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Personal Foul: A First-Person Account of the Scandal that Rocked the NBA Paperback – June 29, 2010
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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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my love for basketball has been tarnished. I have been so sick of the refs determining games. Not calling fouls on the stars. Or making fouls up against the others. Not a G.S. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Larry Bird
Just wanted to hear (or read) his point of view. Confirmed what I suspected for yearsPublished 2 months ago by PistolPaul12
If you are a sports fan and especially like to follow the NBA, you'll enjoy this book. Filled with the behind-the-scenes life of an NBA referee and his astonishing life of illegal... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Kakuno
Good insight to the NBA and how big name players are protected and how corrupt the officials are in the league.Published 4 months ago by william morstadt
Outstanding insight into the "real" NBA. After reading this book you'll doubt the officiating not just in the NBA but in every sport you watch.Published 6 months ago by Norman Bell
Very interesting reading ! Gives you an insight to the NBA that I'm sure the NBA does not want you to have. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael R. Conrad
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 8 months ago by LSmith