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Documenting the stories and journeys of New York Tri-State area basketball from the figures who've lived them. Each week we explore the careers and experiences of legends like Rod Strickland, Felipè Lopez and many more.

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On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes, hear renowned former marketing executive Sonny Vaccaro share with Manny Digital and Emilio the Poet stories from his exciting career. From signing Michael Jordan to his first shoe deal, to founding the ABCD Camp, where names like Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, and LeBron James played as young kids, Vaccaro is a wealth of basketball knowledge. Listen now and hear this Sole Man tell his tale. 🏀 11:50 - Sonny Vaccaro keeps his College scholarship to recruit basketball players  🏀 27:26 - Scouting for the ABA earned Sonny Vaccaro $3K per player  🏀 29:39 - Sonny Vaccaro did George Gervin's first pro contract on a napkin 😳  *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our new website and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
He played at All Hallows High School for legendary CHSAA coach John Carey. As a young baller making his way he got advice from a slew of area greats, like Adrian "Red" Autry,  that helped him find the best path for him to learn the game. That path led him to St. Johns and ultimately to achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. Through his travels he picked up some quality nuggets from Carey, Lou Carnesecca and one of the greatest NBA coaches of all time Greg Popovich.  Hear Shawnelle Scott tell his story to Manny Digital and Emilio the Poet on the latest episode of Dribble N' Dimes. *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our new website and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes, hear UConn's recently promoted associate head coach talk with Manny Digital and Emilio the Poet about the path basketball has paved for him. He also touches on the misguided steps he took and how he was able to learn from those mistakes and put together a comeback story Hollywood films are made of. We delve into the Coaches for Action movement and why we should all support it. This Lefrak City, Queens representative names several key influences in his life, but few more impactful than Vincent Smith (the older brother of TNT basketball analyst Kenny Smith). Listen now and hear this legend recount his story. You'll hear about... 🏀 His Harlem beginnings and his transition to Lefrak 🏀 How he made his mark in and around the AAU scene in NYC 🏀 Doing fed time 🏀 How Coaches for Action started *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our new website and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes, hear one of the winningest coaches in high school basketball history talk with Emilio the Poet and Manny Digital about his experiences in Jersey City. This Naismith Hall of Famer coached for 4 decades in North Jersey, amassing over 1,000 career wins.  He led five undefeated teams and won 26 state titles during his tenure at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. He retired in 2017, and has two sons who also coach at the college level. Listen now and hear this legend recount his story.  🏀5:00 - On his attraction to the game of basketball  🏀13:30 - On how players earn more freedom  🏀29:30 - On coaching without compensation  🏀40:00 - On losing your spot the day before a game  🏀52:50 - On getting pranked by Karl Malone  *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our new website and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes, we’re bringing back our new segment, Pass The Rock. Where current players talk to alumni of their institutions to get advice, ask questions, and build stronger bonds with those that came before them. This week, hear St. Raymond and Marist Alumni, Danny Basile, impart some wisdom and talk basketball with current St. Ray’s junior, Dallis Dillard. These two shooters share similarities in their game, and Basile gives great advice on making the transition to the college level. Listen now and hear these two baller’s build. Moderated by Manny Digital. 🏀1:25 - What made Basile attend St. Raymond? 🏀3:25 - How’d you find your role on St Ray’s team? 🏀7:20 - Why are St. Ray’s Alumni so close? 🏀12:00 - Where did you go to college? 🏀14:30 - What player do you look up to? 🏀19:25 - What made Dallis attend St. Raymond? 🏀22:00 - What was the hardest part of the transition into college? 🏀25:50 - How do you think Covid will impact next season? 🏀27:45 - How did winning a city title feel? 🏀29:40 - What was it like playing with no fans watching? 🏀30:40 - Did you have a plan for when you were done playing basketball? 🏀32:40 - Do you ever think about the day you stop playing basketball? 🏀33:40 - Final advice from Danny *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our new website and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes, St. Raymond legend and best kept secret, Kareem Reid, talks with Emilio the Poet and Manny Digital to discuss his history coming out of The Bronx.  He grew up running with the likes of Stephon Marbury and Rafer “Skip To My Lou” Alston, won three championships in three years at the Entertainers Ballers Classic in the early 00s and led the Arkansas Razorbacks to the Sweet Sixteen in 1996. Listen now and hear this renowned Bronx baller share stories about his illustrious career. 