Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson grew up in Brooklyn and became stars playing for Lincoln High School in Coney Island. Both have gone on to the NBA and b0th returned home last week to play at Barclays Center for the very first time.
Moke Hamilton from SNY NETS puts the moment into perspective:
NEW YORK — From NBA Hall of Famer Chris Mullin to all-time greats Mark Jackson and Bernard King, New York City’s borough of Brooklyn has produced its fair share of NBA talent over the years.
That’s something that Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo knows very well. Carlesimo coached on the collegiate level for 19 total years, spending time at New Hampshire college (1975) , Staten Island’s Wagner College (1976-1982) and former Big East powerhouse Seton Hall University (1982-1994).
Carlesimo remembers recruiting at some of Brooklyn’s high schools. “It’s always been a great borough, there’s always been players in Brooklyn,” he said before the Nets took on the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 13. “Forever, there’s been great players coming out of Brooklyn. I don’t ever remember a time when I wasn’t here recruiting both the CHSAA and the PSAL.”
Although high school powerhouses such as Bishop Loughlin and Nazareth Regional are amongst Brooklyn’s more renowned high schools, it was a pair of Coney Island’s own and former Lincoln High Railsplitters that made their hometown NBA debuts on the weekend of Jan. 11….(Read the complete story.)