Basketball Junkie

Basketball Junkie I was dead for thirty seconds That s what the cop in Fall River told me When the EMTs found me there was a needle in my arm and a packet of heroin in the front seat At basketball crazy Durfee High Sc

  • Title: Basketball Junkie
  • Author: Chris Herren Bill Reynolds
  • ISBN: 9780312656720
  • Page: 323
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I was dead for thirty seconds.That s what the cop in Fall River told me When the EMTs found me, there was a needle in my arm and a packet of heroin in the front seat.At basketball crazy Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, junior guard Chris Herren carried his family s and the city s dreams on his skinny frame His grandfather, father, and older brother had crI was dead for thirty seconds.That s what the cop in Fall River told me When the EMTs found me, there was a needle in my arm and a packet of heroin in the front seat.At basketball crazy Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, junior guard Chris Herren carried his family s and the city s dreams on his skinny frame His grandfather, father, and older brother had created their own sports legends in a declining city he was the last, best hope for a career beyond the shuttered mills and factories Herren was heavily recruited by major universities, chosen as a McDonald s All American, featured in a Sports Illustrated cover story, and at just seventeen years old became the central figure in Fall River Dreams, an acclaimed book about the 1994 Durfee team s quest for the state championship.Leaving Fall River for college, Herren starred on Jerry Tarkanian s Fresno State Bulldogs team of talented misfits, which included future NBA players as well as future convicted felons His gritty, tattooed, hip hop persona drew the ire of rival fans and national attention Rolling Stone profiled him, 60 Minutes interviewed him, and the Denver Nuggets drafted him When the Boston Celtics acquired his contract, he lived the dream of every Massachusetts kid but off the court Herren was secretly crumbling, as his alcohol and drug use escalated and his life spiraled out of control.Twenty years later, Chris Herren was married to his high school sweetheart, the father of three young children, and a heroin junkie His basketball career was over, consumed by addictions he had no job, no skills, and was a sadly familiar figure to those in Fall River who remembered him as a boy, now prowling the streets he once ruled, looking for a fix One day, for a time he cannot remember, he would die.In his own words, Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved, and how he found a way back to life Powerful, honest, and dramatic, Basketball Junkie is a remarkable memoir, harrowing in its descent, and heartening in its return.

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    1 thought on “Basketball Junkie”

    1. Totally honest and vulnerable, Chris Herren is taking us to his hell and back. It is a memoir of struggle, addiction but he is also showing an amazing strength. It is an inspiring read that leaves us with foods for thoughts, I really loved it!!!!

    2. I received this book through First Reads and was excited to be able to read it. That feeling, however, was short lived.The underlying theme and purpose of the book had a ton of potential. Chris Herren goes through his professional basketball career as an absolute junkie, to the detriment of his family and his coaches. The book explains the timelines of events from when he started doping and drinking to when he finally decided to put his family first. First of all, let me say, I am extremely pro [...]

    3. A honest story of addiction and all the terror it inflicts.Chris Herren:"No one sets out to be an addict. No one sets out to ruin their life and the lives of all the people around them. No one sets out to see the anguish in the eyes of the people who love them. No one sets out to live the life I led. It happens over time, sure. but it also happens when you don't address your issues.I also tell them (kids) I was never the most fucked up kid in my circle of friends in high school, never the one th [...]

    4. Have you ever wondered what happens to people after reading a biography? Fall River Dreams is the story of year in the life of 17 year old Chris Herren. Basketball Junkie is the answer to what happened to him after Fall River and it is much more nightmare than dream. Amazingly talented as a basketball player Chris becomes drug addicted and blows his career with drugs and alcohol. But this is a story of redemption and survival. Which is also the story of Fall River, his hometown, and another char [...]

    5. There's a reason I don't like reading memoirs of drugs addicts. Well there 's a few reasons but mainly because I don't like the whiny tone they all have. This one is no exception. Written by a high school basketball star who actually made it to the NBA only to be brought down by his expensive all consuming drug addiciont, this story follows a predictable pattern. He wants to stop using, he stops using, he falls victim to temptation, repeat over and over. Supposedly clean since the birth of his 3 [...]

    6. I enjoyed this book on Chris Herren. I watched the documentary on it and they were both very similar. I liked this book because it was about a basketball player that gets addicted to many different drugs and goes through many different expiercences and he comes close to dying many different times but in the end he chose his family over drugs and basketball and now tries to help kids that went through the same thinf that he went through.

