A neighborhood bookie peddles athletes to college coaches and develops a sport betting operation centered on high school games. He recruits an accomplice to execute his last bet, one that could set them up financially for life but is fraught with danger. The Chicago Police investigate the greedy gamblers who might try to manipulate a high school basketball playoff game. A chance meeting between the father of a mediocre student-athlete and the bookie puts in motion a sequence of events transforming the player into a Division 1 prospect using unorthodox basketball training methods. Corrupt adults, who selfishly engage in risky and exploitive behaviors, surround the athlete: gangland profiteers, win-at-all-cost coaches, greedy street agents, shoe company representatives, college recruiters, disloyal lovers, and others. Advantage Disadvantage examines the motivations that drive the surrounding adults to corruption, betrayal, and greed.

A representative review:

Those immersed in the basketball community will read Advantage Disadvantage and recognize many of the "usual suspects" and familiar situations that will make you chuckle...or bring your emotions to anger, disgust, sadness, excitment, and joy.- Readers foreign to the world of hoops will gain some insight into the machinations of prep basketball, recruiting, officiating, and the cracks in the system that allows the slime to sometimes find its way into our beautiful game.

Advantage Disadvantage is a fictional tale with high school basketball as the backdrop for an intriguing story of a cast of characters who are faced with some very real life temptations and we follow them-as they try to reconcile right from wrong - all the while wondering whether their decisions will prove to be an Advantage or a Disadvantage. Coach Ray Lokar, West Covina, California


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