April 24, 2007

:07 Seconds or Less: Jack McCallum is a long time basketball journalist for Sports Illustrated. He was granted all-access by DíAntoni and took great advantage of it. He shares all the stories that happened in the locker room, some too profane to repeat. But the most insighting thing, was how some of the star players were portrayed.

posted by BornIcon to basketball at 07:08 AM - 14 comments

I don't know basketball, but 'insighting' is my new favourite word.

posted by JJ at 07:56 AM on April 24

Followed the link expecting some good locker room banter including a bit of the too profane to repeat. Instead I get: "The book is great. If youíre a Suns fans I highly recommend it. If you like basketball, I think you would also enjoy this book a great deal. I donít recall ever not being interested from what I was reading in the book." Hard hitting criticism to say least .. for a book report turned into an 8th grade teacher.

posted by gradys_kitchen at 09:31 AM on April 24

insighting = insightful? I agree with grady. This review was an 8th grader book report. Not much substance in the post at all.

posted by jerseygirl at 09:42 AM on April 24

This review was an 8th grader book report. Not much substance in the post at all. I have a son in the 8th grade and I think he would be insulted with the comparison.

posted by louisville_slugger at 09:58 AM on April 24

This review has a little more detail on the contents of the book and this NPR interview with McCallum is hilarious if you think hearing your typical NPR guy (whom I imagine wearing a bow tie -- feel free to do so) wrap his perfect diction around a story about Shaq backing his 350 pound ass into a reporter is funny. Which I do. It gets me all insighted.

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 10:19 AM on April 24

There's some links on the right hand side that you can click on that has bits about the book. Just read that.

posted by BornIcon at 10:33 AM on April 24

So you linked us to someone's GoogleAds? -squint-

posted by jerseygirl at 10:50 AM on April 24

No, your looking at the wrong ones. There's links to the book on the side. The ones with the dates on them are the links. -grrrrr-

posted by BornIcon at 10:59 AM on April 24

Quickly, I'd like to introduce myself. I'm Sean Sharpe (pronounced Sharp)... Maybe that was intended to be a joke, but how else would it be pronounced?

posted by holden at 11:04 AM on April 24

Sharpey? Like the dog? BornIcon, I think those dated links are just archived posts from the blog. I didn't see any more information about the book in there (at admittedly quick glance).

posted by The Crafty Sousepaw at 11:07 AM on April 24

BornIcon, I think those dated links are just archived posts from the blog. I didn't see any more information about the book in there (at admittedly quick glance). If you click on the tag for "Jack McCallum" at the bottom of the linked post, you find all the posts tagged as such, which includes ... just the one post. Sorry, not meaning to pile on hear or insight violence -- it's just what I found.

posted by holden at 11:15 AM on April 24

Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop (now located on the mothership) sussed out some interesting tidbits from the book here. And talked to Jack McCallum here. Oh, and I'll steal this link to a McCallum interview from Henry while I'm at it. I have no shame.

posted by lilnemo at 12:48 PM on April 24

Thanks for the added links, guys. They were very helpful.

posted by BornIcon at 01:01 PM on April 24

They have been talking about this book on espn radio and I have to say my interest was piqued. One of my favorite sports books as a kid was Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam (God rest his soul) which had a similar premise (a year following the Portland Trailblazers). That is the book that taught me all the names of Darryl Dawkin's dunks. I'd love to see if this book becomes the Ball Four of the NBA.

posted by vito90 at 12:54 AM on April 25

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