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Klass, David
New York : Scholastic, 1996.
ISBN 0590485911
Begin by asking, "Who plays sports?"
Then ask: "Have you ever been in a zone?"
Man, there's nothing like it in sports, is there?
Shoot, there's probably nothing else like it in life!
Who knows why you slip into one, how long you'll be in it or why you
suddenly fall out of it?  I just know that for a few magical minutes, you are capable of just about anything. My name's Jimmy Doyle. And that's where I was on the night I was invited to play on the US team for the world's first ever international basketball tournament for players seventeen and under.
Starting shooting guard. Now don't get me wrong, I was honored to have been asked, but who was I kidding? I've never played with or against that level of competition before. The guys on this team were real stars.
They knew it and so did I. Right from the beginning, the real superstar on our team didn't like me because I was white. When we got to Italy, the fans didn't like our team because most of our players were black. The press was calling us the "American Teen Dream Team", but to us it was more like a nightmare. And then, before we knew it, the only zone we were playing in was the Danger Zone.  (Virginia L.Wright,
SUBJECTS:     Basketball -- Fiction.
                        Prejudices -- Fiction.
                        Race relations -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Rome (Italy) -- Fiction.


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