The Entertainers Basketball Classic (EBC) was founded in 1982, playing its first years at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem. EBC moved to the famed Rucker Park in 1980. Unique in its delivery of sports and entertainment, EBC established a roster of legendary street legends and notable players that include players such as Walter Berry, Dwayne "Pearl" Washington, Master Rob Hockett, Malloy "Future" Nesmith, Rafer "Skip to My Lou" Alston, Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Ron Artest, Vince Carter, Jamaal Tinsley, Stephon Marbury, Baron Davis, Brandon Roy, Nate Robinson and Gilbert Arenas have played and fueled the legacy of Rucker Park for the last 25 years. Many extremely talented players will grace these courts years and years after them.
It should be especially noted that EBC established its tournament to become a major entertainment venue and tourist attraction that attracted the likes of: former President Bill Clinton, NBA Commissioner David Stern, Actor Denzell Washington, Recording and Entertainment Moguls namely, Russell Simmons, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter and other notables.