The Crossover

by

Kwame Alexander

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JB Character Analysis

JB is Josh's twin. Like Josh, he's good at basketball, and to differentiate himself from his twin, he wears his hair shaved. He describes himself as the cool one, and he's especially good at free throws. JB begins to mature before Josh does, which causes a number of problems for Josh. His growing maturity means that JB chooses his activities based on whether or not he'll get to hang out with girls, not on whether or not he'll get to hang out with his twin. However, JB continues to play basketball and shines on the court. Especially when the boys play together, they're an unstoppable team. JB often steps into the role of the all-knowing brother; he answers Josh's questions matter-of-factly and doesn't consider anything more than the most obvious answers. Not long before Thanksgiving, the new girl, whom Josh calls Miss Sweet Tea, takes an interest in JB. In her presence, JB becomes goofy and starts to ignore Josh in favor of her. Because Josh's narration doesn't offer any insight into JB's thoughts, it's unclear if JB understands how he's making his brother feel by spending so much time with Miss Sweet Tea. JB also loves to bet and will bet on anything. One of these bets has disastrous consequences: he accidentally cuts off five of Josh's locks instead of the agreed-upon one, thereby depriving Josh of an important identity marker. JB, however, doesn't appear sorry enough for Josh's liking. All of this comes to head when Josh throws a ball at JB and nearly breaks his nose. JB goes on to hold a grudge against Josh for most of the rest of the novel, though he begins to relent not long before Dad's health takes a turn for the worse. Once Dad ends up in the hospital, JB is understandably beside himself and refuses to play basketball until Dad comes home. This means that JB is with Dad when Dad dies instead of playing in the championship game with Josh. After Dad's funeral, the boys begin to make up and JB does as Dad asked by giving Dad's championship ring to Josh.

JB Quotes in The Crossover

The The Crossover quotes below are all either spoken by JB or refer to JB. 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.
First Quarter Quotes

To get ready for the season, I went
to three summer camps. JB only went to
one. Said he didn't want to miss Bible school.

What does he think, I'm stupid? Ever since
Kim Bazemore kissed him in Sunday school,
he's been acting all religious,

thinking less and less about
basketball, and more and more about
GIRLS.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB
Page Number: 23
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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:

I'm not paying attention
to anything he's saying
or to the dummy

because
I'm watching Jordan pass notes
to Miss Sweet Tea. And I
wonder what's in the notes.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 84
Explanation and Analysis:
Second Quarter Quotes

Identical twins
are no different
from everyone else,
except we look and
sometimes sound
exactly alike.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 105
Explanation and Analysis:

JB comes running out of the bathroom.
What'd she say, Josh? Come on, tell me.

She said she likes me a lot, I tell him.
You mean she likes me a lot? he asks.

Yeah...
that's what I meant.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), JB (speaker), Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 109
Explanation and Analysis:
Third Quarter Quotes

You're twins, not the same person.
But that doesn't mean he has to stop loving me.

Related Characters: Josh (speaker), Mom (speaker), JB, Miss Sweet Tea/Alexis
Page Number: 140
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
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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

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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JB Character Timeline in The Crossover

