Throwback Thursday returns, and this week we’re looking back at Waliyy Dixon aka the Main Event. A streetball pioneer, Dixon made his name on his home court at the 4th Ward in Linden, New Jersey and quickly became a legend at the Rucker. Don’t be fooled though, the Main Event could also ball on the hardwood. Dixon was named as one of the fifteen best High-School players in the nation and after a brief career at Rutgers, Dixon returned to the blacktop. He ended up helping AND1 organize and recruit for the first ever stop of the AND1 MixTape Tour, in Dixon’s hometown of Linden. These games provided footage for the seminal MixTape Volume’s 2 and 3 and gave birth to the MixTape Tour that would go on to storm the basketball world.
The Main Event, despite his name, has never gotten the recognition he deserves as one of the best streetballers of our time. So today we celebrate the Main Event and all he has done for the game. His combination of handles, shooting and out-of-this-world hops made him one of the complete ballers of his time.
We have some sad news to share today; Tyrone “Alimoe” Evans AKA “the Black Widow” passed last night from complications following a stroke and a lifelong battle with diabetes. A man with many nicknames, Evans will always be remembered for his incredible handle, dedication to the game, and his love for his hometown of Harlem.
With an incredible mix of size (Alimoe stood 6’7”) and ball-handling skills, Tyrone earned his stripes torching the courts of New York City as a kid who grew up, uptown. From Lexington Avenue Park to the Rucker, Alimoe left his mark without ever straying from who he was. He was always true to himself, true to the game, and above all else, a kind, down-to-earth and giving man.
Evans first joined up with AND1 in 2002 after stealing the show at a game he never intended on playing in. Traveling with a family member, he went to watch a game at Riverbank State Park and was approached by AND1 reps to get in on the action. Alimoe showed up so well that he was given a contract and a spot on the team. Evans would finish out the 2002 tour with the AND1 squad and would go on to become one of the most beloved streetball players in the world. At every stop of the tour kids would yell out, “Alimoe! Alimoe!” and Evans never failed to entertain.
There is no better way to pay tribute to Tryone then sharing all his talent and creativity with all of you.
We say goodbye to a Legend, in the truest sense, today. R.I.P Alimoe.
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For this week’s Throwback Thursday we are looking back at a legend who traveled the globe with AND1, leaving behind a slew of signature moves and a trail of broken ankles.
Philip Champion, aka Hot Sauce, joined up with AND1 in 2000 and hopped a plane to play in one of the first AND1 Mix Tape games in California. The rest is history, as Sauce went on to be one of the most popular players on the tour, helping to bring AND1 to the worldwide stage.
If you aren’t already familiar with the dribbling guru that is Hot Sauce, you NEED (repeat: NEED) to check out some clips of the Sauce handling the rock. Moves such as the “Boomerang,” “Stiff Leg,” “Hurricane/Sauce2k,” and countless others came from this man. Please kids…don’t try this at home:
And if you’re really feeling Saucey, check out this new movie that was just released detailing Sauce’s career and legacy: