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Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA par [Allred, Lance]
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Revue de presse

In a devastatingly honest and poignant book of family, basketball and life, Lance Allred, the best writing big man ever, mesmerizes with a memoir born of the cruelty and inspiration of a game that could never hold him down. (Adrian Wojnarowski, author of The Miracle of St. Anthony)

“Lance Allred is excruciatingly honest without ever feeling sorry for himself. His painful and hilarious odyssey is more inspiring and triumphant than the story of any NBA championship. Allred has written The Glass Castle of pro sports.” (Ian Thomsen, senior NBA writer, Sports Illustrated)

“Longshot is more than a remarkable sports story. It’s a reminder of how much can be accomplished when you never give up on a dream.” (Rudy Ruettiger, subject of the original major motion picture "Rudy")

“What an incredible life. Lance’s story proves that the trials and tribulations he faced made him stronger.” (Jim Morris, author of THE ROOKIE)

Longshot is a must read! It will inspire you and entertain you at the same time. (Dick Vitale)

“An inspiration for anyone who’s ever wanted to succeed at anything that appeared out of reach.” (Kenny Mayne, from the Foreword)

“Hoosiers meets Big Love with a dash of Crime and Punishment. You will never look at an NBA player, particularly those at the end of the bench, the same way again.” (Ric Bucher, senior writer, ESPN The Magazine)

In an ingratiating, self-deprecating style...[Allred’s] is a genuinely unlikely story, but he relates it with humor, insight, and compassion. (Booklist)

A Paul Shirley–esque tale of a basketball outsider....a welcome departure from cookie-cutter sports autobiographies. (Kirkus Reviews)

“Allred’s voice is humorously self-deprecating and youthfully winning.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A fascinating read.” (The Salt Lake Tribune)

“Much more than a feel-good, you-can-do-it-if-you-try chronicle. It is a gutwrenchingly honest account of a man whose story would be mesmerizing no matter what career path he chose.” (Deseret News)

“A harrowing and moving look at Allred’s life growing ... In 250 riveting pages, Allred honestly, breezily and often hilariously recounts his life . . . His personal and familial history alone is worth the read . . .” (Cleveland Scene)

“In the land of recycled and formulaic sports bios, this book by a deaf, fundamentalist Mormon kid is definitely worth a read.” (Salt Lake City Weekly)

“If interesting life experiences are the mark of a good autobiography, then Lance Allred has a good head start.” (Davis County Clipper)

“If there’s a prototypical path to a hoops career, Lance Allred didn’t take it. He’s not an NBA giant, but Allred’s memoir is inspiring.” (Sports Illustrated)

“More than a story about how he beat the odds and wound up one of the best rebounders in the NCAA ... and then played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it’s a personal account of Allred’s struggle to rebound from challenges and make peace with himself.” (Utah Standard-Examiner)

“He hasn’t just authored one of basketball’s most remarkable young lives, but a moving and funny memoir, ‘Longshot: The Adventures of a Deaf Fundamentalist Mormon Kid and His Journey to the NBA,’ which was published in May.” (Yahoo Sports)

“The book is more than just about Allred’s time in the NBA and in the D-League. It’s also about his time at the University of Utah and growing [in] a polygamist colony...” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

“A wry and inevitably dramatic autobiography...” (Wall Street Journal Online)

“Beyond writing about his life in the game of basketball, Allred honestly portrays his life story in such a way that readers may feel they are sharing his journey.” (Boise Weekly)

Présentation de l'éditeur

Lance Allred was probably the last person you'd expect to make it in professional sports. Not only did he grow up on a polygamist commune in Montana, he struggles with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If those hurdles to the NBA don't seem large enough, Lance is also deaf.

Self-deprecating, witty, and wholly original, Longshot is the unlikely story of an unlikely athlete, who despite these factors and a lot of setbacks along the way, finally realized his dream of playing in the NBA, becoming the first legally deaf player in the league.

Lance refused to let others' expectations hinder his dreams, and his refreshing sense of humor about his disability allowed him to face these setbacks without giving up. From his childhood on the commune where he was "Mormon royalty" (his grandfather was prophet Rulon Allred of the fundamentalist sect) to his first time picking up a basketball (eighth grade), to his clumsy efforts to build his skills while growing into his 6' 11" frame, Longshot is a riveting account of a young man finding his purpose and letting the love of the game drive him toward his ultimate goal.