The timeline below shows where the character JB appears in The Crossover. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Warm-Up
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...Dad insisted that the music was "fast and free" just like Josh and his brother JB are on the court. Josh wasn't impressed by the music, which offended Dad. Dad insisted... (full context)
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...he does all the time--even if there's no chance of winning. His preferred nickname is JB. He admires Michael Jordan but doesn't want anyone to know. JB does a poor job... (full context)
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...the game. As the family drives to the game, Josh sits in the back with JB. JB plays with Josh's locks and only stops when Josh hits him with his jock... (full context)
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...who has them. They have the added bonus of helping people realize that he isn't JB. Most importantly, Josh once saw a clip of Dad dunking in Europe, and Dad's locks... (full context)
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...Mom always makes Dad sit at the very top of the bleachers during Josh and JB's basketball games. She believes that Dad is too confrontational. Dad ignores Mom and coaches Josh... (full context)
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Dad asks Josh to fetch JB so they can get to practice, but Josh asks about Dad's championship ring instead. When... (full context)
First Quarter
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JB and I. Josh and JB are identical twins and they're almost thirteen. They're easy to... (full context)
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At the End of Warm-Ups, My Brother Tries to Dunk. JB tries to dunk the ball and fails. Josh laughs, makes fun of JB, and dunks... (full context)
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The Sportscaster. Josh explains that JB likes to tease and trash talk other players during games, which is what Dad used... (full context)
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...they win the championship trophy. Vondie passes the ball to Josh and Josh passes to JB. Josh notes that JB is special, and that JB's dad (Dad) is Chuck "Da Man"... (full context)
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...are down by seven. Coach isn't worried; he starts blasting his favorite dance music. Josh, JB, and Vondie join in and dance the Cha-Cha Slide. JB gives Josh a look and... (full context)
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...mine it. He cares for it meticulously every day, and this is why he declines JB's bet. (full context)
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The Bet, Part Two. JB's bet is convoluted: if the score is tied and it comes down to the last... (full context)
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The game is tied. The score is tied and clock ticks as JB makes his free throw. The crowd is silent until the ball goes through, right at... (full context)
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In the locker room. After the game, in the locker room, JB cackles and approaches Josh, holding Coach's red scissors. Josh thinks that he loves this game... (full context)
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Cut. JB laughs and waves the scissors around. The boys' teammates start chanting "Filthy" over and over... (full context)
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...unexpected bad event that often results in injuries. As an example, he says that if JB had taken cutting Josh's lock seriously, he would've only cut one. Instead, however, JB created... (full context)
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...them from the restaurant. At dinner, Mom is still upset about Josh's hair and makes JB apologize. JB's apology isn't sincere, so Josh gives him a noogie. Dad breaks the boys... (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... (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 in there and snoop through Dad's things, but Josh always... (full context)
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JB notices that Josh has Dad's box open, so they rummage through it. They find newspaper... (full context)
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...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 knee. He offers another... (full context)
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...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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Girls. Josh and JB walk into the lunchroom together. Even though Josh isn't bald, his hair looks enough like... (full context)
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While Vondie and JB. Josh does his and JB's vocabulary homework while Vondie and JB debate whether Miss Sweet... (full context)
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...use it in another sentence, he wonders why pulchritudinous Miss Sweet Tea is talking to JB. (full context)
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Walking Home. As the boys walk home from practice, Josh peppers JB with questions. He asks if JB thinks they can win the county championship, why Dad... (full context)
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Man to Man. Josh taunts JB as he dribbles. He suggests that JB should've gone to the mall with his girlfriend.... (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 shoot, Dad stands in... (full context)
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...Miss Sweet Tea shooting baskets at the other court. He wonders if she actually plays. JB goes over to her and Josh can tell he likes her. When Miss Sweet Tea... (full context)
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...and Tells Us His Favorite Story (Again). Dad bites into his third donut and, when JB asks if it's true that Mom banned donuts, Dad says that Mom will never know.... (full context)
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Dad reminisces about how, when Josh and JB were two, he taught them to play. Mom thought he was crazy. Then, when the... (full context)
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...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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...the second rebound. The ball goes back and forth and Josh feels like he and JB will be stars. With ten seconds left, Josh and JB pass the ball until Josh... (full context)
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...the gym over Thanksgiving break and why he cut his "cute" locks. Vondie giggles. As JB walks up, Miss Sweet Tea offers him some sweet iced tea. (full context)
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...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. Tonight, he asks Josh to... (full context)
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...a principal. Rather than just letting the boys go to bed, Mom makes them read. JB listens to his iPod while he reads, so he doesn't hear Josh ask if Miss... (full context)
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How Do You Spell Trouble? Josh is busy taking his vocabulary test when JB passes Josh a note to pass along to Miss Sweet Tea, who sits in front.... (full context)
