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On These Courts: A Miracle Season that Changed a City, a Once-Future Star, and a Team Forever by [Drash, Wayne B.]
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Drash, a staff writer and senior producer at CNN.com, lays the hype on triple-thick in this account of Lester Middle School’s march to the Tennessee state basketball championship last year, improbably led by favorite son and former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Drash relates Hardaway’s coming-of-age on the inner-city streets of Memphis, his incandescent but too-brief NBA career, and his decision to help coach the team led by childhood friend Desmond Merriweather, who was struggling with colon cancer. Drash covers the kids, too, and the almost overwhelming obstacles they faced and even sometimes overcame. It’s certainly a made-for-Hollywood story—don’t be surprised if that’s where it winds up—but readers can only be inspired by Hardaway’s devotion to his players and their athletic and academic success. --Alan Moores

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“Penny is a superstar on the court and an even bigger superstar for giving back and helping the youth of Memphis." (Earvin “Magic” Johnson )

“I've known Penny Hardaway since he was 16, and even at that age you could see there was something different about this skinny, lanky kid with game out if this world. You could sense there was more to him than what he was currently being called for..... 'On these courts' gives insight to the man through the spirit of his Grandmother, friends, his hometown Memphis, and the kids (just like us) he didn't forget about!” (Chirs Webber )

"The story of former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway’s return to the mean streets of his youth to lead a team of disadvantaged middle schoolers to basketball glory.…genuinely touching moments, and it’s always uplifting to see a wealthy superstar give more than just money to help his community." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A feel-good story that begs for a where-are-they-now follow-up in 10 years." (Kirkus Reviews)

“Recommended not just to NBA fans but to fans of uplifting sports stories and those who cling to the belief that social change really can be effected, even if only a little at a time.” (Library Journal Online Reviews)

“A made-for-Hollywood story." (Booklist)

"Fantastic." (NBA.com)


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  • File Size: 4195 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008J4CI5Y
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,057,026 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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