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Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns Paperback – Bargain Price, May 1, 2007
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"A must-read for NBA fans. . . . The most detailed view yet of what really transpires to make, or break, an NBA team." -- San Antonio Express-News
"A fascinating fly-on-the-wall look at how coach Mike D'Antoni and his staff led an injury-plagued team to the Western Conference Finals." -- Sports Illustrated
"A great read for Suns and NBA fans, and great insight into life beyond the locker room door." -- Scottsdale Tribune
"This is one of the best NBA books I've read, and I am pretty sure I have read them all." -- Detroit News
"A glimpse into NBA life that should be cherished by hoops fans for years to come." -- Toronto Star
"A Hall of Fame Book by a Hall of Fame writer." -- Mike Breen, ABC/ESPN broadcaster
"McCallum writes about basketball the way only a few have ever played it: With a grace and insight that changes the way you look at the game." -- Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated
"McCallum delivers again!" -- Bill Simmons, The Sports Guy, espn.com --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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--I make a nice tomato sauce, using bell peppers and vinegar.
--Our family used to have two waverunners that I drove too wildly and served as a poor example for my sons, who also drove too wildly. We don't have them anymore.
--My wife is smarter than I. One of my sons is a farmer and the other is a professor of sociology and both are also smarter than I.
--I'm not sure what else I would've done if I weren't a journalist. I always dreamed about having a TastyKake route at the Jersey shore. I am at the shore much of the summer but have no route, though I do enjoy Tastykakes.
--I played a lot of pickup basketball until I tore my Achilles. My knees aren't great either.
--Though it is more in the romantic tradition of journalism to have an eccentric two-fingered typing style, I type well, owing to a background in piano and a typing class in high school. I now suck at the piano.
--I will talk about my grandson, Oliver, all day. He is also smarter than I even though he's not yet 3.
--My golf game is just good enough to be ultimately disappointing.
--I count myself lucky to have been covering the NBA in the 1980s and early 1990s.
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For those curious about the title, it alludes to Coach D'Antoni's philosophy that his offense has the best chance to score if it gets a shot off within the first seven seconds of its 24-second possession. It's that philosophy that makes the Suns so exciting and refreshing to watch. McCallum and the coaching staff make the point that the NBA is, in general, over-coached and, well, flat-out boring. Let's hope more teams see the product and the results that D'Antoni is getting and sign up. [Eddie Jordan's Wizards look to be on pace this year.] I'm sure players around the league are dying to play for D'Antoni. McCallum's book can only reinforce that perception. He comes across as a good guy and a talented coach who has the respect of his players.
The one eye-opening surprise in the book is the fragility of Shawn Marion's ego and psyche.Read more ›
This book makes you feel apart of the team, and part of the inner circle and of a very special season. Jack McCallum is one of the best sports writers in my generation.
I think the author did a great of reporting the good (and not so good) aspects of the 2005-2006 season. He really hit the nail on the head as he described the team's lack of a killer instinct. I wonder if there is any team that has blown more double-digit leads over the years than the Suns. Certainly the Suns have pulled some major chokes in the playoffs, being one of only a handful of teams to give-up a 3-1 edge in a series as well as losing a series (more than once) by having a 2-0 lead (and winning both on the road).
This is an excellent chronicle of a season that exceeded the expectations of the fans - I highly recommend this book.
I live in Phoenix and have been a fan of the Suns for several years. This obviously contributed greatly to my enjoyment of the book. It's hard to judge how others unfamiliar with the Suns' players would enjoy it.
My only critism is that the book was far too short. The 'Year in the life of' format deserves more space than the author gave it.
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The audio version is dreadful. The narrator is robotic and monotone. He ignores all punctuation and reads the book like one long run on sentence. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Anon
This book almost made me feel bad that the Spurs got in the way of one of the best basketball squads put together.
Great NBA book. Even if you're not a fan of the Steve Nash Phoenix Suns or Mike D'Antoni's coaching (guilty as charged on the 2nd), this book gives you a good sense of what... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Rich Sama San Chan Senpai Kun Sensei