NYC Basketball Legend Lloyd Daniels Gets a Documentary

March 19, 2014 | Andy Cush

“I have been shooting and producing it over the past 2 years and we just launched a Kickstarter to raise money to complete the film,” writes director Daniel Levin in an email to ANIMAL of The Legend of Swee’ Pea, his documentary on legendary and legendarily troubled Brooklyn basketball player Lloyd Daniels.

Daniels made his name in playground and high school ball — Larry Bird and Magic Johnson come up several times when commentators try to find players to which to compare him in the trailer above — but had his professional career stunted by crack addiction and violence. These days, he’s coaching AAU in New Jersey.

The documentary’s Kickstarter campaign has raised $2,250 of its $50,000 goal with 33 days to go.