Premier Division 1. Principal Solutions (2-0) 2. Asphalt Ninjas (2-0) 3. NYK Spartans (2-0) 4. Broke Jokes (2-0) 5. NY Dynasty (1-1) 6. Menergy (1-1) 7. Basketball Reasons (1-2) 8. Meta World War (1-2) 9. The Monstars (0-3) 10. Boomtown (0-3) 1st Division
1. Doris From Rego Park (6-2) 2. Sexy Bears (6-2) 3. NY Dynasty (6-2) 4. Adam D Gamblers (4-4) 5. The Agents (4-4) 6. That 70s Team (3-5) 7. The Warriors (3-5) 8. Bloomberg (2-6) 9. Top Stars (2-6) 2nd Division Oriental Conference 1. NYC Gritty Committee (7-1) 2. Thunder Explosion (6-2) 2. Honey Badgers (6-2) 4. All White Everything (5-3) 5. The Lizards (4-3) 6. Let It Fly (5-2) 7. Tri-State InvAsian (5-3) 8. No Fly Zone (5-3) 9. Run & Shoot (2-6) 10. Raptors (2-6) 11. Space Jam (2-6) 12. Shawn Kemp's Kids (2-6) 13. MediaBrix (0-8) Occidental Conference 1. Sex Panthers (8-0) 2. Shawty Likes The Way (7-1) 3. Gritty FOB City (6-2) 4. SK War Dog (5-3) 5. Rise (5-3) 6. We Dem Boyz (4-4) 7. Ball So Hard (3-4) 8. Guard Me Maybe (4-4) 9. Team JBH (3-5) 10. Japan United (3-5) 11. TAP NY (2-6) 12. Eballaz (2-6) 13. Dirk Knights (2-6) 14. Kung Fu Pandas (1-7)
Speedball 1. Ball So Hard (5-0) 2. MediaBrix (3-2) 3. NY Dynasty (3-2) 4. Thunder (2-3) 5. TAP NY (1-4) 6. B Team (1-4)
2K9 SPR Season Preview
There's no hiding it. There had to be a little doubt that the "B" league would ever be as hot as in season's past with vastly improving talent entering this season and last. and some teams struggling to catch up. But if Saturday's soft opening was any indication, there's no doubt. It's gonna be a live one.
With three and potentially four new teams entering the league, it's never easy to guess how the newbies will stack up. But in a preview to this preview... now we know. They hold their own. GOD, two appearances in the Chip, dropped 82-80 in a madhouse finish by the upstart NYC Quicks. And last season's first undefeated Champion in FBNYC history? 0-1 in Week 1. Courtesy of the NYC Gritty Committee. Yessir, this season is only gonna get more interesting. Peep the preview. -- Kenny "The Jet" Li
SLA returns with its Champion core. (F) Harris Chung (2nd left) should front-run for MVP.
THE SLAYERS (SLA): The bigs are back. (C) Jiang Yu takes over captain duties for the retired 2K8 WIN MVP (G) Kevin Park. But have no fear, (F) Harris Chung is still here. For all intents and purposes, this is Chung's season. The gameplan is Chung leads SLA back to the promised land and he wins his first regular season MVP in the process--he already has 3 Chips and 3 Chip MVPs under his belt. It should be a breeze. Just one hitch, they already lost. (G) Rick Wong, a key component to the 2K8 WIN Chip, was unavailable. With his range missing, NGC was able to double on Yu without harm. And, (G) Drew Chen and (F) Jeff Tu, facing reduced roles this season, have already impacted SLA with their absence (also out for Gm 1). Whether all these players reprise their positions in the line-up may be key to the Slayers' success this season.
NEW ADDITIONS: With Tu out, (F) Myong Choi steps in. An apt defender and scorer, Choi's game, however, contrasts Tu's bruising style with a more perimeter-oriented offense. Choi is, however, a better shot-blocker and an adept rebounder. FA pickups (G) Dave Lee and (G) Kirk Kim should give (G) Brent Morita help in the backcourt in the form of a true point (Kim) and a tough-nosed defender and big shot-maker (Lee). SLA gains quickness and tenacity on D but loses the length on defense and finishing ability of Chen and Park. If they keep their TOs down, they can be as good a backcourt as any in the league. NYC GRITTY COMMITTEE (NGC): (F) Victor Chia has been aching to captain his own team, to submit his own creation for a while now and this was his chance. Boy done good. They've already knocked off the defending Champs. This is a big, bruising team in the OCC tradition and former RVD captain (G) Jiwon Kim is there to help manufacture the line-up.
