May 6th, 2013

CNN Digital writer publishes book about former NBA all-star

CNN Digital senior producer Wayne Drash writes an uplifting book called “On These Courts,” about former NBA all-star player Penny Hardaway. The story captures Hardaway’s experience when he returns to his Memphis roots after retirement to help a friend with cancer coach disadvantaged youth. With the help of Hardaway’s teachings, the team of at-risk teens goes on to become State Champions in Tennessee.  Drash originally reported on this story for CNN.com last year, and the tale has since evolved into a published work.

The book hits shelves today, with an excerpt on CNN.com. A portion of the book’s proceeds will go to Penny Hardaway’s FastBreak Courts, part of Hardaway’s ongoing efforts to help youth in the Memphis community.