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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Reviews:: :07 Seconds or Less - Jack McCallum

I finally had some time to sit down and read (the one benefit of a 14 hour travel day to Paris), and finished Jack McCallum's fantastic book about the 2005-2006 season he spent with the Phoenix Suns.

I'll admit I'm biased. I love the Suns. Their general disregard for defense (D'Antoni often in the book assumes that fixing the O will make the D irrelevant), the bizarre collection of throw aways and character with unique basketball abilities and IQs, and their hatred of Kobe, the Mavs and the Spurs are all huge reasons why I love the team. Obviously, being Canadian and playing point guard and having shaggy hair makes Nash an easy person to cheer for as well.

But the great thing about this book is it is more how the team interacts. How egos are stroked to handle some insecurities (Marion). How Raja Bell is way more of a thug than I thought (and much funnier - telling a heckler that ProActive will clear that right up is a great comeback). How much they hate Phil Jackson and Kobe. How Eddie House is way funnier than I gave him credit for, but still has doubts if he can make it in the NBA. How Boris Diaw's real name is Boris Babacar Diaw-Riffiod. Seriously, if you can't get on board with that, you can't get on board with much. How well the coaching staff interacts. These are the real focus of the book and McCallum toes the line between friend, fan and professional perfectly.

All these factors make it even more fun to watch the most exciting team in the NBA. Sadly, they choked away another game to the blandtastic Spurs, but who knows. Maybe D'Antoni's footstomping tizzy will prevail over the fact that Tim Duncan, Manu, and Fresh Horry don't think they've ever committed a foul.

Either way, if you are a sports fan you should read this book.

MP3:: Why Does the Sun Shine? - They Might Be Giants
Or for haters - MP3:: I Don't Believe in the Sun

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