Armen Keteyian - Money Players. PDF

PDF 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, hidden from public view - until now. Three of America's top sports journalists have teamed up to produce the definitive work on the New NBA, exposing a sport threatened by crisis and scandal. Against the backdrop of the tumultuous 1995-96 season, the New NBA comes into focus through the innocent but typically myopic eyes of No. 1 draft pick Joe Smith. Follow him as he enters a world full of engaging characters and oversized egos - a world rife with racial conflict, drug abuse, and gambling. For the first time, Money Players tells the complete stories behind how 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 vulnerability of NBA players to the forces of organized crime; and 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. At the core of it all is a riveting profile of Commissioner Stern, the master showman whose extraordinary vision and intellect turned a dying sport - viewed in the early 1980s as too black and drug-infested - into a case study worthy of Harvard Business School. But the authors reveal that what Stern has achieved through marketing genius is at risk because of the failure of the NBA to deal with its most serious problems.

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