- Posted August 28, 2014 by
Brooklyn, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
"Street Smarts!" Robert "Mr. Lou" Williams..
Turns out Robert Williams known also known as Mr. Lou was the neighborhood coach and mentored thousands of talented young basketball players from Coney Island. Stephen Marbury of the New York Knicks and Sebastian Telfair of the Minnesota Timberwolves to name a few plus scores of others such as Quincy Douby with the Sacramento Kings and Chris Taft who played for University of Pittsburgh.
Seems Mr. Lou's all star coaching field was the modest court at the Surfside Gardens Apt. housing project in Coney where his apt. 11-F that was in the bldg. adjacent to the gardens was a virtual locker room for his many teams.
He was the backbone for this whole community said Rodney Brown who played under his tutelage. "He took lesser kids, kids who didn't have money, and reached into his own pocket to buy them new sneakers."
Well, Mr. Williams sounds like my kind of guy.
He passed away at his home in 2007 from a heart attack. Ironically a few blocks East I ran into a sadder story. Someone's basketball dreams were shattered by an accident. I don't know the nature of it and I don't need to go there, but he had friends in the neighborhood who often put candles and flowers under the wall painting in photos #2 #3 #4.
August 28, 2014.
Photos by Linda Glovach