This was never about basketball

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this was never about basketball

This Was Never About Basketball by Craig Leener

In this coming-of-age novel, seventeen-year-old high school basketball star Ezekiel “Zeke” Archer has it all: a sweet jump shot, a full-ride scholarship to a Midwestern basketball powerhouse, and the brightest future. But when Zeke’s temper gets the better of him in the city championship, he is expelled from school, has to forfeit his scholarship, and is left to ponder his once-hopeful future... While finishing his final high school days in the California educational system’s version of purgatory, Zeke makes a stunning discovery. With the help of a young autistic classmate Zeke befriends, he learns that the mysterious 7th Dimension, which brought basketball to Earth more than a century ago, has decided to take the game away for good — all because of the ugly event Zeke set into motion in his final game! As he embarks on the ultimate cross-country road trip to save basketball, Zeke must confront his unsettled past — including a father he’s not heard from in years and a brother fighting in a war half a world away — in order to set his life on the right path and rescue the game he loves.
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Cancel anytime. Russ has just moved to the neighborhood, and the life of this teen basketball phenom has been turned upside down by tragedy. Cut off from everyone he knows, he won't pick up a basketball, but answers only to the name Boy21 - taken from his former jersey number. As their final year of high school brings these two boys together, a unique friendship may turn out to be the answer they both need. Small town. Not enough talent.

There are many basketball legends that never played in the NBA but still left such a trace on the game that they ultimately developed an iconic status. Some of them streetball legends, some international stars, and some even high school players — we bring you the 10 greatest basketball players to never play in the NBA. Marques is often regarded as the best ball handler the world has ever seen. Legend says, Haynes could dribble a ball six times in a second. He revolutionized ball-handling, and his exploits in that field helped him to secure a spot with the Harlem Globetrotters. Haynes retired in after a year professional career, and was inducted to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in He died at the age of 89 in

I know that basketball coaches are always looking for motivational material for their teams. Motivational quotes are a great tool for coaches to use with their players and can really help drive home the ideas and concepts that are being taught and coached. The list will have both college and NBA coaches quotes as will as quotes from some of the games greatest players, both past and present. Some of the quotes are great motivational tools and some of the quotes help you get a better understanding of the person quoted and what they stand for. Please feel free to share. Be humble.

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The No. Philadelphia's other former top picks who have had to sit out their first year— Nerlens Noel , Ben Simmons , and Joel Embiid —have recovered and blossomed into fine young NBA players, and odds are that Fultz will do the same. But imagine an alternate reality where injuries had kept one of these gifted, highly scouted prospects from ever becoming an NBA player. Fans would always wonder, what if? The streets run ripe with ball players who had the talent but never played in the NBA for various reasons. Some ballers opted not to enter the league for monetary reasons back in the day, most NBA players made meager, five-figure salaries.

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The extended family would soon be arriving, in full, hungry force. Standing tall but cramped in the narrow kitchen at 6 feet 6 inches and not much less than pounds, Lenny Cooke suddenly looked up from his culinary masterpiece. But cooking is only a pastime, not a profession, and Cooke, who will turn 30 next month, has yet to discover what or who he is supposed to be since it became obvious years ago that he would not fulfill his once presumed destiny and become an N. A decade ago, many were predicting that Cooke, a New York City prodigy, would become a basketball shoe pitchman and would flaunt his wares and skills at All-Star weekends like the recent aerial show in Orlando, Fla. There was a time, however fleeting, when he was more heralded, or perhaps merely hyped, than any other high school player in America.

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