L'OUVRAGE - Biographie Michael Jordan : The Life est la biographie définitive d'un basketteur qui possédait tout : le sens du spectacle, la maîtrise des airs et une technique parfaite. Rarement un sportif aura autant fait pour la popularité de sa discipline à l'échelle mondiale. Ce livre retrace toutes les étapes de cette ascension fulgurante en n'omettant aucun détail. L'enfance de Michael, son passage à l'université de North Carolina, son arrivée chez les Chicago Bulls, sa domination écrasante en NBA, la « Dream Team » des Jeux olympiques de Barcelone, son business, les affaires extrasportives, les conflits familiaux... Une figure complexe dont l'image a largement dépassé le cadre du sport. ``MJ'' appartient désormais à la culture populaire. Plongez dans la saga la plus fascinante du sport moderne. Vous saurez tout de Michael Jeffrey Jordan. L'acteur. L'icône. Et surtout l'homme. Devenu milliardaire. Roland Lazenby a consacré presque trente ans de sa vie à couvrir la carrière de Michael Jordan. Il a été le témoin de sa transformation en un athlète de légende.
La biographie définitive de Kobe Bryant par l'auteur de Michael Jordan - The Life
Kobe Bryant est l'un des meilleurs joueurs de l'histoire de la NBA. Un joueur fascinant à la personnalité complexe qui a toujours su, très jeune, qu'il serait meilleur que Michael Jordan.
Si ce débat est toujours vivace, il est indéniable qu'avec le troisième record de points de la NBA et cinq titres de champion, il a marqué son sport à jamais.
Au sein des Los Angeles Lakers, où il a joué toute sa carrière, Kobe Bryant reste une énigme. Un joueur intransigeant passé maître dans l'étude du jeu et la préparation. Il était en perpétuel conflit avec ses coéquipiers, comme Shaquille O'Neal, son entraîneur, Phil Jackson, la loi, sa femme, Vanessa, ou ses adversaires.
Grâce à de nombreuses interviews exclusives, Roland Lazenby nous plonge dans l'itinéraire de la nouvelle légende de la NBA.
When in 1969 the NBA sought an emblem for the league, one man was chosen above all as the icon of his sport: Jerry West. Silhouetted in white against a red-and-blue backdrop, West’s signature gait and left-handed dribble are still the NBA logo, seen on merchandise around the world.
In this marvelous book--the first biography of the basketball legend--award-winning reporter and author Roland Lazenby traces Jerry West’s brilliant career from the coalfields near Cabin Creek, West Virginia, to the bare-knuckled pre-expansion era of the NBA, from the Lakers’ Riley-Magic-Kareem Showtime era to Jackson–Kobe–Shaq teams of the early twenty-first century, and beyond.
But fame was not all glory.
Called “Mr. Clutch,” West was an incomparable talent--flawless on defense, possessing unmatched court vision, and the perfect jumper, unstoppable when the game was on the line. Beloved and respected by fans and fellow players alike, West was the centerpiece of Lakers teams that starred such players as Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, and he went on to nine NBA Finals. Yet in losing eight of those series, including six in a row to the detested Boston Celtics, West became as famous for his failures as for his triumphs. And that notoriety cast long shadows over West’s life on and off the court.
Yet as the author discovered through scores of exclusive interviews with West’s teammates, colleagues, and family members, West channeled the frustration of his darkest moments into a driving force that propelled his years as an executive. And in this capacity, the success that often eluded West on the court has enabled him to reach out to successive generations of players to enrich and shape the sport in immeasurable ways.
Though sometimes overshadowed by flashier peers on the court, Jerry West nevertheless stands out as the heart and soul of a league that, in fifty years, has metamorphosed from a regional sideshow into a global phenomenon. And in Jerry West, Roland Lazenby provides the ultimate story of a man who has done more to shape basketball than anyone on the planet.
From the Hardcover edition.
A gripping, emotional account of the worst school shooting in United States history, told by those who lived through it
Monday, April 16, 2007 started like any other Monday at Virginia Tech, with professors and students preparing for another busy week of classes. However, word quickly circulated of a shooting in the dorms - and the gunman was still loose. The campus went into lockdown, and as the gruesome events unfolded in Norris Hall, a group of journalism students trapped in a nearby building transmitted stories and updates to the student-run website, PlanetBlacksburg.com.
Now, these students, together with their journalism instructor and members of the Virginia Tech community, have documented the events of that day. April 16th: Virginia Tech Remembers gives a voice to the students, faculty, and staff who lived through the shooting, and serves as a memorial for the 32 victims. The book also describes the onslaught of media coverage that immediately followed, and reveals the remarkable resilience of the students of Virginia Tech throughout the entire ordeal.
"It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best: The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end." -- Peter Golenbock, New York Times-bestselling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn
The definitive biography of a legendary athlete
/> The Shrug. The Shot. The Flu Game. Michael Jordan is responsible for sublime moments so ingrained in sports history that they have their own names. When most people think of him, they think of his beautiful shots with the game on the line, his body totally in sync with the ball -- hitting nothing but net.
But for all his greatness, this scion of a complex family from North Carolina's Coastal Plain has a darker side: he's a ruthless competitor and a lover of high stakes. There's never been a biography that encompassed the dual nature of his character and looked so deeply at Jordan on and off the court -- until now.
Basketball journalist Roland Lazenby spent almost thirty years covering Michael Jordan's career in college and the pros. He witnessed Jordan's growth from a skinny rookie to the instantly recognizable global ambassador for basketball whose business savvy and success have millions of kids still wanting to be just like Mike. Yet Lazenby also witnessed the Michael Jordan whose drive and appetite are more fearsome and more insatiable than any of his fans could begin to know. Michael Jordan: The Life explores both sides of his personality to reveal the fullest, most compelling story of the man who is Michael Jordan.
Lazenby draws on his personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with Jordan's friends, teammates, and family members; and interviews with Jordan himself to provide the first truly definitive study of Michael Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.