Star-That-Be: Who Never Was

Former High School Basketball Star searching for new life: A Two Part Story that chronicles the Rise and Fall of Lenny Cooke 


Harvey Araton

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STONY CREEK, Va. – On an otherwise lazy Sunday, dinner took hours to prepare, filling the small one-story house on a remote and wooded street with the aromatic smell of chicken, ribs and all the trimmings. The extended family would soon be arriving, in full, hungry force. Standing tall but cramped in the narrow kitchen at 6 feet 6 inches and not much less than 300 pounds, Lenny Cooke suddenly looked up from his culinary masterpiece.

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