( music playing ) Shawn McCray:
I always tell people
there’s two worlds. The streets
is a different world. In the city of Newark,
you know, carjackings
and murders– and sometimes I wake up
and it’s like, “How much of a difference
am I really making?” Deny, Omar! Stop ball, stop ball! I wanna win the state
championship, too, but I want people
to go to college, I don’t just wanna win and ain’t nobody
going to college. What’s it for? People don’t understand, if you don’t have a plan, the streets have a plan
out there for you. Nikkita:
We went to the court and they didn’t even
have him in the system. So it’s like
he was never arrested. – Right.
– And then a month from now, he’ll have a warrant. Nikkita: Exactly.
For not showing up to court. Shawn:
I know the story ’cause I was a street kid. But I was given
second chances and I think people
deserve a second chance ’cause not
everybody’s bad, man. Some people just
make bad decisions. ( motorcycle engine revving ) Bulls guard Jay Williams has been involved
in a motorcycle accident. The second player
taken in the draft was transported to the hospital
in critical condition. These injuries
could definitely change his career permanently. Jay Williams:
For a long time, I was a victim
to my circumstance. “Woe is me. Jay with the
accident that changed my life.” But there was a moment
where I took that circumstance and I let it empower me,
’cause I wanna make change. Not just in myself,
but within other people. Y’all need to
come together, man. Y’all play like this.
Y’all need to play like this. Y’all will keep
having this feeling if y’all keep
playing like this. I want this experience
to change lives. Yeah, I read it. It’s my job to keep pushing
you step by step. Oh! Start over.
Kareem’s knees touched. Ah! Jay:
For so long in my life,
I let my past define who I was. But if I’m too focused
on what was, I’ll never focus on
what’s going to come. Hey, guys at home, I got somebody that wants
to say what’s up to you. – Hold on.
– Yo, what’s up, y’all? ( clamoring ) Every experience in life
is a teacher. My dad, he’s in jail. Sometime I cry at night ’cause he’s not here. In these last few months, I probably been in, like, ten different houses. People want power and money. They try to kill
each other for it. Shawn:
We just found out that
Jihad’s father passed away. You’ll be all right, man.
You’ll be all right. At the end of the day, you guys got
an unbelievable mentor, and I want you to learn from
everything that you’ve done. You gonna be great. Mike Samsel:
Dee-End down court
to Zarique! ( cheering ) ( cheering ) You don’t know
how great you are. You’re held prisoner
to your circumstances. There was a moment
where I took my circumstance and I let it empower me. I said, “No longer ‘Why me?’. It became ‘Why not me?'” And that’s what I want to
imprint on these kids. They were built
for these type of moments. ( music playing ) This is where it all started, the 1967 riots. They pulled over a cab driver
up on 16th Avenue. Allegedly, they beat him up, and, you know, a large crowd
thought the cab driver died. They took him out the back and took him to the hospital. But, you know,
the people thought he died, so they start throwing
rocks and bottles at the police. ( clamoring ) And then they went to over
to Springfield Avenue where a majority
of the businesses were. They started torching
all the businesses. ( siren wailing ) But there was
a build up to that. I mean, I think poverty
overrides all of the crime,
you know? And that’s why
most crime is committed, ’cause people
really don’t have anything. ( over P.A.)
There will be a curfew
starting at 11… I call the Newark Riots
a rebellion because that’s exactly
what I think it was. ( siren wailing ) It was rebelling, not just the arrest
of John Smith, but the conditions
that people were living in
in the city. Politicians were corrupt, the school system
was not sufficiently funded, police brutality
was legendary. There were no jobs here,
there was no opportunity. And Newark, it exploded. Officer 1:
Bay window! Officer 2:
Where? Where? – Above the front door.
– Yeah, yeah. The first window
next to that door. I was born in Brooklyn, lived in Newark
for almost 50 years. And this is the end.
I’m through! Through with Newark
because Newark is bad. Can I say something? Listen, all we want
is the equal right. That’s all we’re asking for. And as long
as they keep this up, we gon’ burn the white out. ( siren wailing ) Shawn: You know,
the riots lasted a few days. Some people died,
people got arrested. But this where it started at,
right here, in 1967 in June. Ras Baraka:
Since that time, Newark has
been trying to endure and transcend
difficult times. Buildings that
were burnt out, whole communities
that were devastated and had not been repaired– I’m still building in areas that were abandoned
for 50 years. You know, the city gives
people their personality, gave them their grit,
their sense of determination. All of those things, you know,
associated with the idea of “I’m from the bricks.
You know, brick city.” Wow. We try to take what’s bad and stand on top of it. And we call it enduring. Or we call it,
“Oh, we persevered.” But the reality is,
you’ve been affected by that. And there is some
real emotional and psychological distress
that you’re under because of these situations. Shawn:
Um, this is where I grew up. This actually
used to be projects. This was like a big square with about 12 to 15 buildings with about 5,000 people
living in this… this one little area. And you knew, like, everybody. You know? Hey, what’s up, bro?
How are you? I’m all right.
