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When Nothing Else Matters: Michael Jordan's Last Comeback

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As one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one had before. Powered by a potent mix of charisma, nearly superhuman abilities, and a ferocious need to dominate the game, he won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and captured every basketball award and accolade conceivable before retiring and taking a top executive post with the Washington Wizards. But retirement didn't suit the man who was once king, and at the advanced age of thirty-eight Michael Jordan set out to reclaim the court that had been his dominion.

When Nothing Else Matters is the definitive account of Jordan's equally spectacular and disastrous return to basketball. Having gone on the road to chronicle Jordan's final two seasons, award-winning Washington Post writer Michael Leahy draws a riveting portrait of a deeply complex man waylaid by his impulses and impatience, frequently hampered by injuries, assaulted by younger players eager to usurp his throne, and ultimately done in by his presumption. Encouraged for two decades by his sport's magnates to believe that he had no limits or superiors, Jordan could not see his influence and power fading as his Wizards days ticked down and his team's losses and dissension grew. For teammates and outsiders alike, the star emerged as a relentlessly driven, at times unapproachable personality. Leahy reveals the striking contrast between Jordan's public image and the man who couldn't stand not "bein' it."

Hell-bent on transforming the mediocre Wizards into championship contenders, Jordan controlled every facet of his new team, dispensing orders behind the scenes to coaches and players. As his anger and bitterness over Washington's on-court setbacks became increasingly public, his teammates' resentment of him stoked already burgeoning tensions between Jordan and the Wizards' top brass. Leahy unmasks the myths and unravels the deeper lessons behind the highs and lows of the two seasons, illuminating the excruciatingreality Jordan was forced to accept after the Wizards' failed playoff bid in his final season. When Nothing Else Matters is about nothing less than a man struggling to come to grips with the end of a career, and the uncertainty of his life ahead.

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"After serving as president and part owner of the Washington Wizards for two years, Jordan, bored by his executive duties and frustrated by the team's poor play, returned to the court in 2001 in a bid to revitalize the struggling basketball franchise. But the aging superstar's attempt to resurrect the team flopped as the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in either of Jordan's two playing seasons. While the highs and lows of Jordan's comeback are known to most basketball fans, Leahy, a Washington Post feature writer who covered Jordan's return, offers an in-depth look at the inner turmoil that plagued the Jordan-led Wizards. In a smartly written, often angry work that is as much a sports story as a psychology study and condemnation of the media that built up the Jordan myth, Leahy not only documents Jordan's performance on the floor, but examines what motivated him to play despite serious knee problems. Leahy also deals with the role sportswriters (he makes it clear he isn't one) play in building America's athletes into godlike characters, a practice he abhors. Leahy has no use for idol worship and casts all three of the book's main figures — Jordan, coach Doug Collins and majority owner Abe Pollin — in unfavorable lights. This engaging read is marred by one flaw: Leahy's tendency to insert himself into the story. Agent, David Black. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

From award-winning "Washington Post" journalist Leahy comes an intimate and riveting examination of Michael Jordan's return to the basketball court and his all-consuming desire to compete at the highest level. of photos.

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction

1 The Purge, May 2003

2 "Nothin' Compares to Bein' it"

3 The New World

4 When Supremacy Ends

5 Resurrection

6 Secrets and Tensions

7 The Costs of Pretending

8 Collapse — and the End of the New Jacks

9 One More Gamble

10 "They are probably the most fragile team I've ever been around..."

11 The Backlash

12 The Romance Ends

Acknowledgments

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apadam, February 12, 2011 (view all comments by apadam)
Though entertaining at times, near the end of the book there is a part which is a meeting between Michael Jordan and Wizards owner Abe Pollin: (meeting takes privately after Jordan played two season in Washington and in the meeting was not asked to comeback as president of basketball operations). How could Michael Leahy be in the room for this???? He wasn't....which made me question the author. I do not recommend this book.
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rcher, March 21, 2007 (view all comments by rcher)
It ruins the majestic-ness of Michael Jordan's return and gives you a bad side of his life. Made me look at him differently and I only really enjoy the side that makes him what he is today.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743254267
Subtitle:
Michael Jordan's Last Comeback
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Leahy, Michael
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
Sports - Basketball
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
General Sports & Recreation
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20041102
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.50x6.58x1.33 in. 1.58 lbs.

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Product details 448 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743254267 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "After serving as president and part owner of the Washington Wizards for two years, Jordan, bored by his executive duties and frustrated by the team's poor play, returned to the court in 2001 in a bid to revitalize the struggling basketball franchise. But the aging superstar's attempt to resurrect the team flopped as the Wizards failed to make the playoffs in either of Jordan's two playing seasons. While the highs and lows of Jordan's comeback are known to most basketball fans, Leahy, a Washington Post feature writer who covered Jordan's return, offers an in-depth look at the inner turmoil that plagued the Jordan-led Wizards. In a smartly written, often angry work that is as much a sports story as a psychology study and condemnation of the media that built up the Jordan myth, Leahy not only documents Jordan's performance on the floor, but examines what motivated him to play despite serious knee problems. Leahy also deals with the role sportswriters (he makes it clear he isn't one) play in building America's athletes into godlike characters, a practice he abhors. Leahy has no use for idol worship and casts all three of the book's main figures — Jordan, coach Doug Collins and majority owner Abe Pollin — in unfavorable lights. This engaging read is marred by one flaw: Leahy's tendency to insert himself into the story. Agent, David Black. (Nov.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From award-winning "Washington Post" journalist Leahy comes an intimate and riveting examination of Michael Jordan's return to the basketball court and his all-consuming desire to compete at the highest level. of photos.
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