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Review: The dashed dreams of 'Lenny Cooke'

Review: The dashed dreams of 'Lenny Cooke'

In 2001, a young New Yorker named Lenny Cooke was the country's top-ranked high school basketball player. The hoop-dreams hope and hype were high. He was interviewed by ESPN and the New York Times and was already used to giving out autographs. And then the moment was gone. The NBA draft passed him by, as did contemporaries LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire.

Cooke's story, less a cautionary tale than a mythic one, is the subject of a compellingly unconventional, elliptical sports documentary that explores the mysterious realm of might-have-been. In "Lenny Cooke," sibling directors Ben and Joshua Safdie (whose scruffy narratives include "Daddy...