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...Josh doesn't pay any attention to his teacher or the dummy and instead he watches JB and Miss Sweet Tea pass notes. He wonders what's in them, but is interrupted when... (full context)
Second Quarter
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Conversation. Josh tries to talk to JB and tell him about playing a pickup game at the rec center earlier. The older... (full context)
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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 Tea is around, and... (full context)
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...Josh narrates another play-by-play. With six seconds to go, the Wildcats are up sixteen points. JB evades other players to make a shot. Josh calls JB a showoff. (full context)
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...The score of the Wildcats' first game is 35-18. A reporter from the paper asks JB and Josh how they got so good. Dad takes it upon himself to respond and... (full context)
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I'm on Free Throw Number Twenty-Seven. Josh and JB take turns shooting free throws. JB has gotten twelve in a row so far, so... (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... (full context)
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...in a hospital and now, Dad hates doctors. He also thinks that it's ironic that JB spends all his time showing off, but he's too shy to talk to Miss Sweet... (full context)
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Phone Conversation (I Sub for JB). Josh tells Alexis that he's JB and then asks her about her sisters. She says... (full context)
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When Alexis asks when JB is going to introduce her to his parents and if she's his girlfriend, Josh covers... (full context)
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JB and I. Josh and JB usually eat lunch together every day. They argue about everything... (full context)
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Boy walks into a room. JB and Miss Sweet Tea walk over slowly. JB greets Josh by calling him Filthy McNasty,... (full context)
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...drills, Coach leads the team in meditation. As he meditates, Josh sees a picture of JB in the hospital in his head. He opens his eyes and turns around. JB is... (full context)
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Second-Person. Josh walks home alone after practice, which feels strange since he usually walks with JB. He bounces his basketball and wonders what JB and Miss Sweet Tea are doing. Josh... (full context)
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...finds The Giver. As Josh pulls out the book, he sees Miss Sweet Tea and JB kissing and understands what the librarian was talking about. (full context)
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...also afraid that Mom will reach her tipping point and ban basketball if he and JB get Cs on their report cards. Josh says that today, at the library, he found... (full context)
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...tomorrow, concerned about Dad, and hates how his hair feels, he can't sleep mostly because JB is on the phone with Miss Sweet Tea. They giggle and Josh listens to JB... (full context)
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Surprised. Josh has a plan: he's going to talk to JB about how he's spending all his time with Alexis and ignoring him and Dad. However,... (full context)
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...instead, tells him that being early is always better than being a little bit late. JB and the rest of the team point and laugh at Josh. (full context)
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...23-12. Josh is thrilled to get to play, as he knows that when he and JB are both on the court the team is unstoppable. JB, Josh, and Vondie move the... (full context)
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...are gone. Coach, Dad, and the crowd all scream for Josh to pass the ball. JB is still open. Josh dribbles out of the corner and decides that if JB wants... (full context)
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Before. Josh says that earlier, he walked into the gym covered in mud. JB screamed "FILTHY'S McNasty," and everyone, even Coach, laughed at him. Then, Josh had to sit... (full context)
Third Quarter
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...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 only two feet away... (full context)
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...few weeks. Josh struggles to answer and says he's sorry and didn't mean to hurt JB. Mom asks when Josh became a thug and if he's going to get angry whenever... (full context)
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Mom insists that's not acceptable and reminds Josh that he'll need to apologize to JB. Then, she says that there will be consequences and reminds Josh that as he and... (full context)
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...doesn't understand how his behavior became so churlish. He also wonders how to apologize to JB for being churlish and almost breaking his nose. (full context)
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...his best to make up for what he did. At dinner Josh sits next to JB, but JB doesn't smile at Josh's jokes. JB doesn't seem to notice when Josh does... (full context)
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...is wrong. Mom acts like an umbrella and shuts Dad down. Down on the court, JB is leading the team to victory. During a time-out, Josh tells Dad that JB won't... (full context)
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Fast Break. JB moves the ball up the court. Josh can tell he's aiming for a basket when... (full context)
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Storm. Dad races down the stairs to yell at the ref that what happened to JB was a foul. Josh watches JB and his opponent eye each other and wants to... (full context)
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...call the doctor or else. Dad apologizes to his family for losing his cool as JB asks if he can go to the mall after practice. Josh points out that they... (full context)
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pro-fuse-ly. Profusely means to pour forth in great quantity. JB, for example, gets nervous and sweats profusely when Miss Sweet Tea is around. The team... (full context)
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...game against Olive Branch Junior High, and that the team seemed unhurt by Josh's absence. JB instead led the team to victory. The team will start to fight for the county... (full context)
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...Josh that he's mean and doesn't deserve the distinction, especially after what he did to JB. Josh and JB look at each other after Miss Sweet Tea says this, and Josh... (full context)
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...the playoffs are in two days, his grades were good, and the team needs him. JB answers the Jeopardy question as he rolls his eyes. Mom points out that she cares... (full context)
