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Money Players: A Guide to Succeed in Sports, Business & Life for Current and Future Pro Athletes Perfect Paperback – November 4, 2007
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Why is a book such as this one absolutely necessary? Let's look at the lives of two professional basketball players. In early January 2008, former NBA player "J.R." Isaiah Rider was arrested on a no-bail warrant. Following a dispute between Mr. Rider and his cab driver, the police discovered he had two warrants out for his arrest. His troubles with the law go back years, and he is hardly the first pro athlete to have his name in the paper for breaking the law. But it is always sad to see someone just throw their life away (SF Chronicle January 7, 2008).
Baron David, on the other hand, came to camp for the Golden State Warriors with a new attitude. Davis was upset about his contract and could have come to camp with a very bad attitude. But he had several conversations with the great Jerry "Logo" West, who basically told him how fortunate he was to be a professional basketball player and that Mr. Davis should "Be positive. Just go up there, shut up and play." Mr. Davis is now enjoying the best season in a stellar career. (SF Chronicle January 17, 2008.]
March Isenberg stresses honesty and integrity in this book. And he walks the talk.Read more ›
As a licensed wealth manager I was particularly interested in the section entitled Money Matters comprising 4 chapters. The author bio states that the author has an MBA and is a financial consultant. With that sort of training I expected much, much more from this book. Again, the section on money was extremely simplistic and lacked actionability. In some cases, I feel the advice is just plain wrong. Certainly different money managers have different opinions. There were too many sweeping generalizations in this section that have some semblance of truth but are factually wrong and would never be practical to implement.
One of the biggest omissions, in my opinion, of the Money Matters section is the lack of advice to seek competent, professional help. Everyone should have a basic understanding of "money matters". In this regard, the book is helpful. Almost everyone, and especially current and future pro athletes, should seek competent, financial advisors that are experts in their respective fields. The author does not stress this. In fact, the author seems to be encouraging the reader to go it alone now that they have read his book. Anyone that relies solely on this book to make financial decisions is setting themselves up for failure.Read more ›
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This would be a good book for student athletes wanting to turn pro. It gives them a peek at how to work with managers. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by E. David
"Money Players is an excellent, prophylactic fire-retardant against `getting burned': it gives rudimentary but broad-based advice, valuable for any college athlete considering... Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by Billy Wilson