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John Starks: My Life [With DVD] Hardcover – 10 Sep 2004


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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC; Har/DVD edition (10 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158261802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582618029
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 16.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,641,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born on August 10, 1965, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and except for two years when I was five and my mother moved the family out to Los Angeles, I stayed in or around Tulsa until I was 23. Read the first page
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
In his own words, get to know the real John Starks 25 Mar. 2007
By E. Villasor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Outside of Patrick Ewing, former CBA veteran John Starks is probably one of the most recognizable figures in New York sports during the 90's. In his book, Starks talks about his humble beginnings--moving from four different college academic programs to making it to the New York Knicks on a technicality (as injured players can't be cut from their teams, John attempted to dunk of Patrick Ewing during the pre-season in 88' and got hurt in the process).

Through his words, Starks shares the will, desire, and tenacity which made him one of the most exciting and controversial players to ever play in the NBA. Starks shares stories that made him the most decorated guard to ever come out of the CBA with accolades such as the winning a spot on the NBA All-Star team and the 6th Man of the year award. He also talks about his horrible game 7 performance in the 1994 NBA finals as well as the trials and tribulations which he and a number of his family members had to go through.

If your a fan of the NBA, this is certainly one ride you wouldn't want to miss! Get your copy today!

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
John Starks--Man of the Century 19 Sept. 2004
By MSM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Even if you're a die-hard Pacers or Miami fan, this book will convince you of what we Knicks fans knew all along, what drew us to the former grocery-bagger and CBAer from Tulsa, that Starks is the human being we all like to see in ourselves, his shocking rise to stardom another example of 'the American Dream.' Starks was the best of human nature--tenacious, passionate, ever-the-underdog, and pure; all the while you knew that even when he flipped off fans or head-butted Miller (I'm not saying anyone deserves to be head-butted, but...) he had a heart of gold.

As for the book itself, it's written very simply, but this just lays the sharpness betweens the lines of ethical conduct in Starks' world into starker relief. Furor about this being a book the 'author' didn't even read are really unnecessary. Starks would never claim to being a writer, and it's pretty clear that Markowitz put the book together from extensive interviews with Starks. If that bothers you, fine; for myself, I consider oral testimony a perfectly valuable form of storytelling, and it just so happens that a second party came in to organize and write it down.

I haven't read many of these kinda of books (autobiographies by popular public figures, I mean), but this one is truly fantastic. I just finished Infinite Jest, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Murakami before this, and I treasure this book more than those combined. If you're a basketball fan you will enjoy this book. Six thumbs up.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Honest self appraisal 1 Aug. 2006
By William D. Tompkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Starks does a good job here detailing his life and whats most rewarding is his confession of his errors and failures on and off the court. That is this book's strong points.

There are good photos here.

John discussing some of the nutty fans who stalked him is a good read and my personal favorite is his story of the first time he drives his mother and grandmother thru Manhattan traffic, weaving in and around the taxis. The description of what was going on with the two women had melaughing.

The weakness of this book is the dvd that is included with it.

John should have paid someone a little bit more money to produce this thing a little better. And throughout the book, he repeats a lot of the bad stuff that happened to his brothers over and over again. Hos co-writer should have edited that a little bit better.

Hopefully John will coach the Knicks one day. If you're a Knicks fan, then read this book.
Book arrived very promptly 23 Jan. 2014
By Chris76 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Book was a present for my son. Knew by time he told me not in time for Christmas but the book arrived the very first day the delivery data said it would. Book seems in good condition and everything included as stated. Gave my son an extended Christmas and a New Years present.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Why I Love John Starks 16 Jan. 2006
By Michael J. Sherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I raced through reading this autobiography of John Starks, mainly for personal reasons. The rise of John Starks as a New York Knick corresponded with a lot of overcoming personal struggles in my own life, and I've always felt a deep connection with his story, his explosiveness as a player and as a person, his perpetual teetering on the edge of self-wreckage, and with his continuing maturity and enormous heart that he always brought to the table. This book is hardly a sophisticated read, so if you're looking for that, go elsewhere. But if you look at John Starks as I do, as a true phenomenon of character and class, as someone who broke through barrier after barrier, tripped over his own bad habits along the way and still always remained deeply resolute in his belief in himself, then you'll love hearing how his voice comes through the writing of Dan Markowitz. Learning about the chaotic and reckless background of John's life reminded me of how gritty and passionate he was as a player, how his unstoppable desire shook the NBA world. But even in a moment like "The Dunk," John always remained a humble, down to earth man, someone undisturbed by the glow of fame, even more human because of the doubt that always followed his brilliant success. I wish he could have won a championship and have his number retired at the Garden, but in a way, even though his "2 for 18" night left fans like me forever hungry, the dramatic ironies that occupy his life story and the peace that he discovers within himself allow me to savor the tales he tells in this book, as I will forever be inspired by one of the most unique and lovable characters in the history of New York sports.
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