Not A Game

Not A Game

The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson

Book - 2015
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A biography of the former NBA star who played for 14 seasons on four different teams pays tribute to his stellar professional career without glossing over his troubling personal circumstances through extensive research and interviews.

Baker
& Taylor

A biography of the former NBA star who played for fourteen seasons on four different teams pays tribute to his professional career without glossing over his troubling personal circumstances.

Simon and Schuster
Shortlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

“A tour de force like AI himself.” —Dan Wetzel, national columnist for Yahoo Sports, and New York Times bestselling author

“Pricks the skin and provokes a response.” —The Washington Post

“A searingly honest and intimate portrait of a captivating icon.” —Baxter Holmes, ESPN NBA reporter

Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson was once one of America’s most famous athletes: a trendsetter who transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture, and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Now, his life and career comes vividly to light in this hard-hitting biography that examines what drove his successes and failures.

Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of Iverson—the hard-charging, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the back story behind some of Iverson’s most memorable moments, such as his infamous “Practice” rant, delving even deeper to discover where Iverson’s demons lurked. He drank too much, stayed out too late, spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes—blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. His then wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But she was no match, as so many others learned on basketball courts, for the force of nature that Iverson was—jealousy, meanness, and a restlessness eventually wearing down even his biggest fan, teammate, and, eventually, his most formidable opponent.

Over time, Iverson himself had come to believe his own hype: that he lived in a world where celebrity is eternal and riches are everlasting. He was about that life even when he was no longer the fastest man on the court, as endorsement deals and long-term contracts became a thing of the past. Some in his inner circle saw the writing on the wall and encouraged Iverson to embrace life beyond basketball. But instead, he remained in denial.

Not a Game is an impeccably researched, sometimes uncomfortable look at the factors that led to the rise and fall of a basketball superstar. In doing so, it illuminates the dark side of our modern day, multi-billion dollar sports and entertainment culture in which talented players are disposable and all too often success and tragedy wear the same number.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2015
Edition: First Atria Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476737652
1476737657
Branch Call Number: 796.323092 B113n
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages ; 24 cm

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Mar 15, 2018

Allen Iverson will always be remembered as one of the best scorers to play in the NBA. "More Than a Game" offers a close look at Iverson's rise from rags to riches, and subsequent fall from grace. It is an entertaining, yet sobering read. Though still an enigma, this book offers a glimpse of the legend, Allen Iverson.

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