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Hoop Dreams: True Story of Hardship and Triumph, The Paperback – February 2, 1996
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"A heart-wrenching and uplifting story of survival.""--Publishers Weekly""Reveals just how literally basketball is a means of survival in the inner city...."Hoop Dreams offers new perspectives not only on basketball, but on family and societal relationships.""--Book Page"
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Ben Joravsky is a prize winning journalist whose piece about Chicago's Roosevelt High School was chosen as one of 1992's outstanding sports articles. Co-author of Race and Politics in Chicago,he is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.
Co-author of Race and Politics in Chicago,he is a resident of Chicago, Illinois.
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After his freshamn year Authur's parents can no longer afford his school costs, even with him working at the school as a janitor so he has to go to a public high school for his sophmore year and from then on he is there with a different coach. Meanwhile, William gets his girlfriend prego and is happy because if he gets gunned down where he lives at least there will be a record (a child) of his existance. Because he is underage he is not charged and/or required to register. His girl resorts to passive/aggresive behavior telling him if he is not there for her, they are done. She has their daughter the day after the team loses in the post seasson. He did not want to tell his coach.
His junior year William hurts his knee at a Nike camp and names of other camp attenders are mentioned, several went on to the NBA. Willaim has surgery but eventually reinjuries his knee and has to have additional surgery. Additional family background is giving about both William's parents and brother and Authur's parents and their difficulties. Swearing throughout.
In their senior years Authur and William and their teams advance to post season before one looses and one goes down state to the finals before loosing, they had been watching Isiah Thomas and the Pistons but turned their interests to the Bulls and Michael Jordan and the Bulls as they begin to win.
From there William goes to Marquette and Authur plays two years at a small Missouri college before going to play his next two years in Arkansas. William and his gal get married and have another baby, it is mentioned that Authur has some children. An interesting read, at times it appears the players are just being used by the system and even a recruiter mentions that. William feels that but also gives credit to the school, without the school he did not feel he would be where he had gotten. Black and white pictures in middle of book.
In this story Big Earl know talent when he sees it, and when he saw Arthur he knew had a chance in the NBA. Arthur was a skinny boy around age 14-15 with smewy arms that swept along the ground. Big Earl thought that he should be the one to discover him and take him under his wing. There where rules he need to think about that his father thought him, but Arthur was excited, it all went out the window when Big Earl mentioned Isiah's name. He was an excellent basketball player and went to St. Joe College. Since that's the college he attended now Arthur is thinking about it. Big Earl seems to be promising this young boy dreams pretty early. Big Earl got Arthur wrap around his finger and Arthur just doesn't know it yet.
He is too excited and loves basketball with a passion. Arthur grew up in a well discipline home with just enough support to get through life without begging for anything. He is very appreciative about what he got. His mom is struggling still for the family to eat and have somewhere to stay. She is a very hard worker and Arthur going on to play basketball will be a big break for the family. Arthur is a smart kid and new that this is what he wanted and one it also would make his mom and dad proud. Even though there were a couple things that did not go right for Arthur and his family they continue to have faith and encourage him to go on with his dreams. When it came to Arthur's family anything was possible if he put his mind to it.
I think this story is an inspiration to all young kids that are growing and have dreams of their own. Dreams are meant to be fulfilled no matter how hard or how long it takes to accomplish it. This book can open a lot of doors for the kids of today's society; they need to know there is still hope for the future. If one task was hard to complete, they can continue to move on to bigger and better things in life. Take this book as a lesson learn, everything is not glitter and goal until you know the real truth. Sometimes in life you have to take your time when opportunity is right in front of you and you also need to know what you want when it presents itself to you.
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It is very detailed, telling the struggles of 2 African American teen, having Hoop Dreams, earning their ways to the top, there are many twists also, from...Read more
Two kids dream of playing basketball is offered a chance to shine. Who will succeed, and who will fail?Read more