What’s going on? All right. It was fun, man,
and I always said, if they had
the projects still up, I probably would live in it. I just miss the love and the
togetherness from the projects. And I think when they tore
the projects down, it broke a lot of unity. Dr. Epps:
Poverty has its bad side, but there’s also a rich culture
that comes from poverty. – Man: Make some noise!
– ( cheering ) Shawn:
Most of the guys
that moved from the block were from the same project. And some guys
were throwing parties. My friend Red,
he had a rapper living with him. And, of course, if you got
Biz Markie and Cool V, you gonna get people. Shawn:
The following was big. So it was like, “We have to
come up with a name to put on some T-shirts
and get people to know it’s us.” My friend was like,
“The police call us animals. Why don’t we just call
ourselves the ‘Zoo Crew?'” Because we was caged in, you know, locked in
your ghetto environment. Shawn:
We would have rappers
come to the parties, like Queen Latifah,
Treach from Naughty by Nature. It was like,
“Oh, yeah, yeah, Zoo Crew? We going to the party
because it’s safe, everybody having fun.” Man, we fed
the whole community, man. And it was–
it was beautiful, man, I miss those days.
I really do. I think some people
in the community thought they were entrepreneurs
and philanthropists who were giving back
to the community, because they would do things
for the community. But the problem is,
you know, where are they getting
the money to do that? They were
a criminal enterprise. Shawn:
We cared about the community, but we did things that
we shouldn’t have been doing. This is the driveway where
we hung and did our business. I used to put my stash
on this wall right here. One time I got chased. Police were right there,
but I made it– I made it to the house.
They didn’t even know it was me. I got a phone call
6:00 in the morning and they saying they rounding
up members of the Zoo Crew. And I went and sat
in the living room, I said, “Damn, it’s over.” Like, “I’m going to jail. This is it.” And I just waited for them
to kick the door in. It never happened. When stuff like that happen,
you start to reflect. Do you really wanna
live this life? After that I was like,
“That’s it. I can’t do this anymore.” Teen:
Dee-End, go, go, go, go. Shawn:
So I started to bring kids in
through basketball. Lot of people
don’t understand some of the things
that these kids go through, but I know
how it is out there. Everybody can’t
survive out there. He’s scared of the pressure! He’s scared of the pressure!
Cut deep! All:
Oh! ( laughter ) Shawn:
Let’s go, baseline, let’s go! Smallest to tallest. I’ve lost a lot of kids, man. The numbers of former players
that have been killed? We’re at about 19 right now in the last 21 years. And the crazy part is… …the crazy part is, like, it started
within the last ten years. Then, all of a sudden,
it’s like every six months somebody
was getting killed and it was like… it was tough, man. And kids grow up and think
that’s the norm. Quan Quan brother in jail, Brill brother in jail, Dee-End brother in jail, Jihad brother
in and out of jail, and it’s crazy. And you gotta try
to keep all that together to get your season the way
you want it to be. It’s 37 kids, man.
We got 15 spots. That’s all I’ma tell you. I don’t care
what grade you in. If you one of the top 15,
you will be on the team. If you a senior and a freshman is
the same caliber as you, you getting cut. My expectation
for this team is win the states.
It is time for us to win. We haven’t won since 2011. I think it’s time. Shawn:
Baseline, three lines. Coach:
On a hop, on a hop! Sharnee:
I think another expectation
is more academic. We just have an awesome set
of young men graduating this year,
and the expectation is to just end the year
with a bang. ( music playing ) Shawn:
Let’s go, Dee-End! Catch the ball! ( music continues ) Catch the ball! Bounce, Quan, bounce, Quan. Shawn:
I would rather
bypass tryouts. To understand the game,
you have to play. I mean, practice is great, but game is the teacher
because it’s live. Pay attention, man,
pay attention! We have a lot of talented kids
in the city of Newark, but, you know, sports is a way
to get that free education and it could
take you anywhere. Dee-End, he’s one
of those kids you root for. We always say he’s the best
player in Newark and he wants to go to school. So that’s the easy part
right there, that he wants to go. First five on defense. I would love to see
all my kids go to college, but some of the kids,
they just not good enough to play college basketball. Use your head. Take care of the ball!
This is varsity! ( whistle blows ) Go academically, everybody not going
for basketball. He coming. Coming left. Where’s my ball?
Where’s my ball? ( whistle blows ) Um, we still got 37?
Ain’t nobody leave yet? Look like them same 12
that played last year don’t really want they spot. Shawn:
So, we here tomorrow.
Come to school. You can’t try out
if you don’t come to school. School is fun. We love Central, right. – Yeah.
– Yes, sir. We love Central, right? – ( muttering )
– Psh. I graduated from Central, man. I love Central. I’m a Blue Devil.
It’s a dream. I’m coaching the school
I played at. You could be standing here
one day. Who knows? Anything can happen, man. If you don’t think
you good enough, then stay home tomorrow. If you think you got a shot? Show up, man.
Don’t be nervous, man. ( music playing ) …nine, ten, 11, 12, 13… Teen:
Go back, go back, go back! – What, 19?
– Yeah. Who this? That’s a freshman? Yeah, he– yeah. – All right.
