In the yard of Alcatraz amidst the crumbling walls and the eerily lit cell house, Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones will once again look to take the crown at Red Bull King of the Rock.
This one-on-one basketball tournament brings 64 hungry players from 23 countries to face off in one of the most notorious and unforgiving locations on earth, hosted by All-Star guard Rajon Rondo. The players battle in bone-chilling conditions to prove they are worthy of being the last man standing and deemed King of the Rock.
Jones, nicknamed “Baby Shaq” for dominating in the paint, is a streetball legend and a former member of the AND 1 Mix Tape Tour. His prowess on the court makes him the odds-on favorite to win and reclaim his crown.
In 2010, Red Bull King of the Rock went down in history as the first official sporting event ever to be held on Alcatraz. It marked the first time basketball had been played on The Rock since the inmates left the island over 50 years ago.
The finals on Alcatraz follow a straightforward concept, where players go head-to-head in raw outdoor basketball, using a single-elimination tournament bracket. Games last five minutes and are subject to regulation hoops rules and scoring (two and three pointers).
Players have to be tough to make it to The Rock, but also have to play smart—five fouls equals an automatic loss. After each game, the loser walks and the winner faces his next opponent.