Basketball Junkie: A Memoir



[KINDLE] ❆ Basketball Junkie: A Memoir Author Chris Herren – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 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 Basketball Junkie: eBook Å seventeen years old became the central figure in Fall River Dreams, an acclaimed book about theDurfee 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 national attention Rolling Stone profiled him,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 controlTwenty 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 dieIn 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.Basketball Junkie: A Memoir

Chris Herren is a former NBA basketball player for the Denver Nuggets and the Boston Celtics His company, Hoop Dreams with Chris Herren, Inc provides basketball training for young players as well as educational talks He lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

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    Basketball Junkie: A Memoir PDF ☆ Basketball Junkie: a boy, now prowling the streets he once ruled, looking for a fix One day, for a time he cannot remember, he would dieIn 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."/>
  • Audio CD
  • Basketball Junkie: A Memoir
  • Chris Herren
  • English
  • 11 April 2019
  • 1452606293

10 thoughts on “Basketball Junkie: A Memoir

  1. says:

    Totally honest and vulnerable, Chris Herren is taking us to his hell and back It is a memoir of struggle, addiction but he is also showing an amazing strength It is an inspiring read that leaves us with foods for thoughts, I really loved it

  2. says:

    I received this book through Goodreads First Reads and was excited to be able to read it That feeling, however, was short lived.The underlying theme and purpose of the book had a ton of potential Chris Herren goes through his professional basketball career as an absolute junkie, to the detriment of his family and his coaches The book explains the timelines of events from when he started doping and drinking to when he finally decided to put his family first First of all, let me say, I am extr I received this book through Goodreads First Reads and was excited to be able to read it That feeling, however, was short lived.The underlying theme and purpose of the book had a ton of potential Chris Herren goes through his professional basketball career as an absolute junkie, to the detriment of his family and his coaches The book explains the timelines of events from when he started doping and drinking to when he finally decided to put his family first First of all, let me say, I am extremely proud of Chris for finally realizing his problem and doing something about it I hope, for his sake and his familys sake that he is still living life sober and telling others what he went through That being said, the book is forgettable on a couple of levels.Basically this was a timeline of events and occurances There was no dialogue, no mention of what he was going through inside of his head during his lowest points only that he was detoxing and sweating and cryingit was just surface facts of what he went through There were few quotes from coaches or family, but no conversations The author speaks about his wife and how she was strong, but doesn t offer much else to the relationship between the two of them Why did she stay How did she try to help I can understand that being a junkie druggie, you push everyone important to you away I get thatbut there has to beto this story andabout the addiction and absolutelyabout the process of recovery There needs to beto capture and motivate The book doesn t delve into the depths of what he had to go through in rehab or with his family Being an outsider isn t enough.I understand the several grammatical errors, since this was an uncorrected version and the sentence structure paragraph structure left something to be desired I would honestly love to read the finished product to see how it changes I know it has the ability to be a great memoir that can teach people about coping with recovery if the author would open up After all, he obviously wants the story out there for the world to see Make it realmake it honest I know there wasto the experience of the whole thing than this

  3. says:

    I have really enjoyed reading Basketball Junkie Not being a huge reader, often times it is hard for me to find books that I actually enjoy I m glad that I found this book because it kept me interested at all times I had a hard time putting the book down and always wanted to read just a little bitWatching Chris Herren change and grow as he grew up and went so far with his hopes and dreams was really interesting to read about and then to watch it all come tumbling down and then Chris wou I have really enjoyed reading Basketball Junkie Not being a huge reader, often times it is hard for me to find books that I actually enjoy I m glad that I found this book because it kept me interested at all times I had a hard time putting the book down and always wanted to read just a little bitWatching Chris Herren change and grow as he grew up and went so far with his hopes and dreams was really interesting to read about and then to watch it all come tumbling down and then Chris would build himself back up just to come tumbling down again was an interesting insight into being a generally functioning addict junkie I think that a reader that may be interested in this book would be interested in sports for sure I think that any high school athlete should read this book because it stresses the importance of not experimenting with drugs because of the roads it may take you down Other reviewers noted Chris Herren s immense vulnerability and honesty throughout the entire book I absolutely agree with that Chris Herren went through so much throughout his life with no one able to stop him and help get his life together Everyone just watched him ruin his life Another reviewer wished he had gone deeper into the descriptions of his lowest points and talked about what exactly was going on inside his head rather than always his outside feelings like him crying and sweating Others also note how a 17 year olds dreams faded to nightmares as he watched his dreams crumble right in front of him which perfectly characterizes the book Another reviewer said that every high school coach should have their athletes read this book From my updates, someone who may not have read the book yet would be able to tell that Basketball Junkie is a biography of Chris Herren who was a high school basketball star that experimented with drugs and became a full on junkie while still trying to make a name for himself in basketball Someone would also be able to visualize what is going on in the book This book has a lot of strengths, it truly captures a struggling addict go through life The character development of Chris was great I wish that there wasdevelopment for his loved ones in his life, like his wife, heather, his kids, coaches, long time friends I gave this book 4 stars because I wish it was a little bitin depth and not as quick moving

  4. says:

    A honest story of addiction and all the terror it inflicts.Chris Herren No one sets out to be an addict No one sets out to ruin their life and the lives of all the people around them No one sets out to see the anguish in the eyes of the people who love them No one sets out to live the life I led It happens over time, sure but it also happens when you don t address your issues.I also tell them kids I was never the most fucked up kid in my circle of friends in high school, never the A honest story of addiction and all the terror it inflicts.Chris Herren No one sets out to be an addict No one sets out to ruin their life and the lives of all the people around them No one sets out to see the anguish in the eyes of the people who love them No one sets out to live the life I led It happens over time, sure but it also happens when you don t address your issues.I also tell them kids I was never the most fucked up kid in my circle of friends in high school, never the one that drank the most, or did the most drugs That there always kids worse off then me I tell them that nobody would have predicted what was going to happen to me back then, the hell I would live in, the price I would pay for my addiction I tell them that addiction is a sneaky thing, that it happens over time, until one day you wake up and you are your addiction It owns you, not the other way around I tell them that s what happens when you don t deal with your issues.Thats why meetings are so important You have to hear people s stories over and over, get a daily reminder that you re not alone, not the only one going through this People have to believe they can get out of their mess.I m not saying I m cured or that I know all the answers But I thank God for ability to stay sober, and to be around people who are sober I know what works for me go to meetings Let the past go, because to dwell on it only brings regret and guilt Don t think about the future , because that brings fear I just stay where I m supposed to be I know if I stay in the moment and take care of my business, I have a chance

  5. says:

    Have you ever wondered what happens to people after reading a biography Fall River Dreams is the story of year in the life of 17 year old Chris Herren Basketball Junkie is the answer to what happened to him after Fall River and it is muchnightmare than dream Amazingly talented as a basketball player Chris becomes drug addicted and blows his career with drugs and alcohol But this is a story of redemption and survival Which is also the story of Fall River, his hometown, and another char Have you ever wondered what happens to people after reading a biography Fall River Dreams is the story of year in the life of 17 year old Chris Herren Basketball Junkie is the answer to what happened to him after Fall River and it is muchnightmare than dream Amazingly talented as a basketball player Chris becomes drug addicted and blows his career with drugs and alcohol But this is a story of redemption and survival Which is also the story of Fall River, his hometown, and another character and player in the story Told with unflinching truth and insight, this well written book is well worth your time and should be on every high school coaches shelf as a cautionary tale to their athletes

  6. says:

    There s a reason I don t like reading memoirs of drugs addicts Well there s a few reasons but mainly because I don t like the whiny tone they all have This one is no exception Written by a high school basketball star who actually made it to the NBA only to be brought down by his expensive all consuming drug addiciont, this story follows a predictable pattern He wants to stop using, he stops using, he falls victim to temptation, repeat over and over Supposedly clean since the birth of his 3 There s a reason I don t like reading memoirs of drugs addicts Well there s a few reasons but mainly because I don t like the whiny tone they all have This one is no exception Written by a high school basketball star who actually made it to the NBA only to be brought down by his expensive all consuming drug addiciont, this story follows a predictable pattern He wants to stop using, he stops using, he falls victim to temptation, repeat over and over Supposedly clean since the birth of his 3rd child, Herren has decided to tell his story Too bad it s nothing new it

  7. says:

    I enjoyed this book on Chris Herren I watched the documentary on it and they were both very similar I liked this book because it was about a basketball player that gets addicted to many different drugs and goes through many different expiercences and he comes close to dying many different times but in the end he chose his family over drugs and basketball and now tries to help kids that went through the same thinf that he went through.

  8. says:

    I am not quite so savage about this book as Barry was, but my concern for Chris Herren is that his recovery has been less than three years and that is not a long time for one so addicted as he was We can only hope for his sake and that of his family, he can maintain his recovery I did enjoy the descriptions of Fall River and since I love basketball, his journey was interesting.

  9. says:

    I read and really enjoyed Fall River Dreams A Team s Quest for Glory, A Town s Search for Its Soul so decided to pick up this book to learn the rest of the story A very honest look at how addictions can completely take over a life I read and really enjoyed Fall River Dreams A Team s Quest for Glory, A Town s Search for Its Soul so decided to pick up this book to learn the rest of the story A very honest look at how addictions can completely take over a life

  10. says:

    I love books involving sports, and Chris Herren s memoir was no exception Through his book, he brings readers along his rough journey of basketball and drug addiction, from high school all the way up to the NBA I couldn t put this book down and finished it in two days thanks to my friend, Jackie, for recommending it to me

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