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Shaq Talks Back [Mass Market Paperback]

Shaquille O'Neal
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Feb. 18 2002
The world has followed Shaquille O'Neal's amazing career for years. Now this All-Star and Most Valuable Player--the towering 7' 1", 330-lbs. center for the World Champion Los Angeles Lakers--is ready to tell all.

In Shaq Talks Back, O'Neal is completely candid about his life. For the first time ever, he speaks frankly about:

His career, from his days as the immature "Knucklehead in Orlando," to the man who stood at center court in Game 6 of the Championship Finals and cried with his daughter in his arms

Dealings with superstar egos as he finds the right chemistry with Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson

His upbringing in Newark, NJ and Germany, including the never before discussed topic of his biological father

Rivalries with Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Hakeem Olajuwon, and others

"Bling-bling": the larger-than-life world of NBA players off-court

Inside the Lakers' Championship run

New for this edition: teh 2000-2001 seasona nd repeating as NBA champions.

Shaq Talks Back is sure to be the most talked about sports book in years and a must-have for any fan of basketball.

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From Publishers Weekly

Shaq's new book (after Shaq and the Beanstalk) is entertaining, controversial and funny, like its author. He recounts his life story, from his childhood in Newark through winning the 2000 NBA Championship. Shaq's prose is uneven and repetitive in patches, but he writes in an authentic and likable voice throughout. Unlike other sports autobiographies, in which a co-writer essentially invents an athlete's "writing style," Shaq's words are his own fans will recognize his distinctive, opinionated voice. The text is broken up by interludes written by important people in Shaq's life (from his mother to his personal cook). Those passages provide a change of tone and lend perspective to Shaq's story. He speaks frankly about his current and former teammates and coaches, as well as the state of the NBA and of the world in general. Some of the statements in this book could get him in trouble with his NBA colleagues, but Shaq's honesty is part of what makes him such fun to read. Though Shaq devotes a lot of the book to his life off the court (his movies, rap albums, celebrity life), there's enough basketball here to satisfy hardcore hoops junkies (fans will be especially intrigued by his analysis of last season's championship run). (Apr.) Forecast: Shaq's appealing personality, controversial statements and celebrity should endear this candid, bold book to basketball fans. It would probably do well even without much promotion, but with a national author tour and print advertising, big sales seem virtually assured.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Readers who feel the NBA today is rife with self-centered athletes will be pleasantly surprised to read this book by a young man who seems team oriented and, at most times, quite level-headed. His recent difficulties with Kobe Bryant, the other star of the Los Angeles Lakers, notwithstanding, O'Neal comes across as the leader of the defending NBA champions. In many ways, O'Neal has become as disciplined as his stepfather, a retired U.S. Army NCO, but there are still hints that there is a 15-year-old trying to break out of a 30-year-old's body. What is particularly revealing here is his discussion of his career in the league, focusing on the Lakers championship under Coach Phil Jackson. O'Neal is quite candid about his relationships with his coaches, particularly several he did not feel provided sufficient leadership. Also of interest is his candid appraisal of NBA players, past and present. O'Neal is a complex man who just recently earned a college degree from Louisiana State University and tells the story of his life in an entertaining fashion. The language is a bit rough, but the book is still recommended for public libraries. William Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, PA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars what a big joke!!!!!!!!!!! Nov. 10 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this book is complete garbage....it has no moral or purpose just a bunch of bragging(ALTHOUGH IM A BIG LAKER FAN!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaq Talks Tough Oct. 8 2003
Format:Hardcover
'Shaq Talks Back: The Uncensored Word on My Life and Winning in the NBA' is a giant of a book written by a sporting superstar. Shaquille O'Neal shoots clean baskets from every part of the literary court, delighting and dazzling the reader with his unique writing style. He has as much facility with language as he does with the ball, and his words bounce off the page with effortless grace.
There are many memorable encounters played and replayed throughout the text, but for me, the one that best epitomizes Shaq's sporting philosophy is seen on pages 68-81. It relates to the famous 'International Incident of 1996', and O'Neal is candid about his pivotal role:
'I first saw him in Europe and I'll never forget his name; Teodor Dobrowski. He played center for the Warsaw Warriors and he was a giant. Great skills. Hands the size of frisbees. By all reports a standup guy. So when he told me he wanted to settle in America, I arranged for him to try out for the Lakers. Even let him stay at my place. Eat my food. Drink my beer. Date my girl. He wanted to show his gratitude so he offered to sell me his family castle in Krakow for only $7000. I gave him cash. Big mistake. There was no castle. Not even a family. The bum scammed me. So I stuck him on an ageing Aeroflot and wished him luck. All of it bad. End of story. And he got those cuts and bruises when he fell out of the cab on the way to the airport. Honest. If I'd known that diplomats would later be recalled, two embassies closed, the Secretary of State ordered back to Washington and the UN General Assembly reconvened, I might have actually paid the cabfare before running away at the terminal. Do I regret sending the grifter back to Warsaw? Never. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's being touched by a 10-foot Pole.'
When 'Shaq Talks Back', you'd better listen. Better still, read this wonderful book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaq's life Uncensored Oct. 5 2003
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Shaq takes you through his earlydays growing up in Newark, New Jersey and talks about his familyand friends. Then later on in the book, he talks about how he started playing basketball, beingbigger than most kids his age. He holds nothing back, always speaking what's on his mind. Towards the end of the book, he describes how the 2000 L.A. LAKERS got it all together and beat the Indiana Pacers in the finals. If you're a fan of Shaq or the Lakers, this book is for you.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Insightful, But Sophomoric Nov. 28 2002
Format:Hardcover
I love the Lakers and I love Shaq, and the truth is that I would have bought and read this book no matter how badly it was written, simply because I am intrigued by the inner workings of an NBA team and the private life of such a huge superstar athlete. For that purpose, this book was exactly what I wanted.
With that said, my objective opinion of the book is that it was half intrigue, and half boredom. I liked Shaq describe his childhood in New Jersey and all the hardships he and his family endured. I also enjoyed learning about all the drama that unfolded within the Laker organization when Del Harris was coaching the team. Shaq proves to be a daring author, not hesitating to tell the reader what he really feels about certain players, coaches, and members of management. I didn't really care for the play-by-play narration of the games that the Lakers played against the Indiana Pacers during the NBA Finals. It was long and unnecessary. Shaq also tends to repeat the same information over and over again. In fact, I can recall one instance where he said the same thing twice on the same page.
If you're a Shaq fan you'll enjoy this book. However, in strict literary terms, this book seems like the rough draft of something that should have been revised and drastically shortened. However, Shaq isn't really an author, so the reader has to keep this in mind and give him some leeway. Nevertheless, I still recommend this book.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Shaq talks..............smack????!!!!!! June 10 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Absolutely the WORST book I've ever read. There's nothing like hearing a man worth over 100 million whine and sulk like a little tottler. I'm serious, don't waste the 7 dollars on it. Poorly written, obviously the work of a very uneducated "author". The whole "book" consists of him childishly berating other players for their lack of "street" skills, and whining about being let go from the Taco Bell commercials. Unless you are doing a research paper on what is wrong with todays NBA players, don't make the same mistake I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars #1 Laker Fan April 30 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shaq talks back is the best book i've ever read! I've never really liked reading, but this book i could not put down. I loved reading the playoffs part of the book over and over. I also liked how he talked about his relationship with kobe and the rest of the lakers. Another part that was great is how shaq explained why the old lakers couldn't win and what phil jackson brought to the team. It was a really wonderful experience!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you a basketball fan April 21 2002
Format:Hardcover
Shaq gives us a look at his life in Shaq talks back. Shaq, talks about what it was like growing up for him, what really went down with him and Penny, and the whole reason he left Orlando. He just talks about the everyday life for him as a basketball player. IF you are a Shaq fan you don't want to miss this book, you will find out what he thinks of other players in the game, how him and Kobe learned to play together. He didn't come off as arrogant as some other players who books I've read, he realizes that he is blessed. Don't this book by the biggest player in the game today.
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