dedicated to the stories of the past. A floor to ceiling photo montage of the contemporary USA Basketball movement in the Olympics, starting with the “Dream Team” in the 1992 Summer Olympics at Barcelona. From the high impact color photos, visitors can recall their own recollections of events during those games. When NBA All-Star and member of the 2008 team, Jason Kidd, previewed the space some days ago. 2 photos stood out in his memory. One of him embracing his child and the Gold Medal. The other photo been fellow members of the 2000 USA Men’s Basketball Team. It was this particular juncture, at the Sydney Olympics, where again commitment was shown. Team mate Alonzo Mourning flew 20+ hour flight back to Miami to be at the birth of his daughter, Myka Sydney, and then return to play for the Stars and Stripes.
Further along the historical path, there are archival items and 5 large rolling frames. Each briefly tells the history of US participations in Olympic basketball events, tracing back all the way to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.