Boys Among Men

  • by Jonathan Abrams
  • Narrated by Mirron Willis
  • 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When Kevin Garnett shocked the world by announcing that he would not be attending college - as young basketball prodigies were expected to do - but instead would enter the 1995 NBA draft directly from high school, he blazed a trail for a generation of teenage basketball players to head straight for the pros. That trend would continue until the NBA instituted an age limit in 2005, requiring all players to attend college or another developmental program for at least one year. Over that decade-plus period, the list of players who made that difficult leap included some of the most celebrated players of the modern era: Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous others. It also included notable "busts" who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pro generation.
In compelling, masterfully crafted prose, Boys Among Men goes behind the scenes and draws on hundreds of firsthand interviews to paint insightful and engaging portraits of the most pivotal figures and events during this time.

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Bad pronunciation

It was well read, but the pronunciation of names was egregious. There should have some phonetics or have someone who actually watches basketball read the book.
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- K. Spearman

Great book! Narrators' hoop knowledge suspect.

Mispronounced several names universally known to basketball fans. Hearing Jerry Krause pronounced as "Krow-say" was annoying. And who doesn't know Dick Vitale? Pronounced it the way you should say Vitaly Potapenko's name. Great content otherwise.
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- Hello Steeze

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio