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**The Instant National Bestseller**
The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.
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The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala details:
- File Size: 28121 KB
- Print Length: 255 pages
- Publisher: Blue Rider Press (June 25, 2019)
- Publication Date: June 25, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07HVZ3ZBT
eBook summary The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala
The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors.
Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger.
Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too–for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre–with his cowriter Carvell Wallace–has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core.
The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed.
On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
“I’ve always loved reading. It came from my mother. Reading was simply a nonnegotiable in my house. If you weren’t reading, you weren’t achieving. The other thing we read at home was the newspaper. This also came from my mom. She insisted on it. She made sure we were keeping ourselves educated. I learned to be interested in world affairs, business, culture, and media. I learned how stories were told and how media and journalism. We were well educated, well mannered, well taken care of, and critical thinkers.”
“On the first day of seventh grade I walked into my first-period classroom. We had been given our bell schedule the day before, and I was excited to sit down and get started on a new year….
But I knew something was off, because when I walked into the room, I noticed that all the other kids were white.
I had been placed in the honors track. I didn’t yet think a lot about why it was that the honors track meant all white students except for me.
The teacher stopped me almost immediately.
“I think you might be in the wrong classroom, dear,” she said.
“Nope. Right one.” I still wasn’t really aware of what was happening. Obviously, I had read my schedule and knew which classroom I was supposed to go to. That’s just basic.
Still, she seemed unconvinced.
“Are you sure?”
“Yes, I’m sure, ha-ha.”
This whole thing was silly. I was already headed for a seat, thinking this little interaction was over. But it wasn’t for her.
She followed behind me.
“Can you show me your schedule, hon?” she said.
This time she seemed a little more forceful. It was then that I started to understand. I presented her the schedule I had crumpled in my hand. She looked it over for a moment.
“Ah. OK,” she said quietly. “Take your seat then.”
Did I really get asked to show my papers?
The freedom to be unaware of racism simply doesn’t last long if you’re black.”
+ colleges do ruthlessly exploit amateur athletes while some coaches get 7-figure paychecks, the school rakes in the alumni donations and the sports TV media make a mint. They should be paid. If they don’t make to the Bigs, and very few do, they have been used and left broke.
+ the media are wolves. With 24/7 coverage and sports media full of hacks, who live off of, or even make up, rumors, and too many so-called “analysts,” the media is a pain in the ass to athletes and annoying to some of us fans. Many are simply jealous they don’t make the money that these athletes do.
+ Philly is a brutal town to play a sport in, any sport, because the fans are so nasty and well, they have the media as described above. As an example, Iguodala mentions a long interview he did with Sports Illustrated. He says SI got it right, but some in the Philly media took some of his comments about a teammate out of context and made him look as if he was attacking his teammate. This got the Philly fan base roiled up all over again over what was essentially a lie.
“The fans and press in Philadelphia are like the fans and press nowhere else. And that’s a good thing. None of us could stand it if the whole country was like that.”
+ the officiating was blatantly biased…..
“Kevin Durant was averaging eight or nine free throws a game in Oklahoma City. In his first year with us, he averaged six. Steph, over his career, all with the Warriors, has averaged between four and five free throws per game, and I’ve watched him come into practice the next day with quarter-inch-deep gashes on his arms from plays that were not called. It’s hard to imagine a back-to-back MVP, unanimous the second time, only getting to the line a handful of times per game like that. Most guys who average 30 points a game shoot way more free throws.
I recently had an assistant coach from another team text me after we played them. He and I went way back to my teenage years. He wanted to congratulate us on keeping our composure during the game. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Our game plan,” he said, “is just to foul the shit out of you. We tell our guys every time-out, just foul the ball handler every time. We know they’re not going to call it.”
So we know that the scouting report on us for most teams is, essentially, rough them up. Knock them around. They’re not going to get the calls.
Even though this had been my sense all along, it was still surprising to hear it so obviously stated by someone else in the league. Why would this even be the case? Does the league feel like we’re too good? Like we could just blow teams out, which would drive down viewership?”
Some reality check….
“Basketball is often for people who have no other choice. If you genuinely have other options, you wouldn’t go as far and face as much. You play for fun, but once it gets serious, once it becomes life-or-death, most people will, if they can, find something a little more stable and a little less critical to do with their lives.”
And if you happen to follow pro basketball, you will know how the Warriors franchise “signed off” on putting Kevin Durant into a play-off game where a resulting achilles injury may have have ruined his career. The franchise may have realized he was moving on anyway, so let’s try to squeeze more out of him before he goes.
