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Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court Hardcover – October 6, 2015
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For someone who has so many issues with the NCAA (most involving money) he has few too few suggestions to fix it. I believe he gives two potential fixes as examples.
Jalen had lived an interesting life, but there's not a lot here that is new, especially those who listen to his podcast. There's barely enough here for a book, but at least Jalen can say he is an author now.
There's an editorial aspect to this book I really liked also, which contains quips about the NCAA and infamous head coach Larry Brown among others, as well as segments on Jalen's relationship to his father Jimmy Walker and the freakin' SCHOOL he created, the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. How is that for winning the game of life and changing the world? Guy FOUNDED A SCHOOL. IN DETROIT. Seriously, if you love basketball about 10% as much as I do, you'll love this book. It's about as fun and enlightening as celebrity memoirs can get.
"Got to Give the People What They Want" is Rose's story, from growing up in Detroit (and knowing his father was an NBA star player, though not present in his life) to going to college with Chris Webber and the other "Fab Five" members, to his NBA career and efforts to give back to the community that gave him life and the opportunity to do more than many of his peers. It's an honest, moving, funny, and insightful book, at times brutally honest and engaging to even the least-informed basketball fan. Rose addresses the "controversy" that led to Michigan's self-sanctioning of the titles and records won over the Fab Five's tenure and makes a compelling argument that college athletes should not only be paid but allowed to "major in athletics," because that's the real reason they're there. He writes honestly about his NBA career, which was long in years but short of championships; he credits Larry Bird with helping him learn the skills he'd need to prolong his career past the brief, fiery start a "Fab Five" member might otherwise have had. There are times when I disagree with Rose's assessments, such as his stand by former "Bad Boy" and fellow Detroit legend Isiah Thomas (who was the focus of a sexual harassment suit a few years back). But it's okay to disagree with him, and I still find the book a compelling, enlightening read.Read more ›
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I haven't began reading it yet, but it arrived in perfect condition. It's supposed to be a great read, so I can't wait.Published 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
I like the way Jalen talked about everything, from his family, fab 5, and the NBA. I had no idea Jalen had the life he had. Great book.Published 1 month ago
Jalen is informative and gets straight to the point... A tad bit braggadocious at times but overall a solid quick read...Published 1 month ago by Sean Bradley
First book I read in 17 years. Such insight on life, the NBA, and maturing as an adult. Great role model for young kids!Published 2 months ago by Mom
My adult son had this on his Christmas list ... he is a Jalen Rose fan ... loved the book.Published 2 months ago by Jacquelyn Meyer
Great quick read. Fan of Jalen on ESPN and on Jalen and Jacoby, this book lets you into his background storyPublished 3 months ago by Michael Mayers
Easy read. Its as if Jalen was having a personal conversation and just telling his story direct.Published 3 months ago by Young Lou