In 1974, Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court wizards of Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area. He ended up staying the entire summer, become part of the players' lives and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars.
Telander lets these kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The precursor to Ben Joravsky's Hoop Dreams.
"[An] intriguing account of inner-city hoops, a trailblazer of its kind."—Sports Illustrated
“Funny, sad, superbly written and intensely involving.”—New York Times Book Review
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“Telander’s open-ended chronicle of inner-city playground basketball life is a model of clarity and restraint. No one has written a more resonant or understanding book about kids playing basketball, and few books about sports have willingly pulled together so many truths about the disappointments and dislocating fantasies of athletic competition.”—Atlantic
“Rick Telander, in his low-key way, makes us care deeply about the [subject]. He also tunes our senses to the sights and sounds and talk of the ghetto playground.”—Christopher Lehman-Haupt, New York Times
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“Even those who know little about the game should appreciate this intense and penetrating peek at growing up in the ghetto.”—Chicago Daily News
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