The Cockroach Basketball League

The Cockroach Basketball League

by Charley Rosen
     
 

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The Cockroach Basketball League follows the tribulations of hard-driving coach Bob Lassner of the Savannah Stars, a team in the Commercial Basketball League—a fiction drawn from Rosen's own nine years experience coaching in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association. Lassner is an aging hippie and divorcé who hails from a Bronx tenement. His

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The Cockroach Basketball League follows the tribulations of hard-driving coach Bob Lassner of the Savannah Stars, a team in the Commercial Basketball League—a fiction drawn from Rosen's own nine years experience coaching in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association. Lassner is an aging hippie and divorcé who hails from a Bronx tenement. His obsession with the game of basketball animates this kinetic, gritty ramble through the sport's minor leagues.
Lassner is either red with rage or soft with compassion as he struggles to deal with his wayward players. His top scorer is selfish and arrogant; another player faces a grand jury for a point-shaving scheme; still others are drinking and taking drugs. Lassner also faces a meddlesome team owner, racial tension, and the threat of losing his job if he doesn1t produce victories.
With The Cockroach Basketball League, Rosen provides a poignant portrait of men—both players and coaches—who may not ever make it to the NBA. Through this look at life in the minors, Rosen offers a unique perspective on college and pro basketball, media hype, and the psychology of dreams deferred.

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Michael Anderson
Mr. Rosen skillfully induces the reader to join "the Brotherhood of the Sacred Hoop." -- The New York Times Book Review
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Hard-driving coach Bob Lassner of the Savannah Stars believes that life is a metaphor for basketball, and his obsession with the game animates this kinetic, raunchy ramble through the sport's minor leagues. Lassner, a lapsed hippie and divered raised in a Bronx tenement, swings between rage and compassion for his wayward players. His top scorer is selfish and arrogant; another player faces a grand jury investigation for a point-shaving scheme; other Stars take drugs or drink too much. Among Lassner's problems are a meddlesome team owner, racial friction and a rumor that he will be fired if he fails to rack up victories. Minor-league coach Rosen uses his fictional Commercial Basketball League to probe the aspirations, pressures and frustrations of players and coaches who may never make the NBA. Illustrated with diagrams of plays and game plans, this action-packed novel is peppered with trenchant observations on college and pro basketball, media hype and life in the minors. Lassner's epiphany in a jail cell after taking a swing at a sleazy rival coach adds a poignant touch.
Wes Lukowsky
Rosen, a real-life former coach in the Continental Basketball Association and former assistant to Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson in that same league, has written a fictional account of a season-ending playoff series in the Commercial Basketball League. Coach Bo Lassner, who first appeared as an itinerant minor-league player in the acclaimed Have Jump Shot, Will Travel, now coaches a rag-tag bunch of has-beens and wannabes in the CBL. His players are concerned with, in order: the next call from the "big show," the next new lady, the next meal, the next newer lady, and--then only then--the next game. Lassner's goal is to try to motivate his squad for the playoff series with his coaching archrival. The dialogue is street smart, often foul, and real. Anyone who's spent time recently in an athlete's locker room will feel right at home. There's a bit too much technical basketball jargon, but on balance, this is an entertaining glimpse inside a strange world where it's hard to tell if destinies are being fulfilled or denied.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888363784
Publisher:
Seven Stories Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.78(d)

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