Synopses & Reviews
"Reading Dan Raley write about Brandon Roy is like watching Dwayne Wade throw a floor-length pass to LeBron James. This is more than a book; it is a breathtaking connection between two greats, an unforgettable assist that results in a rim-rattling finish. Raley is a great storyteller. Roy is an even better story. Read it and leap."
--Bill Plaschke, LA Times, ESPN
"This book is a must-read not just for basketball fans, or Brandon Roy fans, but for anyone who wants a candid look behind the curtain at the rise, fall and shocking resurrection of an NBA All-Star."
--John Canzano, Portland Oregonian
"Raley has for many years given readers an insight into sports personalities lives. Brandon Roy's story is a tale of faith and perseverance. His rise and fall and rise again are the stuff of champions." ----Kevin Calabro, ESPN, former Seattle Sonics play-by-play broadcaster
"Brandon Roy has proven himself as a great player. Dan Raley has proven himself as a great sportswriter. The combination of these two make for a great story for anyone who loves basketball."
--Bob Houbregs, former Seattle Sonics general manager, NBA player, and UW player
"Brandon is a great role model for kids and anyone reading this book will see the hardships that he went through and that he s playing again because he loves the game." ----James Edwards, NBA player and Seattle native
"It gives me great pleasure to read a book about Brandon Roy, written by Dan Raley--two Seattle icons I know."
--Spencer Haywood, 12-year NBA player and five-time All-Star
"I want kids to read this book, see who I am, that I m not just a basketball player." ----Brandon Roy, three-time NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year
Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports writer Dan Raley followed basketball standout Brandon Roy form Seattle's Garfield High School to the University of Washington and then to the NBA. Roy was a role model who played hard, respected teh game, and was squeaky clean - no drugs, no alcohol, no tattoos, no trouble with the law, and he was a family man. Every mother loved him. He was a great player, too. Knee injuries, however, appeared to end Roy's short but amazing career with the Portland Trail Blazers in 2011. Yet, with the latest medical treatments and great resolve, Roy looked to make a stirring comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
About the Author
My first memory of Brandon Roy was of him with his chin on his chest. I sat courtside at the Tacoma Dome and watched as this slender young kid missed a last-second free throw under pressure, and his Garfield High School basketball team went on to lose to Foss 54-52 in the state tournament semifinals, and I wrote about that deflating moment for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was fifteen. He was a sophomore. To me, he was just another disappointed player in an arena full of them, nothing more, nothing special. We didn't speak that night in 2000 because Brandon and his Garfield teammates were too distraught to meet with reporters right away - they stayed sequestered in their locker room for more than an hour after entering it - and I had an early deadline to meet.
I wouldn't encounter Brandon again for nearly two more years.