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Saturday, February 14, 2004

Betrayed by the Game

NY Times Magazine story by Darcy Frey-The narrative of basketball as the Great Way out for young impoverished (black) men continues to flourish, but for most of them, the sport is little more than a trap.

For every Stephon Marbury from the high-rise projects of Coney Island there are hundreds for young men like Corey Johnson, Tchaka Shipp, and Darryle Flicking who get sucked into a false dream. How will the dream turn out for the much heralded Sebastian Telfair (cousin of Marbury)?

Corey Johnson: "I think about it all the time, especially late at night: what would have happened if I'd gotten as much support and encouragement for my writing as I got for playing ball? Would it be as much of a struggle for me today?"

[NY Times Magazine - Betrayed by the Game]

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