From two senior Sports Illustrated writers comes an explosive, fast-paced satire that will do for today's NBA what North Dallas Forty did for the NFL a generation ago. Just months from his Yale graduation, street-smart whiz kid Jamal Kelly leaves school to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the front office of the Los Angeles Lasers. Once on the West Coast, JamFrom two senior Sports Illustrated writers comes an explosive, fast-paced satire that will do for today's NBA what North Dallas Forty did for the NFL a generation ago. Just months from his Yale graduation, street-smart whiz kid Jamal Kelly leaves school to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the front office of the Los Angeles Lasers. Once on the West Coast, Jamal gets a quick introduction to a subculture awash in big egos and fast cars, as well as an introduction to the charms of the team's new hard-charging beat writer, Jilly Forrester. In the spirit of Primary Colors and The Devil Wears Prada, Foul Lines peels back the curtain on the trappings of big-time professional basketball. No other sport encapsulates so many cultural hot-button topics, and Foul Lines at once exposes and lampoons this parallel universe....
|Title||:||Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel|
|Number of Pages||:||336 Pages|
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Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel Reviews
Jack McCallum and L. Jon Wertheim step away from their usual writings of articles in Sports Illustrated to right the fictional book of Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel. I just started the book so I can’t give much of a summary on it, but what I have read has been exciting and funny. In the book they make up their own basketball league with all-star players and coaches, you would think that you are reading a book on the NBA but everything in it is made up. After reading many of their articles from Sports Illustrated it really makes this book a lot easier to read because I feel like I know the authors. I am already enjoying learning about each character in the book. The way Jack and Jon describe the characters, they made it feel like you really know a professional basketball player, even though the book is fiction I believe that the way they tell about each person’s life is how professional athletes really act, some are wild and crazy and some are relaxed and laid back. I’ve only read the first few chapters but I already think this should be turned into a movie. I cannot wait to get deeper into this great story to find out what’s going to happen next, with each turn of a page I get more excited to find out how it’s going to end. I recommend this book to all basketball lovers and I guarantee that you will enjoy reading it.
In't kort: De Los Angeles Lasers (geen typo !!) zijn een gemiddeld goed basketteam in de National Basketball Federation, de NBF. Lorenzen Meyer is er de sterspeler, Kwaanzii Parker een veelbelovende eerstejaars, en Litanium Johnson een goede maar niet geweldige spelverdeler. Jilly Forrester is journalist bij de LA Times en de gloednieuwe beatwriter voor de Lasers. Jamal Walker wordt als veelbelovende student weggeplukt van de unief en tot PR-man van de ploeg benoemd.Het seizoen gaat zijn gewone gangetje, tot Kwaanzii, Lorenzen en Litanium betrokken raken bij een dodelijk ongeval. Wat volgt lijkt op een detective-thriller-achtige plot, maar steeds met lict ironische ondertoon.Mijn oordeel: McCallum en Wertheim, de auteurs, zijn allebei journalist bij Sports Illustrated en kennen het basketwereldje van binnenuit. Die kennis gebruiken ze om de setting van de professionele basketwereld neer te zetten, met z'n quasi onverzadigbare ego's, zijn ongebreideld sexisme en achterbakse mes-in-de-rug-steken.Tegen die achtergrond wordt een vrij simpele plot uitgewerkt, maar met voldoende details om de aandacht erbij te houden. Het einde is vrij voorspelbaar, je moet ook geen wereldschokkende inzichten en totaal uitgewerkte personnages verwachten, maar dat doet geen afbreuk aan een fijne levenservaring.Eindoordeel: ****
When the Los Angeles Lasers recruit Yale whiz kid Jamal Kelly to replace their suddenly deceased director of public relations, Jamal finds himself struggling to keep a level head while managing the team brand and the hot shots behind it: players, execs, coaches and one very eccentric team owner. Shocked and seduced by a world of pro sports glitz (strip club lunches, exclusive parties in the Hollywood hills, etc.), Jamal finds support from sexy L.A. Times sports reporter Jilly Forrester and slumping team captain Lorenzen "Lo" Mayne, as well as his own down-and-out brother, Zeke. McCallum and Wertheim take very funny jabs at corporate sponsorship, racialized posturing and professional entitlement. They also manage to cram in the stories of an impressively large cast as they try to deal with the conflicting spheres of team, families and lovers. When a secret that three players have been harboring suddenly surfaces, Jamal must choose between star power and what he knows is right.
Oddly, this book reminded me of a Tom Wolfe novel. Despite a cast of very unlikeable characters, midway through you find yourself inured to their horrible flaws and actually rooting for them... somewhat. As many reviews (nearly all of the ones printed on the back of the book) have noted, this book is absolutely begging to be made into a movie. Towards the end, turning each page felt like being in a theater where the audience is shouting, "No! Don't open that door!" The ending was a bit too self-indulgent, as the authors were seemingly patting themselves on the back for their cleverness with the last few pages, but the story was spot on.
Really disappointed in this one. I really enjoy Jack McCallum's NBA work and thought that his roman a clef might work here despite the reviews. But it doesn't. And believe me, as a sports fan, the fairy tale of athletes being good family men who do charity work and retire to their nice homes when the game is over died for me a LONG time ago. I realize McCallum has spent far more time around sports than I but the stories that happen around the team are too implausible and the majority of the characters are stereotyped and lacking nuance. Even if you are a huge basketball fan, I'd skip this one.
Als Basketballer habe ich mir das Buch als kurzweilige Unterhaltung bestellt und wurde nicht enttäuscht.Das Buch ist witzig, sarkastisch und zieht einen in den Bann.Es ist allerdings sehr hilfreich, ein bisschen Wissen über die NBA (amerik. Profiliga) zu haben, dann weiß man auch, wie realitätsnah dieses Buch vermutlich ist.Es ist sicherlich kein Meisterwerk der Literatur, aber gute Unterhaltung mit lustigen Momenten und Wendungen in einem Englisch, das nicht allzu komplex ist.
I read this novel for the sole reason that I love basketball, follow the professional game, and thought I'd give sports fiction a shot. This is a lot better than I thought it would be. It doesn't expend a single word on game action. It's about the lifestyle, the elitism, the egos, the infidelity, the extravagant spending, the tattoo culture, etc. I enjoyed it.
When I feel embarrassed about reading a book, I know it's not good. And yet, honestly, mindless fluff is just what I need right now. I doubt very much this book will get more than 2 stars from me. I wish we could do half stars.