The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams

The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball DreamsFor The Average American Boy, A Basketball Scholarship To College Is Not A Necessity But For Many Young Athletes At Lincoln High School In Coney Island, New York, It Is The Only Escape From The Crime And Poverty Of The Inner City In The Last Shot, Author Darcy Frey Chronicles The Hopes And Aspirations Of Four Of Lincoln High S Most Promising Players What Frey Finds Is An Environment That, By Stressing The Game Above All Else, Has Left Its Young Athletes With Nowhere To Turn But To The Glamorous Coaches, Slick Recruiters, And Million Dollar Athletic Companies Who Offer Everything But Guarantee Nothing Gracefully And Compassionately Written, The Last Shot Is A Startling And Disillusioning Expos Of Inner City Life And The Big Business Of College Basketball. Darcy Frey 1991 9 Coney Island 4 Last Shot O Frey , Last Shot recruiting process , , by default Frey , Marbury NCAA Tchaka , sports books Stephon Marbury 15 00s 2011 , . The Last Shot is a concise portrayal of institutional racism, localized to college basketball Frey follows four teenagers as they navigate the NCAA recruitment process while living and balling in the projects of Coney Island, New York As the stars of their high school team, each young man represents hope for their otherwise blighted community.That hope is overwhelmed by a pervasive pressure associated with the expectation of making it to a D1 school an expectation that most of Coney Island s best prospects fail to meet The Last Shot now has like Hoop Dreams from the same year a thick layer of irony As a basketball fan, I know that three of the boys never made it to the professional level Hearing their dreams deferred even just their desire to leave Coney Island is a sad and powerful experience Frey s prescience renders The Last Shot enduring His observations about the NCAA and black culture around athletics remain controversial, poignant, and contemporary twenty yea
This is an account of six months in the life of 4 Coney Island projects living, public school attending, basketball superstars, and their potential for escape from their lives with the skills that they show on the court It s interesting, but it has a few major downfalls in my mind One is that it never faces up to the fact that the writer has a place in the story You can t be a middle aged white man hanging out with a bunch of inner city black kids and not take that into account I think Frey has to face up to the fact that just like the recruiters and the Nike sponsors, he too has a vested interest in the lives of these kids, and as a writer he s not just some invisible observer on the sidelines I also thought that the narrative relied too heavily on the drama of what happens next will he make the sho
Becoming a high level athlete is some sort of American Dream for every young man around the world It s what we would all be if we had the breeding and the work ethic to get there It s the top of the food chain for boys But there s a gap between the idea and the reality of elite sports and THE LAST SHOT tries its best to illustrate what it feels like for four young boys of Coney Island, including a 14 years old Stephon Marbury, who would grow up to become a tormented NBA superstar Frey has a great pen, although sometimes he indulge in overwriting and the necessary sensibility to translate the wild and frantic recruiting process into great literature It s a solid
This kinda walks the path established by Heaven is a Playground, but resonated a bit with me Partly because it s recent and so I was familiar with the characters on the periphery It was interesting to read about coaches in their younger days who are still around and of course, Stephon Marbury as a ki
The African Americans of the Coney Island Projects are looking for basketball to be their way out of the Projects The Coney Island projects in Brooklyn are where a lot of the African Americans live Most of them attend Abraham Lincoln High when they are able to go into High school Abraham Lincoln is known in the East coast for producing very talented basketball players and basketball teams The players of Abraham Lincoln High are trying to make something of themselves so that they can find a way out of the Projects Tchaka Shipp is one the of my favorite characters in this book by Darcy Frey The Last Shot is a really good book to read especially for students in high school that like to play basketball This book by Darcy Frey has a pretty good story line and it also is easy to follow This book also has some characters that are very likeable The characters in this book seem nice and helpful to other characters There doesn t
This review was reprinted from my website Secure Immaturity Please check out the site and comment on this review and others.Not a lot of books had made me cry and in my extensive non fiction book reading, I ve read some horrific things But sometimes the event of something horrible like rejection, failure and even death, is not enough to stir an emotional response Sometimes the character that experiences one or many of those things is, even with full textual explanation, too far removed from the reader to be appreciated on a human level In a biography of, say, George Clooney, can you really, actually, feel connected to a man so far removed from you The Last Shot manages to not only provide a deep connection with its characters but makes me realize how, frankly, easy my life is I m not one to flaunt the luxuries of my life but I realize how lucky I am.and I suppose that is half of Mr Darcy s point in writing The Last Shot The book takes place in Coney Island and centers around four talented but troubled basketball players that attend Lincoln high school Three of them, Tchaka, Russell, and Corey, are entering their senior year and are beginning the stressful process of college recruitment The fourth, a young, wiley freshman named Stephon Marbury, is making a name for himself.and awaits four long years of trials and tribulations and the ability to finally make it to the next level something his t
Book was pretty descent Would probably recommend it to those that enjoy the sport of basketball Stephon Marbury has been a star from the day he walked into high school Another player similar to him is Lebron James having so much hype behind them at a young age, Kevin Garnett too. 3.5 starsTHE LAST SHOT follows the lives of immensely talented black basketball players at Lincoln High School through one season of the game All of these players, with the exception of one, are from the Coney Island projects hulking, prisonlike, and jutting straight into the sea Frey uses these poor, black kids sort of as an example of the belief that yeah, college sports recruiting the NCAA are reeeeeally shady Which, no shit, dude.There was some pretty disturbing stuff in here, or at least disturbing to me, like the fact that Nike is running fucking farm systems full of teenage student athletes And for what SHOES Money That s insane to me Or the way these mostly black kids are being described by mostly white coaches and recruiters for example, at one point, an assistant coach refers to the aforementioned kids practicing basketball as horses Talk about dehumanizing Yup, a lotta horses here, remarked Tom Sullivan, one of Seton Hall s assistant coaches, on the first day of camp There was also some pretty heartbreaking stuff, like everything Russell Thomas was going through He seemed so disturbed, like there was a lot than just anxiety going on And also just seemingly regular stuff like this, that s just a side effect of living somewhere like Coney Island And despite their athletic skills, and the crowds of c
When I chose this novel, I was thinking about a different group of students than I usually think about I was thinking that in my own classroom, I want to make sure that all the students in my class can be able to go to my book shelf and pick a book they would like to read I was thinking about the young boys in my future class They would love a book like this I would suggest it to middle school readers and above, but advanced fifth grade boys may be able to read and understand it as well I was surprisingly emotionally affected by this book in a way that I never thought I would be This book is not just about Basketball It follows four high school boys who live in a very run down urban area on Cooney Island Abraham Lincoln High School was known for its basketball program, and all four of the chronicled boys believed it was their only way to succeed in life Even if that success had nothing to do with basketball, they needed it to get where they wanted to go in life The book covers social issues like living in a struggling urban area,

[ BOOKS ] ✬ The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams Author Darcy Frey –
  • Hardcover
  • 230 pages
  • The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams
  • Darcy Frey
  • English
  • 14 September 2017
  • 9780395597705