Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Boys To Men: Catching Up With The Stars Of Hoop Dreams Almost 15 Years Later.

In 1994 the documentary Hoop Dreams came out and easily became the best hoops documentary ever made, to some it was the best documentary period. It told the story of two Chicago high school basketball players, Arthur Agee and William Gates, pursuing their dream to make it to the NBA. If you haven't seen it (shame on you), or if your memory is rusty, here's the trailer, there is also a Criterion version on DVD.

As a young man with fantasies of being a professional baller, it definitely hit home, but it touched many with the personal story of these two young men, their families, their desire and their struggle. The filmmakers did an excellent job of letting the story tell itself.

Sarah Olkin from the Chicago Tribune caught up with both men to find out how their lives have shaped out since. I'm not even going to break it down and paraphrase, I'll just let the people in question, tell their story, much like they did almost fifteen years ago.

Thanks to Peter Robert Casey for the tip.

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