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Dear Jordan. In a letter to JB, written in two columns that can be read together or separately, Josh says that without... (full context)
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I don't know. Josh isn't sure if JB read his letter, but he does notice that when he teases Vondie on the school... (full context)
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...what this means for his family--Dad won't be around to play basketball with him and JB if he's working. (full context)
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Dad assures Josh that he and JB are mature enough to be okay and asks why Josh is suddenly so concerned about... (full context)
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...comes for dinner, she asks for seconds of Mom's veggie lasagna. To make matters worse, JB even asks for more salad. JB is more than happy to tell Mom how he... (full context)
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...encourages the rest of the team to step up since Josh isn't playing. Josh watches JB lead the team onto the court. As the game starts, Josh looks up and notices... (full context)
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...Vondie brings the ball up the court, but the defense presses close. Vondie passes to JB, who holds onto the ball as long as possible. He shoots but the ball bounces... (full context)
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...that they're going to go home. At 7:45, she asks about the score and how JB is doing, and then assures Josh that the second half will be better. She tells... (full context)
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The Second Half. Vondie passes to JB, who expertly moves the ball up the court and makes a basket. JB is playing... (full context)
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Tomorrow Is the Last Day of School Before Christmas Vacation. Josh is studying by himself. JB is too, which worries Josh: tomorrow is the big vocabulary standards test. In an aside,... (full context)
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...gives a fry each to Josh and Vondie and then tells Josh that he and JB need to stop fighting. Coach explains that when he was in high school, he and... (full context)
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...Sweet Tea's divorced parents are estranged. He thinks that when he threw the ball at JB, he felt estranged from himself. He also shares that even though he and JB are... (full context)
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...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 Dad's jokes. When JB asks... (full context)
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...Dad agrees and hits Josh in the chest with the ball--Josh was distracted while watching JB and Miss Sweet Tea holding hands. Dad tells "Filthy" to pay attention but corrects himself... (full context)
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...still. Dad falls, his eyes roll, and Josh screams. Miss Sweet Tea calls 911 while JB brings water and splashes it on Dad's face. Dad doesn't stir. Remembering gym class, Josh... (full context)
Fourth Quarter
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The doctor pats 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... (full context)
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...is blocked, which results in that part of the heart muscle suffering damage or dying. JB says that now, he hates basketball because it was the thing that Dad loved the... (full context)
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...forever. Josh thought that forever was far away, but he knows now forever is close. JB doesn't talk about basketball, cut Josh's hair and didn't care, and is always with Miss... (full context)
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...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 Josh is there. (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 in the eye. He says he didn't jump... (full context)
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...happy. After two hours, Mom kicks the relatives out and after they leave, Dad calls JB and Josh to the bed. (full context)
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Dad reminds the boys of how, when they were seven, JB wanted to swing. All the swings were filled, so Josh pushed a kid out of... (full context)
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...asks when the big game is, and Josh asks why he never took him and JB fishing. Dad asks if JB still has a girlfriend. Josh wants to know if Dad... (full context)
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...points out that the big game is tomorrow, Dad wants to know if he and JB will play. Josh points out that JB won't play as long as Dad is in... (full context)
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...goes to the library alone, 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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...game. Mom's phone rings and 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... (full context)
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...pull through and sends his love. She sends Josh luck and says that she made JB go to the game to support the team. She reminds Josh to not get lazy... (full context)
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...to play one more game and is afraid that Dad is dying. Suddenly, Josh sees JB and Miss Sweet Tea behind the Wildcats' bench. JB is crying. The whistle blows and... (full context)
Overtime
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...team in Italy. He's survived by his wife (Mom) and his twin sons, Josh and JB. The boys recently won their first county championship. Dad was 39. (full context)
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...to look in the coffin. Dad is gone "like the end of a good song." JB and Josh each grab one of Mom's hands as the service ends. They step into... (full context)
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...not being at the funeral, which makes Josh confirm that she knows it's him, not JB. Playfully, she says that JB is loud and Josh always sounds quiet on the phone.... (full context)
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...kisses him and gives him a piece of sweet potato pie. She also asks where JB is. Josh says she's probably with Miss Sweet Tea, thinking that if he had a... (full context)
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...where it's stuck, wedged between the rim and the backboard. He knows that this means JB has been trying and failing to dunk. Josh dribbles to the free throw line and... (full context)
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...to Dad. Josh hears Dad ask if he feels better and opens his eyes. It's JB, not Dad. (full context)
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The boys each ask how the other is and then JB compliments Josh on his crossover at the game last week. Josh asks if JB saw... (full context)
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As JB starts to walk away, he says that he bets the dishes that Josh misses the... (full context)