Roc Nation Producing Docuseries on Classic Rucker Streetball Tournament


A documentary about New York City’s infamous summer basketball league, the Entertainers Basketball Classic also known as “The Rucker”, will be brought to life by Roc Nation, EverWonder Studios, and 3 Legends Productions.

According to an exclusive report with The Hollywood Reporter, the film will include never-before-seen footage and will highlight the beating heart of basketball culture, the stars of the historic era and the connection between Hollywood, hip-hop and Harlem. 

“The Rucker is an integral part of basketball culture. I’m honored to have been a part of its legacy. We’re looking forward to sharing the history in a way that’s never been done before,” says Juan Perez, executive producer and president of Roc Nation Sports.

“As individuals who lived the culture that was revolutionized by the EBC, we knew that Juan Perez and Roc Nation were the only ones who would be as passionate about telling this story as we are,” executive producer Dorian “Black” Graham added. “We’re thrilled to bring this series to life and showcase the expansive impact of The Rucker.”

Created by Greg Marius, the basketball tournament began in the early 1980s and rapidly became a must-attend summer event for New Yorkers across all boroughs. Rappers like Jay-Z and Fat Joe began sponsoring teams, and the event became so popular that NBA icons like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Allen Iverson and Kevin Durant played in the recreational competition over the years.