Prahran Summer Jam (PSJ)


The wait is over. PSJ 2020 is here. Sat Feb 8th - Sun 9th 2020




Prahran Summer Jam (PSJ) is Australia's largest outdoor basketball tournament.

24 Elite teams consisting of some of Australia's most talented players descend on Prahran Park , Melbourne, to battle it out for the prestigious Jam Championship. PSJ is the largest outdoor basketball tournament cash prize in Australia. In 2019 the 5on5 1st Prize was $10,000 cash and $1000's more in cash prizes for the 3X3 Champions and the highly anticipated Dunk Comp! With big stacks of cold hard cash and the prestige of becoming a PSJ Champion on the line, the competition is intense.

Established in 2011, the Prahran Summer Jam is held annually at the infamous Prahran Park, each February, and is proudly co-hosted by PSJ & MSF Sports.

PSJ2020 will take place on Sat Feb 8 - Sun Feb 9 2020.

Thousands of people attended last year's 2019 Jam, it was a great success! Thanks to all those who attended for bringing your great vibes. Stay tuned for more fresh pics and vids from the 2019 event that will be released in the lead up to PSJ2020, which is looking to be more exciting than ever!



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Melbourne's Growing NBA Love Affair

In a city where Aussie Rules football has always reigned supreme, a proud American sporting culture has somehow managed to entrench itself and is showing no sign of disappearing any time soon.

Written by JAKE MICHAELS 19th August, 2019.

The champagne hadn't even been popped in Oakland, nor had the podium been constructed on the Oracle Arena floor when I began weaving my way through a swarm of rowdy Raptors fans. Grown men began embracing, and spilt beer seeped through my shirt, onto my skin, as celebrations of Toronto's maiden NBA title officially got underway.

The sports bar where I had elected to watch Game 6 -- ultimately the decider of the 2019 NBA Finals -- wasn't in Toronto. It wasn't in Oakland, either. Heck, I was 13,000 kilometres away from San Francisco's Bay Area, smack bang in the middle of Melbourne, Australia, a culturally diverse city that has become famous for colourful street art, trams, coffee and, in recent times, overpriced smashed avocado on toast.

It was after making a beeline for the exit and being spat out onto bustling Elizabeth Street during the lunchtime rush hour when I saw something that immediately stopped me in my tracks.

Parked on the side of Melbourne's busiest inner-city road was a 2011 Maranello red Holden Captiva, fitted with custom purple and grey Sacramento Kings seat covers. At first I thought my eyes were playing tricks and my morning of basketball viewing had tainted my vision. Surely it must have been the popular and similar-sounding Adventure Kings brand, right? Nope. A closer inspection confirmed it was indeed the NBA franchise from the west coast of the United States.

It has been 68 years since the Kings, or Rochester Royals as they were once upon a time known, won their first and only NBA championship. They've never had a notable Australian on their roster and wouldn't even feature on the podium of the most supported and global California-based NBA franchises. Yet here, in Melbourne, were these car seat covers. Somehow this NBA minnow had reached the other side of the world.

That's when it hit me: Melbourne has truly become a basketball city, and the fresh sporting-cum-fashion culture that goes hand-in-hand is sweeping through at a rapid rate.

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IN THE SPRING of 2012, an out-of-contract Chris Goulding inked a deal that would see him join the Melbourne Tigers.

The Tasmanian, who at the time was just 23 and beginning to forge a career in the NBL, had already played in Brisbane, Perth and on the Gold Coast, but Melbourne was noticeably different. Melbourne was, and remains, a city that has a unique love for everything basketball and one that embraces the culture of the sport.

These days, you can't ride the train, take a stroll through the city or even do your weekly grocery shopping run without spotting someone wearing an NBA jersey or cap.

"I don't know if I was taking much notice when I first arrived, but over the last five or so years, basketball's popularity in Melbourne has surged dramatically," Goulding says. "Whether it's wearing your favourite player on the back of a jersey or walking down the street dribbling a basketball, every time you go out, you see it. It's definitely more prevalent than in other Australian cities."

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Prahran Summer Jam
Prahran Summer Jam co-founders Daniel Ella and Eamon Larman-Ripon say the sport of basketball and its culture had to be celebrated in Melbourne. DAN HALL

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Prahran Park Support Day

MSF Sports represented the basketball community in 2006 when a proposal was put together to petition for the upgrade of Prahran Park Basketball Court. MSF Sports organised a support day for the community that received 500+ signatures on the day.

Handle Magazine featured the story in their national basketball magazine about the initiative.

This petition was put forward to the City of Stonnington Council in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. After 4 years of proposals and community support, Stonnington City Council were successful in applying for a grant to move forward with the upgrade. In late 2006, the basketball court was upgraded. From old asphalt to the acrylic blue court you see today. 12 years have passed since then. Wear and tear has stripped back the surface to concrete, there is a need for a major upgrade for the next generation to build their skills and community for another decade at Prahran Park.

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