- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (November 14, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074329811X
- ISBN-13: 978-0743298117
- Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 71 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,107,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jack Mccallum has been at Sports Illustrated since 1981 and the chief NBA writer since 1985. His work has appeared in the Best American Sports Writing Anthology, and in 2004 he won the Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award for outstanding writing. He is the author of Unfinished Business: On and Off the Court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics and coauthor of Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel. He lives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
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ego and didn't even make the NBA Finals, which makes the read a bit more interesting. McCallum has access like
no other writer i've ever read as he basically becomes a trusted member of the staff, which allows for some very
personal looks and conversations. The book shines a favorable light on Coach D'Antoni, which is someone I was
never sure about, prior to the book. It changed a lot of perceptions I had, be it good or bad, about certain members of this team.
The word count McCallum uses trying to explain the inner workings of a pro athlete, especially a fringe athlete, is
some of the best writing; realizing these guys are scared of injury, of better players, of rookies, of coaching changes.
It's fascinating stuff, reading the inner-politics of a team trying to win, as opposed to the more common "reflection
by a winning team on what it was like to dig deep and win".
Excellent basketball writing; i'd consider it in the same class as Season on the Brink in terms of it's access and the connection you begin to feel with certain members of the team and staff. A Must read for any above-average basketball person.
And he did not treat the players like Gods, and that was very key. He made Shawn Marion look like he was, your typical insecure semi-superstar, and allowed Amare Stoudemire to appear as the clueless, under-educated athlete that he is. Reserve guard Eddie House wound up being the star of the book, player category, he's very entertaining without coming off like a jerk.
A couple of quibbles:
Jack really does not like Mark Cuban, and takes as many shots at him as he coould. Makes a person wonder if he tried to float this book idea by the Mavericks and was turned down.
The other, far bigger gripe, is that the book was too short. It seemed that he rushed it to get it out quickly, and thus the focus so much on the playoffs, with the preseason and regular season not touched on much. I know that this is paritially a compliment, wanting the book to be much bigger, and I mean it that way. It just seems rushed.
All in all a great buy, well worth the money I paid, and I got it right here at Amazon.
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.
If you're looking for a book that delves into players affinity for clubs, booze and girls, then you'll have to look elsewhere. The Suns are a pretty clean club, and I'm sure they've done some stuff that isn't included in the book. What is included is an insiders look into the thought processes of coaches and players and discusses how the relationships within a professional organization can affect the win-loss column. There are some solid perspectives on team chemistry, ownership, the role coaches play in the success (or failure) of a ball club, the pressures of the playoffs, the psyche of the pro athlete (who knew someone making $20m a year could be so sensitive), how marketing efforts can affect a player's attitude and much more. I kind of wish the Suns would've won it all in 2006 so that this book could've been longer. Also, you don't have to be a Suns fan to appreciate this book. I'm a die-hard Pistons fan, and found this read very enjoyable.
On thing to point out: there's some swearing in this book (a few F bombs and the like), so if you're a parent thinking of picking this book up for a young Suns fan you may want to browse the pages beforehand. Otherwise, there really isn't anything worse than that, though.