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'Lenny Cooke' documentary follows basketball hopeful's road to defeat
'Lenny Cooke' documentary follows basketball hopeful's road to defeat

As unlikely as it seems, failure and obscurity can have rewards of their own. The new documentary "Lenny Cooke" follows its titular subject on the road to defeat. Or rather, the film explores how defeat can nevertheless lead to a triumphant confirmation of self. The film, opening Dec. 13 in Los Angeles, chronicles the story of Lenny Cooke, a New York City basketball prodigy who in the early 2000s was ranked as the No. 1 high school basketball player in America. A drift of miscalculations, bad representation and fatefully bad decisions curtailed Cooke's professional basketball career before it had even really begun. After declaring himself eligible for the 2002 NBA draft,...

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