One of America's great sports writers follows high school point guard phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad.
In The Jump, one of America's great sports writers follows high school phenom Sebastian Telfair on his quest for NBA stardom—and exposes all that big-time sports in America has become, the good and the bad. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James—all became NBA superstars without playing a day of college ball. In 2004, Coney Island's 5-foot-11 Telfair became the first small player ever to jump straight from high school to the NBA when he signed contracts with the Portland Trail Blazers and Adidas worth $25 million. Author Ian O'Connor, who followed every moment of Telfair's senior year, draws on exclusive interviews with friends, family members, coaches, recruiters, agents, and players to tell the story of the young star's road out of the crime-ridden projects and into the NBA. And O'Connor brings readers up to date on Telfair's fate in the NBA in an all new chapter.
IAN O'CONNOR is a?nationally recognized sports columnist who has won numerous Associated Press awards. Currently he writes for ESPNNewYork.com and hosts a radio show for ESPN.? He is the author of Arnie?and Jack, a New York Times bestseller, and The Jump.
"This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season." --Booklist, starred review "A must-read for anyone who cares about basketball, about sports, or about young athletes trying to come of age." --John Feinstein, The Washington Post, author of A Season on the Brink
"Anyone looking for evidence of how the culture of sports has changed (for better and for worse) will find it in Ian O'Connor's engrossing account of Sebastian Telfair's young life." --Bob Costas, NBC Sports, HBO
"This will be the most discussed book of the NBA season."