The Crossover

by

Kwame Alexander

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Dad Character Analysis

Josh and JB's dad. As a young man, Dad was known as "Da Man" and played professional basketball in Europe. At some point in his career, he received a championship ring, which the boys covet in the present. Dad, however, insists that the boys can only have it when they themselves become "Da Man," or follow in his footsteps as basketball stars. To this end, Dad supports his sons in basketball and doles out wisdom to Josh, which Josh then relates to the reader. Dad does his best to make sure the boys understand that their natural aptitude for the sport is something they inherited from him, while also impressing on them the importance of practice and constantly trying to get better. While Josh is looking through his parents' closet for a box for his locks, he and JB begin to make discoveries about Dad's medical history that complicate their reading of their dad. They learn that Dad refused to get surgery for patellar tendinitis and therefore, wasn't allowed to play for the Los Angeles Lakers. Josh also discovers that Dad has hypertension, which makes Dad's fainting episodes and bloody noses start to make more sense. Because Dad's dad, Josh and JB’s grandfather, died in the hospital of hypertension, however, Dad distrusts doctors. This is why he refused surgery for patellar tendinitis and why, in the present, he refuses to see a doctor until he ends up in the hospital after suffering a major heart attack. After about a week in a coma, Dad wakes up around Christmas. In his last few days, he tries to encourage Josh and JB to abandon their beef and reaffirm their support of each other. He also encourages Josh to keep playing basketball and continue to practice. While Dad is in the hospital, Josh refers to him as the backboard of the family, suggesting that Dad is the one who keeps the family in line. Dad dies of another heart attack during Josh's final championship game. He leaves his championship ring to Josh, suggesting that Josh is now “Da Man.”

Dad Quotes in The Crossover

The The Crossover quotes below are all either spoken by Dad or refer to Dad. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Houghton Mifflin edition of The Crossover published in 2014.
Warm-Up Quotes

But, as I got older
and started getting game,
the name took on a new meaning.
And even though I wasn't into
all that jazz,
every time I'd score,
rebound,
or steal a ball,
Dad would jump up
smiling and screamin',
That's my boy out there.
Keep it funky, Filthy!

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 8-9
Explanation and Analysis:

1. ever since I watched
the clip of Dad
posterizing
that seven-foot Croatian center
on ESPN's Best Dunks Ever;
soaring through the air—his
long twisted hair like wings
carrying him
high above
the rim—I knew
one day
I'd need
my own wings
to fly.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad
Related Symbols: Locks/Wings
Page Number: 14-15
Explanation and Analysis:
First Quarter Quotes

That boy is special, and it doesn't hurt
that Chuck "Da Man" Bell is his father.
And mine, too.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad, JB
Page Number: 27
Explanation and Analysis:

And while Dad is telling us another story
for the hundredth time, Mom removes the salt
from the table and JB goes to the buffet.
He brings back three packages
of duck sauce and a cup of wonton soup
and hands them all to me.
Dad pauses, and Mom looks at JB.
That was random, she says.
What, isn't that what you wanted, Filthy? JB asks.
And even though I never opened my mouth,
I say, Thanks,
because
it is.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB (speaker), Mom (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 42
Explanation and Analysis:

As in: I wonder why my dad
never had surgery
on his patellar tendinitis.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 49
Explanation and Analysis:

As in: Hypertension
can affect all types of people,
but you have a higher risk
if someone in your family
has had the disease.

As in: I think
my grandfather
died of hypertension?

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad, Grandfather/Dad's Dad
Page Number: 76
Explanation and Analysis:
Second Quarter Quotes

On the way home
Dad asks if we should stop
at Pollard's.
I tell him I'm not hungry,
plus I have a lot of homework,
even though
I skipped lunch today
and finished my homework
during halftime.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad, Mom
Page Number: 99
Explanation and Analysis:
Third Quarter Quotes

I prefer to be called Josh, Dad.
Not Filthy.

Oh, really, Filthy? he laughs.
I'm serious, Dad--please don't call me
that name anymore.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad (speaker)
Page Number: 166
Explanation and Analysis:

Like heirloom.
As in: Dad treats his championship ring
like some kind of family heirloom
that we can't wear
until one of us becomes Da Man.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad
Related Symbols: The Championship Ring
Page Number: 183
Explanation and Analysis:

JB and I look out
the window
at the exact moment
we pass by the mall
and I know exactly
what JB wants.
Dad, can we stop
at that sneaker store
in the mall?
Yeah, Dad, can we? JB echoes.
And the word we
never sounded
sweeter.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 189
Explanation and Analysis:
Fourth Quarter Quotes

As in: Dad's in a coma
because of a myocardial infarction,
which is the same thing
my grandfather died of.
So what does that mean for me
and JB?

