Money Players Inside the New NBA

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The New NBA is the hottest game in town, a showcase for big men and bigger money. But the real games have always taken place off the court, hidden from public view - until now. Three of America's top sports journalists have teamed up to produce the definitive work on the New NBA, exposing a sport threatened by crisis and scandal. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1995-96 season, the New NBA comes into focus through the innocent but typically myopic eyes of No. 1 draft pick Joe Smith. Follow him as he enters ...
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Overview

The New NBA is the hottest game in town, a showcase for big men and bigger money. But the real games have always taken place off the court, hidden from public view - until now. Three of America's top sports journalists have teamed up to produce the definitive work on the New NBA, exposing a sport threatened by crisis and scandal. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1995-96 season, the New NBA comes into focus through the innocent but typically myopic eyes of No. 1 draft pick Joe Smith. Follow him as he enters a world full of engaging characters and oversized egos - a world rife with racial conflict, drug abuse, and gambling. For the first time, Money Players tells the complete stories behind how Detroit Pistons superstar Isiah Thomas was said to be heavily in debt from dice games, raising questions about the depth of his ties to a sports betting ring involving organized crime figures; the murder of Michael Jordan's father, the superstar's retirement and triumphant return, and his high-stakes gambling with shady characters; the vulnerability of NBA players to the forces of organized crime; and the entrenched racism in the NBA, the power of agents over players and entire franchises, a new generation of players on the edge, and much more. At the core of it all is a riveting profile of Commissioner Stern, the master showman whose extraordinary vision and intellect turned a dying sport - viewed in the early 1980s as too black and drug-infested - into a case study worthy of Harvard Business School. But the authors reveal that what Stern has achieved through marketing genius is at risk because of the failure of the NBA to deal with its most serious problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671568108
  • Publisher: Pocket Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction

Lottery Tickets

Stern Leadership

Puff Policy

Labor Pains

Maryland Connection

Education of a Rookie

Family Ties

Bad Boys

King and His Court

Michael and Murder

MJ's Secret Life

Mr. Smith Goes to Hollywood

Star Gazing

Raising Isiah

Bad to the Bones

College Games

The Long Season

Playoff Lessons

The One and Only

Full Circle

Epilogue

Authors' Note

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First Chapter

The high-stakes action you never get to see


The New NBA is the hottest game in town, a showcase for big men and bigger money. But the real games have always taken place off the court. Now, three of America's top sports journalists have teamed up to create a fascinating, thoroughly documented behind-the-scenes portrait of the NBA. For the first time, Money Players tells the complete stories behind:



  • How the Detroit Pistons superstar Isiah Thomas was said to be heavily in debt from dice games, raising questions about the depth of his ties to a sports-betting ring involving organized crime figures


  • The murder of Michael Jordan's father, the superstar's retirement and triumphant return, and his high-stakes gambling with shady characters


  • The rise of Commissioner David Stern, whose billion-dollar success story is now dangerously at odds with the reckless superstars it created


  • The entrenched racism in the NBA; the power of agents over players and entire franchises; a new generation of players on the edge; and much more.

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