Cooke was the number one high school basketball player in the nation in 2001, a physical freak of nature who went from first playing organized hoops in his freshman year of high school in Brooklyn to the target of salivating talent scouts, marketing companies and unsavory hangers-on alike. But as the attention grew his focus waned, and he fell behind the likes of young LeBron James (who beat him in a now-legendary summer league game) and Carmelo Anthony in amateur talent rankings, a victim of circumstance, naivety and laziness.
Having jumped from school to school and subsequently exhausting his basketball eligibility, Cooke ended up at a private school in Flint, Mich., at the invitation of a shifty, conning adviser; following his hometown St. John’s University’s firing of coach Mike Jarvis, whom he had planned to play for, the 19-year-old Cooke decided to declare for the 2002 draft.
At the end of that late June night, 58 players had been drafted; Cooke was not among them. He is not bitter, not after all that has happened in his life since, but is also well aware of the politics involved in the game.
If you love NYC hoops, you understand how crucial this could be.
For New Yorkers, Bleecker Bob’s has been a music institution since the 1960’s, serving the likes of East Villagers for decades. Despite the protests and calls for action, a fish-and-chips spot will now be moving into B&B’s hallowed confines, officially forcing it to close its doors for good sometime early next year.
Check out the documentary put out by Capital New York in July on the final days of a New York landmark.
“The dichotomy between the half of Manhattan with power and the half without it is staggering. The upper half is more or less business as usually especially on the west side, now that trains are back. Downtown is nearly silent and eerie and after dark practically a ghost town. This incredibly densely populated urban community is forced to run home at dusk and apparently just rest till daybreak.” - From the homie RV on Friday, Nov 2nd