By Scott N. Brooks
The parable of the typical black athlete is frequent, although it’s frequently in simple terms said while a activities commentator or superstar embarrasses himself by means of bringing it up in public. these gaffes are speedily decried as racist, yet except their hyperlink to the lengthy background of grotesque racial stereotypes approximately black people—especially men—they also are damaging simply because they imprecise very genuine, hard-fought accomplishments. As Black males Can’t Shoot demonstrates, such successes at the basketball court docket don’t simply take place as a result of common gifts—instead, they develop out of the lengthy, tricky, and unpredictable means of turning into a recognized player.Scott N. Brooks spent 4 years training summer time league basketball in Philadelphia. And what he observed, heard, and felt operating with the younger black males on his workforce tells us a lot approximately how a few children may be able to make the extreme trip from the ghetto to the NCAA. to teach how stable avid gamers make the transition to greatness, Brooks tells the tale of 2 younger males, Jermaine and Ray, following them via their highschool years and chronicling their breakthroughs and frustrations at the court docket in addition to their issues at domestic. We witness them negotiating the pitfalls of forging a profession and a course out of poverty, we see their triumphs and setbacks, and we pay attention from the community of people—their households, the local elders, and trainer Brooks himself—invested of their fates.Black males Can’t Shoot has the entire hallmarks of a vintage activities e-book, with a climactic championship online game and a suspenseful finishing as we wait to determine if Jermaine and Ray might be recruited. Brooks’s relocating coming-of-age tale counters the assumption that basketball merely exploits childrens and lures them into following empty dreams—and indicates us that through taking part in ball, a few of these younger black males have already began their schooling even earlier than they get to varsity.
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How do they know you, then? They know you from school or the neighborhood . . ” I asked. “Because we play ball,” Darrell shot back. ” I asked with some disbelief. “Yeah, ’cause they seen me play,” Darrell said. “They know us because we play ball and get girls, Scott,” Jermaine added, giving further detail. Darrell grew frustrated with my questioning and tried to summarize his point. “Basically, you either a thug or an athlete. And if you an athlete, then you get respect, and girls like that.
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He get you up in the air, and then he go up under you and lay it down. That was my patented [move]; I used to get [fool] everybody with it. I just kept doing it. ” becoming a basketball player 17 Ray watched a videotape of Iverson playing in college4 and knew what was going to happen as he watched the game. “Watch, Scott, watch. ” Ray paid close attention to Iverson’s body movements and the movements of his defenders. Ray stopped and rewound the tape again and again to dissect certain moves, noting how Iverson held his head, how he faked out the other player, and how high he jumped.
Black Men Can't Shoot by Scott N. Brooks
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