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Forget for a moment the hype, the overmarketing, the exorbitant ticket prices and salaries, the bad behavior, and the greed. Instead, return to the simple basics of basketball: a court, a hoop, a ball, and a young shooter, sweating to make certain that no one is ever more prepared or confident when the game is on the line. Strip all else away, and you come to the core of the game. It's something of a sacred place for Bill Bradley, and after a decade in the NBA and three terms in the United States Senate, it's a place he revisits with real ardor and reverence in 10 gracefully illustrated essays that cohere into a marvelous reflection on essentials and values.
"The game is still full of joy and the lessons learned from it stay with you," he insists, "even though the game has changed, the old values still flow through it." The values he writes about may indeed seem antique beside the frenzied glitz of the NBA, but antiques like passion, discipline, selflessness, and responsibility continue to form the basis of character on and off the court. Of course, Bradley, with possible eyes on the White House, is writing about much more than basketball here. In some ways, this is a clear statement of his political philosophy: a country that can understand, instill, and pursue the values he's praising is a country that can work together. It's in these values that he finds the antidote to the tawdriness and partisanship that's managed to sully the level of the national debate. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
As nearly everyone knows, former Senator from New Jersey Bradley used to play professional basketball in the NBA. In Values of the Game, he reminisces about the lessons of commitment, courage, and integrity he learned through his participation in sports. Bradley is careful to spend the majority of his time sharing insights learned from others, and, as a result, this work is more than a typical sports biography. The book speaks both to the love of sports and to sportsmanship. It would be a good recommendation for youth collections if Bradley were better known to this audience. Perhaps his candidacy for U.S. President will draw some young readers to this work. The narration by John Randolph Jones is pleasant but no more than adequate. Recommended where interest warrants.
-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L., IA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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VALUES OF THE GAME
There is complete silence in Madison Square Garden; suddenly "swish" Bradley leads the Knicks to another victory and the crowd is in complete... Read more
I loved this book because it really made you think about respect, to the other players, to the coaches, and to everyone involved. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 1999