TINY! by John Devaney


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Devaney goes for a readable, fiction-style account instead of the impersonal biography and succeeds in putting across an only slightly bigger-than-life picture of a ballplayer as concerned with the futures of kids in his native South Bronx as he is with making the NBA All-Star team. Nate ""Tiny"" Archibald, though a basketball shorty at 6'1"", beat long odds to become the star guard around whom the Cincinnati Royals built their media drive when they became the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. Much of the dialogue is taken from interviews with Tiny and with coach Bob Cousy; parts which are necessarily fictionalized are kept realistic and low key. Devaney dwells overmuch on Tiny's unlikely frame, however, and his stilted handling of Tiny's problem-younger-brothers, Gomez and Geronimo, is pancake-flat.

Pub Date: Sept. 20th, 1977
Publisher: Putnam