Taking Shots: Tall Tales, Bizarre Battles, and the Incredible Truth About the NBA
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Bring a family of four to an NBA game today, and it costs around $500 to watch a bunch of seven-footers take bad shots. Perhaps the quote often attributed to P.T. Barnum is true—there really is a sucker born every minute.
The NBA is in trouble. And as NBA agent Keith Glass describes it—he's part of the problem! If team owners are willing to throw millions of dollars his way for marginal players, why should he be the only one with the self-restraint to say "no"?
In his insightful, funny, and often mind-numbingly bizarre tales of life in the NBA over the last twenty- five years, Keith Glass lets it fly from half-court. He'll tell you how we got to the present state—where an agent who makes millions off the game can't sit through one; why our NBA stars couldn't capture Olympic gold; and why the game he loves is in dire need of help.
Glass has seen it all as the representative of players like Mark Eaton, the seven-foot-five center found working as a mechanic because he hated basketball; Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who converted to Islam and brought the wrath of the league upon him when he refused to stand for the National Anthem; and first-round draft pick Quincy Douby, who was forced to enter the draft before graduating from Rutgers because of the harsh NCAA rules regarding college eligibility.
With informative chapters such as "How to Feed Your Family on Only $14 Million a Year," "Eighty-one Feet of White Centers," and "From 6'11" to the 7- Eleven," Glass shatters the myth of NBA marketing: that everything about the game is great, and that as long as the fans in the luxury boxes are happy and weighed down with expensive merchandise, all is well. But have no fear! Keith Glass doesn't preach about the evils of highlight film slam-dunks—he'll just have you falling down laughing as he flagrantly fouls the league that was once the envy of the pro sports world.
associated with the school. One of my closest friends then and now is George Irvine, who was at the time the vice president of the Indiana Pac- ers. George had mentioned that he had been friendly with the coach at Michigan State. He said he would call to introduce me, and then I’d be on my own. George also warned me that the coach could be a very gruff and blunt guy. Coach Jud Heathcote is one of those guys who you look at and realize you don’t want to piss him off. He and Magic Johnson had led
behaviors and attitudes that no industry, business, or school should tolerate. In the instance of Soriano and the Nationals and in others, management is ﬁnally learning to say enough. The Philadelphia Eagles said it in 2005 with regard to Terrell Owens. In that instance, however, it took probably an erroneous arbitration ruling to uphold the Eagles’ contentions. Is it possible to stand up for what appears to the rest of society to be common sense? There should be standards of conduct. I’m not
School gym, which is the biggest high school gym I’ve ever seen. It has to seat 4,000 to 5,000 people, easily. And of course, all 4,000 to 5,000 of the people there are going to want to meet Isiah Thomas. Isiah couldn’t go anywhere. He couldn’t sit out in the bleachers, he couldn’t walk around, and he couldn’t go into the hospitality room to eat. Otherwise, 500 kids would come rushing out of the stands at him. This was why Isiah wanted to meet me in the laundry room that was located under the
get it. But in spite of everything, the Boston Celtics activated Thomas Hamilton. The team of Cousy, Russell, Bird, McHale, and Havilcek put a uniform on a guy who could barely get into it. In actuality, Tommy did pretty well. In one game, he scored thirteen points on six-for-nine shooting. Besides his appearance, he really did very little to embarrass himself on the ﬂoor. The Celtics and I had many discussions. The people in the organization still couldn’t stand him, but all of them clearly
negotiate, though there are probably some players who would strenuously argue against the latter. There have been several situations where I have STAR-SPANGLED DISASTER 135 charged either nothing or a very nominal percentage when I have taken over during an existing contract. It really depends on what the player is looking for me to accomplish. In the case of Chris Jackson, I didn’t want to be remotely associated with the deal that had been negotiated by the original agent. And the guy who did