Saturday, November 24, 2012

Lincoln High School Breeds NBA Point Guards: Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair & Lance Stephenson

Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, New York

LINCOLN — Abraham Lincoln High School is a public high school located at 2800 Ocean Parkway, Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York. Their team name is the Lincoln Railsplitters and they don navy blue, black and grey colored-jerseys.

Lincoln has produced the following NBA players:
  • Stephon Marbury (6' 3" 205 lbs. – 4th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft from Georgia Tech after his freshman year)
  • Sebastian Telfair (6' 0" 170 lbs. – 13th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft from high school)
  • Lance Stephenson (6' 5" 228 lbs. – 40th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft from Cincinnati after his freshman year)
While Marbury is currently the most successful professional basketball player of the three, Telfair was the Lincoln's "all-time" leading scorer until Stephenson broke his record in 2009.

What makes these high school alums different from most professional athletes who attended the same school, their story is a bit more interesting because of the fact that both Marbury & Teflair are blood cousins — cousins who were prized prospects at Lincoln High School in the Brooklyn section of Coney Island.

NBA career season average best — 23.9 points & 9.3 assists

NBA career season average bests —  9.8 points & 5.9 assists 7.9 points & 2.8 assists, respectively

Lincoln High School is currently 2 & 1/2 miles away from my "wanna-be" penthouse apartment — you can say we drink the same tap water but for some strange reason, I did not develop the same type of lightning-fast ball-handling skills, lethal cross-overs or high-flying dunking abilities of the aforementioned playground legends from Coney Island.

— Cousins —

Marbury, Telfair & Stephenson all received High School Player of the Year Awards while forgoing most of their college careers and in Telfair's case — shot straight from high school into the NBA.

Although these Lincoln HS alums achieved national attention and almighty praises from basketball scouts for their amateur play, their professional careers are all controversial stories that's still being written.

Marbury scored 41 points in the clinching game as Beijing defeated Guangdong 4 - 1 

Regardless, it is befuddling to one's mind to have not one, but two and possibly three point guards from the Coney Island area to achieve NBA stardom. While many NBA fans are familiar w/ the whole Stephon "Starbury" Marbury tenure and ultimate demise w/ his hometown team, the New York Knicks, here's a quick recap to freshen one's mind:

Beijing idolizes Marbury, helping them upset Guangdong
- winners of 
7 of the previous 8 CBA Championships
Starbury was in Mike D'Anotini's doghouse in 2008 and eventually lost the starting PG position to Chris Duhon. Instead of suiting-up for games, he was placed on the inactive list and remain on the bench in street clothes...

...with trades & injuries having left the depleted Knicks w/ only seven players, Mike D'Antoni asks Marbury to suit-up and offers him the opportunity to play. Marbury refuses and the Knicks fine and later ban him from attending practices and games. He was eventually released and is currently playing overseas for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association — winning a championship w/ them in 2012.

The chips were down on Sebastian "Bassy" Telfair but he seemed to have resurrected a rather disappointing 8 year NBA career. Lance "Born Ready" Stephenson has been featured in the NBA's Top Plays of the Night more than several times in this his second year.

theKONGBLOG™ will continue to follow these Coney Island phenoms as they continue to blossom and in Stephon's case; round-out their basketball careers.

Please note  –after "in-depth" KSI analysis, perhaps Stephon, Sebastian & Stephenson were drinking bottled water instead of Brooklyn's tap water?


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