Lloyd Daniels’s unlikely rise to the NBA is the stuff that myths are made of: the most sought-after college basketball recruit of his generation, he got busted buying cocaine in a police sting operation, and two years later was almost killed after getting shot three times in the chest while negotiating an $8 drug deal. Yet, in spite of this, he somehow managed to make it to the NBA-- without having played a single college game, with remnants of bullets still in his body, and with years of crack addiction behind him.
This film documents Lloyd’s struggle to overcome the perilous streets of New York, to survive in the world of high stakes professional sports, and to battle a lifetime of addiction. Along with interviews, archival footage, and current verité, we use illustrations to recreate that mythic talent that the young Swee’ Pea displayed in the playgrounds, to express not only his charisma and charm, but also the darker side of Swee’ Pea, the unrepentant lone wolf, a hustler who, in the words of a friend, is “a rogue…he walks the face of this earth endlessly.”
Moving from the concrete to the dream and back to the concrete, we depict a story that is completely human but also fairytale-like in its utter unlikelihood, cementing Lloyd’s reputation as a flawed hero and the greatest playground legend of all time.