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"I want to start conversations and, even better, arguments." (From the Introduction)

One of the most outspoken and original voices in sports sounds off while revealing his incredible life story.

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.

In Got to Give the People What They Want, no topic is off limits.

Honest, unfiltered, unbiased. Raw, refreshing, real. This colorful collection of stories and opinions about basketball and life gives people the kind of insight and understanding they don't get anywhere else in the sports world.

©2015 Jalen Rose (P)2015 Random House Audio

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Amazing book - a MUST download / read

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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Flagrant Philosophy and the Inside Stuff!

Jalen Rose is becoming a mogul, and Got to Give the People What They Want delivers his entry into the writers' world. With a thriving podcast and several media posts covering all levels of basketball, Jalen is as equipped to write stories as he is to tell them!

As a gift for the basketball junky in your life, or a listen for yourself, this book pays off with oh-so-much savory inside detail, while keeping it classy (don't get fired!). Still, as sanitized as many accounts tend to be, Jalen ruffles the feathers of the AAU, NCAA and even the NBA, calling out individuals for their parts in the bigger, more corrupt schemes of things.

Still, he is not bitter, and each story is riveting! Also, the stories are told as teachable moments, and not to glorify greed or corruption in any way. Thus, you could give this to an 11 year old white kid, or to a 65 year old African American woman, or to literally anyone in between, and it would have an impact. Pop the trunk with Jalen and get Tao with the furious leader of the Fab Five! #jalenrose
#jalenandjacoby #taoofjalen #gottogivethepeoplewhattheywant

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Detroit streets to NBA life in the road you don't want to miss

If you wanted to know more about the Fab Five or about Jalen Rose. Or if you wanted to know more about NBA life. Or if you want a seat with a view on the life journey with an incredible story this is it. Jalen Rose HS a gray story and loves to spill not only the beans of others but his as well!

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Preach!!!!

2nd audio book I've completed while working at UPS. Big shout out to Jalen and your boys Bill and Jacoby. Can't wait for the pod each day

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Inspiring, plenty of basketball and other things too.

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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Loved it

Jalen Rose is a very interesting man with many great stories to tell. This book is a testament to who he is as a man and is a must read for sports fans and non sports fans alike.

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great read!

this was a good read, I like that jalen rose did the voice. really enjoy the grantland podcasts, that's where I heard about the book.

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Yep!!!

Gave the people what they wanted!!!! Great book Jalen! Can't wait for the next one.

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Jalen inspires with his story and action

Jalen is unapologetic for the life he has lead, giving the people what they want: a behind the scenes perspective on growing up in Detroit, his experiences as college and pro player, and his transition to one of the most prominent sports personalities today. He addressed his pain and passion: proving the doubters wrong while acknowledging the harsh realities he had to overcome along the way. Most will appreciate the stories; all will appreciate his willingness to be honest and offer solutions to many issues that are commonly misunderstood.

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Great insight

I enjoyed this it is great insight from a man being honest and showing the true side of the basketball world.

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  • Blunners
  • 02-08-16

really solid book

really good inside view of a basketball legend.

follows the rise from Detroit to playing in 2 ncaa title games to playing in the NBA.

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  • Bradley
  • 08-30-16

Interesting and insightful

This book was very interesting to listen to and provoded great insight to what goes on behind the scenes in college and pro basketball. Jalen narrating his story makes it more authentic and much more enjoyable to listen to.

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  • David
  • 05-16-16

What we wanted

Jalen's narration made this a breeze to get through, at times I forgot I was listening to an audio book and felt more like Jalen just telling stories on a podcast. Thanks Jalen, keep up the great work!