Off the Shelf: Crazy Basketball by Charley Rosen

Rosen Read from Chapter 1, "Portrait of the Hooper as a Young Man" from Crazy Basketball: A Life In and Out of Bounds by Charley Rosen, Foreword by Phil Jackson:

"My first formal game was in a ninth-grade tournament at Junior High School No. 44, where my class (of intellectually gifted students) was trounced by class 9-14, a low-IQ team of unruly young men who’d been left back several times and who shaved every day. My main memories of playing in the cold, windy schoolyard were of wearing my long pants with my shirttails flapping, of getting razzed for being so clumsy as to stumble over a foul line, and later getting beaten by my father for tearing my pants.

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