Ball So Hard

11.15.2011

SPORTS

With Michael Jordan’s dominance throughout the ’90s providing a spark, the basketball culture in Chicago has recently dominated that of other sports in the city, one where the Cubs and Bears also call home. Chicago has also come to rival and in some regards, surpass, other basketball capitals such as N.Y.C. and L.A. in producing local talent the likes of Dwayne Wade and Derrick Rose, the latter of which now leads a young, resurgent Bulls squad. Here, in our first documentary, Life+Times follows a select crop of the city’s youngsters—high school sophomores Tyquone Greer, Jahlil Okafor, and Paul White—with the potential to carry on in the city’s rich legacy.

Also featuring famed NBA trainer Tim Grover, Chicago basketball scout Daniel Poneman, and Oak Park product and New York Knicks’ 2011 first-round draft pick, Iman Shumpert.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vonney202 Yvonne Roy

    <3 It!!!! :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUOOFZON2JCBBKSZDGN6LQFJSM Clarence

    Hopefully the NBA will figure itself out soon so we can see Shumpert’s debut!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NUOOFZON2JCBBKSZDGN6LQFJSM Clarence

    Hopefully the NBA will figure itself out soon so we can see Shumpert’s debut!!!

  • Anonymous

    Well done. I’ll be watching these young men evolve. Thanks.

  • http://twitter.com/miguelmalcolm bennycocobutter

    Nice editing. This piece inspired me to finish my project. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/dseals : phokus films :

    Very solid piece on basketball from my home town. As a filmmaker and editor myself, I applaud the camera operators and editors. Very well done.

  • http://twitter.com/UnlikelySaviors UnlikelySaviors

    These young men are Unlikely Saviors and more than just basketball players.

  • Jay Hen Gwoppa

    #GwoppaGang #GG

  • Anonymous

    Tyqoune is a special kid people. He has even started going to a church in the city in Old Towne where the people let him know that he is God’s child. Love this young man as he is special………and is story is real but love how he has just moved on and not dwelled on the past! Great young man!

  • Anonymous

    Tyqoune is a special kid people. He has even started going to a church in the city in Old Towne where the people let him know that he is God’s child. Love this young man as he is special………and is story is real but love how he has just moved on and not dwelled on the past! Great young man!

  • Anonymous

    As a Chicago native, I appreciate this documentary. As a product of the westside, it also refreshing to see young men being featured in a positive light. Yet, I was struck by the statement that “basketball is their only way out.” The three young men are sophomores in high school and there was no talk of academics. To sell a young man like Tyquone Greer the message that basketball is all he has is a disservice to him and his family. With the number of young men vying for a spot in the NBA compared to the actual number of spaces available in the NBA there is a need for balance. These young men are STUDENT-Athletes not Athletes who are Students.

  • http://twitter.com/DJRodPowers DJ Rod Powers

    This was definitely a pretty amazing documentary thanks to whoever put this together.

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