True Legend

By Mike Lupica

Number 1 New York Times bestseller Mike Lupica makes his go back to the basketball courtroom!

There's a cause teammates name him "True." simply because for basketball phenom Drew Robinson, there's not anything truer than his expertise at the courtroom. it is the variety that comes alongside as soon as in a iteration and is loaded with perks--and with difficulties. earlier than lengthy, real buys in to his personal hype, a lot to the chagrin of his mom, who desires to maintain her boy's head grounded--and abruptly difficulty has a fashion of discovering him. that's, until eventually a washed-up former playground legend steps again onto the court docket and takes precise less than his wing.

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The man within the park has ups like that,” Drew acknowledged. “Ups, dude. yet in contrast to Legend’s. ” “The man within the park appears smaller than him. Like he reduced in size again within himself. ” “Smaller or simply skinnier? ” Lee acknowledged. “Both. ” “Okay,” Lee stated, “we gotta cease now. ” “Why? ” “Because this man can’t be our guy,” Lee acknowledged, “unless you do think in humans arriving from the lifeless. ” “It’s simply that Donald contains himself like a participant, you recognize? speaking all the way down to me the way in which he did, like he is familiar with issues approximately ball that I don’t. ” “You gotta permit it cross, what he acknowledged to you,” Lee stated. “About passing the ball. ” Lee nonetheless taking part in wingman on what he knew used to be Drew’s workforce. Then Lee had an concept. “Y’know, if we actually need to know extra approximately this dude, we should always ask trainer D. He should have heard approximately him whilst he coached in Sacramento at McClatchy excessive. ” “Would’ve been sooner than Coach’s time,” Drew acknowledged. “And he didn’t develop up in Sacramento, be mindful? He grew up in Oregon somewhere. ” “Still,” Lee stated, “if he coached within the related urban and this Legend dealers man was once that enormous a deal, he must’ve heard approximately him. ” “Yeah, that is sensible. Let’s ask him at perform the next day. ” Drew nonetheless didn’t comprehend if he was once extra drawn to the lifeless Legend or the single at Morrison Park. the single at Morrison—Donald—had informed Drew to not turn out like him. within the park, he intended. yet what approximately city (Legend) , who didn’t even make it again to the park, who’d pretty well died in the street? Legends. One useless, one alive. either one of them have been telling Drew to not turn out like them. • • • trainer DiGregorio acknowledged, convinced, he’d heard of city Legend, everyone in Sacramento—at least every person of a definite age—had heard of him. while trainer requested why they cared, Drew stated it used to be for the paper he used to be engaged on. while trainer heard that, his eyes lit up like Drew had simply made a go or a play. “That’s what I’m talkin’ about,” he stated, his pleasure point going from 0 to sixty. “I knew I had myself a true scholar ath-a-lete ready to bust out. ” trainer D stated he by no means really observed city Legend play, that he hadn’t considered him in years until eventually he discovered he’d died the best way he had. “He’s the turn facet of the entire men who made it,” trainer acknowledged. “The men who made it to varsity, or the ultimate 4, or to their hundred-million-dollar contracts within the professionals. men like—” “I’m gonna be,” Drew acknowledged, completing his proposal. “Yeah,” trainer acknowledged. “Like you’re gonna be. men like Legend, they’re not just the turn part in basketball. It’s extra like they’re the darkish facet. ” trainer acknowledged it was once extraordinary how frequently Sellers’s identify got here up in conversations as soon as he received to Sacramento. If a McClatchy child post a triple double in a video game, they’d remind you in a video game tale that city had averaged a triple double for an entire season. If one in every of his young ones went for 40 in a video game, they’d let you know what number occasions dealers did it. Like that. “And through then,” trainer stated, “nobody knew what had occurred to him. It used to be like he’d fallen off the face of the earth. ” “Maybe ’cause he had,” Drew acknowledged.

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