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Not Just Net As the nation watched President Clinton implode and his inquisitors root through the private trash heaps of public figures, it was hard to remember a time when we had politicians like Bill Bradley. His unscathed reputation, bipartisan respect, and national prominence make him a seem like a throwback to a truly kinder, gentler period of history — even though he only retired from the Senate in 1997.
But the truth is, Bradley's modus operandi is old school. For everything Bill Bradley ever needed to know about personal values in the public spotlight he learned on the basketball court more than 20 years ago.
As a Hall of Fame player for the New York Knicks from 1967-77, he learned the core values that can lead to success with integrity. When he entered the U.S. Senate 1979, he carried those lessons with him. VALUES OF THE GAME presents his reflections on the game that taught him the important lessons of his life.
The book is divided into ten essays: Passion — Pure Pleasure, Pure Joy; Discipline — The Virtuous Circle; Selflessness — Help Someone, Help Yourself; Courage — Putting It on the Line; Responsibility — No Excuses, None; Respect — Rules of Order; Resilience — Losing Is Only Temporary; Perspective — The World in Perfect Balance; Leadership — Seeing the Whole Court; and Imagination — The Art of the Game. While these titles might sound like the overextension of a sports metaphor masking a self-help ethos, the book is really an homage to basketball with subtle, larger themes.
Cynicsmaythink VALUES OF THE GAME is a thinly veiled campaign platform for Bradley's presumed year 2000 presidential run. (Others may pick out the odd error, like Bradley's claim that basketball's inventor was an American). But as a tribute to the sport that made him and the values he has lived by, Bradley's example is one that public life could use more of.
— Greg Sewell, Nonfiction Editor