    7. I am not quite so savage about this book as Barry was, but my concern for Chris Herren is that his recovery has been less than three years and that is not a long time for one so addicted as he was. We can only hope for his sake and that of his family, he can maintain his recovery. I did enjoy the descriptions of Fall River and since I love basketball, his journey was interesting.

    8. I love books involving sports, and Chris Herren's memoir was no exception. Through his book, he brings readers along his rough journey of basketball and drug addiction, from high school all the way up to the NBA. I couldn't put this book down and finished it in two days- thanks to my friend, Jackie, for recommending it to me!

    9. I read and really enjoyed Fall River Dreams: A Team's Quest for Glory, A Town's Search for Its Soul so decided to pick up this book to learn the rest of the story. A very honest look at how addictions can completely take over a life.

    10. A downer. This is the least of the downward spiral stories I've read. Chris Merrin's ghost writer did not serve him well. Too many WTF's for example. One minute he's at Boston College; then, with no segue, he's at Fresno State. I'd like a better first hand account on things such as the pressures on a home town sports hero or what it's like to guard an NBA superstar. But it's just a topical I started with booze, then acid, then coke, then oxycontin . . . with little introspection. He speaks of a [...]

    11. Raw and real and a crazy story. In all honest I appreciate the fact that he shared it and the work he's doing today to help others is inspiring!Poorly written book though, and extremely hard to follow. He jumps around from place to place and you alomst feel dizzy trying to keep up. I think it could have been done amazingly well had the story been brought together with a bit more clarity. I guess that's the nature of the story and background of the addict and his life. Still worth a read, just do [...]

    12. Simply put: It was an easy read. I was fascinated with the numerous struggles Herren faced, the number of second chances he was given and finally his victory after it all. With with that said, it really is not my kind of writing style. It was simply worded and I found it to be quite repetitive-not the plot, just the actual sentences. I do also wish there was just a tad bit more emotion or insight into his deepest thoughts. The book almost felt more factual than emotional and I guess I was hoping [...]

    13. If you like sports stories, this book is for you. If you like redemption stories, this book is for you.

    14. The decision to become a professional athlete and being exposed to the rich and party life can really affect the choices someone can make. In “Basketball Junkie,” by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds, Chris Herren breaks down his terrible decisions that he made when he became a famous athlete. Chris Herren grew up in a basketball household; he played basketball because he was expected to by his family. He was never really exposed to anything else, it was almost like he was forced to play. His o [...]

    15. "Basketball Junkie" by former Boston Celtics guard Chris Herren is one of the best sports books I have read, if not the best overall book I have ever read. Herren is telling his story as one of the best basketball players to come out of Fall River, Massachusetts. Herren does an amazing job of portraying the highs and lows of his life on and off the basketball court. The majority of the book is about his ongoing drug addiction in the younger years of his life. The way I felt while reading was unl [...]

    16. Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren gives you a frightening example of how detrimental drugs are to the users life. Chris Herren grew up in Fall River, a small working class town in Massachusetts, close to Boston, where basketball was the only thing that mattered. His family pressures him a lot, and he manages to exceed all their expectations. While he is great at basketball, he doesn’t enjoy it, the pressure and intensity ruined it. He and his friends soon entered the world of drugs, and from t [...]

    17. “Basketball Junkie” “Basketball Junkie” is a memoir written by a professional basketball star Chris Herren. It follows the life of a young kid who attends Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts. Like all high school basketball players dreams, he wanted to be the best and be recruited to a top level college and then continue his career in the NBA. Not only that, but Chris was a top recruit who was selected as a McDonald’s all American and chose to be a hometown hero and committ [...]

    18. Over the course of the term I read Basketball Junkie by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds. The Theme of his book I think would be to think about the consequences of drugs and alcohol before you make any decisions. An overall summary of Basketball Junkie is Chris Herren’s story about his struggles with drugs and alcohol. Chris was an amazing basketball playing and ended up not being able to play because of drugs and alcohol. He grew up in Fall River Massachusetts, attended Durfee high school, atte [...]