(C) Elbert Kwak (career avgs: 8.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg) brings beef and a renewed commitment to defense (7 blks in Gm 1?!)--and he may have been working on 3-pt range in the offseason. (F) Kwan Lim (7.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg) looks to take on a more featured role after two seasons behind (F) Chris Youn and (F) Min Park in Dogtown.
NEW ADDITIONS: Power (G) Kenneth Van enters the league. After brief stints as a sub with RVD, Van is now takes the reigns as NGC's scorer and floor leader. Tall order but if Wk 1 is any indication, he's ready. Rookie (G) Nikul Patel also joins the team. He struggled in his first game, shooting only 1-5 from the field but his reputation as a shooter precedes him. Expect more. Oh, and then there's last season's MIP, (G) Jason Chin--who didn't even play vs. SLA. His ball-handling was the one thing lacking in the SLA game. His range and ability to hit big shots will keep NGC in games.
After a brief one-season stint in the ORC with INI, (F) Young Yu returns to the Occidental Conference with a brand new bag.
KISS KISS BANG BANG (KBG): This team is the wild card in the OCC. With a secret roster until late last week, one thing's certain, (F) Young Yu is back in the OCC. And he's brought (F) Brian Shim out of hiatus and along for the ride as the two will co-captain KBG. To start, the duo has added bruiser (F) Noh-Joon Choo who should provide plenty of energy on the boards and defense. (G) Pete Song, always a strong defender, has left GOD to join Yu & Co. as the back-up point.
NEW ADDITIONS: Every season there's a major pickup, this time it's (F) Nic Echevestre. They call him "Nice" and that should say it. 6-4 with every basketball skill you need, he's here to steal MVP away from Harris Chung. But that's not all, (G) Eden Chuang joins the squad. Always among the quickest in the league, Chuang will add penetration and D. (F) Jatin Chitkara also fills in as a lanky defender with 3-pt range; he should help extend the defense.
NYF has only one goal... return to the Chip.
NYC FURY (NYF): The entire NYC Fury roster is back. (C) Rich Chang and (G) James Choi bring back the team that fell just short in the Chip last season. They are the epitome of the ORC's run and gun style but this season they have some competition in a revamped GOD team and a fully committed NYC Quicks that boasts only one post player on its roster. NYF (F) Joe Kim will once again be their defensive and offensive anchor; making plays whenever they really need one.
Choi (2K8 WIN's scoring champion at 18.7 ppg) and (G) Alex Cho (10.2 ppg) will be there to drop buckets and Chang (7.9 rpg) and (F) Daniel Kweon (7.0 rpg) will hold down the frontcourt. As usual, power (G) Steven Chen (2.1 spg) will provide lockdown defense along with stout defensive (F) Fred Han.
NEW ADDITIONS: The Fury seem pretty confident their current personnel is enough to get them back to the Chip; having another season to build on their chemistry won't hurt either. NYF has not reported any FA pickups but its a long season. G.o.D. (GOD): Last season, GOD was undersized and too often undermanned. This is a revamped team with only stalwarts (F) Rob Chanthavongsa (15.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg) and (F) Joe Ahn (7.4 rpg) returning. And, of course, (G) Ren Hsieh, who has led GOD to two Finals in four seasons only to fall short. So while they're confident they can get there, they have yet to know how it feels to win.
NEW ADDITIONS: It's no wonder Chanthavongsa and Hsieh are confident in their prospects this season. Their first marquee FA signing: 2K8 SPR scoring champ (F) Min Park from disbanded RVD. Their second, athletic forward (F) Jeff Moy, part of Hsieh's fun & gun Fury Black team in the "A" league last winter. Now add (C) Len Kamdang and (F) Tim Chi for bulk and GOD has an uptempo team that can bang with the big boys in the OCC. Perhaps unheralded as FAs, (F) Jason Woo (16-11 double-double in Wk 1) and (G) Ryan Aguila should earn their reps fast with GOD's high octane offense. Particularly with Hsieh scheduled for knee surgery on March 16th, Woo and Aguila will have to step in as playmakers while Hsieh sits out. THE AVERAGE JOES (TAJ): Be certain of one thing, the Average Joes are too competitive to let last season lie. In no way are they satisfied with their performance. So they're back to prove they're more than just also-rans. In 2K8 SUM, they advanced from the 1st rd for the first time since the arrival of brothers, (G) James Lam and Charles Lam. This season they intend to build on that success. Returning to the roster is 2K8 WIN Outstanding Rookie (F) Dave Liu.
