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Sixth Man, The: A Season Inside the NBA Playground [Hardcover]

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In this astonishingly intimate portrait of the 20042005 NBA season, ESPN The Magazines Chris Palmer steps inside the closely guarded inner circles of five NBA stars to reveal the soul of the modern athlete. Like a teammate without a jersey, he sets off on the ultimate road trip, exploring the spoils of wealth and fame with flashy champion Rip Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons, uncrowned superstar Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets, starry-eyed rookie Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, charismatic utility man Damon Jones of the Miami Heat, and straight-laced veteran Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers. By examining their lives on and off the court, Palmer reveals not only the private sides of the gods of the gameShaq, LeBron, Kobebut also the joys and fears, triumphs and failures inherent to anyone with the talent to play in The League. Filled with uncommon insight and light-hearted humor, The Sixth Man is a groundbreaking work of sports journalism, heralding the arrival of a sharp new writing talent.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.6" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 25, 2006
Publisher   ESPN
ISBN  1933060085  
ISBN13  9781933060088  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Palmer is a staff writer for ESPN magazine, where he covers professional basketball and extreme sports. He is also the writer of Jeremy McGrath's Wide Open. He graduated in 1998 from Howard University.

Chris Palmer was born in 1947.

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An Absolute Joke  Mar 17, 2008
Take note of the other poor reviews, for they are right on the mark. What an absolute joke of a book. Congrats to the publisher for creating some good marketing copy around a solid premise - a backstage look at the lives of five different NBA players. Unfortunately, the book read more like Palmer's boring diary of being an NBA sycophant: picking up spillover chicks; the riveting drama of his hard drive crashing with his manuscript (Hello - are you a professional? can you say 'backup'? Can you say 'gmail yourself a copy of the word file'?); and most embarassingly - the glowing accounts of Palmer getting spiffed with free schwag from NBA players.

Lots of stupid asides, a completely disjointed narrative, nothing whatsoever redeeming. Hopefully I just saved you a few bucks...
Book Sucks  Nov 3, 2006
This is probably one of the worst books I have ever read. It provided no insight into the players inside the NBA culture. All the author wrote about is how he gets shafted every time he tries to go out with the players after games. It is very clear that the players wanted no part in a writer witnessing their lives outside the court. Instead all we get is an inside look at how a writer travels in the NBA and trust me, it is not exciting!!! Don't waste your money.
Behind the Scenes?  Aug 7, 2006
Chris Palmer's insight into the world of the NBA is about as revealing as George Michael's Sports Machine.
Disappointing  Jul 13, 2006
This "book" with large type and few pages can be read in one sitting and does not live up to its billing as a look behind the scenes of an NBA season. All this book actually amounts to is a short synopsis of an NBA season with little interaction between the players the author is supposed to be introducing us to and himself. At points it comes across as ego stroking on Palmer's part dropping names of all the people who know him and how he gets into all the parties at All-Star weekend. The premise of this book has potential, unfortunately Palmer does not deliver what it is billed as.
Should have been titled 12th man  Jun 15, 2006
I could have read Slam magazine or watch MTV cribs to get the information in this book. He wrote 3 paragraphs about the players he was suppose to follow for a season. All he talked about was what type of cars the players drove and which celebrities he saw. I thought it would be an updated version of Larry Platt's Keepin' It Real. Larry actually wrote about the players.

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