One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback [NOOK Book]

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One Last Shot gives Jordan fans the inside scoop they're looking for on basketball's greatest legend, with exclusive interviews from NBA executives, players, and coaches. Mitchell Krugel uses his fifteen years of following Michael Jordan's every move to explain why the man who left the game as The Greatest Player of All Time would risk his unparalleled legend to play again.
 
After delivering the Chicago Bulls their sixth championship ...
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Overview



One Last Shot gives Jordan fans the inside scoop they're looking for on basketball's greatest legend, with exclusive interviews from NBA executives, players, and coaches. Mitchell Krugel uses his fifteen years of following Michael Jordan's every move to explain why the man who left the game as The Greatest Player of All Time would risk his unparalleled legend to play again.
 
After delivering the Chicago Bulls their sixth championship in 1998 by pulling off what became known as the greatest money shot in the history of the NBA, Michael believed he still had much of that Greatest-Player-Of-All-Time left in his game. But he felt that retirement was forced on him in 1999, and he left the game craving more doses of fifty-point binges, winner-take-all confrontations, and repeated nights of reminding fans they just saw the greatest player ever.
 
One Last Shot not only explains why Michael Jordan came back to the court but also looks at his transition from Wizards executive to player, his struggle to join a team that had grown up with his posters on their walls, and his glories and setbacks in a Wizards season chock full of both struggles and surprises. Krugel also details the star-laden workouts Michael designed in the summer of 2001 to get his game back into shape.
 
This look at Michael Jordan, circa 2001-2002, shows how much basketball had changed since his last coming and how much it hadn't, and how his drive pushed him to the verge of a crippling knee injury all in the pursuit of winning. And for six weeks he did make it back. He made the shots. He made good on his mission to teach the Wizards how to be winners, to teach talented teammate Richard Hamilton to be a shooting star, and to whip Kwame Brown, the high school kid he made the first-ever first pick in the NBA draft, into a man. And he did the things that only a man of legend could do.
 
Krugel analyzes both the man and the legend to trace how the First Coming led to a Second and to a Third, and he chronicles the season that defines Michael Jordan as a man who will forever be playing for one last shot.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As the author of two previous books on basketball legend Jordan, sportswriter Krugel (Michael Jordan: A Biography) has shown himself to be perhaps the most knowledgeable current observer of the life and times of the basketball great. This third look focuses on "the drama within Michael Jordan's Third Coming," when the superstar came out of his second not-so-happy retirement in 2000 to become president of operations for the Washington Wizards, and his subsequent return in 2001 to the court as a player. For fans of Jordan as well as anyone who loved basketball during the 1990s, when Jordan's Chicago Bulls won six championships, this is an insightful depiction of Jordan's attempt "to recapture that endorphin of being the ultimate winner" in a new era. Krugel has done his homework, offering insider reports with much new information on Jordan's initial negotiations with the Wizards and his super-secret preseason practices. The author also presents excellent accounts of key games and even includes an appendix featuring a game-by-game review of Jordan's 2001-2002 season. But Krugel's access and insight also unintentionally produce some of the book's problems: while Krugel deftly analyzes Jordan's desire to be the sole arbiter of what will be his "last shot"-not the sports media world-his attempts to present the inner world of Jordan's comeback year are too often uncritical and awkward ("Something about pain attracted Michael, even tempted him"). Overall, this is an excellent look at an aging superstar's struggle "to find other places besides the basketball court to define his worth." (Nov.) Forecast: Jordan's continuing popularity will assist the book's sales, which will be further helped if Jordan again takes to the court this coming basketball season, as is now being rumored. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
In his third book on Michael Jordan, New Jersey sportswriter Krugel concentrates on the athlete's most recent comeback. Perhaps owing to this narrow focus, the book does not lack for detail-Krugel chronicles nearly every game of Jordan's return season with the Washington Wizards-but as a result the text feels overcrowded and becomes heavy and unclear. Good sportswriters know how to vary the tempo of their writing-offering detail or "the big picture" as required. Krugel gives so much space to the minutiae that we never understand why we should know how many points Jordan scored in a mid-season game against a bad team. Furthermore, in his efforts to deify Jordan (he refers to his "First Coming," his "Second Coming," etc.), Krugel makes sweeping generalizations about basketball's high-profile players not being worth much because they aren't Michael Jordan, which is unfair and inaccurate. Among the crowded field of Jordan studies, readers would be better served by David Halberstam's Playing for Keeps. Recommended for diehard Jordan fans only.-James Miller, Springfield Coll. Lib., MA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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"Krugel has shown himself to be perhaps the most knowledgeable current observer of the life and times of the basketball great...an excellent look at an aging superstar's struggle 'to find other places besides the basketball court to define his worth." -Publishers Weekly

"Provides an intimate overview of Michael Jordan as a person and a professional." -Denver Weekly News

"Candid and objective...A fine biography as well as a thoughtful look at the burdens of fame in the modern world." -Booklist

"Full of exciting moments in Jordan's career...A true Michael Jordan fanatic will enjoy this book." -Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429976473
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 494,174
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author



Mitchell Krugel has been a sports writer, sports columnist and sports editor for the past twenty years. He has been writing about Michael Jordan since 1986 when he authored a mass-market biography on the then-rising star. He worked at The Times of Munster, Indiana from 1991-94 when he covered the Chicago Bulls beat in addition to serving as sports editor. Following turns at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and San Antonio Express-News, he became an Assistant Managing Editor for The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey. Since 1991, his sports sections have been honored among the ten best in the nation by Associated Press Sports Editors seven times. He lives in Oakland, New Jersey with his wife Mary and their four-year-old daughter Brittany.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    the last shot

    One Last Shot By: Mitchell Krugel The Last Shot is about Michael Jordan. The genre of this book is sports. To most, he is the best player to ever play the game of basketball. Everybody thinks he never struggled in his life. He retired three times in his career. Michael Jordan to me is the greatest athlete to play sports. The main character in The Last Shot is of course Michael Jordan. Other people that Mitchell Krugel involved was James and Delores Jordan. He also says a little about his brother and sister. Of course Michael had a million critics. This mans friends were the worst of them. You might even of heard of his friends Charles Barkley and Larry Bird. This really broke Mr. Jordan¿s heart hearing his friends talking about his game. Michael Jordan was born February 17, 1963. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are named James and Delores Jordan. He has one brother and one sister. James and Delores worked hard to move their family from the mean streets of Brooklyn to Wilmington, North Carolina. They felt Wilmington would be a better place to raise a family. They thought Brooklyn would do harm to the children. . When Michael was growing up, he loved to play baseball, and basketball. As a kid in baseball, he played pitcher and the outfield. In basketball, he was only able to play guard. At age twelve, he was the top player of his league. As a sophomore, he was only 5¿10. He was the quarterback for the Laney JV team. He also played on the JV basketball team. He was too short to play on the varsity. When a player was injured, Michael always thought he would play. The problem was he gave up six inches. Eventually his junior year he went from 5¿10 to 6¿3. This is what got him to the varsity level. This book was written nice by the author. He never put him down and he just prasd Michael his whole career. The only way this book can be written better is to hear Michael Jordan hitting his last shot. However, he air balled, and he will never be able to play in the MLB or in the NBA. It will never be the same without him.

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