– All right, take that. – 18.
– ( muttering ) 14, 15, 16. So, what do we have?
Who am I missing? Anybody else
y’all see over there? Let me just put them
on the baseline. – All right.
– ( blows whistle ) Yo! Shawn:
If I call your name, you staying till 3:00. If I don’t call you, don’t take it personal. It just wasn’t your time. So, um… DJ, go to half-court. ( applause ) Kareem Davis. Quan Quan. – Haddie.
– ( applause ) – Zarique.
– ( applause ) Isaiah. The cutting part
is tough, man. I hate it. Kain. I don’t like cutting kids, because they want to be
a part of something because they’re coming out. But we trying to build a team.
Gotta cut ’em. You see some of the kids
standing there, like, waiting to see
if they name gonna get called. And, you know, you see some
of the faces of these kids, and it’s like, “Damn.” Dave. Solomon. Good. I gave all I got. I just feel empty now.
I feel like I have nothing. It’s how I feel. Hey, clap it up
for yourselves, man. ‘Cause everybody
didn’t make it. It be like that sometimes. Now, how many seniors
we got? Eight. What year y’all
came to high school? – ’14.
– 2014. That’s the last thing we won, and that was when
y’all came in here. So leave something in here,
so you can walk in here and say, “Yeah, I did that.” All right? When you dealing with kids, you gotta talk to ’em,
and try to help ’em and guide ’em through it. And, you know,
that’s where I come in at ’cause I understand. Father don’t come around,
mom wasn’t around. Like, I understand.
Your mother raised you. My mother raised me, like… I can relate to y’all.
I know the story. I know the struggle. This is life, man.
It’s life. That’s why I stay on
Shaquan Clark so much because I see his–
I see his potential. Not basketball potential, I see his street potential. ‘Cause he has the potential
to be in the street. My brother called me
yesterday morning and said they came
and got Shaquan, and I said, “Well, why?” They said because
he was in a fight, and apparently the person who
they were fighting only knew Shaquan,
so they named Shaquan’s name and said that he stole
their cell phone. Now, Shaquan called me
from the jail yesterday, and I asked him– I said,
“You know I’m disappointed.” And he said, “Yes, but I did
not take a cell phone.” ( laughter ) I wouldn’t even
take this fight serious, because they’re laughing
and it didn’t seem like anyone really
fought anyone. So I don’t know
what’s gonna happen. My sister gave me
temporary rights over Shaquan. So what I’m gonna do
is go down there
and plead with the judge to release him
in my custody. His coach said
that he’ll get out. Maybe he’s more familiar
with this kind of situation. I’m not. This is East Orange. I just– when I moved here
two years ago, I moved from Newark. That’s where Shaquan
was with me full-time ’cause his school was
right down the street from where I lived at. But because of the area, I had to get my kids
out of there. ( intercom beeps ) I’ma say this, sometimes you just adapt
to your situation. The older brother’s
incarcerated. And I think Shaquan
is adapting to what he’s used to
seeing his older brother do. Man:
Y’all take care. All right. I gotta call your mother. We’s all right.
I went to sleep early. Nikkita:
Shaquan’s a sweetheart. I just think he’s around
the wrong people sometimes. And, unfortunately, he gets influenced
by what they’re doing. Better be focused, boy. Your goal is to
focus in school, and go to college, and get your mother
out that hood. There go my brother
right there. Oh, God. In and out, Shaquan. You know Brett
like to talk. Yo, man!
It’s my little nephew. How y’all doing?
How y’all doing? Go ahead, little man! Newark gets
transformation stories, because we understand
that sometimes in a society to survive,
people make bad decisions. And I’m not talking about
something extremely dangerous and borderline criminal,
I’m just talking about that maturity stuff
that gets us in situations. And so I also want to
create an environment where people feel
they are safe. I think that that’s why sports
or basketball is important. What are we giving our kids to choose something different
over the other? All right,
I’ll see you later. All right, yo.
Y’all be easy, y’all be easy. – Be…
– All right, love you. All right, y’all. I do think you have to
hold people accountable. If they think that there
are no consequences? Big trouble. But if there’s
only consequences, and there’s no resiliency? Kid’s gonna say,
“I’m just gonna give up. What’s gonna happen? You’re gonna get rid
of my anyway, right? You’re going to
punish me anyway, so I’ma give you something
for you to punish me for.” As opposed to saying,
“Look, you made a bad decision, but you’re in a place of love. You know, you gotta give
some love back, too.” I’m back. Hi, baby! ( phone ringing ) I’m at my aunt’s house. Shawn:
That’s good, stay there. – Yeah, I am.
– Can I speak to him? Hey, OG, my aunt want
to speak to you real fast. The judge said he’s only
allowed to go to school, go to basketball practice
if he’s with you, but then he has to
come back here because somebody’s
gonna come here and sign– He has to sign a form. The reason why
they gotta come here is to make sure he’s not
outside in the streets. Oh, okay. – Okay.
– All right, hold on. All right. Uh-huh. Yeah? Yeah. What you doing now? All right, all right,
all right. You gonna miss me? ( laughs ) All right, O. All right, see you on Monday. – All right.
