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Compare Contrast Essay Hoops vs He Got Game Hoops is a story about a group of teenagers that play street basketball They do not have many opportunities until one day when a man named Cal offers to coach them in a tournament that will give all the players exposure to scouts He Got Game on the other hand is about a player who has too many opportunities The story focuses on his struggle over whether he should go to college or straight to the NBA Although there are differences in their opportunities that are available there are some similarities these characters share as well Both of the main characters in each story are poor black kids that just graduated out of high school Jesus is the main character from He Got Game and Lonnie is the main character from Hoops One thing they both had in common is that they both had a rough time during their childhood They both had somebody missing from their family growing up Lonnies father died when he was a very young boy and Jesus lost his dad to prison However they both had someone to help push them harder to take it to their limit Cal is the character who helped Lonnie by coaching him and Jesus relied on memories of his fathers inspiration I feel it is important that an athlete have someone to inspire them so they dont quit when they get frustrated Lonnie from Hoops was a very good basketball player and Jesus from He Got Game was streetwise and a good player also They each caught an opportunity to rise above the rest in their games and were recognized by colleges as prospects They both had their share of trouble to get out of and were tempted to take bribes on throwing their game especially Jesus Lonnie got caught up in his friends problems in the ghetto and he struggled
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