LIFE ON THE RUN by Bill Bradley

LIFE ON THE RUN

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The New York Knicks' soft-spoken and introspective star forward examines his life and the game he loves against the backdrop of the '73-'74 NBA season. ""Dollar Bill"" is no longer that aloof Christian scholar-athlete whose individual heroics at Princeton were so well recorded in John McPhee's A Sense of Where You Are (1965). Albeit ""programmed to become a successful gentleman,"" Bradley became ""more playful and rebellious"" at Oxford before opting for a career in professional basketball. A Knick since 1968, he's come to appreciate the joys of teamwork (""basketball, when a certain level of unselfish team play is realized, can serve as a kind of metaphor for ultimate cooperation"") as well as the friendship he shares with Dave DeBusschere, Walt Frazier, Jerry Lucas, and Willis Reed. An extremely private person who saves all his fan letters, Bradley has yet to be enticed by endorsements because he wants to keep his basketball experience ""pure, as innocent and unpolluted by commercialism as possible."" An articulate and perceptive self-portrait of an uncommon sportsman.

Pub Date: April 27th, 1976
ISBN: 0679762086
Publisher: Quadrangle/New York Times