I need more than 3 words. This book was depressing, inspirational, hilarious, insightful, and tragic.
The stories of his upbringing and his relationship with his mother were hard to read, but also makes his journey more understandable.
When talking hoops with people these days, it’s sad because the legends of the past are often forgotten. And that’s the case when talking professional ball or street-ball. You watch TV and you would think that the game was played by only Magic & Bird in the 80’s, followed by Jordan in the 90’s. Growing up in Philadelphia I know better. One of the most popular figures of my childhood was Julius “Dr. J” Erving. He was larger than life in the city. He was also a legend in street-ball. Most of the older men in my neighborhood wanted to be him and all of the older ladies would have given him their love canal if they had the chance. Not only was he considered a great ball player but he has always been considered someone who carried himself with class.
The great thing about biographies is the chance to hear stories and learn details about someone’s life you had no knowledge of. The Doc was an amazing ball player and he did carry himself with class but he was far from perfect. This book is not only filled with amazing stories of legendary games and players but it also talks about his shortcomings and his personal struggles. If you are a hoops fan and love the history of the game, this is a must-read.
As a lover of technology and a fan of the Jetsons I enjoyed this book. This book is about the future as well as the present. The technology discussed in this book is both exciting as well as scary.
One of the best audiobooks I have listened to.
His ability to find different ways to motivate each player on his team.
I enjoyed this book. It deals with relationships, it touches on topics such as white privilege as well as the prison industrial complex. I know many will expect what they see on Netflix and they won't get that, but what they will get is an interesting narrative that will make you think.
My one complaint with the book is where the story ended. During the book you get an idea of how one can buy into a culture and change their habits, and behavior when becoming somewhat "institutionalized". I would have liked if she would have described the issues she did or did not face when making the transition back into society.
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