The work of late-night show host Jimmy Kimmel and Ricardo the Busboy during the 2010 and 2011 NBA Finals has brought a long-standing arcade game back into the nation’s consciousness. Ricardo showed a talent in a particular area that made him camera-worthy: Arcade basketball, also known as mini hoops or Pop-A-Shot. During several of his NBA Finals specials, Kimmel featured the seemingly unimposing Ricardo, who proved an average civilian could hold his own in arcade basketball against the sharpest professional shooters. Standing only 5 feet 7 inches, Ricardo has gone head-to-head on national television against some of the most renowned NBA players, knocking them all off one by one, sometimes even blindfolded.
My name is Andrew Gilstrap, and I have long been playing Pop-A-Shot at almost any arcade I can find. In this blog we’ll talk arcade basketball and what’s going on in the basketball world at large. I’m going to give you tips on how to reach a higher score in Pop-A-Shot, and you will follow me as I hit the arcades and construct new experiences. Additionally, I’m going to poke around the Web and analyze others’ approaches to arcade basketball. You will also see me periodically reflect upon what’s going on in the NBA and in college. Game on!