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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WmMorrowPB; Reprint edition (April 27, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060595353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060595357
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,320,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Ostensibly concerned with the women behind the men who move the ball for the fictional New York Flyers, this first novel from former and current basketball wives Ewing and McCrary wobbles unsteadily from the announcement by Alexis?wife of team owner Mike Mitchell?that the mostly African American team will be sold to a known bigot if they don't win the championship. The tie that binds the tales of the players' mates together is Casey Rogers, fantastically successful attorney and wife to Brent, star player for the Flyers. Their marital problems quickly steal the focus from the team's difficulties. From this tipoff, the novel weaves in and out, dribbling and passing the action from couple to couple. We get lots of sad but unconnected backstories, lots of catty infighting and (often justified) jealousies among the wives, all of whom are intensely (if predictably) aware that their husbands belong to the fans and owners more than to them. Meanwhile, the team itself tries to ignore the "personal fouls" in their lives and plays on as the pressure to win mounts and the episodic soap opera ticks away with the clock. Tritely and carelessly written, the book has too many howlers: "Naturally he did not forget to pack the brand-new Calvin Klein underwear for his road trip, unlike when he was at home with his drawers full of holes"; "He treated players like machines on a southern plantation." The book moves in fits and starts toward a predictable conclusion and fails to realize even the most fundamental possibilities of a good sports novel from the wives' point of view (readers would do better to try Balls, Nanci Kincaid's recent chronicle of football wives). (Nov.) FYI: McCrary is married to Greg Anthony of the Seattle Supersonics (formerly of the New York Knicks). Ewing was married to Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks. Both women hold law degrees.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

An insider's novel about women married to pro basketball stars, from the ex-wife of Knick Patrick Ewing and the wife of Seattle Supersonic Greg Anthony?who are both members of the Bar as well.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

It brought alive a world that very few of us get to experience.
Northwest
I think many of the issues in the book were just resolved a little too neatly at the end.
ESQ
I felt the book was interesting, easy to follow and kept you guessing into the very end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Mikels on March 14, 2008
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As an NBA fan of course I want to know what goes on "behind the scenes." And who would know more about the steamy, groupie-driven adventures of the NBA world than two ladies who are (were?) married to former players? Ergo I began HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE with much anticipation; my anticipation quickly turned to trepidation. This book is just plain bad, folks, and here's why:

Way too many subplots. Let's see. We've got Casey, who's unhappy with hubby Brent, because he cheated on her three years ago; we've got pop superstar Remy, who doesn't know what's wrong with Collin, who seems distant; we've got Trina, who discovers hubby Rick has a gambling problem; we've got Steve, who can't keep former lust-driven girlfriend Kelly from stalking him; we've got Lorraine, who doesn't want hubby Paul to know about her violent past; we've got Dawn, who can't get rookie sensation Michael to make a commitment; we've got the New York Flyers, who must win a championship or the franchise will be shipped off to Albany and purchased by a bigoted tycoon; and we've got the worst subplot about one of the above characters being gay--only the authors "cleverly" won't tell us who he is. . .until the end.

Good grief. With such a hodge-podge of backstories, further complicated by awkward, contrived, trite writing, this book is more of a mess than the feedlot on the other side of town. And the ending is predictable. . .yet still a howler. Infidelity and superstardom may very well impact relationships in the NBA; it's a shame HOMECOURT ADVANTAGE is so weak it fails to deliver such a message.
--D. Mikels, Author, Walk-On
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Spell VINE VOICE on August 13, 2000
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It's nice publicity to write a basketball book by the former wife of Patrick Ewing. Would there be dirt? Would there be revelations? No, just a story of relationships from a female perspective as it relates to star athletes that are always in sexual demand. I give the writers credit for overlaying the story over a compelling basketball season, but it was sometimes confusing with so many chapters focusing on the many subplots. Maybe too much was too little.
I enjoyed the book and the ending does draw you in to the happy ending for at least one of the player's wives. But these writers will need to continue to sharpen their story lines to create a novel that generates emotional involvement throughout the novel.
Not for sports enthusiasts but for romance novel readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nicole McCurty on August 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The life of a celebrity always seems so glamorous. In this realistic look at professional basketball players, we realize all that glitters isn't gold.
The New York Flyers are on their way to the championships. They need everybody's support in this effort including, players, coaches, agents and even wives and girlfriends. Casey Rodgers, the veteran and star player's wife, has been put in charge with keeping the women in line. With a diva, a troubled nurse, a jealous fiancé, a scheming ex-girlfriend and problems of her own, this is not an easy task. To top it off, the New York Flyers must win the championship or suffer the consequences. All of these things combined make for one helluva story.
I was very impressed with this first time effort for Ewing and McCrary. The story was very well-written and realistic. Some of the supporting stories could have been eliminated in order to focus on the major ones, but they were all well done. I found myself a little annoyed with Casey at times but she redeemed herself in the end.
Ewing and McCrary have taken the phrase "write what you know" and made it work for them.
Reviewed by Nicole
APOOO BookClub
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "misslove" on June 13, 2000
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Rita and Crystal did a wonderful job of creating boisterous storylines, gritty characters, and seemingly insurmountable problems that maintain the readers interest and gets them excitedly involved with the scandlous situations. Every situation captured my attention, held my concern, and heard my opinion. HomeCourt Advantage is a ficticious account of a pro-basketball team called the Flyers. All kind of seedy mayhem occurs: a player dealing with a fatally attracted X, a friend in love with a player who can't return her adoration, and a rookie in love with a 'non-black' women. Not to mention the threat of the Flyers team being sold. But in the middle of all this is Casey Rogers who some how is the shoulder everyone cries on and the rock everyone depends on. But while Casey's helping everybody with their problems, let's hope she remembers to solve her own. HomeCourt Advantage is an appealing page turner full of the ingredients that make a good novel.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 12, 1999
Format: Hardcover
When I first heard of this book I was dying to read it, however I am glad I borrowed it instead of buying it. The story was informative because it gave us insight on life in the NBA and I came away from it feeling like all that glitters is not necessarly gold. I am sure that there are some truth to this story and there is just too much drama being an NBA wife. The biggest flaw with this book was that there were too many characters and they were not fully developed. when I started to feel passionate about a particular character it switched to another one and did not always pick up where it left off with the previous character. This story had so much potential and in some ways I felt cheated. All in all it was a good read but I expected more. I wish the authors the best of luck.
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