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad, JB, Grandfather/Dad's Dad
Page Number: 202
Explanation and Analysis:

Because the only thing that matters is swish.
Because our backboard is splintered.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad, JB, Mom
Related Symbols: The Backboard
Page Number: 204
Explanation and Analysis:
Overtime Quotes

On the forty-ninth shot,
I am only slightly aware
that I am moments from fifty.
The only thing that really matters
is that out here
in the driveway
shooting free throws
I feel closer to Dad.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Dad
Page Number: 235
Explanation and Analysis:

You earned it, Filthy, he says,
sliding the ring on my finger.
My heart leaps
into my throat.

Dad's championship ring.
Between the bouncing
and sobbing, I whisper, Why?

I guess you Da Man now, Filthy, JB says.

And for the first time in my life
I don't want to be.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB (speaker), Dad
Related Symbols: The Championship Ring
Page Number: 236
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dad Character Timeline in The Crossover

The timeline below shows where the character Dad appears in The Crossover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Warm-Up
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...shame. He's tall with long hair and sees himself as the next big basketball star. Dad often reminds him that he played basketball with the greats like "Magic" (Earvin Johnson Jr.)... (full context)
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How I Got My Nickname. Josh says he's not a fan of jazz music, but Dad is. One time, when Dad was making Josh listen to a CD by Horace Silver,... (full context)
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...he started to like it. Whenever Josh scored or did something exceptional on the court, Dad would jump and scream praise for "Filthy." That made Josh feel good about the nickname. (full context)
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...sheets, underwear, cups, and sunglasses. He even used $50 he won in a bet with Dad to purchase a Michael Jordan toothbrush off of eBay. Josh believes that JB is actually... (full context)
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...helping people realize that he isn't JB. Most importantly, Josh once saw a clip of Dad dunking in Europe, and Dad's locks looked like wings. After seeing that, Josh realized that... (full context)
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Mom tells Dad. Mom always makes Dad sit at the very top of the bleachers during Josh and... (full context)
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Conversation. Josh asks Dad if he misses playing basketball. Dad answers that he misses it like a genre of... (full context)
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Dad asks Josh to fetch JB so they can get to practice, but Josh asks about... (full context)
First Quarter
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...and fails. Josh laughs, makes fun of JB, and dunks the ball to show off. Dad cheers and Josh explains that he's the only kid on the team who can dunk.... (full context)
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...that JB likes to tease and trash talk other players during games, which is what Dad used to do. Josh, on the other hand, is silent, as it allows him to... (full context)
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...and Josh passes to JB. Josh notes that JB is special, and that JB's dad (Dad) is Chuck "Da Man" Bell. JB passes the ball back to Josh, who performs a... (full context)
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...It can throw off an opponent, and basketball greats have used it to great effect. Dad taught Josh to perform a crossover slowly at first, to test one's opponent, and then... (full context)
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...Mom is very upset to see Josh's hair and calls it a calamity. She tells Dad to take Josh to the barber over the weekend to cut off the rest of... (full context)
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...it when the family eats out, she lets them choose a restaurant once per month. Dad chooses Chinese, even though Mom won't let him eat most of what's on the buffet.... (full context)
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As Josh fills his plate, JB asks Dad for insight on how they played. Dad says they did okay, but deems Josh's crossover... (full context)
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The inside of Mom and Dad's bedroom closet. Mom and Dad's closet is off limits. JB often asks Josh to go... (full context)
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JB notices that Josh has Dad's box open, so they rummage through it. They find newspaper clippings and old memorabilia, as... (full context)
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...jumps a lot. Josh uses it in a sentence and says that in Mom and Dad's closet, he and JB discovered that Dad has patellar tendinitis, which is known as jumper's... (full context)
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...center. They listen to hip-hop and, once all the teasing dies down, the game begins. Dad passes to Josh, Josh passes to JB, and JB shoots the ball. (full context)
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Basketball Rule #2. In a random text, Dad tells Josh to hustle, run quickly, pivot and chase, aim and shoot. He tells Josh... (full context)
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...JB with questions. He asks if JB thinks they can win the county championship, why Dad never had knee surgery, and why Dad can't have salt. JB responds that he doesn't... (full context)
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After dinner. After dinner, Dad takes Josh and JB to the rec center to practice free throws. While the boys... (full context)
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Dad Takes Us to Krispy Kreme and Tells Us His Favorite Story (Again). Dad bites into... (full context)
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Dad reminisces about how, when Josh and JB were two, he taught them to play. Mom... (full context)
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...goals. Other people expect out of you what they expect out of their own lives. Dad encourages Josh and JB to shoot for the sun. (full context)
