Thursday, September 4, 2008

Basketball Spotlight Book of The Week: The Last Shot by Darcy Frey

The Last Shot, Darcy Frey's critically acclaimed portrait of Marbury and his teammates during their playing days at Abraham Lincoln High School in Coney Island. The Last Shot is now available in a special Mariner paperback edition, with a new, up-to-date afterword by the author.

First published by Houghton Mifflin in 1994, The Last Shot has become a classic praised for its honest, startling, and unforgettable portrayal of four young men battling poverty, family problems, and the lure of crime and drugs for a chance at the NCAA and an escape from inner-city life.

The Last Shot gives readers an unforgettable and deeply intimate portrait of Marbury as a superstar in the making:

• The searing deprivation of his upbringing in the Coney Island projects
• His prodigious ability with a basketball even at the age of 14
• The pressures he faced both on the court and in the classroom
• The peculiar demands that were placed on him as his three older brothers tried — and failed — to make it to the pros.

Remarkably prescient, The Last Shot is a controversial and poignant exposé of big-time New York City basketball, whose insights have never been as relevant as they are today, and an in-depth look at the boy who became one of the most talked about stars of the NBA.