The Basketball Diaries is a drama movie directed by Scott Kalvert, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Wahlberg, Lorraine Bracco and James Madio. It is based on the true story autobiographical book by Jim Carroll.
The movie is an adaptation of poet and memoirist Jim Carroll's (Leonardo DiCaprio) juvenile diaries chronicling his kaleidoscopic enterence into the complicated world of drug addiction. As him beeeng a member of a good skilled high school basketball squad, the life of Jim's is about the basketball court and the court becomes a metaphor for the world in his mind. His best friend who is slowly dying of leukemia, a coach ("Swifty") who sexually enganges with the boys on his team, teenage sexual angst, and aninterest for cocaine and heroin starts to encroach on young Jim's dream of becoming a star of basketball.