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Craig Raucher - Founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League - www.sibl.us
Craig Raucher - Founder and Commissioner of the Staten Island Basketball League - www.sibl.us

An update on my knee surgery relative to post-op physical therapy please note the following: I had the second of 2 total knee replacement surgeries three years ago when I was 62. Having founded the Staten Island Basketball League 38 years ago (oldest league in New York) I have a long and rich basketball history. I have played organized and college basketball for 52 years and have had many knee surgeries due to basketball injuries.

The Hook
The Hook

What draws people to this game and this group? Why do players come twice a week for weeks and months and years in a row?

The Origin: Great Kills Park - Staten Island, New York
The Origin: Great Kills Park - Staten Island, New York

Located right outside of Public School 8 where the League plays. We started as unlimited numbers of urban kids have always begun by playing in the park. Some call it the court or the yard or the school. Outdoors. New York, Chicago, Miami, Houston, LA, Madrid, Seoul, Cape Town all cities across the USA and the world have thousands of them. They are all the same: old, backboards metal and rusting,

The Zone
The Zone

If you play the game you know what the zone is. It is a physical and emotional place you strive of to be in. It validates you as a player.

The Run
The Run

Recently a call came into the league office from the Staten Island District Attorney’s office. The assistant DA asked for Craig Raucher and not knowing what to think I of course answered the call. The ADA wanted to play ball with us and was told in his office that the Staten Island Basketball League had the best “run“ on the Island. Of course we invited him down.