Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg joined up with Knicks star Amare Stoudemire to unveil a new basketball court at the Taylor-Wythe Community Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. According to the Mayor's office, "The court was originally used at Radio City Music Hall during last year's inaugural World Basketball Festival - a four-day celebration sponsored by Nike and USA Basketball... Following the dedication, Amar'e Stoudemire officially opened the court at a basketball clinic for the young people in [Department of Youth and Community Development] 's basketball leagues." Which is great—and Bloomberg supplied a funny moment when he stepped on a bench next to Stoudemire for a photograph.

Stoudemire is 6'10" and our mayor is 5'7" (though his driver's license apparently says he's 5'10"!). Bloomberg said, "Today is a great example of what can be accomplished when people give back to their community. When kids are involved in sports, they learn the value of teamwork and start to build a solid foundation of skills that will help carry them through life - both on and off the court. This basketball court will help train New York's stars of tomorrow and would not have been possible without the generosity of Nike and Amar'e Stoudemire."

Nike will also be installing courts at Rucker Park in Harlem at the Polo Grounds community center in Manhattan.