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Shooting Stars

LeBron James

From the ultimate team-basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August-a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids-LeBron James and his best friends-from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school. They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his teammates offered him. In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to fulfill that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five bo

From the ultimate team-basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August-a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids-LeBron James and his best friends-from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school. They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his teammates offered him. In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to fulfill that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five bo
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From the ultimate team-basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August-a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids-LeBron James and his best friends-from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school. They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of ten. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his teammates offered him. In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to fulfill that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five bo

Language:

English

Narrators:

Buzz Bissinger, Moe Irvin

Length:

7h 14m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:10


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:14


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:54


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:07


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:48


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:02


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

10:27


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:32


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:10


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:29


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:05


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:27


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

09:28


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

09:26


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

07:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:50


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:51


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

10:22


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:39


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:58


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:54


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:16


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:22


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:36


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:52


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:38


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:41


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:35


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:32


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

10:33


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:34


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:20


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:19


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

00:33