Perpetual motion (F) Alex Shu joins the squad after a hiatus and "Unicron" (F) Nick Gao also returns. The space-eater and 3-pt gunner should help TAJ with two things they struggled with last season, boards and 3-pt range.
NEW ADDITIONS: The rest of the Joes' roster is players that have never played in FB and TAJ has provided no advanced scouting report. (F) Ed Fish stands at 6-1, 190, Rishi Taparia at 6-2, 180 and Saurabh Bhansali at 5-10, 175 and based on those numbers, I'd assume they're athletic.
Veteran (G) Wilson Lew brings a new kind of team to FBNYC. One that requires a lot of dynamic stretching.
NYC QUICKS (QIK): If you just look at who steps on the court, you might start to get too confident. They don't have a player on the roster over 6-0. But what they do have is more speed than any team in the league this season; yes that includes the NYC Fury.
Anchored by (G) Wilson Lew, their do-everything point, coach and floor leader, they're like the Constructicons turning into Devastator when they hit the court. Lew is the head. QIK is built on the notion of team speed; the more the better. Every player on the roster except for their resident rebounder, (C) George Chan, is fast enough to get to the rim and good enough a shooter to hit the open three. That means they spread the offense, drive and kick, drive and kick until they get an open look. GOD likes to run like not many teams do. They scored 80 pts in their season opener. The Quicks beat them by scoring 82 pts. This was without scorer (G) Dave Wong or George Chan in the line-up.
NEW ADDITIONS: (G) Justin Chin was the first to make an impression. The rookie opened up the game with three straight 3FGs and gave GOD (G) Ren Hsieh fits on D. Next are waterbugs (G) Ant Lee and (G) Wai Ming Pun. Both never stop moving, two of the peskiest defenders you'll find. (G) Matthew Goderich and (G) Virgilio Borbo bring plenty of 3-pt range. But if you want to go man against QIK, it will be (F) Ian Yu who takes over down the stretch. The lanky and explosive slasher is almost impossible to stop off the dribble; he's fearless and an uncanny finisher around the rim.
Charles Bok Lee's Pre-Season Rankings 1.) NGC: Hell, they beat the Slayers. 2.) NYF: They ain't lost yet. Choi's redemption. 3.) SLA: A loss already? Where's KP3? 4.) KBG: "Nice" can't ignore. Chemistry? 5.) GOD: Lost with 4, roster is deep. 5.) QIK: Giant killers; might be surprise team. 6.) TAJ: Still have a lot to prove.
Kenny "The Jet" Li's Pre-Season Rankings 1.) NGC: They did beat the unbeatable. 2.) NYF: Just one love. Get back to the Chip. 3.) KBG: If they mesh, forget about it. 4.) SLA: Guards a little suspect in Week 1. 5.) QIK: Don't lose Lew, won't work w/o him. 6.) GOD: They will score, they will move up. 7.) TAJ: Interesting prospects. Wild card.
2K8 WIN Championship Highlights
Just in case you forgot who won it all last season... just in case you forgot why we keep coming back for more... just in case you forgot who you need to get up to beat this season. Here's a reminder... 2K8 WIN Championship highlights. -- FBNYC
2K8 WIN End-of-Season Awards (Pt. II)
FBNYC 2K8 WIN MVP HIGHLIGHTS
Just call me delicious... I'm a grown-ass man, dog. I ain't finna call no other dude, "Delicious!" What if that dude way down the street or sumthin? Delicious! Ay, D, hold up!
Click here for the full-sized 2K8 WIN MVP video on the FBNYC Vimeo channel.
KP3 retires as Most Valuable Player
Park leads Slayers to perfect season
Park was the best player on the best team in the league all season. The 2nd leading scorer in the league Park was also big on D, good enough for All-Defensive First Team.
