Heaven Is a Playground
U of Nebraska Press, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
In 1974 Rick Telander intended to spend a few days doing a magazine piece on the court°wizards of Brooklyn?s Foster Park. He ended up staying the entire summer, becoming part of the players? lives, and eventually the coach of a loose aggregation known as the Subway Stars. ° Telander tells of everything he saw: the on-court flash, the off-court jargon, the late-night graffiti raids, the tireless efforts of one promoter-hustler-benefactor to get these kids a chance at a college education. He lets the kids speak for themselves, revealing their grand dreams and ambitions, but he never flinches from showing us how far their dreams are from reality. The roots of today?s inner-city basketball can be traced to the world Telander presents in Heaven Is a Playground, the first book of its kind.
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Old School Basketball JournalUser Review - roundball - Overstock.com
This book deftly follows the development of innercity basketball in NYC from the 1970s and shows the life stories of basketball talents in all their glories and trials and tribulations. The sucesses ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - pjhogan - LibraryThing
Rick Telander, author and Sun-Times columnist described how Obama saw him in a crowd and called him out as the author of "the best book I've ever read about basketball." Telander wrote that he was ... Read full review