By Mike Lupica
It?s basic. All Billy Raynor desires to do is shoot. in any case, he's the best shooters within the league. yet along with his dad as his trainer, and his mom and dad newly separated, in some way everything?s turn into complex. His brother Ben, the piano prodigy, not often talks anymore. His mother is usually touring on enterprise. And his dad is usually on his case approximately now not being a staff participant. but if Ben?s piano recital falls at the related day because the championship video game, it truly is Billy who teaches his dad the genuine that means of being a workforce participant. number 1 ny occasions bestseller Mike Lupica ratings from downtown with this new sequence for younger middle-grade readers.
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This had always been the time of night, the last hour before bed, when Billy and his dad would sit on the couch together in this room and watch games together. His dad would do a better job announcing the game than the real announcers did. But not tonight. His dad wasn’t there. Billy had started playing in the Rec League when he was seven. So this was his fourth year playing for his dad, who was the only coach he’d ever had. Lenny’s dad was the assistant coach this year, but he’d only signed on so that Billy and Lenny could play on the same team.
The one Billy would watch when Ben played the piano, that hand acting like it had a mind of its own sometimes as it moved back and forth across the keys. Billy could see from Zeke Mills’s face how hard he was squeezing one of his kid brother’s piano hands. Knowing that telling him to stop wasn’t going to do any good, Billy stepped forward and chopped down on Zeke’s wrist with all his might, like he was trying to pound a nail with his closed fist. Zeke didn’t let go. Ben wasn’t making a sound or begging Zeke to stop.
But Ben shook his head and said he was going to finish watching a movie on his computer, then went upstairs to his own room and shut the door, the way he had pretty much every single night since their dad had left. Billy poked his head into the dining room, where his mom was working away at her computer, papers spread out all around her on the dining room table. “Hey,” he said. ” Billy said it was all good, there was a game he wanted to watch. ” she said, and went back to work. Billy went into the den, turned on the TV, found the Suns-Cavaliers.