He was tall, quick, and had a high basketball I.Q. He lead his team of Palo Alto High School to a very successful season, 32 and 1. Also winning their division championship. Lin was categorized in the first-team allstate, he also won the Northern California Division two player of the year. After highschool, he sent out mixtapes of highlights to colleges, but they weren't seriously looking at him for sports.
Michael Jordan tried out for his high school basketball team and was cut because he was too short. From that point on, Michael Jordan set out to prove that he would be the best NBA player to ever play the game of basketball. Michael Jordan was born in 1963 in New York. His family moved to North Carolina when he as a toddler. Michael Jordan went on to attend college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was an all-star player.
Now we can add Michael Jordan name to the list of players I just named. Jordan is being inducted into the Hall of Fame today due to his great basketball skills on the court and all of the things he accomplished in fifteen seasons in the NBA. As a child Jordan basketball career had some ups and downs. According to ESPN, “during his sophomore year at Laney, a 5’9 Michael Jordan tried out for the basketball team. He was passed over for the final spot on the varsity team.” He took that as motivation and dominated on the junior varsity team.
Zachary Ward Period 3 A.P. English Literature “Ex-Basketball Player” Analysis Assignment Throughout “Ex-Basketball Player” a sense of nostalgia lingers in each and every stanza, but it is only in the fourth stanza that a sense of empathy is felt towards Flick. This empathetic tone, as he “dribbles an inner tube”, brings the reader to the realization that Flick, though extremely talented, “never learned a trade”. Flick only had time to practice basketball during his high school career, and in the end, his religious love of basketball is all he has left. Opportunities he was once possessed are now gone along with the best years of his life.
Chris Herren is the ex NBA basketball player who always manages to make it to the headlines. However this is not because of his outstanding performances the news are mostly based on his latest drug usage and addiction confessions. It has been fourteen long years for the basketball star in drug addiction. Chris herren was a favorite among the Boston college basketball team. The officials at the NBA club expected him to be a future star even before his first official match as a national player.
Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley were both popular and astounding NBA basketball players, but their careers took opposite directions after they retired from playing basketball. Both Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley had humble upbringings and their basketball careers took off in high school, although that is where the similarities in their early lives end. Patrick was born to a poor family in Kingston, Jamaica and moved to Cambridge Massachusetts when he was 13 years old. Patrick was the 5th of seven children and he grew up playing soccer and cricket. It wasn’t until he moved to the United States that he was introduced to basketball.
Growing up in a small town in the Virgin Islands and being poor was hard for him. He didn’t want to live that life, so when turning to basketball, this gave him so many options. The options that he chose ended up leading him to accomplish many things. Now that he is a celebrity in the basketball world, he didn’t forget where he came from, who he was, and he sure didn’t let money take over him. He used his own money and fundraisers to give back to a better cause and that was to save lives and make the community around him a better place.
Many believed that people graduating from high school were still kids and were too young to be thrown into such a “grown up” and high profile situation. Few believed he would succeed and felt players “should be required to grow and develop in college the years after they graduate high school to allow them to grow and develop both physically and mentally” (Hilton). This marks the first significant event in the transformation of Kobe Bryant’s public identity in a negative way, and the beginning of Bryant’s path to perseverance. Skip to four years later and to the first NBA championship for Bryant, who was now an all-star, and the Lakers alongside Shaquille O’Neal which silenced any doubt about Bryant’s maturity or work ethic due to his age, changing his public image to a superstar. He now had all the sponsors and fame chasing him along with all the money that comes with it.
Some similarities are they both play professional basketball, both drafted out of high school into the NBA, and both have won Olympic gold medals in 2008. The differences are Kobe has been in the league for 15 years and LeBron for 9 years. Since in the NBA, LeBron has played for two teams and Kobe only one. Nevertheless if these two great athletes played a game against each other, the stats at the end of the game would determine who might be the better player for just that game. People may say LeBron was better because he has more power, better vision, bigger, faster, stronger, and he over powers people.
Their fascinating, suspenseful film turns the endless revision of the American dream into high drama. The story begins when Arthur and William are actively recruited by St. Joseph, a mainly white, Roman Catholic school with a major basketball program. Just as the boys' paths seem settled -- William is heading for a dazzling college career and pro prospects, while Arthur is spiraling downward -- they face abrupt changes. "Hoop Dreams" is the profound social tale of these two emblematic boys, who are sucked into a system ready to toss them aside, disillusioned and uneducated, the minute they stumble on the basketball