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by Lance Allred

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Lance Allred was probably the last person you'd expect to make it in professional sports. Not only did he grow up on a polygamist commune in Montana, he struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If those hurdles to the NBA don't seem large enough, Lance is also deaf.

Self-deprecating, witty, and wholly original, Longshot is the unlikely story of

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Lance Allred was probably the last person you'd expect to make it in professional sports. Not only did he grow up on a polygamist commune in Montana, he struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If those hurdles to the NBA don't seem large enough, Lance is also deaf.

Self-deprecating, witty, and wholly original, Longshot is the unlikely story of an unlikely athlete, who despite these factors and a lot of setbacks along the way, finally realized his dream of playing in the NBA, becoming the first legally deaf player in the league.

Lance refused to let others' expectations hinder his dreams, and his refreshing sense of humor about his disability allowed him to face these setbacks without giving up. From his childhood on the commune where he was "Mormon royalty" (his grandfather was prophet Rulon Allred of the fundamentalist sect) to his first time picking up a basketball (eighth grade), to his clumsy efforts to build his skills while growing into his 6' 11" frame, Longshot is a riveting account of a young man finding his purpose and letting the love of the game drive him toward his ultimate goal.

Going inside the competitive world of collegiate basketball and the strange experience of playing professionally in Europe, with paychecks that never arrive and a knee injury Lance's team didn't want to cover, Longshot recounts the moment when Lance hit rock bottom. When he came back to the United States for surgery, Lance was prepared to let go of his basketball dreams and become a high school history teacher like his dad.

But luckily he had an agent who didn't want to see Lance's dream die, and who found him a deal with the Idaho Stampede, an NBA Development League team in Boise. Although it was paltry pay, it was the last resort. And Lance slowly began to be noticed.

Revealing the resilient heart of a young man who truly believes that it's not about failure or success but about being willing to try, Longshot is a Rudy story for a new generation, a tale of inspiration, dedication, and the power of a dream.

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Lance Allred won Utah's high school player-of-the-year award. After playing for the University of Utah for two years, a dispute with his coach led Allred to transfer to Weber State, where he graduated with a double-major in English and history. Lance is a 6' 11" center who played professionally in Europe and then in the NBA Development League. In April 2008, Lance signed on as a rookie with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Lance Allred was a professional basketball player who made it to the NBA. He did not have a distinguished career as he appeared in three games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2007-08 season. That is not what makes this book and his story interesting. It is how he got there that is captured in “Longshot.” He was raised in a small Montana compound where polygamy was practiced. His family was targeted for harm by fundamentalists. He later converted to the Mormon faith. Just his youth experiences would make for a tale that would be worth the time to read, but that is far from the whole story. He writes about his high school basketball coach with reverence, his college experience at the University of Utah and legendary coach Rick Majerus with a little less enthusiasm. The reason for this is that he believed that the coach was discriminating since Allred was deaf. This handicap is important to the story. While Allred did not try to make the reader feel sorry for him because of this condition, it was mentioned often enough that it seems that way. At times while reading, I thought to myself, “Yes, I know you are deaf. Now carry on.” Thankfully he doesn’t do this with other afflictions he had, such as foot and knee injuries. In fact, some of the funnier parts of the book are his anecdotes about how he dealt with these. His tryout for a team when his foot was injured was one of the funnier parts of the book that I enjoyed. Although that particular passage would not be for the squeamish! Basketball fans will especially enjoy the sections about his time in the NBA Developmental League, or D-League as it is commonly called. It will certainly remind people that not every professional athlete, no matter the sport, lives a life of luxury. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed Allred’s memoir about his struggles and path to finally achieve his dream of playing in the NBA. Sometimes when looking for a book on an athlete, skipping the stories of the superstars and reading about a fringe player like Allred can be a rewarding experience. That was the case with this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cris thorpe was a nba plarer. IS IT REALLY YOU CRIS??!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very amusing! Great storyteller!
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Highly recommend this book! It was very funny, interesting and inspiring!
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MamaKG More than 1 year ago
Perfect Graduation Gift!!!! What an awesome story. The author's voice really comes through, which is so impressive that he wrote it himself, as opposed to going the typical route of a ghost writer, or co-contributor. It lends a truly personal side to the story. Non-sports lovers shouldn't be scared off by this, it goes so far beyond basketball. His stories range from heartbreaking to embarrassing, but most of all detail the triumphs of the fragile human spirit. His sense of humor is dry, self depricating and sometimes almost snide. But charming and endearing nonetheless. The polygamy angle is titillating enough, but not to the point of a tattle tell-all. Great balance to that, and really facinating. I personally loved his stories of being overseas, and having to scrap in the developmental league. It gives a totally different perspective, to which you cannot help but to have respect for professional athletes. It's truly not all glamour. In the end, you left the book feeling better about yourself, like maybe, just maybe you can dare to dream. For cryingout loud, if a Deaf, Fundamentalist, Mormon Kid can make it to the NBA, anything is possible!
cristhorpe More than 1 year ago
I loved it! My aunt got a copy when it came out on tuesday, and stayed up all night reading it. She told me she couldn't put it down, and yesterday told me I had to read it. And then I stayed up until 3:00AM reading it-- couldn't put it down. I am a teacher, and have always loved inspirational stories. Talk about a triumph--a deaf kid making it to the NBA. Lance's story is funny, witty, touching, enlightening and very entertaining. I loved his portrayal of his childhood in polygamy, his insights on the abusive infighting in a cult, and his obvious love and devotion to his parents who were brave and strong enough to get out-- and that's only the beginning. I loved his sense of humor, how he always poked fun at himself and those he loves, while bringing powerful imagery to his story telling. Having taught dozens of kids with disabilities I can appreciate his strength to overcome his limitations in the spoken language. Last night I watched some of the videos on his website where he tells his story. I am amazed how well he speaks for someone so impaired. What a credit to him and his parents for dragging him to speech therapy all those years when he didn't want to go. His recounting of his childhood and years in school reminds me of so many kids I have taught. His self-deprecating humor made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes. What a story teller. Now for the best part. Having coached and worked with high school kids with big dreams, I know how powerful that dreams can be. Reading about how Lance found basketball, and gave his heart and soul to it is truly inspiring. His stories about his experiences with Majerus at Utah reminded me of other heartbreaking stories of some of my former students who reached for the stars and gave up. But Lance just kept on. His recountings of his experiences in Europe were hilarious and informative. His experiences in the D-League and his call up to the Cavaliers was better than any book about a national championship team I have ever read. I have to admit that I was rooting for him and got choked up when he got the call. When he tells about how he told his family, "I got called up to the Cavaliers," I was wiping the tears. I've been telling everybody about Longshot today. Longshot will be the gift to my friends and family this year, especially to those who are graduating, beginning a new career, or simply daring enough to have a dream and go for it. You will love it, I promise. Thanks to my aunt for telling me to read it. I hope Lance writes a sequel. I'll be one of the first to read it.