Book Review: For The Love Of The Game and Driven From Within

July 18, 2009

This is a review from my Favorite Books list; the link from which will be also on the Books Page.


“I’m a predator without a pack of wolves. There’s a difference.”

Any basketball player would love to read the word of Michael Jordan; and theses two books are straight from his mouth, with lots of visuals to boot.

Love Of The Game comes available in large format with glossy pages and lots of… colors, man, colors. All MJ’s career stats, splits vs. certain teams, in each arena, et cetera et cetera. MJ goes into the back stories of the most oft-told tales from his playing days, like the game-winning shot for UNC vs. Georgetown, the 69-point game vs. Boston early in his NBA career, and how and why he decided to play in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. I found out about this book in high school when a classmate showed up with it; the book was retailing for $50, but my classmate told me he “could get it from this crackhead for $20.” For me, twenty bucks well spent.

In Driven, Jordan goes into more detail about his reasons  for even playing the game, and his thought processes from the beginning to the end of his NBA days. Driven also imparts copious amounts of wisdom for young players on how they need to find it within themselves the motivation necessary to excel.


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