I read the book Night Hoops, by: Carl Deuker. This book is about a boy named Nick that is dealing with some problems that are more than just basketball. He meets a boy names Trent Dawson who he was not too fond of at first, Trent is going through a lot more than Nick is in his home life, so Nick takes Trent under his wing to help keep him out of trouble. But at first Trent seems to resist and says he doesn’t need help. He ends up running out every night with his brother to get into some trouble.
This gritty city celebrated something positive for a change, and the players took their place in the school’s history. In John Updike’s poem, “Ex-Basketball Player,” the darker part of a similar story is told. In this poem, the speaker is a big admirer of former high school basketball star Flick Webb. However, by the end, the reader and the speaker
The Movie I chose to review was a documentary named Hoop Dreams. It follows the lives of two star basketball players, Arthur Agee and William Gates, raised in two very different environments. In the documentary director Steve James and co-film makers Frederick Marx and Peter Gilbert follow Arthur and William for five years filming their aspirations to make it to the pros. This movie is relevant to the course because of the popular culture items that are included in the movie. I think the majority of black kids grew up wanting to play basketball or be a professional athlete in some aspect.
These changes come in different parts of Junior's life but show a key idea. Basketball wasn't a big thing for Junior at a young age. Growing up in the reservation Junior wasn't the best player. Although, He did play for fun with his friend Rowdy who was a much better basketball player in the reservation. Junior states, "I mean I'd always been the lowest Indian on the reservation totem pole -- I wasn't expected to be good so I wasn't."
One summer, there was a kid named Dean Gullberry and Dean liked to play the game of basketball. Dean would always go out to the river court and do what he does best. Dean had three best friends that he had always spent time with 24/7 playing basketball and just hanging out. His friends Ben Dover who lived across the street from Dean, Dixie Normous who Dean met at the river court but didn’t go to his school, and Jack Koffing who Dean met playing travel ball back at Compton. Dean Gullberry had always wanted to play in his city’s basketball league but people kept on saying that he wasn’t good enough, strong enough or big enough to be in the league.
The main purpose of this document is to show that you want to do what you love to make a good living like earning good amount of money to support your family by becoming a professional basketball player. There were many emotional into the scenes because it’s very sad or depressing how the two students who gave their life into basketball and training hard which made them stress and face many good basketball players.Arthur’s dad came back from jail and he went to his family and became a member of the Church and repent his sins from drug dealing. William lost the basketball season so he got a job at senior year and study more but then he saw Arthur doing good and winning many games to enter the state basketball league finals. His family was happy for Arthur but William remembers his losses and he always cry to his mother and hugged his brother who wanted to become a basketball player as well but didn’t make it too far. You can say that there are many sad scenes into the basketball games but the ending became good when they both graduated university and became more better than basketball players but you should know that
In the end, they end up giving up and going home, but first the main character confesses that he wasn't tough enough the whole time. This story shows that the whole time the main character was acting tough. The toughest thing he ever did was admitting he wasn't tough in the first place. One reason that the main character tries to act tough, is when he announces that he is going on a camping trip. For example, in paragraph 18 the author says, “I'm going camping in the palisades next weekend.
He perseveres through previous challenges, “[his] will intact to go” (line 28) and he is now eager to go wherever fate leads him. This opens the speaker up to new experiences because he knows that he has the strength to conquer any hardship the future brings. Armed with wisdom and increasing maturity, he is prepared to start “the next chapter” (line 41) in his life, be it old age, sickness, or heartbreak. The speaker anticipates the transformations that he will endure, aware that he has a long road ahead of him. The speaker is “not who [he] was” (line 3) in the past, but will continue to change as he adds more chapters to his book of life.
Basketball symbolized hope and development basketball is what helps the author express his message or helps him develop his message. Without basketball and the support Junior received from the students and teachers at the school. The author would not have been able to use basketball to help lead Junior towards his purpose. In a critical essay an interviewer asks Sherman Alexie, “it's interesting that you mention that it [basketball] is as important as it is in inner-city black urban life, because as I was reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, I noticed a lot of similarities between the cultures, not only the emphasis on basketball but also motifs that appear in a lot of African-American fiction like racial profiling, marginalization and ghettoization” (James Mellis). James Mellis asks Sherman Alexie about basketball and why basketball is really emphasized in this novel.
When I was a young kid, my dream in life was to play basketball for the Boston Celtics. At ten years old in the small town of Sharon, Massachusetts, my dream of playing professional basketball disappeared. The problem wasn’t with anyone else, it was with me. The NBA became out of reach, and varsity basketball became a silly thought. As a young boy realizing this was not the most motivating thing.