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Life on the Run (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 4) (English Edition) von [Bradley, Bill]
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Almost two decades after its original publication and more than fifteen years after its author retired from the New York Knicks to become a United States senator, this account of twenty days in a pro basketball season remains a classic in the literature of sports, unparalleled in its candor and intelligence. Bill Bradley is also the author of Time Present, Time Past, a memoir of his years in the U.S. Senate.

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"A thinking man's guide to basketball [with] fascinating insights into the author himself."

-- Wall Street Journal



"A remarkable book written by a remarkable man."

-- Sporting News

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 550 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 246 Seiten
  • Verlag: RosettaBooks (9. Januar 2014)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007BSPKP4
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Bradley's memoir of the waning games in the New York Knicks' 1973-74 season (the season after they won their second NBA championship) contains many observations about professional sports that, unfortunately, continue to ring true today: the shameless exploitation of undereducated athletes by agents and comparable parasites; the intrinsic harshness of an itinerant existence during a roadtrip on the West Coast; the grueling physical and mental demands of the NBA regular season; the evanescent nature of fan support. Given all of the above, why then would anyone want to play NBA basketball? Well, Bradley also does a fine job of describing the many thrills an athlete can derive from, among other things, being exhalted by home fans; winning a championship; and being part of a selflless team unit that manages to sublimate individualistic tendancies in its pursuit of greater goals. Bradley's book, from what I can gather, was revolutionary for its time in that it eschewed the type of hagiographic approach that many writers took toward the world of professional sports and ablely demonstrated the myriad difficulties associated with being a player in the nation's largest media spotlight. It should be a must- read for all aspiring NBA players -- especially those players who are considering foregoing several (or all) years of their collegiate eligibilities to make a fast buck. They should be forewarned: "All that glitters isn't gold."
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With all the hoopla surrounding Bradley's potential run at the presidency, this book offers unique insight from a non-politics perspective. It chronicles the last few weeks of a Knick's season, and all the emotion that comes with it. Also, Bradley provides commentary on a variety of topics which are still very relevant... i.e. the formation of the NBA Player's Association. The book reads very well, and there is interesting background coverage of Bradley's teammates, many of whom are well-known today. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone - from sports buff to the just curious. It is awesome!
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Bill Bradley's account of three weeks in the life of an NBA team in the '70's is as much a stunningly insightful social commentary as it is a nice, easily-rambling, "On the Road"-style ride. Beautiful.
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HASH(0x930292b8) von 5 Sternen A Trenchant Examination of Life as a Professional Athlete 17. Mai 1999
Von David Schlesinger (davidsles@erols.com) - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Bradley's memoir of the waning games in the New York Knicks' 1973-74 season (the season after they won their second NBA championship) contains many observations about professional sports that, unfortunately, continue to ring true today: the shameless exploitation of undereducated athletes by agents and comparable parasites; the intrinsic harshness of an itinerant existence during a roadtrip on the West Coast; the grueling physical and mental demands of the NBA regular season; the evanescent nature of fan support. Given all of the above, why then would anyone want to play NBA basketball? Well, Bradley also does a fine job of describing the many thrills an athlete can derive from, among other things, being exhalted by home fans; winning a championship; and being part of a selflless team unit that manages to sublimate individualistic tendancies in its pursuit of greater goals. Bradley's book, from what I can gather, was revolutionary for its time in that it eschewed the type of hagiographic approach that many writers took toward the world of professional sports and ablely demonstrated the myriad difficulties associated with being a player in the nation's largest media spotlight. It should be a must- read for all aspiring NBA players -- especially those players who are considering foregoing several (or all) years of their collegiate eligibilities to make a fast buck. They should be forewarned: "All that glitters isn't gold."
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HASH(0x9302930c) von 5 Sternen This book is very inspiring. Bradley is the man. 27. Dezember 1998
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With all the hoopla surrounding Bradley's potential run at the presidency, this book offers unique insight from a non-politics perspective. It chronicles the last few weeks of a Knick's season, and all the emotion that comes with it. Also, Bradley provides commentary on a variety of topics which are still very relevant... i.e. the formation of the NBA Player's Association. The book reads very well, and there is interesting background coverage of Bradley's teammates, many of whom are well-known today. I HIGHLY recommend this book to everyone - from sports buff to the just curious. It is awesome!
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HASH(0x930295e8) von 5 Sternen A Must-Read 19. Juli 1999
Von Ein Kunde - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bill Bradley's account of three weeks in the life of an NBA team in the '70's is as much a stunningly insightful social commentary as it is a nice, easily-rambling, "On the Road"-style ride. Beautiful.
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HASH(0x93029948) von 5 Sternen Concise portrait of a sports life on the road 11. April 2013
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Bill Bradley was one of the most famous and revered athletes in America in the 1960s. It's hard to remember this today because he didn't leave much of a sports legacy, nor, for that matter, much of a legacy as a U.S. Senator.

