FRISCO, Texas — Someone told the girl about Rucker Park in Harlem, told her that all the best players gathered there for pickup games.
Harlem was two train rides and a long walk from her neighborhood in Queens, but she had fallen in love with basketball — shooting hoops in the playground each afternoon until dark — and nothing could keep her from having a look.
Taking money from her mother's purse, she announced that she was headed for the park, neglecting to mention which park. She stuffed T-shirts into the shoulders of her coat along the way, trying to make herself look bigger.
"I got off the E train and I walked down 155th Street, this little white Jewish girl...