Nickname: The Claw/Dr. J
City: Long Island, N.Y.
Highlights

The good doctor became a legend at the famed Rucker Park on 155th St. in Harlem. He drew crowds that were so insane, people had to watch from the tops of rooves just to get a glimpse. His enormous hands led the streets to call him "The Claw." He would float in the air for an hour and manipulated the ball every which way until he felt like dunking on somebody. Before he became a Hall of Fame pro player, the Doctor had already built his legacy in the concrete basketball Mecca of New York.