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He lived the dream and the nightmare.
|Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Hock has mastered the art of telling stories about the struggles and triumphs of American hometown heroes. Chris Herren of Fall River, Mass., was a high school basketball standout who battled the pressures of making it big from an early age. After dropping out of Boston College, Chris landed on Jerry Tarkanian's notorious Fresno State team, where players were likely to be found on both police blotters and All-American lists. Chris failed drug tests at BC and Fresno State, but he was so talented that he was drafted into the NBA anyway, ending up with the Boston Celtics. But at the moment he was realizing his childhood dream of becoming a star for the home team, Chris was falling in a 10-year-long spiral of addiction. He bounced from team to team, country to country. Ultimately, Chris, the youngest and most talented of three generations of local heroes, has found redemption and personal fulfillment through the game, but only after it led him literally around the world, down a path of alcohol and drug addiction that nearly killed him.|
Editor's NoteA production of ESPN Films, this sports documentary from director Jonathan Hock profiles Chris Herren, an athlete with a spectacular rise and a tragic fall. A native of Fall River, Massachusetts, Herren performed so remarkably as a high school varsity basketball player that he attained legendary status even before he graduated from 12th grade. His success continued through his undergraduate enrollment at Fresno State, and ultimately enabled him to make the cut for the Boston Celtics, but at about the same time, Herren developed a serious drug addiction that cost him his place in the pros and literally almost killed him. Though he survived, just barely, his story continues to sound a cautionary note to others who may find themselves in similar positions.
Cast & Crew
|Chris Herren - Host|
|Jonathan Hock - Director|