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LENNY COOKE (2013)
Directed by Ben Safdie, Joshua Safdie
USA | 92 Minutes

Professional sports are known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there’s simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In uncommon instances, however, inefficiencies can occur and gifted players may fall through the cracks. Such is the story of Lenny Cooke. In 2001, Cooke was the number-one ranked high school basketball player in America, with future NBA greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony listed beneath him. Yet after declaring himself eligible for the 2002 NBA draft, Cooke, shockingly, ended up going undrafted, and became a journeyman playing in little-known leagues across the world. Today he lives in southern Virginia, a should-have-been-great who simply did not quite make it. The first documentary feature from American independent film scene fixtures Josh & Benny Safdie (Daddy Longlegs, The Pleasure of Being Robbed), Lenny Cook explores the fascinating question of how, exactly, Cooke’s seemingly assured future could go so awry.

Praise from the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival:

“Penetrating and heartbreaking” —Scott Foundas, Variety

“Poignant, fascinating… You’ve never seen a sports movie like this before” —Eric Kohn, Indiewire

“An emotionally stirring cautionary tale… will stand with Hoop Dreams and Sugar as the best portraits of failed path to sports stardom” —Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine

“Honest…devastating…New York’s Hoop Dreams” – Rafe Bartholomew, Grantland

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This film opens tomorrow (Friday December 6th) at the Howard Gilman Theater at the Lincoln Center, with Lenny Cooke himself, as well as the filmmakers Josh and Ben Safdie during the 7pm screening. On Monday, there will be a Q&A hosted by Rafe Bartholomew.

More info: Official Site

Buy Tickets: Lincoln Center

Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.
In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.
Doin’ It In The Park lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.
Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.
VIEW TRAILER HERE
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This documentary is screening in select cities and needs your help to bring it to your local theatre. Reserve your tickets by visiting the film’s Screening page in order to bring it to your city. 
[NOTE: for those near or in the Boston area, there will be an “after-party” at the best place to have a drink and discuss hoops, Parlor Sports, including free Grillo’s fried pickles for those with ticket stubs. Spread the word!]

Doin’ It In The Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC is an independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the history, culture, and social impact of New York’s summer b-ball scene, widely recognized as the worldwide “Mecca” of the sport.

In New York City, pick-up basketball is not just a sport. It is a way of life. There are 700+ outdoor courts, and an estimated 500,000 players, the most loyal of which approach the game as a religion, and the playground as their church.

Doin’ It In The Park lovingly uncovers this movement through the voices of playground legends, NBA athletes, and most importantly the common ballplayer who all day looks forward to calling “next” game at their local schoolyard.

Co-directors Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau visited 180 courts throughout NYC’s five boroughs to create their debut documentary. They traveled to a majority of the locations by bicycle, carrying camera equipment and a ball in their backpacks. The film’s title refers as much to the subject matter as it does to the method of filmmaking, providing an unprecedented perspective on urban America’s most popular, and accessible, free recreation.

VIEW TRAILER HERE

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This documentary is screening in select cities and needs your help to bring it to your local theatre. Reserve your tickets by visiting the film’s Screening page in order to bring it to your city. 

[NOTE: for those near or in the Boston area, there will be an “after-party” at the best place to have a drink and discuss hoops, Parlor Sports, including free Grillo’s fried pickles for those with ticket stubs. Spread the word!]

The fat lady sings for the Celtics, as the Knicks go up 2-0.

The fat lady sings for the Celtics, as the Knicks go up 2-0.

stationtostation:

J.R. Smith is for the ladies!

stationtostation:

J.R. Smith is for the ladies!

stationtostation:

During halftime of the Knicks game tonight, J.R. Smith decided to play with the kids a little bit. Never change J.R.


(gifs via @theknickswall)

J.R. “My Name Is Earl” Smith is my favorite human in the NBA.

- Sha

After this Tweet from Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the Internet is ablaze as it seems multiple sources believe Knicks will allow Jeremy Lin to leave —wasting his Bird Rights— for the Rockets offer sheet & replace him by reacquiring Ray Felton in a S/T with the Blazers. 

