Amazon.com reader review: This book really goes behind the scenes in the NBA. While Keteyian and Co. certainly don't pull any punches, it might have been nice to see some of the positive things in the NBA discussed. But I guess sensational news is what sells and this book has no shortage of it. The authors talk about David Stern, Michael Jordan's gambling and the murder of his father, the drugs and gambling problems that plague many players, and also about how Joe Smith and his family coped with NBA life. I was really shocked to see how deep the problems with gambling and drugs go. If you are an NBA fan, definitely read this.
General product info: The New NBA is the hottest game in town, a showcase for big men and bigger money. But the real games have always taken place off the court. Now, three of America's top sports journalists have teamed up to create a fascinating, thoroughly documented behind-the-scenes portrait of the NBA. For the first time, Money Players tells the complete stories behind:
How the Detroit Pistons superstar Isiah Thomas was said to be heavily in debt from dice games, raising questions about the depth of his ties to a sports-betting ring involving organized crime figures
The murder of Michael Jordan's father, the superstar's retirement and triumphant return, and his high-stakes gambling with shady characters
The rise of Commissioner David Stern, whose billion-dollar success story is now dangerously at odds with the reckless superstars it created
The entrenched racism in the NBA; the power of agents over players and entire franchises; a new generation of players on the edge; and much more.