Bradley wrote this book to document himself at a particular time in his life: near the end of his pro basketball career as he pondered what to do with the wealth, fame, and credibility that he had accumulated. The book has some aspects of a sports tell-all, in the sense that he mentions sex with groupies, taking lots of pain medication, and the increasingly bitter fights between players and owners about salaries, unionization, etc. But it's not a salacious book. Details are withheld, which is the right way to do things.

Perhaps the best parts of the book are the short portraits of Bradley's key teammates: Willis Reed, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere, Phil Jackson, etc. Bradley succeeds with the light touch of giving some information, but not doing too much. We learn about their lives off the court, as they pursue business deals and think carefully about their public image --- especially the Black players who have access to unimagined opportunities, but yet still must contend with a racist society. Bradley lets those players talk about racism, and he shows it with small anecdotes, such as a white father in Houston who won't take a step towards a black mom of his son's junior high basketball teammate, in order to shake hands. In these ways, Bradley whets your appetite to read a long magazine story or even a memoir by those players.

Bradley also does a nice job of explaining the loneliness and rigors of life on the road. Those were the days of playing 5 away games in 6 days and traveling on commercial flights, not charters. Players would shower after a game and take a bus to the airport at midnight, arrive in the new city at 3 a.m., and then sleep 'til early afternoon, if their internal clocks allowed them to rest. It was tough.

The other part that stood out for me about that travel was that the players paid attention to the news in the city in which they arrived. Without iPhones and other communications devices, they could only read the local newspaper. Today's athlete stays in a bubble of his own interest as he travels around the country. He can watch his local TV news or read his favorite Tweets or whatever. He can ignore his surroundings. And that's a loss today.

On the downside, the book is riddled with editing errors. I'll give Bradley the benefit of the doubt that he knows where to place an apostrophe, and that the person who retyped this book for the newest edition (probably outsourced to India) made the mistakes. Also, Bradley's reflections about himself are a bit bland. He writes about playing or practicing basketball at least three hours a day, every single day, from his teenage years through his time at Princeton. What did he learn besides the importance of repetition and discipline?

For a guy who's well-read, intelligent, and thoughtful, it feels like he's holding back in this book. To some degree, it's his nature as an introvert. To some degree, he was uncomfortable about the adulation he received in the media during college as a star at Princeton and then a Rhodes Scholar. And to some degree, he shows a commendable level of restraint at a time (mid-1970s) when a lot of people were letting it all hang out.
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HASH(0x93029b28) von 5 Sternen Insightful and thoughtful 29. Juni 2010
Von Barry Sparks - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Bill Bradley's Life on the Run is an insightful and thoughtful account of what it was like to be a professional basketball player in the mid-1970s. Bradley writes about a bygone era--one where all the players weren't multimillionaires, teams traveled commercial, there was no ESPN and media oversaturation and players roomed together. While some things have changed since the book was published nearly 35 years ago, many of the things are the same.

Bradley, a star at Princeton, chose to attend Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar for two years before joining the New York Knicks in the NBA. He thought he wouldn't play professionally, but he realized he missed the game while at Oxford.

Bradley was the symbol of the Christian, scholar/athlete, but he says much of that image was overblown. "I studied, practiced and went to church, but the media exaggerated each facet of my life until expectations were such that I could never fulfill. The greater the acclaim, the more certain it was that the public appetite could never be satisfied. The only way out, I thought, was to reject basketball and become a lawyer or businessman."

Bradley says being a professional athlete is a mixed blessing. He shows both sides of the coin in his book. He tells how players spend their days (and yes it's boring much of the time), how they cope with physical exertion, travel and constant aches and pains. He provides interesting profiles of his teammates and says that on many teams friendship is overblown and even hypocritical.

Unlike most players today, Bradley was obsessed with team basketball and not individual statistics. "I do not depend on the outside for recognition," writes Bradley. "The press and public approval mean little to me. What is important is my own judgment as to whether the team plays according to my estimate of how an ideal team should."

The 1970 championship Knicks vindicated Bradley's concept and approach to the game.

"Success of the group assures the success of the individual," he writes, "but not the other way around."

It's truly a pleasure to rub shoulders with Bradley and his Knick teammates for 230 pages.
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