Kirkus Reviews QR Code
A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE by John McPhee Kirkus Star

A SENSE OF WHERE YOU ARE

Bill Bradley At Princeton

By John McPhee

Pub Date: Sept. 27th, 1965
ISBN: 0374526893
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

What a rare sports book! The story of Princeton's phenomenal basketball superstar, Bill Bradley, constantly takes the reader right in the middle of the action. Seldom has court psychology been better explained, while revealing at the same time a player's temperament. Early in high school Bill put in three and a half hour practice sessions which, along with his natural attributes, resulted in what can only be called a physical genius for the game. His sensibilities are now such that he can shoot baskets backward without seeing the basket and make blind passes to team members merely on intuition. As he analyzes himself, his great faculty is simply having "a sense of where you are". Not a giant by basketball standards, Bradley is a passer rather than a high scorer and prefers the sport of the game to personal glory. Now a post-graduate, he has accepted a Rhodes scholarship to Oxford and turned down a $50,000 offer from the NY Knickerbockers. Twenty-one, and an Olympic champion, he has retired to the cloisters!