Despite facing the odds against cultural and language barriers, the pressure of representing a nation of 1.2 billion, as well as facing Shaquille O'Neal, the NBA's most dominant player, 7ft... See full summary »
During his senior year in high school, basketball star Sebastian Telfair wrestles with the idea of taking his Coney Island team to the championship, decide whether to attend college or go pro, secure an endorsement deal, and get his family out of the projects. Written by
Outstanding movie - tremendous view of what it takes to get into the NBA
We had the honor to view the movie at the Jerusalem Film Festival in the presence of the director Jonathan Hock. He did an outstanding job of telling a wonderful family story - of a star NYC/Coney Island basketball player, Sabastian Telfair and his very interested family.
There are two currents in this documentary. First is the focus on the senior year of high school of Sabastian as he leads Abraham Lincoln High to a 3rd NYC championship. Along with this is the pressure he encounters as he must choose going into the NBA draft or going to college at Louisville under Joe Patino.
The other and more profound element of the film is the family story - the strong mother, the brothers committed to help Sabastian and the "failed" brother who was not drafted into the NBA when it was expected.
This is the best sports movie I have every seen. It gives the viewer the opportunity to "meet" Sabastian and his family, learn about the high school basketball scene at the top level and the "business of the professional basketball in the NBA and in Europe.
I look forward to Jonathan's next project - perhaps a Cuban national who made in big in Major League Baseball and goes home for the first time in many years.
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