– All right. I’ll fight
for these kids, man. I mean, we gotta fix these
problems ourselves. And if we can’t
come together collectively, it’s gonna continue
to be the way it is. We sitting here waiting
for Superman. He not coming. He’s not coming.
Superman is not coming. I would love to see him fly in
and flex his muscles, but it’s not happening. Jay:
Say hello. Say hello, D. You don’t wanna say hello?
You camera shy? Okay, all right. Producer:
Who is that? Denzel Washington.
He’s a stud. Got him from a rescue. Camera shy. Your name
is Denzel Washington. You’re supposed to
be good on camera. Let’s go. Let’s get it. ( music playing ) Anxiety level’s
pretty high right now considering
that I have no idea what the hell
I’m walking into. But it’s kinda–
it’s kinda cool, too, in the same breath. Yeah, I’ve been thinking about
coaching for a while now, and this opportunity
came across my plate to work with Coach McCray
over at Central High School. I don’t know anything
about these kids or their background. I don’t know
what Coach has in store. So I just wanna make sure
that I get in where I fit in
with him first. So I think the relationship
that we have is the most important. How you doing, man?
What’s up, man? I’m Jay. – Doing good?
What’s your name?
– Yeah. Dee. Nice to meet you, Dee.
Pleasure. – Coach.
– How you doing? I’m doing good, man.
How you been? – You been good?
– Yeah, I’m hanging in there. It’s a pleasure
to meet you. I’m doing all right.
I’m hanging in there. – All right?
– I’m a little bit tired, but the gym finds
a way to revive me. – Why you tired?
– I’m grinding. I’m grinding. Actually, I love
what you’re doing. Oh, thank you, man.
I’m trying to, you know,
save lives, man. That’s it, man.
Somebody did it for me
when I was a kid. So, you know,
it took me a minute
to get it together, so now, I’m– you know,
that’s what I’m doing
in the community. So, I wanted to ask you,
what made you– why coaching? Why coaching?
I love the game, man. I love, you know,
I played, um– you know, I just,
I love the kids. Like, you know,
it’s a little different
with the inner-city kids, ’cause they got
so many other things
going on in they life. So I got a good bunch of guys. And we try to build
a family atmosphere. So if I live over here
and you live over there, that stuff doesn’t matter.
Like, you play for me. – Yeah.
– And we’re all in
this program, so this is– we’re supposed to
interact with each other, not worrying about
what other people are saying. You got any
stuff going on – with any of the kids?
– Like, as far as? As far as kids doing anything
that they shouldn’t be doing? Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. Actually just got a kid
just got out of youth house. Shaquan Clark, he got
a little issues in the streets with the neighborhood
he lives. Last year,
he got in a stolen car. Police chased the van,
they crashed, five kids,
he got stuck in the van. He couldn’t get out.
He tore his femur bone. So he missed
the whole season. He’s still not 100%. You can tell he doesn’t
have that lift anymore, so– Hey, Ms. Brown.
You can come in. – This is your school.
– Hi, Ms. Brown. – Hi, I’m Jay.
– How you doing?
Sharnee Brown. – Nice to meet you.
– It’s a pleasure to meet you. Thank you so much
for what you guys are doing. No, I’m happy to be here. Look, for me,
I just love hoop. I get a chance
to work with him. I get a chance to,
you know, know these kids and hopefully, you know,
make a difference – in a small way.
– That’s great. Well, we have
a lot of young people you can make
a difference with. So we need support always.
I mean, it takes a village. Can I just tell you?
I’m just smiling at you because my mother worked
for over 35 years to finally become
a vice principal. – Wow.
– And, um, to see you walk
in the door like that, I might have to
take a picture of you – and send it to her.
– Aww! ‘Cause she will
go on a tangent. “It’s about time
we got some color running the whole thing!” Like, she will be
big on that, so…. – Tell her I said hello.
– I will. – I got you.
– Nice to meet you. It was a pleasure
to meet you. Anything you need,
you just let us know. – ‘Cause we need support.
– Okay, I got you. Got the same vision,
same heart for young people. – I will be around.
– All right. As long as Coach
allows me to stay around. – ( laughter )
– You know? Damn! Hand me that, Davey! ( whistle blows ) Let’s go, man. Bring it in
a little bit, man. I don’t know
how many of y’all are
familiar with Jay Williams. He from New Jersey,
played at Duke. National championship
with Duke, right? Yeah, we got one.
We snuck one. – Snuck one in.
– National champion right here. So he gonna come in,
he gon’ help out with us,
coaching, giving y’all a little
some of his knowledge that he know about the game,
some of the things he did
when he played. – You wanna speak to ’em
for a few?
– Yeah, sure. I’m gonna be quick, man.
I have a passion for this game. My rookie year, we were playing
against the Lakers, okay? They just won
multiple championships. I’m a rookie for the Bulls.
I’m like, “Yo, I wanna win
this game more than anything.” I walk into the gym. I sit down
to put my sneakers on.
