Documentary every young ghetto Black athlete needs to watch, shot in 2003.


Brother had no instruction in life, ended up addicted to drug. An Oakland bball star that other NBA players that came Oakland such as Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Antonio Davis looked up to and played with. They show up in doc and speak about Hook and the differences in their upbringing compared to his.

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I saw that documentary on Hook Mitchell a few years ago and you're right.


It is a great documentary for many young Black men to view because it shows how exceptional talent in sports can be forever overturned by a life of drugs and/or crime in the streets.



Sadly, there are many short story bios and documentaries about many young talented Black basketball players who could have easily been NBA all stars and eventual hall of famers playing before or right along side the very pros of the NBA who grew up watching, idolizing and learned from these street b-ball greats and legends on the basketball courts all across America that ended up engulfed and destroyed by the harsh lifestyle of American's inner city street life to include death.


Richard (Rick) “Pee Wee” Kirkland - He famously turned down a contract to play for the Chicago Bulls because he made more money hustling and he ended up in prison.


Doug Wrenn - He would give Jamal Crawford, Brandon Roy, and Nate Robinson the business on city courts. He was a 6'6" scorer with a bad temper and that bad temper eventually landed him in jail.


Lenny Cooke - Was ranked higher than LeBron James in high school. He started to head in the wrong direction. He lost confidence, took advice from the wrong people and the rest is history.


Ed "Booger" Smith - Featured in Soul in the Hole and on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1997 at age 17. Smith chose to make fast money on the streets selling drugs rather than develop his skills in college.


Ronnie Fields - He broke his neck in a car accident during his senior year and when he finally healed he couldn't get into a Div I school because of his grades.


"Fly" Williams - Williams could never fully adapt to team ball and never played professionally because of his attitude.


Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond - Had the Lakers knocking on his door with only a high school career and word of mouth to go by. And like some other street ball legends of his era, he turned them down because he was making more money in the street because he figured the drug game would last forever. He's now a recovering addict that did a couple bids in prison, instead of being regarded as an NBA legend.


Benji Wilson - He was gunned down in an altercation near his school during his senior year. He was only 17 and had been named the nation's No.1 high school player a couple months prior to being murdered on the streets of Chicago.


Earl "The Goat" Manigault - Standing at 6'1", Manigault with a 52" vertical leap, was dunking on legends like Connie Hawkins and Kareem on a regular basis at the Rucker. Kareem said himself that Earl was the best player he ever played against. His drug addiction led to prison stints and death at a relatively early age. His story was immortalized in the HBO movie, Rebound starring Don Cheadle as The Goat. He dominated in high school and was recruited by the top colleges in the country. But, his heroin addiction didn't allow him to reach his potential. He died of heart failure at the age of 53 in 1998.


All great street ballers including Hook Mitchell idolized by today's  current young, veteran and retired pros who were all derailed by the inner city streets that most or all of them could have easily been in the top 100 or top 50 in the history of the NBA and in the hall of fame.




Those little bitty cells in prisons should be against whitey's laws.  How one doesn't get claustrophobic in those suckers is beyond me.  Cells, heavy doors slammed behind you, toilet, bucket, sink, bed, belongings all there in that cubby hole.  Staying in one of those for a couple minutes is unbearable to me, Years to Lifetimes spent in one - Damn!!  Brothers, if you're doing wrong, STOP!!!  


Those cells are coffins, for those that did "wrong" that are still living, with the lid open and they're unable to get out while breathing 'cause the white man told you so and put you there. Nasty!!!!


If you're taking drugs, smoking, stop that too.  Like I've told you, there are some machines waiting for you that will scare the shit out of you when they're checking you for cancers or other diseases.


Try living a lawful life fellas, so that it's possible you live past age 12, 18, 24 without weaponry/cop/bullet intrusion. America's NOT FUNNY nor FUN even a little bit anymore!!!!


Most of the music of yesterday and the musicians that created it are no more.  With each one passing, there's nothing but sadness and a deep void. Without music, we have nothing.

I played ball with ppl like Hook, one dude we called Blue because he was so black he looked blue but it was cool, no one teased him about it, most people did not know why we called him Blue because he was brown like the rest of us, as kids we swam and played ball outside all day in the summer and we would get very dark you could have called me blue but it stuck with him. Anyway Blue was only 5"11 but could jump like crazy. The high school he went to put a mark at the top of the back board with his Jersey number because he could pick a quarter off the top of the back board. He ran track too and could run like the wind and was an awesome long jumper, but everything came off the rails for him by his senior year. Years later he was a crack head. 


I played against him and other really gifted players many times in pick up, my game was strong too and I ran with that crowd, gifted dudes with pro ability a few got completely wrecked with crack and heroin. I often played with and against and hung out with a dude who I will not mention his name but a former NBA player who had an heroin addiction, he was all world in high school and college but once he got that NBA money he completely wrecked his career with heroin. The last time I saw him he was driving a beat up Mercedes Benz he bought many years ago when he was in the NBA and he looked stone crazy.  


When I look back at them dudes there was one thing they mostly had in common, no strong male figure in their lives. And a mother who loved them dearly but was just too tired to handle all them kids. One other thing I noticed, if the oldest one went bad the next oldest would too but the youngest ones would do OK or do great things.  

Quote by Momentun: "no strong male figure in their lives. And a mother who loved them dearly but was just too tired to handle all them kids."


Nothing but the truth.


99% of today's NBA players and past players had the very same issues growing up with no or a strong father figure in my community and players who had all the physical gifts who could not be stopped in high school and if they made it to college if the streets didn't get them first, they were totally undisciplined, angry at the world and while in college, could not make he adjust to college life going to class and getting good grades because they barely made it out of high school.


It also pains me to see NBA players who make huge fortunes like former NBA superstars like Allen Iverson ($250 million plus in salary and endorsements over 13 seasons) and Antoine Walker ($110 million plus in 15 years) and end up totally broke filing for bankruptcy and Iverson, a first ballot hall of famer. hasn't been out of the league for 5 years.


I read articles about Iverson and his serious drinking and gambling problem losing hundreds of thousands at casinos regularly that also included permanent banishment from all casinos in Atlantic City.


Also, a jeweler sued him for $500,000 for jewelry he got on credit and Iverson after almost every game he played on the road during the season, would buy brand new clothes spending thousands and after the game, would just leave all the expensive clothes he just bought behind in the hotel room.


For Iverson, his downfall is exceptionally hard.


He's financially broke and because of his thuggish attitude that he first immortalized in the NBA, created a basketball lifestyle and carried his "I don't give a damn" ego for his entire career, he burned all his bridges with the NBA front office and NBA head coaches.


The NBA has totally shunned him and politically shut him out from the NBA coaching ranks and the TV sports basketball expert/announcer's booth.


Antoine Walker who also had a seious gambling problem, said in a ESPN interview a few years ago that he would just give his entourage and his homies a few of his unlimited credit, "Black" credit cards and they were permitted by him to do whatever and buy anything they wanted.


Cars, clothes, jewelry, trips didn't matter because according to him, he was only "taking care of the people who took care of him."


According to stats and on average, the average NBA, NFL and MLB player will go broke and file for bankruptcy only 5 years after retiring from their sport.


A few with exceptional talent and skill just like the ones who didn't make it like Hook Mitchell may make it to the pros but on the very back end, they actually didn't make it.


I wish that constant vicious cycle on both ends would that leads to eventual failure would somehow and someday just stop.


They have to wake up and wise up.

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