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Here's what you probably don't know: he comes from a mixed-race family, lost two of his sisters to AIDS, adopted their children, and became a grandfather at 28, plus he calls his mom and dad a few times every day. Here's another thing you might not know about him: he's funny.
Williams shows off his sense of humor in Loose Balls, an irreverent look at life in the NBA. His style is conversational and snappy, with short vignettes strung together into brief, loosely themed chapters. One chapter, "What's Young & Skinny & Can Do a 580-Degree-Double-Pump-Backward Jam but Doesn't Know How to Shoot a Jump Shot or Set a Back-Side Pick? Meet the Future of the NBA" is all of eight pages long. However, by the end of the book Williams has dished the dirt on dozens of his colleagues--who is the biggest flopper (Rodman, of course), who is the worst trash talker (Gary Payton), and who is the dirtiest player (not John Stockton, but his tight shorts are a problem: "Someone should tell the man the ABA days are over.").
Williams also offers observations on coaches, refs, cheerleaders, and fans across the NBA--as well as events from his childhood, early career, and well-publicized days as a wild man. Williams's candor and charm are apparent throughout the book, as is his love of basketball. Hoops fans will love this book. --M. Stein --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
can't come any closer to the players attitudes and characters and mis-adventures than this book....its both hilarious and serious at the same timePublished 8 months ago by citizennacho
Reading this book, you'd think Jayson Williams was one of the very best players in the NBA at one time. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
This was a good read jayson was a good player when he was in the nba that is good he let the reader know about his lifePublished on August 12, 2013 by Emmanuel Archie
In 2001, Jayson Williams wrote a witty expose of the NBA just two years after breaking his leg in an NBA game and after signing a $90 million NBA contract. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Matthew Rafat
I know of jaysons story before i read the book, its a shame, the book while funny is a little sad it shows a man with such a god given talent that still doies not have friends just... Read morePublished on October 24, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I bought this book to learn more about Jayson Williams, as many have called him a good man who found himself in a bad situation a few years ago. Read morePublished on June 15, 2010 by Joshua Nelson
Simple, short tales (not necessarily tall ones either). The book provides the reader with an unlimited supply of name dropping stories in easy to read paragraphs. Read morePublished on May 31, 2008 by Norman Winter
This book is just an okay read ... nothing great, but not bad either. I've already read more than my fair share of NBA sports books, so the tales of casual sex, egomaniacal... Read morePublished on June 14, 2006 by stevey wundar
....he'd be flipping burgers. Like Charles Barkley (who -- big surprise -- is one of his best buddies), Jayson Williams is a self-important blowhard who uses his status as a minor... Read morePublished on January 7, 2003 by wordnat