Monday, March 23, 2009

Mixed Blessings...

Like all prodigies, Allonzo Trier's path to professional success is laden with career ending possibilities each and every day of his pre-adult life, obstacles that can lay waste the dream quicker than it flashed unto his prepubescent consciousness. Physical injuries and limitations, financial skullduggery- and the potential psychic trauma of such premature exposure to all that is best and worst in the human condition. Everything that can turn a blessing into a curse.

I grew up loving the sport. There's something so fundamentally pure at its core- a leather ball, a metal hoop, and whatever spark of ingenuity one brings to the hardwood. But this avenue to success has long been overcrowded and oversold, like the asphalt streets surrounding many a broken backboard.
Photo: Lauren Greenfield

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