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HOOPS COMES HOME
RICK TELANDER
October 15, 2012
Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of schoolboy legends (not to mention legendary characters)and finally has an NBA team of its own
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October 15, 2012

Hoops Comes Home

Four decades after he chronicled Brooklyn's vibrant street basketball scene, the author returns to the borough that spawned generations of schoolboy legends (not to mention legendary characters)and finally has an NBA team of its own

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The kids flock to Albert, but I ask one, a 14-year-old named Jahmaul Stewart, how it is in Brooklyn these days.

"People think it's a nice place," he says, "but it can be a bad place too."

How?

"Because of violence. Gangs, drugs, gambling. My mom checks on me all the time. All the time."

Albert is asking a group of players how much they love the game: "You guys play in the rain?"

They all say yes.

"In the cold?"

They nod.

"In the snow?"

A few nods.

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