I plan to reserve judgement on the book Shooting Stars - co-written by Buzz Bissinger and LeBron James - (which hit bookstores today) until I have saved the $26.95 necessary to purchase the book. Because while the good people over at Gray and Company sent me a complimentary copy of the Franchise - which is a must read and I find it hard to imagine that this book (SS) will come close to it - Buzz Bissinger's people didn't get a chance to mail out a preview copy to some hack blogger. Probably thinks I can't read. So in the meantime, the excerpts below are from people can, and have:
'Shooting Stars,' LBJ takes control of the narrative - Karen R. Long, PD:
"No one in high school deserves to be compared to Michael Jordan," James writes, "and no one in high school could be expected to withstand the pressure of such comparisons. We had become bigheaded jerks, me in particular, and we are to blame for that, but so are adults who treated us that way and then sat back and smugly watched the self-destruction."
LeBron's Unnecessary Biography - Henry Abbot, Truehoop:
"A press release says it's "a story of friendship, perseverance, humility, the transcendent power of teamwork, and the realization of almost-impossible dreams." It may or may not be that, but it's certainly a bold assertion of James' right to gloss up his own early life, and to charge you $26.95 to have him tell you stories that have for the most part already been told elsewhere."
Book Review: Shooting Stars by LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger - Hoopinion:
"Shooting Stars, the LeBron James autobiography co-authored by Buzz Bissinger, is a consistently alienating read--the story of a 24-year-old African-American midwestern product of the Akron public school system and the basketball industrial complex told in the first-person by a 54-year-old white northeasterner who spent his formative years at Phillips Academy and the University of Pennsylvania."