Oh, also, NY will not match Raptors offer sheet to Landry Fields. 

Knick fans, what say you?

After this Tweet from Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the Internet is ablaze as it seems multiple sources believe Knicks will allow Jeremy Lin to leave —wasting his Bird Rights— for the Rockets offer sheet & replace him by reacquiring Ray Felton in a S/T with the Blazers.

Oh, also, NY will not match Raptors offer sheet to Landry Fields.

Knick fans, what say you?

Have we seen the last of both Jeremy Lin & Landry Fields in Knicks unis?

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Landry Fields, a restricted FA, has signed an offer sheet that, even if you love the Stanford product, is probably foolish for the Knickerbockers to match, especially considering the make up of the roster, their existing needs, plus the money already committed to their own “Big 3”. 

Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that Jeremy Lin is scheduled to meet with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. If Lin were to sign an offer from Houston, it would put the NYK in an awfully tough spot. Do they match it & commit themselves to terms that may take them beyond the realm of good basketball business? Maybe not. Houston has already shown they are not shy in making expensive, difficult to match offers to other club’s restricted FA’s(see Omer Asik & the Bulls). Would they really give Lin a 5 year/$40+ million deal based off a half season of great play? 

Knicks Knation won’t sleep very well until they get an answer.

Have we seen the last of both Jeremy Lin & Landry Fields in Knicks unis?

Well, it was fun while it lasted. Landry Fields, a restricted FA, has signed an offer sheet that, even if you love the Stanford product, is probably foolish for the Knickerbockers to match, especially considering the make up of the roster, their existing needs, plus the money already committed to their own “Big 3”.

Meanwhile, ESPN is reporting that Jeremy Lin is scheduled to meet with the Houston Rockets on Wednesday. If Lin were to sign an offer from Houston, it would put the NYK in an awfully tough spot. Do they match it & commit themselves to terms that may take them beyond the realm of good basketball business? Maybe not. Houston has already shown they are not shy in making expensive, difficult to match offers to other club’s restricted FA’s(see Omer Asik & the Bulls). Would they really give Lin a 5 year/$40+ million deal based off a half season of great play?

Knicks Knation won’t sleep very well until they get an answer.

A JR Smith dunk is an instant reblog. 

getbangedon:

Welcome back, J.R. Smith. We missed you.

@GetBangedOn

Who’s house? Lin’s house. LIN-NYC tees are now up on our store!
BUY THEM HERE

Who’s house? Lin’s house. LIN-NYC tees are now up on our store!

BUY THEM HERE

Jeremy Lin Anthem: Linsane in the Brain 

Lin’s presence in New York is being forged into a might marketing sword for both the Knicks and advertisers. So a Lin-anthem was just a matter of time. Personally, I’m holding out for the Jeremy Lin fathead. 

This might become a bigger phenomenon than Tebow, mainly because Jeremy Lin is actually good at what he does. 

@Suga_Shane

via @KamPashai 

Jeremy Lin, Flawless victory.

Jeremy Lin, Flawless victory. 

                  

via doubleclutch

Basketball’s Mecca, Madison Square Garden. A fitting home for the NBA’s new chosen one, a man named Lin.  

20,000 believers will journey there tonight, all in hopes of witnessing another amazing feat vs. the Kings.

Tonight. 7:30. Lin-sanity marches on.

Basketball’s Mecca, Madison Square Garden. A fitting home for the NBA’s new chosen one, a man named Lin.

20,000 believers will journey there tonight, all in hopes of witnessing another amazing feat vs. the Kings.

Tonight. 7:30. Lin-sanity marches on.

"See, I’ve got heart like John Starks"


(Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

"See, I’ve got heart like John Starks"


(Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty Images)

JEREMY LIN ALERT

JEREMY LIN ALERT

Look at these fashionistas

The coolest dudes to get swept in the first round doing fashion stuff at the MET for the Costume Institute Gala. Stat and Melo accompanied the likes of Jay-Z and Beyonce, Kanye West, Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones (Parks!), and of course Amar’e’s new BFF Anna Wintour.

(via Vogue)

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