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I Missed Three Free Throws Tonight. Josh explains that every night after dinner, Dad insists that he and JB shoot free throws until they get ten in a row.... (full context)
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...music, but Josh thinks it sounds more like Jay-Z. JB also doesn't hear Mom and Dad arguing. (full context)
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Mom shouts. Josh listens to his parents fight. Mom wants Dad to see the doctor for hypertension since it's genetic. Dad insists he doesn't need a... (full context)
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...blood pressure. Josh uses it in a sentence and says that Mom tries to keep Dad from eating salt, as too much salt can cause hypertension. In another sentence, he notes... (full context)
Second Quarter
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Conversation. Josh takes his problem to Dad and says that JB is acting weird: he's smiling, he gets spacey when Miss Sweet... (full context)
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Out of Control. Dad yells at the ref that a kid on the other team was traveling (moving with... (full context)
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...is aghast that they have to start tonight, but Mom asks Josh to not let Dad take him to Pollard's or Krispy Kreme after their rec center outings. Josh understands what... (full context)
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...35-18. A reporter from the paper asks JB and Josh how they got so good. Dad takes it upon himself to respond and says they learned from "Da Man." On the... (full context)
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...take turns shooting free throws. JB has gotten twelve in a row so far, so Dad laughs and tells Josh to pay attention. Suddenly, a look of horror comes over Dad's... (full context)
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He probably. When Josh asks JB if he thinks Dad is sick, JB says that Dad probably just got something caught in his throat. Because... (full context)
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...astronomy. He says it's not ironic that his grandfather died in a hospital and now, Dad hates doctors. He also thinks that it's ironic that JB spends all his time showing... (full context)
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...he doesn't know, to which she tells him to stop being silly. Alexis asks about Dad and if the family is rich because he played in the NBA. Josh corrects her... (full context)
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...point is the point at which something shifts into an entirely different position. According to Dad, the tipping point of the U.S. economy was greedy bankers and housing gamblers. Josh is... (full context)
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...I can't sleep. Josh can't sleep. Though he's worried about the game tomorrow, concerned about Dad, and hates how his hair feels, he can't sleep mostly because JB is on the... (full context)
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...to JB about how he's spending all his time with Alexis and ignoring him and Dad. However, Josh's plan is thwarted when he hears a car horn, looks outside, and sees... (full context)
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Conversation. While Dad drives Josh to the game, Josh asks if going to the doctor will kill Dad.... (full context)
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Game Time: 6:00 p.m. Just before 5:30, a police officer pulls Dad over because he has a broken taillight. A minute later, the officer asks Dad for... (full context)
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...and then sit on the bench. He doesn't want to listen to Josh's excuses that Dad got pulled over and instead, tells him that being early is always better than being... (full context)
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...team are in front of Josh. Josh sees that JB is free and thinks of Dad's assessment that if JB is open, he can be trusted to earn points. Josh, however,... (full context)
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...Josh. He decides to try to dunk until he realizes his locks are gone. Coach, Dad, and the crowd all scream for Josh to pass the ball. JB is still open.... (full context)
Third Quarter
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...As the Bell family drives home from the hospital, the car is silent. Mom and Dad are serious, while JB leans his bandaged face against the window. Even though Josh is... (full context)
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...be difficult to work with. Once, when Josh wanted a pair of Stephon Marbury sneakers, Dad insisted that Marbury had a bad attitude and said that Josh didn't want to be... (full context)
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The Nosebleed Section. Josh sits with Mom and Dad in the top row of the bleachers. He thinks that they're in the clouds and... (full context)
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Storm. Dad races down the stairs to yell at the ref that what happened to JB was... (full context)
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The next morning. At breakfast the next day, Mom tells Dad to call the doctor or else. Dad apologizes to his family for losing his cool... (full context)
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...has also thanked JB profusely for leading them to the playoffs. Mom also said that Dad's blood pressure during the game was so high, his anger at the ref caused his... (full context)
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...his eyes. Mom points out that she cares about Josh's behavior, not his grades as Dad tries to change the subject by talking about Mom's much-awaited Christmas dinner. He tells a... (full context)
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I run into Dad's room. Josh runs to investigate the panting. He finds Dad on the floor cleaning a... (full context)
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Dad assures Josh that he and JB are mature enough to be okay and asks why... (full context)
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Josh tells Dad that since it means so much to him, he'll ask Mom about the job on... (full context)
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Behind Closed Doors. Mom yells that she and Dad decided that he wouldn't play basketball. She won't listen when he insists it's just coaching... (full context)