“The reality is that this system of professional sports is set up to squeeze literally every last thing it can out of the horses. When that much money is at stake, for that many people, your personal health and well-being is going to take a back seat to their bottom line. This is why guys are on the sideline getting pain pills and injections, going to surgeries, getting cartilage and bones and ligaments rebuilt, trying every random, weird, experimental treatment under the sun just to get back out there and play. The human body was not naturally meant to bang up and down a court for eighty-two games. It just wasn’t. You have to break yourself in order to do that. You have to, in a sense, break nature.”
The exploitation, and injuries, start early in AAU (Amateur Athletic Association) basketball. In his book, Igoudala criticizes AAU and the NBA commissioner agrees.
Basketball is unique in one way in that a player can become even more famous when he is no longer in the starting line up and instead will come off the bench to contribute in a valuable manner to his or her team. One player who has done that is Andre Iguodala. While he was a very good player as a starter for the Philadelphia 76ers and Denver Nuggets, he became even more noticed as the sixth man for the team that has won three of the last four NBA championships, the Golden State Warriors. He tells the story of his life, his career and his take on some of today’s issues in the game in this excellent memoir with Carvelle Wallace.
While the writing may not be as crisp as some other memoirs, what I found refreshing about this book is the Iguodala was very candid about every topic he addressed. Whether it was whether college athletes should be paid, the point in his career when he truly realized that professional sports are a business and not just a game, how the public believes athletes should communicate in the media or racial issues, Iguodala lets the reader know up front that this is his viewpoint and how he sees the particular issue.
The latter two topics come up in the incident in which I believed that this book went from good to excellent and that was when he used a phrase that sounded like one used from the days of slavery when he answered a question on the relationship between a head coach and the players. He didn’t back off of his comment, he didn’t take swipes at those who criticized his remarks (and there were plenty) and his explanation of it was consistent with his stance on his viewpoints earlier expressed on racial matters and the ways in which professional athletes are expected to conduct themselves.
None of them are really shocking or reveal new material, but are excellent to read for the sheer rawness of exposing his feelings. When he praised Curt Flood, who challenged baseball’s reserve clause in 1970, it showed that he has studied the history of these subject extensively and his comment that every professional athlete should thank Flood for them being able to enjoy the freedoms and riches they have today was profound.
Of course, he talks about basketball in the book a lot as well as these other issues. On this topic, he is quite fluid as well. This part of the book does follow the tried and true formula of chronicling the highlights of each level of basketball played. His reflections on his time at the University of Arizona and what coach Lute Olson did for and to him were very interesting to read as it can be the case for many college basketball players, but was something I had never read before.
Iguodala’s time in Philadelphia was marked with many ups and downs, both on the court, where the 76ers enjoyed some moderate success and off the court with his relationship with the fans and press an ongoing drama. After a brief time in Denver, he signed with the Warriors as a free agent and his accounting of his time with Golden State is one in which he really learns what it is like to share the spotlight with superstar players. He explains how these players like Steph Curry and Kevin Durant not only are excellent players but how they each contribute to the success of the team on the court and in the public eye.
Any fan of the current NBA game, especially Warriors fans, will want to read this book about the team’s vital sixth man and how he sees the world of professional basketball. It is a book that once a reader starts, it will be very hard to put down.
I wish to thank Blue Rider Press for providing a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks to Netgalley and Penguin Group for the advanced digital review copy of this book.
Coming into this book I had quite a measure of respect for Andre Iguodala and was interested to read more about his life and career from his point of view. Unfortunately after reading the book, I wish that I had not. The beginning of the book is quite interesting and talks about his youth and experiences growing up. Unfortunately the rest of the book seems to be his opportunity to air his grievances with every facet of society he thinks has wronged him. First its the college system as they don’t pay their players (fair enough but a bit more complex than he makes out). Then its the NBA owners because even though they are paying him millions of dollars, they are still making more (generally how business works) and finally he tees off on the referees who are apparently biased against Golden State because they are the champions and because all the referees are white men. In summary I would recommend that you avoid this one unless you are an absolute die hard Warriors or Andre Iguodala fan.
About author Andre Iguodala
NBA swingman who was named NBA Finals MVP after helping the Golden State Warriors win the 2015 NBA Championship. He also won championships with the team in 2017 and 2018. He spent the first eight years of his NBA career with the Philadelphia 76ers and played in his first NBA All-Star game in 2012.
He excelled academically at Lanphier High School in Springfield, Illinois, earning All-Conference academic honors while making the National Honor Roll.
He won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 London Olympics.
He and his brother Frank were raised mostly by their mother, Linda Shanklin. He has a daughter named London and a son named Andre II.
He was known as the “other A.I.” when he played alongside Allen Iverson in Philadelphia.
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