Last night the community viewed a documentary called “Hooked” this is a great story about Demetrious Mitchell who grew up in West Oakland and how powerless he was over his addiction and how drugs got in the way of his dreams. Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, (born September 10, 1968) is a former street ball player. He is considered by several NBA All-Stars to be “the greatest player to never reach the NBA”. He attended High School in West Oakland.
Hooked: The Legend of Demetrius Hook Mitchell is a documentary that was released in 2003. It traces the life of Demetrius Mitchell, who, at 5-feet-10, built his legendary playground status because of his amazing hops that enabled him to dunk 360 dunks over a late model Honda Accord car. Milwaukee Bucks forward Drew Gooden credits Demetrius with the feat of a 360 degree dunk over a car. Mitchell says his best dunk ever was a backboard-shattering dunk off an alley oop. The “Hook” says that he has been playing above the rim since he was 5’3″, but didn’t dunk in organized games until the height of 5’5. He played one season for Merritt College and one season at Contra Costa College intercollegiate squads and two years at California State University, East Bay (Formerly known as California State Hayward University during this time).
The playground basketball star’s descent into drugs and crime destroyed any chance he had of becoming a professional athlete. In prison, Demetrious describes his rough upbringing on the streets of Oakland, and his struggle to survive. The filmmakers also interview several NBA stars who also grew up in Oakland, including Gary Payton, Jason Kidd, Antonio Davis, Drew Gooden, and Brian Shaw, all of whom played with Mitchell on the streets, and were astonished by his skills, but were unable to help him avoid his sorry fate. They describe his unstable home life and the longing for community that drove him to the streets. Mitchell himself is shown playing prison league games, and is surprisingly still able to play above the rim.
We had a great discussion after the video that included but was not limited to these topics:
- How after viewing the prison cell that Demetrious lived in for 5 yrs, the boys were grateful for the freedom they have at Bridges Academy.
- They talked about how addiction caused Demetrious to choose drugs over his family, friends and his love for basketball.
- We talked about how powerful a lifestyle can become and how it can pull you harder in the opposite direction of your loved ones who are trying to save you.
- The boys who were already heading down the wrong path before they came to Bridges talked about how they can see now how their dreams were starting to disappear.
Archie Hamilton CADC I