Who do I see working out? I see Kobe Bryant working out
at the other end of the court. Like, busting his ass
working out, like, grinding,
working his ass out. So I put in the time,
and guess who’s
still working out at the same pace
he was working out
when I first walked in. It was Kobe. We playing a game,
Kobe dropped 40 plus on us. So I found him after
the game. I’m like, “Yo, why did you stay
and work out for
long as you did?” He’s like,
“‘Cause I saw you
walk in the gym. And I wanted you to know that,
no matter how hard you work, I was willing to outwork you
and that made me better.” Right? So that’s
the mentality you need to go to the next level. This is a chance
for me to learn and for all of us
to learn together. So thank you for having me.
I appreciate it. I got the first drill?
I get the first drill? I just want one drill today,
that’s all. Can everybody grab a ball? ( shouting ) All we gonna do is
we doing ball handling. We’re just getting warmed up. All we got is 13 minutes,
all right? Can you start that clock? Here you go. Slap the ball. As hard as you can.
Above your head. Only fingertips.
Keep going. Front of your face.
Waist. Knees. If you feel your forearms
starting to burn,
that’s a good thing. Ankles.
Around your waist. Faster. Look at my speed.
Look at yours. Around your head.
Come on, Quan Quan. I know you behind me.
I’m watching you. Waist.
Keep going, keep going. Knees. Yeah!
Love it, love it! Keep going, keep going. We only at a minute
and a half in. Ankles. Feel that burn, boy.
Yeah, it should hurt! Pound the ball with your
right hand through the ground. Don’t let me get the ball.
Protect the ball. Protect the ball. Oh! Protect the ball, protect it.
Don’t let me get through. Go fast like this,
let’s go! Let’s get it!
Pound it, pound it. It’s okay for it to burn. Pound it, left hand. ( chattering ) Fingertips! You got it. Keep going, keep going! Cross! – Come on, Brill.
– Let’s go! Keep going, let’s go! Behind back snapping.
Keep going. Make it right.
This is a warm-up. Right hand! Left hand! Shawn:
Head up, man, head up. – Head up, head up.
– Spider, let’s go. Tap, tap, tap,
tap, tap. Bah! Speed it up, go faster! Go faster! Let’s get it. It’s a warm-up. Stop, stop. Ball above your head. I know that you
are mentally weak because you are not
in the conditioning that you need to be in. It’s time for me
to put my foot even more in the gas. I’m gonna run you
into the ground. Last minute,
everybody pay attention. Between your legs,
figure eights. One minute. ( panting ) – Let’s go, let’s go.
– Work, work, work, work. Jay:
That’s your move right there. Shawn:
Come on, Haddie. Jay:
Yeah! Yeah, Dee, let’s go! – Let’s get it!
– Finish strong. Keep going. Keep going! – Five, four, three…
– Let’s go! Legs! – Finish, finish.
– Two. – ( whistle blows )
– Yo, bring it in. Real quick, that’s all,
I’m done. Hey, by the way?
By the way? You feel the way you’re
breathing right now? That’s a warm-up. – ( whistle blows )
– Shawn: Let’s go,
baseline, man. Baseline. Since Z don’t wanna take off
his do-rag in school, Solomon don’t wanna
take his hood off. Assistant Coach:
Now you gotta pay
like you weigh. Told, y’all, man,
I don’t wanna walk down the hall and, “Coach, can I talk to you
about your player?” I don’t wanna
hear that stuff, man. We talking about a do-rag
and a hood. That’s what we
talking about. Not an A and a B. A do-rag and a hood. That’s why we running. ( whistle blowing ) Hey, touch the wall! Run it again. – Come on, Za!
– Come on, man, run this out. Run it out, run it out! Assistant Coach:
I’m gonna get tired
of running these shits. – ( whistle blows )
– We’re in again. Come on, man, come on. Jay:
Do-rag and a hoodie, huh? In class, though. In class. All they gotta do
is take this shit off, man. They make things
so difficult. Yes, sir! Let’s go! Let’s go! ( whistle blows ) Line ’em up! – Come on, let’s go!
– Find another gear. Not gonna save you! Come on, Dee-End!
Come on, Sincere. Get up, get up, man.
Suck it up, suck it up. We don’t got no subs, man.
You gotta play
the whole four quarters. No sub, no time-outs. Jay:
Stay with Haddie.
Stay with him. Stay on his ass. Shawn:
Come on, Quan Quan. Jay:
You right there, QQ! You right there, QQ! – You almost there.
– Come on! Yeah, it’s all right. Solomon, you gonna wear
your hoodie at work? If you don’t take
it off for them, what you think
they gon’ do? They gonna fire you. Come on, man, last one.
Run it out. Jay:
Get it, Brill. – Get it, Haddie.
– ( whistle blows ) Get it, Haddie. You got
somebody on you now. Get it, Brill!
No, Brill, nah, nah! Nah! Nah! Come on, Brill! Assistant Coach:
Get it, Brill. Come on, don’t fade! Come on, Quan Quan.
Let’s go, man. Let’s go.
Don’t give up, man. Good work, Haddie.