Park led SLA to their first undefeated season and with his help in the 1st rd of the playoffs they became the first to finish that way. -- FBNYC Runner-Ups: Joe Kim (NYF), Harris Chung (SLA)
"Sonic" could change the face of a game faster than any player in the league with his defense. An arm in the passing lane, a tipped pass and it was two points. When Kim was in the open court, there was no stopping him. Even if you could catch him.
Runner-Ups: Kevin Park (SLA), Harris Chung (SLA)
2K8 WIN Most Outstanding Rookie F | Dave Liu (TAJ)
*Top 10 in league. ^Leads league.
TAJ didn't win many games this season but Liu showed signs of brilliance this season despite some inconsistent play. Thrown right into the fire as the Joes' only big man--with (C) Mark Kiang out for most of the season--Liu more held his own to a Top 10 finish in points and FG%.
Runner-ups: Daniel Kweon (NYF), Scott Yoon (GOD)
2K8 WIN Most Improved Player G | Jason Chin (TNS)
*Top ten in league. ^Leads league.
There was no single player with more highlights this season than "J-Shifty." And there was none more memorable than his shaking (G) James Choi from his former team, the NYC Fury, to his knees. Plus, he put up solid numbers and was often the only thing worth watching on TNS.
Runner-up: Dan Kim (TAJ)
2K8 WIN Sixth Man Award
G | Rick Wong (SLA)
*Top ten in league. ^Leads league.
Maybe this pick requires an asterisk because Wong's regular season wasn't earth-shattering but no SLA role player was bigger in the playoffs than "The Mortician." He puts the nail in the coffin. Enough times to earn All-Tournament First Team honors en route to an SLA Chip.
Runner-up: Leighton Kuet (RVD)
2K8 WIN End-of-Season Awards (Pt. I)
C | Alvin Wang (GOD) | Ht: 6-5, Wt: 205 lbs | Profile
*Top ten in league. ^Leads league.
2K8 WIN HIGHLIGHTS - Career-highs in PPG and BPG - 23-6-3-4 vs. RVD (1/10) - 19-13-4-6 vs. TNS (12/13)
SECOND TEAM F Harris Chung (SLA) 15.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 5.2 apg F Rob Chanth. (GOD) 15.3 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.1 spg F Young Yu (INI) 15.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.5 apg G Ren Hsieh (GOD) 14.7 ppg, 5.7 apg, 1.3 spg G Jason Chin (NYF) 13.3 ppg, 4.0 apg, 18 3FGs
HONORABLE MENTION Brian Strebel (TNS) 12.6 rpg, 2.0 spg, 2.3 bpg Jiang Yu (SLA) 10.0 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg Dave Liu (TAJ) 12.7 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 0.7 bpg Dave Kim (INI) 12.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg Dan Kim (TAJ) 10.1 ppg, 4.9 apg, 3.1 spg
Steven Chen (NYF), James Choi (NYF), Dave Kim (INI), Joe Kim (NYF), Charles Lam (TAJ)
Tournament Defensive MVP Harris Chung (SLA)
is pretty sickkkkkkkkkkkk
Mar 4 2009 11:00 AM
will eat up 'crazy' george chan easily! no contest, beast all day on him! roarrrrrrrr
Mar 4 2009 10:37 AM
we may need to create an injury list board with the addition of "crazy" george wang playing this season.
Mar 4 2009 9:51 AM
that board of moves and transactions to the right is awesome!!!
Mar 4 2009 8:37 AM
Are there games this saturday? Please advise
Mar 3 2009 3:46 PM
lets get it started already.
re: B League
Mar 3 2009 3:40 PM
Mar 3 2009 2:01 PM
nice, 8 teams in B would be sickkkkk, i think fury and slayers will have a tougher road this season to get to the promise land again. Please advise
Mar 3 2009 12:04 PM
Two more teams are on the verge... we're almost there. NYC Gritty Committee is captained by Victor Chia.
Mar 3 2009 12:02 PM
is this the final count of teams in B league? maybe 2 more going to sign up?
Mar 3 2009 11:39 AM
might as well ask.. who's on the nyc gritty committee team?
Mar 3 2009 11:17 AM
Previews are forthcoming... some teams are still finalizing their rosters. NYC Quicks is headed up by Wilson Lew and "Vegas" Dave Wong. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is headed by Young Yu and Brian Shim. Both teams should have plenty of surprises.
Congrats to the All-FBNYC team members and Defensive, Rookie and All-Tourney award winners.