Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Historical Biography of an NBA Star with Challenges

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

A Historical Biography of an NBA Star with Challenges

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A Historical Biography of an NBA Star with Challenges Charley Rosen. Sugar: Michael Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, April 1, 2018. $24.95. ISBN: 978-1-4962-0216-1. 192pp.

This book attempts to understand the 1980s decade in basketball by examining the experience Michael Ray Richardson had in the NBA. This period is explained as a turning point in the game when it gained mainstream appeal. Richardson spent eight years in the NBA, playing for different teams because his drug usage made him volatile. His cocaine usage made him into the first and only player to ever be permanently disqualified from playing in the NBA. This biography begins with Richardson's rise and follows him through his peak and then his attempts to redeem himself. The challenges the aggravated his drug usage and other problems were racism, anti-Semitism, womanizing, and potential point-shaving. The author, Charley Rosen, worked as a FoxSports.com commentator and has authored numerous other books about basketball. Because Richardson moved around between teams, the chapters are somewhat geographically organized, with one on the big Apple, another on moving from one coast to the other, and another on living outside the US, and then one on coming back to the US, and yet another on playing in the Wild, Wild West. The book is not written with too much theoretical depth, so it should be an easy read for sports fans. …

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