A collection of notable quotables dreams, role models, shoes and more by the ever controversial, ever outspoken pro-basketball player Barkley. His book captures his brash wit and unfettered insights into matters of B-ball and beyond, including popular culture, relationships, celebrity, money, and politics.A collection of notable quotables dreams, role models, shoes and more by the ever controversial, ever outspoken pro-basketball player Barkley. His book captures his brash wit and unfettered insights into matters of B-ball and beyond, including popular culture, relationships, celebrity, money, and politics.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2002-09-23 NBA star Barkley-still only the second basketball player in history, along with Wilt Chamberlain, to total more than 23,000 points, 12,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists-has refused to go quietly into the mists of sports legends. One of the most controversial professional athletes in any sport, Barkley has repositioned himself as an outspoken and provocative sports commentator for the TNT network, reaping a new and large viewing audience in the process. This sports memoir-Barkley's first-is a highly entertaining and remarkably thoughtful work that successfully continues his ongoing repositioning from on-court wild man to provocative analyst. "I'm trying to transition from sports into something broader, with wider social implications," he writes. In a book that often reads like an overlong Sports Illustrated interview, Barkley explores a wide range of interests. Each chapter has a theme, and Barkley has no problem speaking his mind on any topic, whether it is politics ("Poor white people and poor black people just don't know how much they have in common. Rich people don't give a damn about either group") or lack of minority control in sports ("Black people ought to want other black people to be successful and work hard and accumulate some wealth and build a new damn reality"). In between these chapters are other sections that retell some of the great and not-so-great moments in his career, such as his involvement with Michael Jordan in the U.S. Olympic medal-winning "Dream Team." But transitions within and between chapters can often be jarring (in one chapter he suddenly launches into a criticism of abusive priests). Despite that, this is a very entertaining look at one of the most intelligent minds in pro sports, and like Barkley's career, it's bound to produce fierce arguments. (Oct.) Forecast: A major media push, along with Barkley's comfortable media presence, should make this a strong seller. And the book's forays into nonathletic commentary will assure a popularity beyond sports fans. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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