Was anyone else bothered by this story in today's New York Times, the one that focuses on a rich white kid who is obsessed with--and pretty good at--basketball? As I was reading it, I simply couldn't figure out what the hook was: that he's rich? white? kinda short? Yes, it's impressive that he plays through pain, but so many high school athletes do this that it's not that impressive. Is it that he quit skiing in order to protect himself from injuries? Please. That his dad manages and subsidizes (heavily, it sounds like) his AAU team? Well, that's a little more of a story, but this item treats it rather nonchalantly.
It sounds to me as if the only thing that begins to distinguish this kid from all the scrappers out there is his family's relative wealth. My cynical side makes me think he has some connex to someone at the Times. Because now, the only thing that sets Len Chenfeld apart from the thousands of kids like him, kids with big (though tempered and seemingly realistic) hoops dreams, is this multi-column news spread.