Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s The Town Game: Two Lives, Two Paths tells a story about a group of Oakland natives who played a different brand of basketball in the face of adversity. The program tells the tumultuous stories of the young men who did not make it out of impoverished Oakland, but also of the heroes who did. The ones who never made it succumbed to the temptations of the streets rather than rising above the harsh realities of an unstable home life.
Some beat the odds that were stacked against them, while others fell victim to the many temptations of the streets. The program presents the stories of Demetrius “Hook” Mitchell, who has been called “one of the best basketball players never to make it to the NBA,” and Leon Powe, who was raised in poverty and instability and went on to win an NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics.
The Town Game documents the lives of Oakland basketball players and how they dealt with the struggles they faced. It intertwines the stories of Mitchell and Powe as they relate to Oakland streetball, told from their perspective and that of the people who surrounded them, including Jason Kidd, Brian Shaw, Antonio Davis, Drew Gooden, Greg Foster, Paul Silas, Chris Mullin, Marshawn Lynch, Josh Johnson, and others.
The Town Game: Two Lives, Two Paths, a one-hour documentary, premieres on Monday, April 9 at 9 p.m. PT on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.