Red Bull cans and streetball basketball players return to Alcatraz on Saturday night for the fourth and final edition of the one-on-one King of the Rock tournament hosted this time by Los Angeles Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin.
One source who asked not to be named told Examiner.com that a new version of the contest will take place in Taiwan where Boston Celtics guard and former KOTR host Rajon Rondo taught a skills clinic and attended a qualifier last year.
As for tonight's competition it’s simple. Games last five minutes, win and move on, or lose and sit on the concrete bleachers. Five fouls in a game also results in the player becoming a spectator.
Previous champions Izeah “Clutch” Bowman (2010) and Hugh “Baby Shaq” Jones (2011, 2012) headline the 64-finalists representing 25 countries.
Bowman faces Oakland finalist Darroll Phillips in round one while Jones takes on Bahrain champ Mahmood Aziz.
And while there's a plethora of talent, Jones is the odds-on favorite to three-peat here.
No, these guys aren't NBA bound, but it’s not hard to appreciate the endurance test King of the Rock offers on the same grounds where inmates hooped up 50 years ago.
Tickets are not available to the public.
For more information visit the King of the Rock website.
*This post was updated on 9/28/13 at 8:15 p.m.