The Jordan rules

by Smith, Sam, 1948-

Format: Print Book 1992
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 796.323 S
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  796.323 S
Springdale Free Public Library Adult Nonfiction 796.323 SMIT
Location  Springdale Free Public Library
Collection  Adult Nonfiction
Call Number  796.323 SMIT
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A literary mugging of the team that surprised and entertained the nation, Chicago Tribune reporter Smith's account of the Chicago Bulls' 1990-91 championship season is actually a rather honest, in-depth, in-the-locker-room-and-behind-the-scenes portrayal of what is perhaps a typical basketball team--typical, that is, with one exception: the uncanny miracle-worker, Michael Jordan. (Smith's title, copped from the name the Detroit Pistons gave their so-called defense against Jordan, refers to the different set of rules a man of such inordinate skill must abide by.) In these pages, Jordan comes across as arrogant, selfish, pouting, whining, extremely competitive, but also, Smith allows, "like Shakespeare, . . . the best even though everyone said so." Smith's biggest criticism, shared by many other sportswriters, is that a one-man show can never win the big game: unselfish play is the key. But Jordan resisted Coach Phil Jackson's "triangle" offense, coming around only at playoff time, bringing the rest of the team--his "supporting cast"--into the act to sweep the archrival Pistons and go on to defeat Magic and the Lakers in the finals. In contrast to Jordan, the intelligent and thoughtful Jackson, who miraculously managed to keep the Bulls from coming apart at the seams because of their petty "jealousies, anger, and resentment," their contract disputes, or their extra large and amazingly fragile egos, comes across as something of a hero in this chronicle. Meanwhile, the rest of the Bulls are pretty much what you'd expect a bunch of immensely talented rich kids to be. Perhaps just a bit mean-spirited--he lets no one get off without being just a little bit bloodied, but those wounds will no doubt heal--Smith gives the myth-making machinery of the Michael mystique no quarter. After all, a little iconoclasm never hurt anybody. (Reviewed Dec. 15, 1991)0671744917Benjamin Segedin"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Jordan, Michael, -- 1963-
Chicago Bulls (Basketball team)
Publisher New York :Simon & Schuster,1992
Language English
Description 333 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN 0671744917 :
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