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Like millions of kids before him, Jay Williams used to pretend he was making the game-winning shot while playing basketball in his Plainfield, New Jersey, backyard. Unlike almost all of those other kids, he kept right on making shots until he became an NCAA champion and two-time national player of the year at Duke and the number-two overall NBA draft pick in 2002.

But after just one season with the Chicago Bulls, a team starved for a new messiah since Michael Jordan's retirement, Williams destroyed his career when he suffered a horrific motorcycle accident. In an instant, the man with as fast a first step as any point guard in history could no longer do anything for himself, including walk.

In Life Is Not an Accident, Jay Williams shares his story - both heartbreaking and uplifting - of being a young man trying to wrest control of his life from his overinvolved parents, from the pleasures and perils of fame and money, and from the near-fatal mistake that threatened to define him.

©2016 Jay Williams (P)2016 Tantor

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Taking ownership of mistakes

I had the opportunity to meet Jay and hear him tell a small portion of his story at a conference in Pebble Beach. It inspired me to buy the audible version of his book. It had to have been hard to expose himself to relive these events in telling his story and the raw emotion plays through in the audible version. It was one of those books that I wanted to keep listening to every chance I got. Powerful message for young people. You will root for Jay's star to continue to rise after finishing this book.

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Great listen but no surprises

Decent memoir about a life around basketball. A familiar story if you have followed Williams's career much. Was hoping for more insight into why/how he was able to get his life back on track better than many "fallen" athletes, but his transitions all come off as simple/immediate. Not the best performance (reading) but is good to be done by author.

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Basketball story @ its best

I'm glad that I've picked up this book for reading/listening. Usually I'm not a big fan of autobiographical books but for some reason this one made a cut to my library... and I'm happy for it. Such a powerful story about climbing the mountain, falling down, and climbing to the top yet again. A lot of life messages for all folks. Especially valuable book for everyone involved in basketball: players, parents, coaches, and administrators. Would make it a mandatory reading for all NBA rookies... before signing the contract :)

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great book!

great book! dont hesitate to buy this book. I recommend it to you. buy it.

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Captivating

Shout out to the author for an outstanding job! phew, this book is screenplay worthy!

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PHENOMENAL. Great Listen/Read

I have much Respect for any man or woman that can open up the way he did. Gives me a new way or better way to look at my like. A have a better appreciation for the small things. Thanks Jay. This was great man.

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Phenomenal Job by Jay

Jay Williams delivers an honest, heartbreaking and inspiring story here. All the way from him growing up, high school, the Duke days and a national title, to the accident, life in the NBA, trying to get back, and self accountability- this book has it all.

Loved it

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Valuable life lessons from a painful journey

This is Jason Williams's brutally honest account of the dramatic rise and tragic demise of his prodigal basketball career, followed by his painful struggle to move on and redefine himself.

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An Inspiration to all!

Loved it! Especially love how he narrated his book and breaks down the different phases of his life. Happy you are at peace with life, looking forward to Mr. Williams in life.

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Brutally Honest

I loved the booked because it was a totally honest portrayal of his life. Ups and downs...so good! And I love how he reads it, so much emotion!

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