as I did, I couldnt imagine a starker contrast: On the one
hand the tidy streets of a planned community conceived and executed
by the imagineers of Disney; on the other, the unscripted essence
of street basketball. Thats why, when I heard that the first
Gus Macker Three-on-Three National Championship would take place
in Celebration, I made sure to wedge it into my itinerary.
Gus Macker is really Scott McNeal, who as a teenager started a three-on-three
tournament for a handful of friends in the driveway of his parents
home in Lowell, Mich. "Macker" comes from McNeal; "Gus"
is a reference to Gus Ganakas, the former Michigan State coach,
a name inspired by Scotts childhood ambition to someday become
a coach himself.
He never became a coach, but if you ask me, Scotts grasp exceeded
Thats Gus pictured here, looking impish and oracular, as he
tends to do. For more information about all things Macker, click