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  • Got to Give the People What They Want

  • True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court
  • By: Jalen Rose
  • Narrated by: Jalen Rose
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

Jalen Rose has never been quiet. Not as a kid growing up in Detroit in the '70s and '80s. Not as the brash, trash-talking leader of the legendary "Fab Five" at the University of Michigan. Not as the player under the stewardship of Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and others throughout his 13-year NBA career. And certainly not as a commentator and analyst on ABC/ESPN and Grantland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book - a MUST download / read

  • By Terry on 10-08-15

Inspiring, plenty of basketball and other things too.

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Reviewed: 11-18-15

Admittedly, I am a huge Jalen Rose fan. This is mainly from listening to his podcast and seeing his basketball commentary. This book is wonderful. I was impressed to see a more serious tone on various issues presented in a thoughtful and organized manner.

This book is, surprisingly, light on NBA basketball details and more of a discussion on inner-city, race, and the challenges the youth currently face. This is a huge issue that is conveniently ignored by most because they are physically disconnected from the urban environment or feel the situation is hopeless.

Jalen's stories and efforts provide a fresh perspective and inject much-needed hope into a dire situation. This honest recollection of his experiences makes him a great role model not only for young athletes but also for aging guys that blow open lay ups and more closely resemble Bill Simmons than a member of the fab five, like myself. It forces us in the latter group to confront serious issues that we may, otherwise, conveniently ignore.

Jalen's narration is top notch and flows similar to a podcast. Jalen is inspiring and accountable. I highly recommend this book.

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