🏀3:30 - On St Raymond’s importance to the history of NYC basketball 🏀11:40 - On playing in a New Rochelle tournament at Iona Prep 🏀19:20 - On playing JV Basketball at St. Raymond H.S. (Bronx, NY) 🏀35:00 - On getting the chance to start 🏀57:00 - On a memorable 2 minutes with Coach Gary DeCesare *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our upcoming blog and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes we're introducing something a little DIFFERENT. We call it Pass The Rock. A segment where current players talk to alumni of their institutions to get advice, learn some things and build stronger bonds with those that came before them. We kick things off with Malachi Smith and Darryl "Truck" Bryant, each answering some questions about their basketball journey. Mali and Truck discuss what getting recruited is like, how Truck got his nickname and Truck shares his advice on how to stay ready during Covid 19. Listen now and hear these two baller’s build. Moderated by Manny Digital. 🏀1:35 - “Where’s the name Truck come From? 🏀2:55 - “Why commute out oF your borough?” 🏀4:55 - “What was recruitment like, what teams recruited you? 🏀6:00 - “What was the transition From high school to college like? 🏀8:15 - “One jewel For senior season?” 🏀9:30 - “Why do you wanna cover the best guy on the court? 🏀10:50 - Are you someone that can be a leader? 🏀12:40 - Greatest High School Memory?” 🏀14:10 - On Being too Nice on the Court 🏀17:35 - Are you superstitious? 🏀21:05 - Staying ready during COVID *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our upcoming blog and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
On this episode of Dribble N’ Dimes, renowned NYC street-baller and St. Peter's University Hall of Famer, Nick Leon, sits down with Manny Digital and Emilio the Poet to discuss his illustrious career.  Growing up with a basketball hoop on (“almost”) every street, our guest talks about his early desires to branch out and face competition outside his neighborhood. From an early age his mentality was that he had to “get to work” and prove to his peers he was capable. After taking a trip to Queensbridge as a kid to play against some fresh faces, his hunger to prove himself to the entire city grew stronger.  Listen now and hear Leon talk about how growing up playing in the projects made him the man he is today. 🏀4:00 - First Trip to Queensbridge 🏀13:20 - On Father’s Influence 🏀17:30 - On Life Goals 🏀20:00 - On Networking 🏀24:45 - On Tiny Morton “Recruiting” Him 🏀34:00 - On Success at Coney Island juggernaut Lincoln H.S. 🏀45:40 - Changing his game for the sake of team 🏀57:00 - The most difficult year or Nick’s life *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** ***Also, check out our upcoming blog and tell a friend!*** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
Our guy hails from the picturesque streets of the Boogie DOWN! Being a loyal kind of guy he is, he picked up that roundball and parked it over at St. Raymond H.S. where he played his ass off for 4 seasons. Listen as this upcoming author shares his come up in the game (of basketball) and some of the difficult moments he experienced as a player throughout his high school career. On this episode you'll hear Chris talk about... 🏀The camaraderie of St. Raymond high school 🏀Legend Willie Worsley's influence in his basketball life 🏀Some of the tough times he experienced at St. Ray's 🏀The bouts with depression he's witnessed former players go through On this episode we welcome in Emilio's St. Ray's classmate and former Raven's player Chris McRae. Tell a friend... it's your main source for the basketball stories that shape the brand of hoops played and experienced throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut... Dribble N' Dimes! *****Be sure to subscribe, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Youtube.***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
This Cardinal Hayes grad was said to be the most impactful player in the school's history since Jamal Mashburn played there. While growing up in the Heights of Washington (uptown Manhattan to the rest of you), he honed his skills both around the neighborhood and with his bunk bed-mate (older brother) Ricardo Greer. When his friends ended up committing to attend Cardinal Hayes, circumstances push him there as well.  He would go on to play at Rutgers and from there embark on a 16 season professional career where he was able to play a key part in 2 French championships, both alongside Ricardo. On this episode we hear a story of perseverance, determination, tragedy and how Jeff Greer reached some incredible heights. Tune in and learn... We get into... 🏀 Some of the craziness that went on at Rutgers University 🏀 Why the street life never derailed the Greer brother's path in Hoops 🏀 When Stephen Jackson and Antoine Walker flew to France for 1 game 🏀 How this Dominican - American was getting them checks under the NCAA radar 🤫  Tell a friend... it's your main source for the basketball stories that shape the brand of hoops played and experienced throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut... Dribble N' Dimes! Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, just search: DribblenDimes *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
