Meet the Basketball Player Who Could’ve Been Better than LeBron James

Posted April 22, 2013 by Rick in Movie News

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Unless you are a go-hard basketball enthusiast who follows the NBA’s yearly draft and the history, the you probably are not familiar with Lenny Cooke. Almost thirteen years ago Lenny was one of the top three high school basketball players in U.S. He was ranked higher then LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. He was amazing. Cooke was six foot six and about 206 pounds, he was for sure a force to be reckoned with all during his junior year of high school. His averages were 25 points, 1o rebounds and two blocks per game. Every major college wanted him around! New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony who was also a high school junior at the time, personally flew a basketball camp in order to play against Cooke, that’s how good he was. Lenny was an elite player who has even ESPN following him around with cameras at the young age of 16 years old! Cooke was destined to become a star player, he has potential to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He then blew it..

All of this is in a new documentary, Lenny Cooke. This documentary is currently screening at the 2013  Tribeca Film Festival. It is for sure an intriguing documentary. It’s interesting because of the story, it’s subject and the way it is put together. The doc is filmed through a bunch of rough footage of Cooke from back when he was making his run at the 2002 NBA draft. This was during a controversial period when high school players outed on college and entered the draft instead.

This decision would backfire on a majority of guys who were too silly, money hungry and cocky to understand why it was not a good idea. Fortunately this camp was banned in 2006. Unfortunately  Cooke became all caught up before this was banned. When he entered, his name was not called. All of the details were slowly revealed throughout the film. This is the ultimate portrayal of wasted talent and unrealized accomplishments. This proves that no matter how blessed you are in something you still have to work hard. Watch his and let us know what you think.

Lenny Cooke