Professional sports are known as a true meritocracy, a field in which the cream really does rise to the top, as there’s simply too much money at stake to operate in any other fashion. In uncommon instances, however, inefficiencies can occur and gifted players may fall through the cracks. Such is the story of Lenny Cooke. In 2001, Cooke was the number-one ranked high school basketball player in America, with future NBA greats LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony listed beneath him. Yet after declaring himself eligible for the 2002 NBA draft, Cooke, shockingly, ended up going undrafted, and became a journeyman playing in little-known leagues across the world. Today he lives in southern Virginia, a should-have-been-great who simply did not quite make it. The first documentary feature from American independent film scene fixtures Josh & Benny Safdie, "Lenny Cooke" explores the fascinating question of how, exactly, Cooke’s seemingly assured future could go so awry.

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Studio
Shop Korn Productions
Genre
Documentary
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Copyright
© 2013 Shop Korn Productions

Languages

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English (Stereo)

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Closed captions refer to subtitles in the available language with the addition of relevant non-dialogue information.

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