Catching Up with the AND1 Streetball Forefathers

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Catching Up with the AND1 Streetball Forefathers
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Basketball will never be the same.

You've seen the dunks, the drained jumpers, the crossovers and the ability to defy what we know about hand-eye coordination, and you've probably loved it. By now, you've also probably realized we're not talking about the NBA.

Often outside the confines of a traditional gymnasium lies a different version of the same game some of us have grown to love. And thanks to AND1 and its talented crop of ballers, the sport itself will never be same.

People tend to consider "streetball" a completely different kind of game, and on some levels it is. But its roots coincide with the NBA's. The objective is still to win and entertain. 

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, AND1 is hosting a winner-take-all streetball tournament in Philadelphia, Pa. (you can find more details at the end of this slideshow). Bleacher Report caught up with a few of AND1's pioneers, each of whom is partially responsible for driving the popularity of their respective craft.

Antwan "8th Wonder" Scott, Philip "Hot Sauce" Champion, Andre "Silk" Poole and Shane "The Dribbling Machine" Woney spoke about their most memorable moments on tour, the tour lifestyle and their relationship with NBA players, past and present, among other things.

So don't waste anymore time. Come meet a few of the players who helped make it cool to ball in style.

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