The Sixth Man A memoir

Andre Iguodala, 1984-

Book - 2019

"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 su...rprise, 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"--

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Subjects
Genres
Autobiographies
Published
New York : Blue Rider Press [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
246 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9780525533986
0525533982
Main Author
Andre Iguodala, 1984- (author)
  • Early Lessons
  • Confidence
  • When the Sun is Too Hot
  • Welcome to the NBA
  • The Most Hated Athlete in Town
  • Elevation
  • Find the Flow
  • The Seventy-Fourth Win
  • Riding Home
  • The Sixth Man.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Iguodala is a member of the NBA world-champion Golden State Warriors. A classic sixth man (not a starter but the first player to come off the bench), he has been an all-star, an all-defensive team selection, and a playoff-finals MVP. Next time you catch the Warriors, watch Iguodala when he's leading a fast break. His vision and anticipation border on genius. And now he's written, along with coauthor Wallace, the best basketball memoir since Bill Russell's Go up for Glory (1966), more than 50 years ago. We learn in this masterfully written, sometimes even poetic memoir that Iguodala was raised by a no-nonsense mother who insisted on young Andre becoming a reader—of all sorts of things, including newspapers. That experience clearly helped foster a broad worldview, a perspective on his own life, and a tolerance for individual idiosyncrasies. That last quality is critical for a great teammate, and, by all accounts, Iguodala is exactly that. There's plenty here about basketball, but the authors move well beyond the scores, hoops, and on-court drama that fill nearly all the pages of similar books. Iguodala is always focused on the relationships and motivations of his teammates and opponents. That insight, he shows, helps him bond with his teammates and defeat his opponents. This is a very special book—a sports memoir for the ages. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Three-time NBA champion Iguodala, currently a shooting guard for the Golden State Warriors, chronicles his life, starting with growing up in Springfield, IL, with a single mother who emphasized discipline and education. After attending the University of Arizona, he was selected for the NBA draft in 2004. The player describes the pressure that NBA prospects experience as they deal with college coaches, agents, and draft positioning. He's honest about his experience playing for the Philadelphia 76ers: unfair expectations of the media and the fans, and internal pressures that contributed to his struggle with insomnia. Later chapters express the challenges of moving from a starter to a bench player, especially as he nears the end of his career: the daily routine of practice and games, and the mental fatigue of the 73-win season. There is also insight into the personalities and work ethic of his Warriors teammates and what led them to continued success. However, Iguodala criticizes NBA officiating and the NCAA's rules that enrich schools and coaches. VERDICT Iguodala's memoir highlights the camaraderie of players and the mental and physical challenges of the modern NBA; a true insider's perspective of the Warriors' championship teams.—Chris Wilkes, Tazewell Cty. P.L., VA Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"A standout sports memoir from NBA powerhouse, a swingman and NBA All-Star of the Golden State Warriors"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"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"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The NBA swingman and All-Star shares insights into his remarkable career, discussing such topics as his 2012 Men's Basketball Olympics gold-medal win, his 2015 NBA championship with the Warriors and his off-court successes as a Silicon Valley insider.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The NBA swingman and All-Star shares insights into his remarkable career, discussing such topics as his 2012 Men's Basketball Olympics gold-medal win, his 2015 NBA championship with the Warriors, and his off-court successes as a Silicon Valley insider.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

**The Instant National Bestseller**The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.Fresh off the Warriors’ fourth Finals win in eight years, Andre Iguodala long has been one of the most admired players in the NBA.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.

Review by Publisher Summary 6

**The Instant National Bestseller**The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ fifth Finals appearance in five 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.