As we proceed... Dominican Season's next episode features Ronald Ramon. On this episode we speak with another Dominican - American who's impacted the Tri-State area brand of basketball.  Double R played his high school basketball for coach Ed Gonzalez at All Hallows in the Bronx. A Bronx product himself, he grew up around many hoops influences throughout the city, but none greater than his very own father (Ronald Sr.) who was deep into the game as a player himself in the Dominican Republic.  On this episode we'll learn about the journey basketball has taken him on and what influences helped him along the way. We get into... 🏀 The Dominican pipeline from NYC to Pitt 🏀 Who Ronald looked up to as he was earning his stripes in NYC 🏀 What led him to a fruitful professional career in Brazil 🏀 How he landed on Jeff Capel's staff at the University of Pittsburgh Tell a friend... it's your main source for the basketball stories that shape the brand of hoops played and experienced throughout New York, New Jersey and Connecticut... Dribble N' Dimes!  Be sure to follow us on Instagram, Youtube, Twitter, just search: DribblenDimes *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
He played for the Dominican National team at age 16 under coach Orlando Antigua. As an 8th grader his AAU squad was ranked 20th in the nation and consisted of area phenoms Edgar Sosa, Curtis Kelly and Kashif Pratt. When it came time to choose a H.S. he did it differently and took his talents across the George Washington bridge to Paramus Catholic H.S. There he would play for former Los Angeles Laker Tony Campbell and against many NCAA/NBA pros on his way up the hoops ladder. When it came time to go to the next level he accepted legend John Chaney's recruitment offer and became a Temple Owl. Today he's an assistant coach on both the Stetson University Men's basketball team and the Dominican National team. He oversees the Washington Heights Invitational Tournament every summer benefitting the Wash Heights community. Kicking off our Dominican mini-series today we're joined by Luis Guzman. On this episode you'll learn... 🏀 What led Luis to choose Paramus  Catholic over Rice, St. Ray's, All Hallows 🏀 How landing @ Stetson University exposed him to big time championship coaching pedigree 🏀 About the the time Michael Jordan played in the Dominican Republic 🏀How the Washington Heights Invitational impacts the community *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
Back in the 80's the Big East was dominating the NCAA capturing the hearts and minds of hoops hopefuls everywhere. One such standout from the left coast watched in awe on the television as the Orangemen worked their opponents. He was hooked! When it came time to decide where to make his collegiate bones his mother gave her blessing and into the care of coach Jim Boeheim he went. From there our guest took off! His freshman year he suited up alongside the likes of Sherman Douglas, Rony Seikaly, Billy Owens and Derrick Coleman. A member of the prestigious All Century team at Syracuse this current Oregon State assistant coach is on 2 All-Time lists at Syracuse (games played and points scored).  He's a proud father of 2 boys (Stephen Jr. and Ethan) who have both played meaningful roles on Oregon State's basketball team. On this episode, get to know South Central Los Angeles' own coach Stephen Thompson. You'll learn.. 🏀Why this California kid chose Syracuse 🏀The importance of education and how it made it possible for him to overachieve in hoops 🏀The significance the late Dwayne "Pearl" Washington had on him becoming an Orangeman 🏀How he and his teenage basketball teammates dominated in Denmark *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
Coaches are meant to be some of the most impactful teachers in an athlete's life. On this episode we speak with a legendary NY coach who's touched the lives of hundreds.  As the head coach of St. Raymond H.S. (Bronx, NY) he rocked the C.H.S.A.A. with powerhouse teams featuring standouts that earned athletic scholarships all across the land. His reputation as a top coaching talent paved the way for him to make the jump to the NCAA as an assistant coach at both the University of Richmond and DePaul. After his tenure in the NCAA he got landed at St. Rita's H.S. (Chicago) where he continued helping talented players maximize their talents. In his 35+ years, he's had the pleasure of coaching some of New York City's most notable players (many featured on this podcast). Today he's the Director of College Athletics Recruiting, a Guidance Counselor and Head Coach at Gulliver Prep in Miami, FL. With us on Dribble N' Dimes... Coach Gary DeCesare. Tune in and hear... 🏀Why Gary DeCesare decided to leave high school for the NCAA 🏀How he met Sonny Vacarro (credited with signing Michael Jordan to his first sneaker deal) 🏀How he's reconnected with a slew of former players via Zoom during COVID 🏀How Daon Merritt played a roll in his move to coach in the NCAA 🏀Why he coached NBA players Mitchell Robinson, Mo Bamba, Michael Porter Jr. and Trey Young *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
Our guest grew up to a single mother in Queens' notorious 40 projects. He played at IS-8 where he made his junior high team, but got too confident too quickly and caught a taste of humble pie early, by missing the cut before entering High School. At Campus Magnet (formerly known as Andrew Jackson H.S.) he made the squad, but didn't quite meet the potential he and others saw he had.  It wasn't until he got the opportunity to play JUCO for coach Tony Borges at Cayuga Community College that his game peaked. He learned to train his body and skills to improve his game. His journey led him to attend four colleges and come full circle back to Queens to finish up his degree. He's played overseas professionally and together with his wife founded Patient Grind training in an effort to partner with the community to promote and encourage passion in young adults through athletics. He's a published author and standup guy. On this episode we welcome in Anthony Hodges. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
