For future hoopers dead from Rugers shooting through the empty alley
Could've threw him an alley-oop, helping him do good in school
Most likely referencing Tyrone Lawson, a Chicago teen, and the January 2013 incident where the young basketball player was shot and killed after the game. A similar death occurred back in 1984 when Ben Wilson, the top basketball recruit in the country, was gunned down. Alley-Oop is also a tutoring website, hence “helping him do good in school”.
Chance has probably seen many kids with potential shot down considering that he grew up on the same street as the high school Derrick Rose went to and Chicago has such a high murder rate, particularly with kids in gangs.
Also note the wordplay on “shooting” when Chance suggests they could of thrown him an “alley-oop” instead of killing him. Alley-oop is a collaborative move in basketball that takes more than one person to complete, instead of “shooting” they could of helped him out. Rugers is also a type of gun.
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