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The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketballby Charley Rosen
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In The Wizard of Odds, renowned and best-selling basketball writer Charley Rosen brings us for the first time the full life story of Jack Molinas, one of the greatest basketball players of his era, a man whose gambling addiction and hubris caused his ultimate demise. Drawing on numerous, previously unavailable first-person accounts, including Jack Molinass own journal and trial transcripts, Rosen presents the true saga of a man who perhaps better than anyone around him understood the weaknesses of the system in which he lived—so much so that he convinced himself that he could manipulate that system to his advantage with total impunity, in a lifes journey that took him from NBA play to the Mafia and the pornographic film industry, and to an ultimate tragic destiny.
Now in paperback, "The Wizard of Odds" chronicles the rise and fall of Jack Molinas, the outstanding NBA All-Star who fixed games, cavorted with the Mafia, produced pornographic films, and was eventually murdered.
About the Author
Charley Rosen, the coauthor with Phil Jackson of Maverick (1975) and More Than a Game (2001), is a past player and coach of several Continental Basketball Association (CBA) teams and a noted sportswriter and novelist. Rosen is currently the chief NBA columnist for Foxsports.com.
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