Good work. That’s why he on the court. He played defense,
he hustled. Jay:
Come on, Quan Quan! Shawn:
Don’t give up,
don’t give up! Yeah, I’ll take that.
I like the effort. – I like the effort.
– I can’t breathe. Come on, man, you wanna win,
you gotta work, man. Yo, I don’t wanna hear
from no teachers, man. I don’t hear about no hoodie
and no damn do-rag. So obey the rules.
It’s not hard, man. It’s not hard. Wait, who got us–
when we got that scrimmage? Next week.
There’s a scrimmage
next week. ( indistinct chatter ) She wouldn’t tell me
what I did. It always be like that. It be like that all the time. Shawn:
People don’t understand
the community. The relationship
you have with these kids, you see ’em before
they become the monster everybody calls ’em. Yeah, I’m like the bad one. I’m like the bad boy
of the team. What’s good, boy-boy? Shawn:
I have a kid on my team
right now, Shaquan Clark,
he stays with an aunt because he doesn’t wanna go
where the mother lives because it’s not a safe area from the area he came from. So he lived in a certain area, and now his mom moved
to another part of Newark, and he doesn’t feel safe
going back and forth from that neighborhood. Yo, yo! Shawn:
We gotta understand
the problem before we could, like, say, “No, just lock ’em all up.” No, they don’t all
need to be in jail, man. They got real issues
that we not tackling. Like, we worrying
about development. Like, that’s all great, but what about the community
that’s underdeveloped? What do these kids–
they gotta go somewhere else to see nice things. I can’t walk out my door and see a nice park. I gotta go to another
part of town. That’s crazy, man. These kids think
this is normal, but it’s not. Some neighborhoods are labeled
as a gang neighborhood. So you may not even
be a gang member, but because you live
in that neighborhood, you’re a target just like the guys that hang
in the neighborhood. I always tell people
there’s two worlds, you know? There’s your world
and somebody else’s world. People don’t understand
that the streets is a different world. Yeah! Gang shit. Gang shit. – Gang shit.
– ( chattering ) I like Quan Quan
’cause I love kids. I love street kids, man, ’cause I was a street kid. I just love him. I can’t say nothing bad
about him, you know, just the people
he hang around. But as a kid, if you take him out of that element,
he’s great. Yeah, man. I wanna see something. Yeah! Yeah! Don’t take them
in my room, neither. ( chattering ) Get us up out of here. Get us up out of here.
Take us out of here. Yes. Beat the odds.
That’s all I’ma say to you. Make this your last mistake. You gotta get up from it
and do what you gotta do. You know, I’ve lost
brothers, a boyfriend, I done lost cousins. I done lost
a lot to the streets. And not saying that you gotta
get rid of your friends, but they might not have
the same intentions for you
that you have for yourself. Like, if they not with
what your accord is,
then they gotta go. Word. My mother told me
the same thing. I’m trying to tell you. You think that
they care about, “Oh, well, if Quan
get in trouble–” They don’t care. ‘Cause if they cared,
they would keep you out of the crap that
they got going on and they would tell you,
“No, Quan, go to
basketball practice. No, get out of here,”
you know what I’m saying? No, they don’t egg on
to do stupidness.
Like, uncool. – Yeah.
– That’s it. If they ain’t for you,
they against you. That’s it, that’s all. Yes, let’s get it.
Get us out of here. Put me in a big house.
( laughs ) Put me in a big house,
that’s right. ( P.A. beeps ) Woman:
Good afternoon, Centralites, and these are your
afternoon announcements. Keep in mind, students,
you must be in full uniform on Monday, Tuesdays
and Wednesdays. Thursdays and Fridays is
a polo shirt and khaki pants. The school store is open… Shawn:
Get your daily, man. Give me your daily. No, give me the daily, man. Tired of this guy
taking the daily. Stay ahead, man.
Tell Dee-End and them
I said come here. Teen:
You too generous… Yeah, these are dailies. Student report.
They give it to each teacher in each class
and the teacher signs it
at the end of class to let us know what they was
doing in class that day. Sometimes they write
“Playing on their phone.” Sometimes they write
“Went to sleep.” If it’s something negative,
we punish the whole team for it. If they don’t bring one,
they can’t practice. That mean they probably
wasn’t in school. ( chattering ) “Disrespectful?” Dave. “Late again,
first period.” Oh… First of all, Dave,
Quan Quan, Zarique, y’all GPAs is terrible, man. You eligible to play,
but your GPA terrible, man. Some people
don’t think stuff be real
until it happen to ’em. Haddie can’t play
’cause Haddie ain’t eligible. ‘Cause they checked
everybody grades today. He don’t have
enough credits. Now, Haddie crying
’cause he can’t play. We see the same stuff
every year, man. People graduate,
go to jail. People graduate,
they get killed. Some graduate
and go to college, I mean, but we got
more failures than successes. Do you understand
how they recruit players? They put names on the board. “We need
a point guard next year.
Call the school. Hey, how is
Shaquan Clark doing? Oh, well, his GPA is 1.2. We gon’ cross
Shaquan Clark off.” It’s about money, man.
