Shooting stars

by James, LeBron.

Format: Print Book 2009
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From the ultimate team- basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August -a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own.

The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids-LeBron James and his best friends-from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school.

They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his teammates offered him.

In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title.

They had no idea how hard it would be to pursue that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five boys became men, and together they claimed the prize they had fought for all those years-a national championship.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "LeBron James is the best basketball player in the world. Sorry Kobe. He entered the NBA immediately after high school and has been piling up awards ever since (including Most Valuable Player for the 2009 season). But the NBA isn't his subject here. Writing with coauthor Bissinger (of Friday Night Lights fame), James recalls his youth, the son of a teenage single mother, growing up poor in Akron, Ohio, and playing basketball for the Shooting Stars, an amateur team whose players formed the nucleus of the St.Vincent-St. Mary's high-school squad that won Ohio state titles in three of James' four prep years. Though there's enough game action described to satisfy hard-core hoopsters, the book is really an extended and heartfelt thank-you to all the people who helped LeBron negotiate the potential minefield of his youth. That group includes fellow players, coaches, his mother, and the family that took him in for a year during a particularly difficult time. A warm, thoughtful memoir by a young man who, it seems clear, will never forget his humble origins.--Lukowsky, Wes Copyright 2009 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "James, the highest-paid athlete (including endorsement deals) in the NBA, turns to Bissinger (Friday Night Lights) to tell the story of his meteoric rise as a high school basketball player, when he and his teammates took a private school in Ohio to state and national championships. Looking back at the media circus that put him on the cover of Sports Illustrated at 17, James accuses the media of overexposing him for their own benefit. It feels like the young superstar is working out some grudges against the athletic officials who challenged his amateur status after he accepted two jerseys from a sporting goods store as a gift, along with his school for failing to take his side in the controversy, but Bissinger smoothes out the rough edges, letting very little anger show. That polish is the as-told-to memoir's biggest problem-despite stylistic flourishes like shifting to present tense to write about James's big games, his passion seems muted. James hits all the right moments, from the childhood promise he made to himself to put Akron on the map to the graduation day photo with his teammates, but it's a story readers hear rather than feel. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects James, LeBron.
Basketball players -- United States -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Penguin Press,2009
Contributors Bissinger, Buzz, 1954-
Language English
Description 258 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 9781594202322 (hbk. : alk. paper)
159420232X (hbk. : alk. paper)
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