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When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback Paperback – November 1, 2005
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I thouroughly enjoyed the book. It paints a detailed picture of an NBA locker room and the dysfunctionalities that go on. I came away with a very clear picture of Jordan as a sad figure in a sense who is self-absorbed, immature and really has little understanding of life beyond the small and plastic world he inhabits. I actually felt somewhat sorry for him by the end of the book. The portrait came as no suprise given the surreal environment and idolic treatment these athletes (who in the big picture put a ball through a hoop for a living though God bless em for it) receive at a very early age. You can't really blame Jordan as he is a product of his stilted environment. On the other hand, it makes those ads and "Be Like Mike' endorsements ring hollow and ironic.
The book is also an interesting study on how fans need athletes to validate themselves. From the Wizards minority owner who basically buys Jordan's aquantance for a piece of his stake in the franchise to the reporters who feel privilaged to ask Jordan a 'staged' question even if they aren't doing any real reporting. To the Wizards (Collins)coach who is so enamored of Jordan that he is afraid to make a move without his approval to the detriment of the team.
This is a book for true NBA or Jordan followers or those interested in the distorted relationship between pro athletes and their fans. I have a lot of respect for this author for daring to accurately report a man-God.Read more ›
In short, there are no "winners" or "good guys" in this story, indeed, everyone comes out looking badly. Jordan is portrayed as a distant, arrogant, demeaning teammate who put his own self interest ahead of his team, even as he was holding the Coach's puppet strings and using the media to communicate not-so-thinly veiled threats at the very people he signed/drafted. Pollin comes across as a money-hungry owner who used Jordan to sell tickets and then tossed him overboard roughly 3.5 seconds after his final game. Ultimately, the relationship was one where both parties were USING the other, there was no trust, no sense of team, no sense of "we're all in this together", so why should be be surprised it blew up so quickly.
Leahy has received some heat in other reviews for injecting bias and/or reflecting his own opinion, but hey, THAT'S HIS JOB. He's providing an angle, an opinion, it's his book.Read more ›
Leahy's potrayal of Jordan showed a different side of the basketball legend which is not normally seen in the eyes of the public. Jordan, the "the most marketed player in the history of the NBA," was finally..."mortal" and did go through the same trials and tribulations (from a heightened perspective) that we all go through at some point in our lives. Leahy accounts the days wherein Jordan was at his best and would score 35 points over the span of several games to the days wherein he wasn't unstoppable and hit his career lows of 8 and 2 points respectively.
What stood out for me was Jordan's lambasting of players who didn't play up to his standards. Leahy quotes Jordan on numerous occasions wherein he would lambast teammates. Coach Fred "Tex" Winter, an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers and former assistant coach with the Chicago Bulls summed it up best, "you either work hard or Michael has no use for you."
But the one paragraph in Leahy's entire book which rocked my very foundation of emulating Michael Jordan was the following:
"His people had held him up as a man to be emulated, making Jordan more than a half-billion in endorsement dollars in the process...he had raised the bar on his behavior during 17 years of unremitting self-promotion, in campaigns approved by the Jordan camp and coordinated by Nike and other corporate sponsors that elevated him from great athlete to hero and, finally, to moral symbol.
...when you present yourself as virtuous in years of ad campaigns and TV commercials, you will be fairly held in time to that standard.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you are a fan of the Michael Jordan or even the NBA, don't buy this book. The author does nothing but try to tarnish the reputation of Michael Jordan. Read morePublished 5 months ago by davidc
Really informative. Didn't realise they had this much inside info on his two years with the wizards. Hard book to put down.Published 15 months ago by Jarrod Anderson
A well-written book that seems mostly critical of Jordan's decision to return for two final years with the Washington Wizards. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Mitchell Lehman
The first thing that jumps out about this book is that it most definitely has an axe to grind. With Jordan foremost, but also with other members of the media who cover... Read morePublished 18 months ago by A.I. 8706
Great insight to Jordan. It changes your opinion of him as a person.Published 22 months ago by Tink M.
This book provided great insight on the tumultuous years of the Jordan era in Washington. I'd recommend this to any sports fan.Published 22 months ago by Marcus Johnson
It was a gift for my boyfriend and he loved it! He is going to enrich his collection of Michael Jordan's things!!Published on October 15, 2013 by Maria Daskalaki
i might have had too high expectations here. i was hoping for some insight or clues as to what makes michael jordan the basketball great and the man he is. Read morePublished on October 6, 2013 by Keefe K.