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Loose Balls: Easy Money, Hard Fouls, Cheap Laughs and True Love in the NBA


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The funniest, smartest, most honest book ever written about life in the NBA.

All-Star center Jayson Williams is one of the best players in the NBA, probably the strongest, certainly among the most generous, and definitely the wittiest. His irreverent take on life on and off the court, his sidesplitting one-liners, his pro-fan stance during the 1998 lockout, and his massive donations of time and money to charity have made Williams one of the most popular pro athletes in the country. He's the basketball superstar as human being--down-to-earth, honest, thoughtful, and a naturally hilarious raconteur.

Loose Balls is the basketball book everyone has been waiting for: the first candid report from a land of fragile egos, available women, unexpected tenderness, intramural fistfights, colossal partying, bizarre humor, inconceivable riches, and desperate competition. No inspirational pieties or chest-thumping boasting, just real insider tales of refs, groupies, coaches, entourages, and all the superstars, bench warmers, journeymen, clowns, and other performers in the rarefied circus that is professional basketball.

Loose Balls does for roundball what Ball Four did for hardball. From revelations about the meanest, softest, and smelliest players in the league, to Williams' early days as "a young man with a lot of money and not a lot of sense," to his strong and powerful views on race, privilege, and giving back, Loose Balls is sure to be the most talked-about sports book in years.

About the Author

Jayson Williams, the All-Star center of the New Jersey Nets, is a ten-year veteran of the NBA and a graduate of St. John's University. He is a recipient of the NAACP Trailblazer Award for community service, and sponsors the Jayson Williams Foundation for Underprivileged Youth. A native of New York City, he lives in northern New Jersey.

Steve Friedman is a contributing editor at Esquire magazine and a former senior editor at GQ. He has written for Outside, ESPN The Magazine, Details, and many other national publications, and his work has been collected in The Best American Sports Writing. He lives in New York City.

Product Details

Williams, Jayson
Friedman, Steve
Jayson Williams and Steve Friedman
Random House
New York :
United states
Basketball - Professional
Discrimination in sports
Violence in sports
Edition Number:
1st ed.
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Publication Date:
Trade Cloth
viii, 276 p.
9.53x6.47x1.04 in. 1.20 lbs.

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