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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

Amazing book - a MUST download / read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-15

I downloaded this book on audible the day it came out and listened to it all in a day. This book truly gives the people what they want and left me wanting more (Bill Simmons alluded to 294 more stories in the fireword, maybe some day the other stories will be told).

Here are some thoughts:

1) Jalen is a great entertainer and storyteller.

Jalen does an excellent job of telling his life story and taking you behind the velvet rope of his life. It is an amazing one!

2) Jalen does an excellent job of highlighting certain issues that exist in society (a) the NCAA and (b) the issue of race in society and its impact in his life and the lives of those around him.

Jalen has a unique perspective when it comes to the NCAA and his upbringing gives him a differentiated perspective on life growing up in an urban neighborhood and the struggles one sees. Also he addresses how racism has adversely impacted several of his closest family and friends.

3) Jalen is a humble guy and even though this book could have been one ego trip (after all, the man is JALEN ROSE), Jalen gives credit to the unsung heroes that have shaped his life.

I am big fan of Jalen and his media work / basketball body of work. After reading the book, I am even more of a fan.

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