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Loose balls : easy money, hard fouls, cheap laughs, and true love in the NBA
Williams, Jayson.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Doubleday, 2000.

Physical Description:
viii, 276 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Includes index.
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Sex, Booze, Violence, Racism, Easy Money, Hard Fouls & Cheap Laughs in the NBA Autobiography of Jayson Williams, the all-star centre for the New Jersey Nets, one of the best players in the NBA, probably the strongest, and definitely the funniest man in basketball. His irreverent take on life, on and off court, have drawn comparisons with Dennis Rodman but the difference is that Williams is actually very funny.

Author Notes

Jayson Williams recently retired as a result of injury after nine years in the NBA. A graduate of Saint John's University, he is the recipient of the NAACP Trailblazer Award for community service & sponsors the Jayson Williams Foundation for Underprivileged Youth. A native of New York City, he lives in northern New Jersey.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

The $100-million star of the hapless New Jersey Nets, Williams may want to be remembered as "a good man," but this brash collection of anecdotes and rants shows that he can be as cruel as he is kind. For one, Williams is willing to speak his mind so shamelessly he makes Keyshawn Johnson look shy--yet that brazenness may be the book's greatest strength. His insights into talking trash and team dynamics, his often scathing portraits of coaches and players, his look at front-office machinations--all make for scandalous reading. (Of course, Williams may have to wear a throat guard and flak jacket on the court once other players read this book.) The book's thematic structure, showing that Williams has reformed himself from his wild early days, mixes up old, sometimes violent, escapades with recent good works, such as visiting sick children in hospitals.His accounts of the brutal prejudice he and his family encountered in South Carolina will shock many of his fans, while his descriptions of the intensive loyalty he feels toward his college buddies reveal a more appealing side of his character. In the end, readers may not like Williams, but they'll have had fun hearing him run at the mouth. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Pro basketball is sweaty, hard, and meanÄbut Williams makes it funny. Sample chapter: "Sex, Drugs and Alcohol and How Charles Barkley Took Me Under His Wing and Proceeded To Shave Four Years Off My Life." (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Chapter 1 Dumb and Dumber Don't Even Begin to Describe It--My Years with the Philadelphia 76ers (Following a Brief Detour in the Desert)p. 9
Chapter 2 The Meanest, Funniest, Smelliest, and Softest Players in the League and How Larry Bird's Better Than Most People Think, Hakeem Is Nastier, and Michael Jordan Is Much, Much, Much Meanerp. 21
Chapter 3 Pleasures of the Flesh, Temptations of the Spirit, and How Charles Barkley Took Me Under His Wing and Proceeded to Shave Four Years off My Lifep. 45
Chapter 4 Bathroom Brawls, Cheating and Arguing with Teammates over Stats. Why I Love the College Gamep. 67
Chapter 5 Poverty, Wealth, My Plan for Making Every NBA Player Take a Nine-to-Five Job Laying Bricks for Two Years Before Entering the League and Why I'll Puke If I Hear Another Kid Say, "I'm Leaving College 'Cause My Mama Needs a New House"p. 87
Chapter 6 Race, Racism and the Night Tom Gugliotta Told Keith (the Great White Hope) Van Horn, "There's One Sheriff in Town, and I'm It," Then Proceeded to Light Him Up for 35 Pointsp. 103
Chapter 7 Dirty Tricks, Hidden Fouls, Head Games and Other Tools of an NBA Veteran's Tradep. 119
Chapter 8 On the Road, at the Bars and in the Backwoods. L.A. Has the Best Cheerleaders, There Are Some Real Animals in New York City, and Milwaukee Is Strictly Laverne and Shirley. Plus, Why Utah Fans Are Crazy but Nicep. 137
Chapter 9 Friends, Hangers-on, Entourages and the Relative You Haven't Heard from in Ten Years Who Wants to Borrow Fifteen Grand--Yesterdayp. 149
Chapter 10 What's Love Got to Do with It? Or Why Guys Who Really Can't Stand Each Other Can Be Great Teammates, Why Good Friends Occasionally Almost Kill Each Other and Who Hates Whop. 159
Chapter 11 Riches, Fame, Celebrity, and the Night George Bush and I Put Our Heads Together to Figure Out What Was Up with UFOs, Aliens and Area 51p. 175
Chapter 12 Liars, Cheats, Tramps and Thieves. All About Coaches (with a Few Words on Refs)p. 187
Chapter 13 What's Young and Skinny and Can Do a 580-Degree-Double-Pump-Backward Jam but Doesn't Know How to Shoot a Jump Shot or Set a Back-Side Pick? Meet the Future of the NBAp. 211
Chapter 14 Trash-Talking, Violence, Toughness and Why Most Seven-Footers with Big Muscles Wouldn't Know What to Do If They Ever Got in a Fightp. 219
Chapter 15 The Swamp Called the Meadowlands--My Up and Down, Loving and Hating, Bench-Riding and All-Star Career with the New Jersey Netsp. 243
Chapter 16 What the NBA Has Taught Me About Lifep. 259
Indexp. 267