Swee'pea by John Valenti audiobook

Swee'pea: The Story of Lloyd Daniels and Other Playground Basketball Legends

By John Valenti  and Ron Naclerio
Read by Mirron Willis

HighBridge, Highbridge Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665147910

  • ISBN: 9781665147897

  • ISBN: 9781665147903

Runtime: 13.86 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Lloyd Daniels learned to hoop on the playgrounds of Brooklyn and Queens during the 1980s. “Swee'pea” they called him. His rep on the court traveled all the way to the Bronx, and across the country, earning him enthusiastic comparisons to the likes of Magic Johnson. Swee'pea was sure to make it to the big time and out of a New York City where drugs and violence had gripped many of its neighborhoods. Eventually he did, leaving the city's asphalt courts for the shiny hardwoods of NCAA programs, minor pro-leagues, and eventually the NBA. He took with him, however, a drug habit, a learning disability, and a reputation for self-destruction.

With Swee'pea, Newsday reporter John Valenti and celebrated New York City high school basketball coach Ron Naclerio brilliantly capture how an athletic phenomenon becomes both a product of his environment, and his own worst enemy. Supplementing Daniels' enigmatic story are profiles of basketball successes like former NBA stars Kenny Anderson, John Salley, and Mark Jackson—and tragedies like Earl “The Goat” Manigault, Richie Adams, and Tony “Red” Bruin—who never made the league.

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Author

Author Bio: John Valenti

Author Bio: John Valenti

John Valenti is an award winning and nine-time Pulitzer-nominated reporter, having worked over three decades for Newsday. He had a featured role in the Emmy Award-winning 2013 ESPN 30-for-30 documentary Big Shot. Valenti lives with his family in Elmhurst, New York.

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Author Bio: Ron Naclerio

Author Bio: Ron Naclerio

Ron Naclerio is the winningest high school basketball coach in New York City having led the Cordozo High School basketball team in Queens, New York since 1981. A former baseball prospect at St. John’s University, he played outfield on a team that went to the 1978 NCAA College World Series.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 13.86
Audience: Adult
Language: English