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An outsider at the beginning, Abdul-Jabbar found ways to learn more about his athletes and the tribe. He discovered cultural traditions that made it difficult to coach the team (discomfort at being singled out for criticism, for example) and became more sensitive to the special challenges faced by young Native Americans. As Abdul-Jabbar notes, by working with the students he moved from a historical appreciation for the White Mountain Apaches as a people to an understanding of them as individuals. That said, Abdul-Jabbar can't quite seem to shake his romantic image of the young Apaches: "Sometimes I would glance his way and imagine him sitting astride a paint pony two hundred years earlier, ready to ride off into the mountains and hunt."
Through his players, Abdul-Jabbar finds himself getting caught up in the competition--his passion for basketball obviously rekindled. Readers may find the end of the Falcons' season rather abrupt, but perhaps that's the nature of high school sports. They also may be a bit put off by Abdul-Jabbar's occasional arrogance, especially when talking about his professional days ("The 1985 Lakers would have taken [Jordan's Bulls] in a championship series.") or when dissing later NBA stars such as Shaq ("He's publicly referred to the way I used to play as 'old man's basketball,' which it may have been, but it earned me six more rings than he's got so far."). Overall, however, A Season on the Reservation is infused with an obvious love of the White Mountain Apaches, their land, and the sport of basketball. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
My father work at Fort Apache for BIA we who lived there would say the BIA was bossing Indian around. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Milton E. Nielson
book was in ok shape but it showed up alot quicker than i expected.
book was ok, didn't tell much of the tribe or the team. Read more
Great Audio story pertaining Youth interest in Basketball and acceptance issues of student's particularly minority youngsters. Read morePublished on September 23, 2012 by Kenn S.
This book was very interesting and was filled with a lot of information in many ways. Abdul-Jabbar told us the history of the surroundings, the Apache tribe, and also told of his... Read morePublished on February 2, 2002 by Jason Kim
After being frustrated in his attempts at beginning a coaching career at either the collegiate or professional level, circumstances led the NBA's all-time leading scorer to an... Read morePublished on August 6, 2000 by Hank Waddles
Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes about his "sojourn" to the White Mountain Apache reservation in Arizona where he serves as an assistant coach for one season of high... Read morePublished on May 18, 2000 by Coach Eric Gumby Anderson, Ph.D (cand.)
The one adjective the I believe most appropriate for this book is condecending...as Mr. Abdul-Jabbar shifts between random thoughts or facts about Native Americans to flat... Read morePublished on March 23, 2000 by Robert Rubin