Nearly 40 years ago, a young sportswriter went to Brooklyn and fell in love with the playground basketball scene.
The result was the book "Heaven Is A Playground."
This summer the author, Rick Telander, went back to Brooklyn to celebrate the arrival of the Brooklyn Nets, the NBA franchise that is now making this basketball hotbed its home.
Telander tells Here & Now's Robin Young that the kids are still playing ball on the asphalt at Foster Park.
Rapper Jay-Z is part owner of the Nets and has been influential in the team's move to the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn. He also designed the Nets' new logo and black-and-white color scheme.
- Sports Illustrated: Hoops Comes Home
This segment aired on October 25, 2012.