I feel bad for dude tho, he woulda been great. He just got caught up
How was he not drafted in the 2002 NBA Draft? Work ethic? Attitude problems?
I would have never thought he would let himself get that big.
When is the movie being released?
Being from the Philippines, I remember he played for a team but not HOW he played for it.
The commentator said it perfectly (1:16),
Commentator 1: "Is there anything this guy cant do"
Commentator 2: "If he can do everything, he probably be in the NBA right now"
Side note: Joakim Noah - > executive producer.
I don't understand why people feel bad for this guy. It's not as if he had a major injury and never made it in the league. He made some wrong choices in life, and now he's getting paid for this documentary. He was blessed with talent by god, and chose to take it for granted. I don't feel sorry one bit, if anything it's a life lesson.
he was in a major car crash that damn near ended his life as well as his career.and i doubt he is gotting paid for this documentary as majority of documentaries dont have a budget
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Anyone who knows Lenny Cooke story KNOWS the woman at 1min and know what she was doing w/ Lenny. She has some NERVE!
When your 17,18,19 you don't know it all.,so you will listen to advice people give you whether it is good or bad. On top of that when you come from the bushwick section of Brooklyn your looking for the quickest and easiest way out by all means. Yes he is a gifted individual and yes he did mess up but we can't blame it solely on him. Try having a heart my brother.
I see where you're coming from but at the ages of 17-19, you know the difference between bad advice and good advice. He just chose to take the bad advice.
It doesn't matter where you came from, anybody can make it from anywhere. It's about how bad you want it an doing it the right way. Hell, I'm sure 80% of the players in the NBA came from tough neighborhoods and they still took advantage of their gifts.
I can't feel bad for someone who could have had it all while I'm still working my ass off on a daily basis to have the little things I have.
you expect a special education kid,with 0 parental influence,education and dirt poor to know the difference between good and bad advice?there are college educated people who follow bad advice,so what do you expect from an uneducated kid out of the hood?some of yall people man.smh
and he is currently working hard for the lil things he has,just like you are
You can feel sorry for him but he chose what he chose and those decisions define his legacy of "squandered talent". The fact that you are making excuses for him now is what did him in when it was all still ahead of him.
i didnt make any excuse for him.i just asked what type of good decisions should a damn near illiterate,special needs teenager be able to make.do you not understand a teenager is still a child
Dude he was 19-20 years old which is an adult and he wanted to act like a man and make his own decisions like he knew what he was doing when he had no damn clue. You can claim him as ignorant but part of the equation is Lenny wanted the quick fame instead of working hard. You can be dumb as a sack of rocks but if you are lazy and have no work ethic that has nothing to do with being illiterate and the special needs label is mostly a crutch. The excuses you are making for Lenny in your post is a "lack of discipline" problem more than being illiterate or special needs? BTW please elaborate on the "special needs" aspect. Whether he had some educational disadvantages or not , guys have persevered over more and come from as worse if not worse cultures/families by surrounding themselves by people that truly look out for their best interest. It didn't work out for Lenny due to his own bad decisions more than anything. If people like yourself assuming you are an AAU coach? Would hold these kids accountable for themselves instead of coddling them because they can play ball , things like the Lenny Cooke story won't happen near as much. Just playing ball well is not a cop out to ignoring all other important aspects of your life.
and again,where did i make an excuse lol.you are seeing what you want to see.as somebody who knows him personally,i can give alot more insight into his life.but either way,i have not made 1 excuse
19-20 is not an adult by any stretch of the imagination.some can be more mature than others,but it still doesnt change the fact that a 30 year old is not gonna make the same choices as a 20 year old.lenny was living in pure poverty.of course he wanted quick money.just like anybody would want to fix their situation as quick as possible.you dont know lenny to say what his work ethic is or if he was lazy.he went from unranked in nyc to #1 in the country.you think he got that by not working hard lol.work ethic is just a term people who have no idea what they are talking about like to use because it seems like an obvious answer.telling you somebodies problem is not making an excuse.im an aau coach and i also work in the school system and a product of it.kids like lenny are everywhere.18 and read at a 6th grade level.that is clinical retardation by definition.
people like you whom arent from the inner city always want to cite somebody who "made it" coming from worse.please tell me who all these guys are that made it coming from worse.those guys are the exception and not the rule.lenny is the rule,not the exception.and if you dont know,the rule is if you are uneducated,and poor,you will likely stay that way
and yes aau is a predatory thing,but aau coaches dont make any rules,and some of these kids do need coddling,because alot of them dont come from good backgrounds.everybody wants to blame a kid,as oppose to blaming the system that creates these kids
I watched this trailer like 3 times last night. Can't wait to watch it. I always have wondered what happened to Lenny Cooke and have read just about every article (past and present) written about Cooke. This movie looks like it will finally answer all of the questions anyone ever had about the kid.
IMO, he is one of the first guys who really got me into the High School basketball recruiting world. Reading about him and LeBron going at it at ABCD camp back in 2001 got me so excited when i was little. The doc. looks amazing, hopefully it doesn't disappoint
He would of def been among the top players in the nba right now. top 10-15. Its a good thing that he is coming out with this documentary to guide the mis-guided.
He had the talent, just got too cocky and didn't continue to work hard.
This is more than just a story about Lenny Cooke, this is about what can happen to a talented young athlete. It was pretty surreal seeing him meet Stoudemire and Anthony in his obese form after seeing him challenge Kobe as a young whippersnapper.
Finally looks like this documentary is dropping! Heard talk of this for a while and I heard he lives not too far from me in Virginia.
This &$#%#&@! could open up some eyes honestly. I would love for ESPN to pick it up and add it to the 30:30 collection.
Has to suck to be Lenny Cooke. Especially during these playoffs where you see LeBron and Melo excelling and leading their teams to victories while he sits and watches at home before going to sleep to get ready for his 9-5 life. That &$#%#&@! would kill me!
There are a lot of Lenny Cooke's out here in the world even in other sports. I just hope this will grab the attention of the young athletes out here who are expecting to live the dream he once wanted.
Any word on the release date?