College scouts were chasing him, too, offereing him $3,000 just to commit, and more money kept coming. But Dawkins, the second of eight children, grew up in a cramped house with poverty all around him. He wasn’t about to turn down money, and later, the opportunity to become the first high school player to be drafter into the NBA. Dawkins was “probably the best high school basketball player ever and one of the best people” his prep coach, Fred Pennington, told Inside Sports. The team won the state championship in 1975.
Basketballs cultural significance on the society from which William and Arthur both come from is enormous not only to William and Arthur because they are actively involved in the sport but also to there family and friends. The sport and the hope in succeeding in it are the boys families main mission, it is their faith in the game that unites their families and gives each person hope. The chance of getting to the NBA is not only a personal quest for each boy but also a chance to get themselves and their families out of the problems of teen pregnancy, crime, crumbling public schools, parental drug use and abandonment. The film shows how Basketball is one of the only hopes of ever getting away from the ghetto and the projects of Chicago. There is evidence all around them of how life can go so wrong very easily, Arthur’s friend goes to prison for drug dealing and his own father is a crack addict for a period of the film.
'I closed the bathroom door and I got Sinbad back for it; I gave him a dead leg' the use of violence in this extract suggests that Paddy has a sense of resentment towards his brother perhaps because he has to take care of him and feels he always shadows him. Later on in this episode Doyle describes how Paddy's mother shows Sinbad affection, 'She wiped his nose and looked at his eyes for ages and pushed the tears away with her knuckle.' This supports the idea that Paddy resents his brother and this time perhaps the reason is that he feels his mother only shows sympathy and affection towards his little brother as apposed to him. Finally the effect of conveying the relationship between Paddy and Sinbad helps the novel as a whole as it suggest that Paddy is longing for
Sherman Alexie has brought himself into his writing by including some of his personal experience in this young adult novel. In the novel, a underlining plot in the story is Junior’s run through his freshman basketball season on the Varsity team at Reardan High School. He makes varsity after an intense battle with the teams best player, Roger. Even though he is the best shooter on the team, Junior felt he wouldn’t get a lot of playing time, which at first he doesn’t, but then he becomes the teams spark plug, their 6th man, averaging 12 points off the bench. When came time to play his former school, Wellpinit, he started his first game.
Freshmen trying to escape from violent paddling, the star quarterback conforming to signing a pledge for the coaches, being caught by the parents trying to throw a party, and confronting bullies are just a few scenarios these teenagers deal with. The movies features a large ensemble cast, with no renown names. However much of the cast manages to portray their roles with great proficiency, with this movie potentially being their breakout role. From the sadistic bully Fred O'Bannion (Ben Affleck) who is continuously on the look out for freshman to paddle, to the smooth but creepy adult David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey) still socializing with high school kids, who is truly understood with his disturbing yet hilarious quote, “That's what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same
When I normally go to play pickup games I Reggie is one of the people I play with. Reggie is a African American who plays, and loves basketball with all his heart. He started to play basketball at the age of 13 when he was in the 6th grade, and he eventually fell in love with the game. Reggie is a not as active as he once use to be, and requires stretching before, and after the games to make sure he doesn’t feel any pain. He plays twice
The Movie called Finding Forrester was a great inspirational move that makes anyone wants to follow their dreams. Directed by, Gus Van San the movie tells a story about Jamal Wallace, a Black talented 16-year-old basketball player in Bronx, New York whose secret passion is writing He wasn't challenge enough by his teachers. His teachers did not even know he is gifted until he took a state assessment test given to all high school students. The result was very impressive. Because he was also talented in playing basketball and his friends like playing basketball too, he felt that his friends would leave him if he tells them about his hidden talent.
In the book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Junior gets to experience this, after a basketball game against his former best friend and people that he lives around every day. In this piece, we learn that things are not always as they seem. I think this is shown through the character’s actions, the internal and external dialogue, and through what we know historically about the Native Americans and through Junior. To begin with, I will show that the character of Junior changes to show that things are not always as they seem. At first, Junior is determined to “demoralize” the “evil Wellpinit Redskins.” He continually describes them as the enemy, and in some respects thinks of with as little consideration as others.
While he is watching them play he ends up throwing the ball to them and gets made fun of because he cannot throw well. All the kids make fun of him and call him a loser and dork. This shows how adolescents can effect the self esteem of each other, and how they feed off the actions of others. Even though all the kids tease him, the best player on the team accepts him and asks Smalls to play on their team so they can have a full roster. Benny gets the rest of the crew to accept Smalls by having him hold his glove hand in the air, and hitting a fly ball right into Scotty's glove.
Film Review Critique “Coach Carter” The main characters in this film were Ted Carter, who took on the job of head coach at Richmond High School in Richmond, California. The principal was also a main character in the film whom he butted heads with throughout the film on basketball players academic issues. The main players in the film was Kenyon Stone, who was a good student, but dealing with issues with his girlfriend. Timo Cruz was the most troubled player, he was selling drugs for his cousin who got shot and killed. He walked off the team twice, but worked hard to get back on.