Those Who Love the Game

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9780064461740: Those Who Love the Game

Glen "Doc" Rivers, point guard for the "New York Knicks", and Bruce Brooks talk about Rivers's love for basketball.

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Gr. 7-12. Sports autobiographies, whether for adults or young people, are a much-maligned genre: too self-serving, too much play-by-play, and way too smarmy. This collaboration between New York Knick guard Glenn ("Doc") Rivers and award-winning YA author Bruce Brooks avoids those and other pitfalls, but early on it appears as if it's not going to avoid an even worse trap: metaphors. When Brooks, the author of The Moves Make the Man and other meaning-laden sports novels, launches into an elaborate analogy comparing Rivers' teammate John Starks to jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (whom most teens won't know from Sonny Bono), we immediately want to take cover, fearing that metaphors as large as hailstones will soon be littering the pages. Fortunately, Brooks quickly backs off, turning the proceedings largely over to Rivers, out of whose mouth pour not metaphors but insights: about the game and the players, about competition, about race, about maturity, and about what it feels like on the court. Listen: "The pressure's on, you've got maybe eighteen seconds, you look around and catch a couple of quick glances, you see a defensive guy's feet stutter a little, you sense his man move, you spin and pass, and skoosh! Two!" When Brooks confines his role to amanuensis, which is most of the time, this book works as well as any basketball autobiography since Bill Bradley's Life on the Run. Forget basketball-as-a-metaphor-for-life; Rivers gives us "the game itself." Bill Ott

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Grade 7 Up-A veteran guard with the New York Knicks and author Bruce Brooks have collaborated to produce a compelling, insightful look at both basketball and life in general. The book doesn't describe Rivers's life in chronological order, but presents snippets of his experiences both on and off the court. Brooks offers frequent commentary, but it's Rivers who tells his own story. The melding of narrative and direct quotes produces an end result that is rare in the genre of sports biography for any age. There's a little of everything here: including childhood memories; tips for would-be players; and analyses of NBA stars, coaches, and games. Rivers extols the virtues of family, education, and the need to steer clear of drugs through real-life examples rather than through didactic rhetoric. Interesting, too, are the observations Brooks passes along concerning the subject's words and actions in his roles of player, father, and husband. Glenn Rivers doesn't have anywhere near the name recognition of many present-day superstars, but he will be remembered by anyone fortunate enough to read this book. Eight pages of black-and-white photographs are included.
Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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