"This is where you get your toughness from, in the streets," Rawls said. "Before they made it to the NBA, they grew up in the streets just like everybody else, but they were lucky enough and good enough to make it. Just because they're in the NBA, nobody shows them any favoritism. People go at them like they're ordinary Joes."
"I don't have to pick up the phone no more looking for teams, they call me," Rawls said. "I get Nike to do a free cookout opening day. It has a backyard barbecue type of atmosphere here. It's just clean basketball. No arguing, no fighting, no guns, no knives. People leave all that wherever they came from for four hours out of the day when they come through the gates."