Boys Among MenBook - 2016 | First edition.
Over that ten-year span, the list of players who made that difficult leap includes some of the most celebrated players of the past few decades-Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, Tracy McGrady, and numerous other stars. It also includes notable busts, players like Darius Miles, who either physically or mentally proved unable to handle the transition. But for better or for worse, the face of the NBA was forever changed by the prep-to-pros generation. Now that many of those players like Kobe and Garnett are on the brink of retirement, this is the perfect moment to revisit them and tell the definitive story of their era.
Award-winning basketball writer Jonathan Abrams has obtained full access to all of the key players, coaches, and media personnel from that time, and he's written a book that is packed with rare insights and never-before-published details about this chapter in NBA history. Boys Among Men will be a must-buy title for any basketball fan.
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Boys Among Men follows the struggles and successes of NBA players drafted straight out of high school, and the lead-up to the NBA's decision to implement an age limit of 19 to prevent players from jumping directly from high school to the professional league. Also available as a streaming audiobook.
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This is a story about basketball players that are hall of famers or future hall of famers and how their fame came about.It talks about the inside life of these players and what they went through to get this life they live.All the trials and tribulations just to play on the grandest stage of them all and it really dignifies why they are greats.This is a great inspiration for all basketball players and I advise them to read this book.
Abrams details the paths of several high school to NBA players, both the successes and the failures. He goes in depth into the history of players going prep to pro, and examines the impact that it had on the NBA, both in regards to the on-court product and the rules set out by the NBA.
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