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...Josh is finished cleaning up the kitchen after dinner, Mom comes in. Josh asks when Dad has his appointment with the doctor and when Mom scolds Josh for eavesdropping, he insists... (full context)
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...onto the court. As the game starts, Josh looks up and notices that Mom and Dad aren't in the bleachers. He turns back to the court and meets JB's eyes. He... (full context)
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...from Mom, Part One. Around 7 pm, Mom texts Josh to say that she and Dad went out for some fresh air since Dad wasn't feeling well. A few minutes later,... (full context)
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...clues he made up to remember them. To remember what heirloom means, Josh says that Dad treats his championship ring like a family heirloom, and that Josh and JB can't wear... (full context)
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...estranged from himself. He also shares that even though he and JB are currently estranged, Dad is going to make them play together in a tournament at the rec center tomorrow. (full context)
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School's Out. On the last day of school before winter break, Mom works late so Dad picks up Josh and JB. The boys still aren't talking, but they both laugh at... (full context)
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The Phone Rings. Josh answers the phone since Mom is decorating the tree and Dad is outside shooting free throws. Miss Sweet Tea asks if she can speak to JB,... (full context)
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When we get to the court. At the rec center, Josh challenges Dad to a warm-up game. Dad agrees and hits Josh in the chest with the ball--Josh... (full context)
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At Noon in the Gym, with Dad. People watch Dad and Josh play. Josh does well and is up by five points,... (full context)
Fourth Quarter
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...Jordan and me on the back and says. The doctor tells JB and Josh that Dad will be fine; they'll be fishing again soon. Josh petulantly says they don't fish, which... (full context)
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...or dying. JB says that now, he hates basketball because it was the thing that Dad loved the most, and it caused his myocardial infarction. The doctor sees Josh looking up... (full context)
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Okay, Dad. Josh decides to talk to Dad, even though he's been told that Dad might not... (full context)
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Mom, since you asked, I'll tell you why I'm so angry. Josh is angry because Dad tried to dunk and Josh wants to win a championship, but he can't do it... (full context)
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...sideline. It was creepy but it worked--the Wildcats won and dedicated the game ball to Dad. He asks if Josh and JB are coming to practice, if Dad's okay, and if... (full context)
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On Christmas Eve. Dad wakes up. He smiles at Mom, gives JB a high five, and then looks Josh... (full context)
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Santa Claus Stops By. The Bell family celebrates Christmas in Dad's hospital room with relatives from five different states. Mom sings and Dad plays cards with... (full context)
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Dad reminds the boys of how, when they were seven, JB wanted to swing. All the... (full context)
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Questions. Dad asks if Josh has been practicing his free throws, but Josh responds by asking why... (full context)
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Dad jokes about how horrible Uncle Bob's turkey was, but Josh doesn't think it's funny. Josh... (full context)
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...writes that his Christmas wasn't merry, and he's not happy in the new year either. Dad's still in the hospital and has been for nineteen days. (full context)
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...shoots free throws and eats donuts alone. He's alone because JB is in love and Dad is in the hospital. (full context)
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...she shrieks. She runs past the boys' room and when JB asks, she explains that Dad had another heart attack. She's going to the hospital and promises to see the boys... (full context)
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...the hospital with his family, he should go. Josh cuts Coach off, assures him that Dad is going to be okay, and says that Dad wants him to play. He asks... (full context)
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Text Messages from Mom, Part Two. Mom texts Josh and says that Dad is having complications, but he'll pull through and sends his love. She sends Josh luck... (full context)
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For Dad. Josh's free throw rolls around the rim, but finally goes through the net. The Wildcats... (full context)
Overtime
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...#2 in the Daily News (January 14). The paper writes that Charlie "Da Man" Bell (Dad) collapsed in a basketball game with Josh. He suffered complications and died of a massive... (full context)
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...feels unprepared for death, since there aren't rules and there’s no referee. He listens to Dad's teammates tell funny stories and thinks that the choir's songs almost cover up Mom's sobs.... (full context)
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...trying and failing to dunk. Josh dribbles to the free throw line and thinks that Dad once made 50 free throws in a row. Josh's record is nineteen. Josh makes his... (full context)
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...as the years of his life. Each one represents a year that he had with Dad. By the time Josh gets to free throw number 27, he's making them with his... (full context)
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...still being cautious around him. Josh asks if JB had a chance to speak to Dad before he died. JB says that Dad told him to stay out of his closet... (full context)