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Red Hot Chili Peppers' bassist, Flea, tweets about reading Charlestown High hoops book

Posted by Justin Rice  September 20, 2013 10:24 AM

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The bassist for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Flea, tweeted his nearly 1 million followers on Thursday night about finishing the 2008 book The Assist, which is about Jack O’Brien’s championship teams at Charlestown High and was written by Boston Globe Magazine writer Neil Swidey.

The book was recommended to Flea by Los Angeles Lakers beat writer Dave McMenamin. Flea also gave a shout out to former Townies star player Ridley Johnson.

After thanking Flea for reading his book on twitter, Swidey tweeted that the Alray Scholars Program, which was inspired by The Assist, is hosting its charity basketball tournament on Saturday at the UMass-Clark Athletic Center (100 Morrissey Blvd).

The Alray Scholars Program gives scholarships to Boston public school alumni who have left college for various reasons but anticipate going back to school. Taylor helped Charlestown win three of their four consecutive state championships before going to the University of New Hampshire on a scholarship. But he had to transfer due to a series of unfortunate events, including the death of his parents within a six-month span. But as he worked to get his life back on track, Taylor was shot to death in broad daylight three days before his 22nd birthday in 2006.

The 3-on-3 tournament, which Globe Correspondent Justin A. Rice helped plan, is the Alray Scholars first fundraising event.

Here's the twitter transcript:

Flea (‏@flea333): just finished a beautiful book 'The Assist' by @neilswidey thanks for the pointer @mcten and rock on @RIDLEY_JOHNSON

Dave McMenamin (mcten): @flea333 @neilswidey @RIDLEY_JOHNSON Glad you enjoyed it!
Neil Swidey (@neilswidey): @flea333 @mcten @RIDLEY_JOHNSON thanks! See Ridley & others from http://TheAssist.net  in the #alraytourney tomorrow at 10, @UMassBoston

Neil Swidey (@neilswidey): @flea333 @mcten @RIDLEY_JOHNSON Thanks a million, Flea.

Neil Swidey (@neilswidey): @mcten thanks again, dave

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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