Basketball Junkie: A Memoir

Basketball Junkie: A Memoir

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By (author) Chris Herren, By (author) Bill Reynolds, Narrator Peter Berkrot

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  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 188mm x 15mm | 91g
  • Publication date: 13 February 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Old Saybrook, CT
  • ISBN 10: 1452656290
  • ISBN 13: 9781452656298
  • Edition: Unabridged
  • Edition statement: Unabridged
  • Sales rank: 1,775,128

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At basketball-crazy Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, junior guard Chris Herren carried his family's and the city's dreams on his skinny frame. His grandfather, father, and older brother had created their own sports legends in a declining city; he was the last, best hope for a career beyond the shuttered mills and factories. Herren was heavily recruited by major universities, chosen as a McDonald's All-American, featured in a "Sports Illustrated" cover story, and at just seventeen years old became the central figure in "Fall River Dreams, " an acclaimed book about the 1994 Durfee team's quest for the state championship. Leaving Fall River for college, Herren starred on Jerry Tarkanian's Fresno State Bulldogs team of talented misfits, which included future NBA players as well as future convicted felons. His gritty, tattooed, hip-hop persona drew the ire of rival fans and more national attention: "Rolling Stone" profiled him, "60 Minutes" interviewed him, and the Denver Nuggets drafted him. When the Boston Celtics acquired his contract, he lived the dream of every Massachusetts kid--but off the court Herren was secretly crumbling, as his alcohol and drug use escalated and his life spiraled out of control.Twenty years later, Chris Herren was married to his high-school sweetheart, the father of three young children, and a heroin junkie. His basketball career was over, consumed by addictions; he had no job, no skills, and was a sadly familiar figure to those in Fall River who remembered him as a boy, now prowling the streets he once ruled, looking for a fix. One day, for a time he cannot remember, he would die. In his own words, Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved, and how he found a way back to life. Powerful, honest, and dramatic, "Basketball Junkie "is a remarkable memoir, harrowing in its descent, and heartening in its return.

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Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics. Bill Reynolds is a sports columnist for the "Providence Journal" and the author of "Fall River Dreams." A veteran of stage and screen, Peter Berkrot held feature roles in "Caddyshack" and Showtime's "Brotherhood." He has recorded over 170 audiobooks, over 100 for children; has been nominated for an Audie Award; and has received a number of "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and starred reviews.

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"Narrator Peter Berkrot delivers a fine performance, conveying Herren's self-deprecation, shame, and eventual pride." ---Library Journal