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The Sixth Man

A Memoir
Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (230 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors.

Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. 

Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too - for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. 

The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African-American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. 

On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.

©2019 Andre Iguodala (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“The best basketball memoir since Bill Russell’s Go up for Glory...a sports memoir for the ages.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“A riveting read by one of the NBA’s sharpest minds.” (Forbes)

 “A fascinating look at the intersection of class, race and basketball.” (Axios)

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amazing insight

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed here in the struggle not only as an athlete but as a black athlete growing from level to level

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Lost its legs in the 4th

Started strong and interesting as we get a look at Andre's youth and history coming up, but ended boring and tiring while he basically airs every grievance he has in life/basketball...His grievances may be valid, it's just not that interesting to listen to.

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Great listen

Aside from the few name pronunciation blunders, the book gives excellent insight on the life that of a pro basketball player.

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Insightful and entertaining

If you’ve ever wondered about the life of an NBA athlete, this book is for you. Andre explains the feelings, objectification, luxuries, injuries, and cons of being an athlete in the NBA. You could watch a million press interviews with athletes and not begin to grasp a portion of what it means to be in the NBA or just an athlete in general. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s curious about the life, looking for inspiration, or simply a great autobiography.

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Fantastic memoir from a compelling athlete.

My first experience using Audible and listening to a complete Audio Book.

A great first experience that was enhanced by Andre Iguodola's insight and perspective. My great respect for the man has grown by listening to his life story; an honest story filled with humility, wisdom, and a commitment to pushing further.

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Great read

Great read. Great insight into the world of basketball from an athletes point of view

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A must listen for any basketball fan

I’ve rarely been attracted to sports biographies before, but after being a fan of Andrea Iguodala since he joined the Warriors, I was interested in learning more about him. His memoir is insightful, well-written and makes me even sadder that he’s been traded. I’d also like to know more about how we fans can help change the racist culture that’s so much a part of professional sports. Perhaps Andrea can speak to that after he retires.

Very nice reading by Sullivan Jones too.

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I Wish Andre Was Back In Philly!

An insightful look into what it takes to first make it to the NBA but also to stay on top of your game and in the league. His leadership and work ethic are a model for all to follow.

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Great book!

Awesome to hear the inside of being a professional athlete! You don’t see this side when you’re watching from the stands.

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Insightful and Human. excellent narration

loved this memoir of my favorite bball man. wish it didn't have to end - but knew it was coming!