About the Author
I could pretend that a third person wrote this, but who better to write “About the Author” than the author?
I’m currently in the middle of researching a new book about the NBA. I hate to be coy, but it’s in a premature stage, and we don’t have a title yet. It will cover two eras of the league through the prisms of two special teams. You’ll like it. I just have to write it now.
I’m probably best known—if I’m known at all—for Dream Team, a book about the 1992 U.S. Olympic team that made a take-no-prisoners-have-a-lot-of-laughs journey through the competition at Barcelona. It made it to No. 3 on the New York Times best-seller list, right behind Laura Hillenbrand’s Unbroken and Cheryl Strayed’s Wild. Both of them have been made into movies. People … I’m waiting …
Before Dream Team, I wrote Seven Seconds or Less, which has a long subtitle. (So did Dream Team. Publishers love long subtitles.) Many people have said nice things about it, so I’m not about to argue with them. I will say that it would be hard to find a more inside-the-locker-room sports book, considering the unfettered access I was given by coach Mike D’Antoni and the rest of the Phoenix Suns organization. I owe them a great debt.
In similar fashion, I followed the Boston Celtics over the course of the 1990-91 season that resulted in a book called Unfinished Business, which also has a long subtitle you don’t need to memorize. The book examined the legendary franchise from within, a precursor to Seven Seconds, and I was fortunate to be around Larry Bird in the twilight of his career.
I also co-wrote a 2005 novel, Foul Lines, with a Sports Illustrated colleague named L. Jon Wertheim. If you’re ever considering co-writing a book, find someone smarter than yourself to partner with, as I did with Jon.