This is filmmaker Spike Lee's reminiscences of his love affair with basketball (make that the New York Knicks), from the time he was a child growing up in Brooklyn, New York, to the present. While it's a kind of history of the game, from its long-ago status as a not-quite professional sport (which seems unbelievable in this day of multi-million-dollar salaries and prime time television exposure), it's also a very personal journey. Lee paints an evocative portrait of growing up in Brooklyn in the 1960s with his four brothers and sisters, remembers his high school years and time at Morehouse College in Atlanta, and his start as a filmmaker. Film fans will find a special treat in this book--Lee's account of the creation of the character Mars Blackmon, who appeared in She's Gotta Have It, and several commercials for Nike.
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Against the backdrop of basketball, provocative filmmaker Lee discusses the events, work, success, and people in his life so far. Spice is added in the form of interviews with coaches, players, and other celebrity fans, such as Woody Allen, conducted by the author, who is regularly visible courtside at New York Knicks games. Lee seems especially drawn to coaches, whose work is clearly similar to film directing. Not surprisingly, race plays a large role in the views expressed in this memoir, but we also observe what Lee values most highly: creativity, hard work, dedication, and pride. All types of libraries will want this book, which is engaging and vernacular in style.
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-.?John Maxymuk, Robeson Lib., Rutgers Univ., Camden,
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