    19. Predict: When I predicted what this book was going to be about I was completely wrong. I began reading and it started out with Chris Herren, the main character, explaining his childhood. I had no idea it would turn from a high-school kid pressured to playing basketball since he was 3 to a full blown heroin addict. “You’re a junkie.” (Herren 185).Preview: Before I read the book I looked at the title the pictures and the reviews on the back to get an idea on what the story might be about. I' [...]

    20. Basketball Junkie is the uncensored story of basketball star Chris Herren’s career and addiction. It is the tell-all autobiography from the person who experienced it himself. Herren details his experiences with his hope to inspire his readers to not go down the same path that he did. As a freshman at Durfee High School in Fall River, Massachusetts, Chris Herren had always lived in the shadows of his father and brother, two basketball legends at Durfee. When he stepped onto the court, everybod [...]

    21. "I was dead for thirty seconds."That is how the book starts off. Immediately, I was hooked, wanting to know more. In the book Basketball Junkie: A Memoir by Chris Herren, Herren writes about his tremendous success as a basketball prodigy with a bright future. However, he lived a dark, double life that lead to a downfall that eventually spirals out of his control. Born in Fall River, Massachusetts, Herren had been in the public eye since he could remember. Being a star basketball player since the [...]

    22. ******Full Disclosure**** This was an ARC copy, that was received through the GoodReads Advance program. I am grateful for the chance to have read this novel, which I might not have purchased otherwise. -------Excellent, if chilling, testimony of the devastating consequences of drug abuse, not only on users but on everyone around them too. I really loved reading this momoir, its honesty, its sense of hope (even if this was sometimes deeply hiden under layers of psychosis, depression, or sense of [...]

    23. **I received this book through Good Reads First Reads**I've given most of the memoirs that I have read lately bad reviews. One in particular I gave a bad review to because the author "name dropped" throughout the entire book. So did Chris Herren, but I'm a big NBA fan and in particular a big Denver Nuggets fan, so I loved the name dropping! I remember when Chris Herren was with the Nuggets, which made this book a little more interesting for me. I appreciated his experience with addiction. I knew [...]

    24. Not the greatest book in the world, but an easy, fast read to pass the time peppered with a few insightful thought-provoking revelations. Very candid - took a lot of courage for the author to be so honest. And if his experiences help just one person, it's worth it IMHO. A new concept for me: maybe it's more therapeutic for the writer to write than it is for the reader to read. Maybe it's not about us."I was in the NBA, I was about to make nearly half a million dollars in my second year, I was ma [...]

    25. This book should be on all local high school summer reading lists! I would like for all of my kids to read it. This is an honest look at how a VERY talented kid went down all the wrong roads, knew he was in trouble, but just couldn't get out of the spiral he was in. In fact, the more successful he was financially, the easier it was for him to get deeper and deeper into the harsh world of addiction. I missed Chris Herren's presentation in Medway, so I was excited to find this book at a local book [...]

    26. When life is low and you have absolutely nothing left, it takes time to be able to stand back up on your feet. In Basketball Junkie, Chris Herren, a superb basketball player, goes on the trail of drugs and loses everything before he can try to reclaim all that he lost. I gave this novel 4 stars due to the inspiring and realistic story and additional information. Nothing is left out in this book which helps you to completely visualize the novel. I didn't give it 5 stars due to the harsh language [...]

    27. I like to point out the good things first, because quite frankly, reguardless to how bad a book may be, it's still a book and that takes time, effort and is worth of recognition.The writing in Basketball Junkie is fine. It's easy to read, the sentance structure is smooth.I had difficulty with the story due to the profanity. I don't mind too much at the occation speed bump in my reading, but it was too often for me. The story starts right off with drug use which really turned me off. So essential [...]

    28. Being a basketball player, anything with that sport on a cover attracts my attention. The book "Basketball Junkie: A Memoir" was a rough one to go through, but it was worth it. The story is about a kid, Chris, making it to the NBA, achieving his childhood dream. However, throughout the years his career crumbled apart as he got used to drugs and alcohol. "I knew that they were going to be all right. We all were going to be all right." This quote gave me the idea of how hard it was to cross that b [...]

    29. If you've ever wondered why someone becomes a junkie or continuously throws positives of their lives away, this is a book for you to gain insight into one particular case. There is a universal bottoming of cheating, stealing and lying which comes through and how Chris's addiction becomes the most important focus of his life. His recovery and the chance at life he has now gives hope to anyone that may be struggling.Functionally, the transitions within this book chapters could have been smoother, [...]

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