Going inside the competitive world of collegiate basketball and the strange experience of playing professionally in Europe, with paychecks that never arrive and a knee injury Lance's team didn't want to cover, Longshot recounts the moment when Lance hit rock bottom. When he came back to the United States for surgery, Lance was prepared to let go of his basketball dreams and become a high school history teacher like his dad.

But luckily he had an agent who didn't want to see Lance's dream die, and who found him a deal with the Idaho Stampede, an NBA Development League team in Boise. Although it was paltry pay, it was the last resort. And Lance slowly began to be noticed.

Revealing the resilient heart of a young man who truly believes that it's not about failure or success but about being willing to try, Longshot is a Rudy story for a new generation, a tale of inspiration, dedication, and the power of a dream.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 792 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 276 pages
  • Editeur : HarperCollins e-books (21 mai 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002AR2Q2Q
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Par Goncalves le 30 novembre 2010
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je trouve ce livre très inté met du temps à partir, l'auteur passe beaucoup (trop ?) de temps à parler de son enfance. Alors que moi, ce qui m'intéresse, c'est la partie basket.
Mais dans l'ensemble, bon livre
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HASH(0x95f35fe4) étoiles sur 5 An Inspiration, beyond basketball 1 juin 2009
Par Kirstin Greig - Publié sur
Format: Relié
What an awesome story. The author's voice really comes through, which is so impressive that he wrote it himself, as opposed to going the typical route of a ghost writer, or co-contributor. It lends a truly personal side to the story.

Non-sports lovers shouldn't be scared off by this, it goes so far beyond basketball. His stories range from heartbreaking to embarrassing, but most of all detail the triumphs of the fragile human spirit. His sense of humor is dry, self depricating and sometimes almost snide. But charming and endearing nonetheless. The polygamy angle is titillating enough, but not to the point of a tattle tell-all. Great balance to that, and really facinating.

I personally loved his stories of being overseas, and having to scrap in the developmental league. It gives a totally different perspective, to which you cannot help but to have respect for professional athletes. It's truly not all glamour.

In the end, you left the book feeling better about yourself, like maybe, just maybe you can dare to dream. For cryingout loud, if a Deaf, Fundamentalist, Mormon Kid can make it to the NBA, anything is possible!
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HASH(0x95f3a054) étoiles sur 5 Well-written, inspirational memoir 28 mai 2009
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"Longshot", Lance Allred's thoughtful and inspirational memoir, was an enjoyable read. He tells so many of his stories in engaging and descriptive vignettes, allowing his readers to vividly picture his memories as if we were there, too. Allred discusses his 'surprisingly-normal' childhood in a polygamous commune and his family's later struggle to leave polygamy, and also talks about his personal coming-to-terms with 'disabilities' - being legally deaf, and dealing with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. While all of this would be an interesting read on its own, we also learn about Allred's difficult journey to be a full-time player in the NBA - a very rough journey which is still in progress, but a journey he has met with continued optimism and humor. As a Special Education teacher, I value Allred's story of perseverance though discrimination and the pressure to be 'normal' - and the strength he showed in being his own person. Of course, this book is one that I would recommend to sports fans, but, more importantly, it is a book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys honest, funny and insightful stories of hope.
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HASH(0x95f3a48c) étoiles sur 5 Inspirational, honest, and amazing! 30 mai 2009
Par P. C. Mosier - Publié sur
Format: Relié
This book was well written and exciting to read. I couldn't wait to see what he was going to say next! I laughed, cried, became mad at some of the people in his life, and was amazed as he triumphed over all odds. I recommended it to everyone, even if you aren't a sports fan you would like his honest, inspirational, and amazing story.
HASH(0x95f3a858) étoiles sur 5 Basketball Bio 22 mai 2013
Par Flash - Publié sur
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I'm only half way through this book. I picked it up because it said it was the story of a pro basketball player who is deaf. So far there is very little mention of it except for a few references that he was teased as a kid and ridiculed by a college coach. It's slow reading, but I will complete it so I can have knowledge of at least one sports figure that my husband doesn't know! LOL
HASH(0x95f3a804) étoiles sur 5 Enjoyable and Candid Book! 7 janvier 2014
Par Kristyn Decker - Publié sur
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Lance is my second cousin. I love the way he writes and appreicate his candid and humorous voice in telling about his life. I'd like to be able to find him to tell him "WAY TO GO CUZ! and best wishes forever!" Kristyn Decker
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