He was well known throughout the city. Ranked among the countries best coming into High School. Scored over 2,000 points in his middle school days over just two years at St. Helena Elementary. A phenom before there was a LeBron James. He played in the Pathmark Tournaments and packed out gyms wherever he went. He played against top names such as Ben Gordon, Lenny Cooke and Trevor Ariza. Arguably the city’s best at the time. However, due to a lack of exposure during his Junior and Senior years he wasn't able to manifest his potential. On this episode of Dribble N' Dimes learn the story of Anthony Epps. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
Growing up in the Bronx our guest gravitated to the Gauchos early. With so much exposure to many of the areas' great talents in that 'Chos gym (several from Rice H.S.), it was engrained in him to dawn a Raiders uniform one day. That goal was met and through it he was able to forge life long relationships with many of his teammates till this day. He never quite received the consistency he needed while a player at Seton Hall or Iona College to showcase his game. However, when those choice moments were offered he took full advantage.  He's had his share of hard knocks, but as luck would have it was afforded the opportunity to work for Jordan brand. From there he buil strong relationships and today is a sports agent with Unlimited Sports Group, representing professional athletes all around the globe. Play yourself NOT and listen to the journey of Kashif Pratt on this episode of Dribble N' Dimes. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
He grew up in Spanish Harlem and picked up the basketball early. His motivation to play took him to All Hallows, in the Bronx, where as a player he was the floor general and ensured teammates like the late Troy Truesdale ate plenty off his sensational dimes. He's been named on this very show as an inspirational coach by several players who'd touched the Dribble N' Dimes mics such as Randy Williams, Marvin McCullough and Ronald Ramon (to name a few). Our guest attended Dowling college and after spending some time playing in Puerto Rico, he linked up with his homie (another Dribble N' Dimes alum) Tony Chiles to assist in coaching their alma mater All Hallows. Soon Tony would depart and that would set off decades of head coaching for our guest. Today he sits at the helm of the Bishop Loughlin Lions basketball team as their head coach. As a coach he's done some extraordinary things like: Had 8 out of 10 - Twenty Win Seasons, helped kids earn 10 Division 1 scholarships and in a 10 season span racked up 4 city championships, 6 Brooklyn/Queens CHSAA finals appearances (with half of those ending in championship trophies). He recently suffered a brain aneurism that left us all stunned, but incredibly hopeful. He's progressing well and aims to get back on the hardwood when he's cleared to make that transition. For now, hear him tell us the journey he has taken through basketball. On this episode, we welcome in coach Ed Gonzalez. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
From the swag filled streets of Harlem World USA this man took on all naysayers to achieve the dream of many by being drafted into the NBA. Prior to completing that feat this lanky phenom made a name for himself all across the ACC as a ferocious member of NC State's Wolfpack. While there his name rang as he led his team to countless victories against many of he league's top talent. On his ascent up the NYC basketball ranks he was told he'd be spending his formative high school years lacing up for Gary DeCesare and the St. Raymond Ravens (his brother Steve's favorite H.S. program). While there he worked his tail off and earned the opportunity to win a city title and take home Mr. Basketball honors and a McDonald's All American selection. While he still bleeds NC State white and red, his soul is draped in orange and blue. Get comfortable as we explore the basketball journey of current San Jose State University assistant coach, Julius Hodge. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
This man hails from the same stomping grounds as New York legends Kenny the Jet Smith, Kenny Anderson and Hip Hop icon N.O.R.E.  In those Lefrak city streets he honed his skills, competing against some of the best to do it out of the Q borough. Our guest was mentored by Vincent Smith through the Aim High program. He made his bones and earned a spot on the Monsignor McClancy H.S. basketball roster. He would go on to excel and through some trials ended up playing at and graduating from Texas State University.  After graduation he remained close to the game and decided to start his very own national scouting service named Basketball Illustrated Sports. Through his service he provides over 150 college programs with his detailed observations of basketball's up and comers. On this episode, we gets busy learning the story of Dain Ervin. *****Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and tell a friend!***** Mix & Mastering courtesy of DJ Trends --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/dribblendimes/support
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Marvin McCullough

Great episode

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Marvin McCullough

That was good

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