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I downloaded this book on audible the day it came out and listened to it all in a day. This book truly gives the people what they want and left me wanting more (Bill Simmons alluded to 294 more stories in the fireword, maybe some day the other stories will be told).
Here are some thoughts:
1) Jalen is a great entertainer and storyteller.
Jalen does an excellent job of telling his life story and taking you behind the velvet rope of his life. It is an amazing one!
2) Jalen does an excellent job of highlighting certain issues that exist in society (a) the NCAA and (b) the issue of race in society and its impact in his life and the lives of those around him.
Jalen has a unique perspective when it comes to the NCAA and his upbringing gives him a differentiated perspective on life growing up in an urban neighborhood and the struggles one sees. Also he addresses how racism has adversely impacted several of his closest family and friends.
3) Jalen is a humble guy and even though this book could have been one ego trip (after all, the man is JALEN ROSE), Jalen gives credit to the unsung heroes that have shaped his life.
I am big fan of Jalen and his media work / basketball body of work. After reading the book, I am even more of a fan.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Jalen Rose is becoming a mogul, and Got to Give the People What They Want delivers his entry into the writers' world. With a thriving podcast and several media posts covering all levels of basketball, Jalen is as equipped to write stories as he is to tell them!
As a gift for the basketball junky in your life, or a listen for yourself, this book pays off with oh-so-much savory inside detail, while keeping it classy (don't get fired!). Still, as sanitized as many accounts tend to be, Jalen ruffles the feathers of the AAU, NCAA and even the NBA, calling out individuals for their parts in the bigger, more corrupt schemes of things.
Still, he is not bitter, and each story is riveting! Also, the stories are told as teachable moments, and not to glorify greed or corruption in any way. Thus, you could give this to an 11 year old white kid, or to a 65 year old African American woman, or to literally anyone in between, and it would have an impact. Pop the trunk with Jalen and get Tao with the furious leader of the Fab Five! #jalenrose
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
really good inside view of a basketball legend.
follows the rise from Detroit to playing in 2 ncaa title games to playing in the NBA.
This book was very interesting to listen to and provoded great insight to what goes on behind the scenes in college and pro basketball. Jalen narrating his story makes it more authentic and much more enjoyable to listen to.
Jalen's narration made this a breeze to get through, at times I forgot I was listening to an audio book and felt more like Jalen just telling stories on a podcast. Thanks Jalen, keep up the great work!