Don’t nobody parents in here got no money
to pay for college. Mine didn’t. My senior year,
I got MVP on Central team. You know where I went? Junior college,
’cause I ain’t do no work. Could’ve played D1.
I ain’t had no grades. So I already know.
I’ve been there. That’s why I be on y’all.
I don’t want you to go that way. If you gotta go that way,
go that way. But you don’t have to
go that way. I wanna win the state
championship, too, but I want people
to go to college. I don’t just wanna win
and ain’t nobody
going to college. What’s it for? So that’s why he was crying. He didn’t want to tell you. He can practice,
he can come to the games, he can go to study hall,
he can do everything y’all do. But he can’t play. So y’all gotta
encourage him now. Y’all gotta be
his inspiration. “Haddie, what’s good, man? What classes you failing? You need some help?” You see him, go, “Let’s go
to study hall, man.” He in there doing nothing,
“Yo, come on, bro. You gotta do some work, man.
We need you for February.” That’s when it get thick.
County, states– that’s when it get thick. Y’all gotta
trust each other, man. You gotta encourage
each other, too, man. I think we got a team
where everybody can play. ( chattering ) ( music playing ) Jay:
Hands off. Shawn: Come on, Brill.
We can’t do that, man. Okay, okay, you had Joel
the first time. There’s some talent,
you know? Their shooting’s
getting a little better. Their defense is getting
a little better. I can see the wheels
starting to spin. When they go against Orange, it’s gonna be a good,
competitive game. They’re gonna
have to work hard, They’re gonna have to
play a lot of defense. Get up in that, Z.
Z, get in him, Z. Mike:
I think they can beat Orange, I think they can get
a good start to the season.
I really do. – ( whistle blows )
– Stop, stop, stop. Yo, come on, man. I just want you
to think for yourself. That’s all
I want you to do. My first impression
of Coach was as a high school player
back in the mid ’80s. Yo, y’all– it’s evident that
y’all ain’t know the play. You should be
paying attention. But he was always
pretty nimble on his feet. He was a tremendous
rebounder, and he scored, but also knew his game and was passionate
about his game. Come on, box him out!
How he getting the rebound? Coach McCray’s with
these kids all year long. They know him.
He’s part of the fabric here. I got that. No, I want this group.
I got this group. You bring
a fresh perspective, a guy like Jay
who is just– the minute he sits
and talks to you, you’re engaged with him. Everybody talk.
Communicate to each other. You guys ready?
Here’s one rule. You have to yell the person’s
name you pass the ball to. Does everybody know
each other’s name? The minute he opens his mouth, “He knows what
he’s talking about,
absolutely. – I better listen.”
– Let’s go, communicate! Who has the ball out?
Uh-uh, doesn’t count. Doesn’t count. He didn’t
yell Brill’s name. Stay in group.
Yo, if you’re in the middle, it sucks and that’s okay.
Own it. Mike:
He knows the game so well. He played it
at the highest level. He can break it down and go,
“You’re doing this wrong, you’re doing this,
you gotta step over here.” Hey, come here.
You ain’t that tired. You see what happens
when you guys get tired? Everybody points fingers.
“Your fault. It’s your fault. You ain’t catching the ball.”
Come together, y’all. Look each other–
Hey, it’s all right. People mess up, all right?
Figure it out. Come together,
say it’s gonna be all right,
and get on the same page. Y’all gonna come together?
Y’all don’t even
look at each other. That’s the difference between
a winning and a losing team. And I think it can make
a profound difference on this, especially since
there’s so many young guys. They’re still learning.
They’re still malleable. Jay:
One dribble, Z. Next group. My thing is,
I just wanna be able
to add to the equation. I feel like I have
so much that I have. There you go.
Yeah, yeah, dug down. – Uh, yeah.
– I didn’t know… I didn’t know–
Zarique, right? Yo, that kid– wow. Yo, Z, come here.
How big are your hands, yo? That dude is, like,
major D1 talent and he doesn’t even know it. ( music playing ) He does not even
know it yet. He’s a sophomore,
he’s 6’3″, and he has
a 6’8″ wingspan. His hands are almost
two times the size of mine. That’s special. Producer:
Are they ready? – No.
– What do you mean? I mean… what? They’ve had two weeks
of practice? They’re not– I mean,
you’re never really ready. You can’t really be ready until you go through
some adversity. You know,
I think those moments teach you how to
become ready. And it’s not until you have
that experience collectively… …until you recognize what
that preparation needs to be. For these kids,
how you get hit in the mouth, how you respond to that. Shawn:
Opening game of the season. I don’t know what team gonna
show up, you know. So, hopefully,
we get settled in,
fill the crowd. You know,
first game of the season, so it’s gon’ be jitters
for everybody. Shawn:
We’re missing Shaquan Clark. An old injury that he had
last year has come back. Man, my leg, bro–
mine done just acting up. I’m mad, too,
that I can’t play. I’ve been waiting two years. Shawn:
So we’re missing
a starter, Jihad Evans. We just found out
he was ineligible
about a week ago. He’s our best
on-the-ball defender. I was slacking last year
third and fourth cycle. And it backed up on me.
I can’t play until February. It’s gonna get to me,
’cause it’s the first game. I’ve been waiting
for it, too, but I just gotta help
my team out, practice, and just wait till
I come back and play. Isaiah:
I know my team, man. I know we come out there
and play the way we play at practice,
tornado hit ’em. They ain’t gonna
be able to keep up. To me, Orange is ass. Yeah, yeah, yeah. ( cheerleaders chanting ) ( cheering ) Mike Samsel:
It is a snowy night
here in North Jersey. Good evening, everyone,
I’m Mike Samsel. Great to have you
along with us. A huge rivalry tonight as it’s Orange
taking on Central to start the 2017-18 season. ( chattering ) – What’s your city like?
– What’s your city like? We’re doing this for Haddie
since he can’t play, Quan Quan, Kain. We doing this for
all the doubters, all the people that said
we can’t do nothing, we ain’t going nowhere. Play, your game, yo. ( clamoring ) All: Yeah! “All we got” on three.
One, two, three. – All: All we got!
– Let’s go! We out of here. ( cheering ) Samsel:
We are under way as it’s controlled
by Central. Baseline! Joel Uzoka trouble
with the dribble, able to re-gather,
drives baseline. Pulls up with
a fadeaway jumper. Airballs it. The crowd
letting him have it. Jacques steps around
the defender, drives in high off the glass,
and good with the layup. Dee-End McRae,
jab steps on the right wing, a long three and another
airball for Central. Shawn:
There you go. Jacques splits a double team,
puts up a floater, and hits. Can we get a stop? Zarique Nutter
on the right elbow,
pass to Brill. Off his foot
and out of bounds. A tough start for Central. Y’all gotta
settle down, man. Dee-End to underneath, kicks it back out
to Zarique Nutter, splits the double team and finishes
with a right hand. Jay:
There you go, Zarique. Shawn:
No, stop ball! Samsel:
for Orange, up with a lefty layup. It’s gonna be tight as hell. We play six pop,
three minutes. Samsel:
Deep left wing, it’s Brill.
Tries to split a double team. Poked away out of bounds, and it’ll be
Orange’s basketball. Shawn:
No, timeout, man,
timeout, timeout. Yo, what kind of pass is that? They doing what
they wanna do, man. So’s from the gate,
we rushing. First two shots,
we ain’t call nothing. We just went to the basket.
That ain’t how we play. The first play of three
scrimmages been what? So why it ain’t it today? Back off him.
He ain’t made one shot yet. He wants to drive
every time. – ( buzzer )
– All right? Calm down.
Settle into the game. Dee, Dee! Drive, get to the line.
It’s a long game. Samsel:
Jacques at the top
of the key. Tipped and stolen. Dee-End down court
to Zarique! Throws down
the one-hand jam. What a start to the season
for the sophomore. Let’s go! Let’s go! Samsel:
Some signs of life here
from Central. Blackmond drives in
and throws down
a thunderous slam. How’s that for an answer
from Orange? Dee-End gets stripped. Near the midcourt circle, Joel saves it
to David French. Blocked! Left wing blocked
by Blackmond. Another block! Orange is making
life in the paint very difficult for Central. Shawn:
Yo, is you serious, man? Hey, Duke, Duke, Duke!
I want a three-ball. I want a three-ball. Samsel:
A couple of seconds
to play here in the first half. Dee-End,
he’s gotta get it off. Come on, Dee-End! I don’t think he knows
how much time is left. – ( buzzer )
– A wasted opportunity, and Central will go
to halftime trailing. You gotta look at the clock. You gotta look
at the clock, man. Yo, you gave them
at least 24 points. They ain’t earned
nothing, man. Same shit we talk about
in practice, no… help D. These booty-ass guards
going down the middle! These… ain’t shit! Get in the game,
one more… killing! Hit this… and get him
out the paint! How the… does he keep flying
in there getting the rebound and nobody gonna
put a body on him? Not one of y’all! I told you, if we play D,
they don’t score. We ain’t playing D,
so they got 36 points. – Jay: Who’s the one shooter
on the floor?
– All: Five. Five, all right.
That’s the only shooter
on the floor, right, that’s made some shots.
What else do they do? How hard is that? You got a driver, a shooter,
and offensive rebound. If y’all do those three things,
you win the game by 20. Shit is all heart, man!
It’s all heart! It’s that easy!
This shit ain’t hard! Samsel:
About midway through
the second half and Central has fought their
way back into this game behind their sophomore,
number two, Zarique Nutter, who’s really
stepped up tonight. Brill, gives it off to Joel,
right wing. Penetrates, off to Zarique,
into the paint. Able to finish
through contact! Count the bucket
in the ballot. Chance for
a three-point play. What a second half
we’ve had here at Orange. Shawn:
Hey, one stop! One stop! Samsel:
Jacques to Doelvil. – Zarique!
– Lob underneath tipped away from Blackmond
and stolen. Zarique into the lane. ( crowd groans ) Ooh, did he hit
the ground hard. Some concerned faces
on Central fans as the sophomore
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