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Life on the Run Paperback – Large Print, December 31, 2009
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"A thinking man's guide to basketball [with] fascinating insights into the author himself."--Wall Street Journal
"A remarkable book written by a remarkable man." --Sporting News
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Bradley wrote this book to document himself at a particular time in his life: near the end of his pro basketball career as he pondered what to do with the wealth, fame, and credibility that he had accumulated. The book has some aspects of a sports tell-all, in the sense that he mentions sex with groupies, taking lots of pain medication, and the increasingly bitter fights between players and owners about salaries, unionization, etc. But it's not a salacious book. Details are withheld, which is the right way to do things.
Perhaps the best parts of the book are the short portraits of Bradley's key teammates: Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Phil Jackson, etc. Bradley succeeds with the light touch of giving some information, but not doing too much. We learn about their lives off the court, as they pursue business deals and think carefully about their public image --- especially the Black players who have access to unimagined opportunities, but yet still must contend with a racist society. Bradley lets those players talk about racism, and he shows it with small anecdotes, such as a white father in Houston who won't take a step towards a black mom of his son's junior high basketball teammate, in order to shake hands. In these ways, Bradley whets your appetite to read a long magazine story or even a memoir by those players.
Bradley also does a nice job of explaining the loneliness and rigors of life on the road. Those were the days of playing 5 away games in 6 days and traveling on commercial flights, not charters.Read more ›
Bradley, a star at Princeton, chose to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar for two years before joining the New York Knicks in the NBA. He thought he wouldn't play professionally, but he realized he missed the game while at Oxford.
Bradley was the symbol of the Christian, scholar/athlete, but he says much of that image was overblown. "I studied, practiced and went to church, but the media exaggerated each facet of my life until expectations were such that I could never fulfill. The greater the acclaim, the more certain it was that the public appetite could never be satisfied. The only way out, I thought, was to reject basketball and become a lawyer or businessman."
Bradley says being a professional athlete is a mixed blessing. He shows both sides of the coin in his book. He tells how players spend their days (and yes it's boring much of the time), how they cope with physical exertion, travel and constant aches and pains. He provides interesting profiles of his teammates and says that on many teams friendship is overblown and even hypocritical.
Unlike most players today, Bradley was obsessed with team basketball and not individual statistics. "I do not depend on the outside for recognition," writes Bradley. "The press and public approval mean little to me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The most thoughtful "sports" diary that I've ever read. Not surprising at all that it was written by Bill Bradley.Published 4 months ago by Ralph Taliercio
Very well written book about the 1970s New York Knicks. Bradley is a master at detailing the lives of each of his teammates and the New York basketball experience. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Vincent Lo Re III
Entertaining and beautifully written. I want to read everything he wrote.....great mind!Published 13 months ago by Bill Walsh
I like reading about sports heroes of the past. Wonderful book about Bradley and life on the road as professional athlete. Good times and badPublished 17 months ago by Deneige Boudreau
written 40 years ago but bradley's insights are timeless. Back when stars had roommates on road you get a feel for the grind of the travel despite his enjoyment of the game and... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Neil Bellovin
An interesting and eye-opening brief look into the inside of sports and the pressures placed on athletes. Bill Bradley is an insightful and thoughtful writer.Published 20 months ago by Douglas McHart
Well written insight into life during the NBA season by a scholar athlete. Bradley sets the foundation for the rest of
his life in and out of basketball.
Insightful. Easy to read. Fun. Tells you a lot about the life of a pro basketball player and his travels.Published on February 10, 2014 by Zhanna