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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal That Rocked the NBA Paperback – December 3, 2009
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But what was at the absolute despicable core of his illegal and immoral activity... was the inside information...Read more ›
Donaghy's formula was almost foolproof: by knowing which referees would be refing each game (and, from experience, know which referees disliked or favored specific players and coaches), by tracking the late-breaking directives from NBA management (which teams the refs were supposed to "crack down" on in order to extend series or help major-market teams win over small-market teams) and by keeping an ear to word from ballboys and mascots, etc., as to which players were sick or injured, Donaghy was able to pick winners about 80 percent of the time.
Now that last part (listening to mascots) is innocent, but the first two are complete and indefensible indictments of the NBA under David Stern. This is a league rotten perhaps not to its core (the players and coaches play and coach their hearts out) but certainly in the upper echelons, which makes it all the worse. Under Stern, marketing and profits have made the teams' performances more or less irrelevant, and Donaghy documents the corruption in convincing detail. No wonder Stern fought like hell to block this book.
The book bogs down when Donaghy talks about his personal path to gambling addiction and so forth, and you can basically skim through and skip those chapters.Read more ›
The second I turned the first page of Donaghy's book, I could not stop turning the pages. I read the book for three days straight trying to progress through all stages of Donaghy's life that he was so willing to share with the public and more importantly, the reader. The experiences Donaghy shared about various NBA players such as Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan, and Kobe Bryant showed that he was not the only one in the NBA that was at fault. Donaghy also discussed various superstars like Jack Nickolson and how they were relentless on the referees.Read more ›
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It was a scandal that rocked the sports world and made tabloids write some interesting headlines. When NBA referee Tim Donaghy was questioned by the FBI and later sent to prison... Read morePublished 1 month ago by LSmith
Great book! Well written and very informative about the NBA.Published 6 months ago by Vincent M Poole
Tim's story is pretty interesting with plenty of anecdotes that will get a reaction. I had a friend get very upset when I read him the passage about Allen Iverson. Read morePublished 13 months ago by UABTripp
Donagy gives a very good and hard hitting accounting of himself in this docudrama novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. At 286 pages I finished this book rather quickly. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kenneth Brown