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One Last Shot by Mitchell Krugel
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May 12, 12


Awful book about Michael Jordan's comeback in 2001-2002 season with the Wizards. It's a potentially interesting topic, in that Jordan was (a) in a dual role, having acquired many of his teammates for the organization when he was VP of basketball operations, (b) old (for a pro basketball player) and dealing with knee injury, (c) dealing with pressure from fans to be as good as he once was or else get out of the game permanently, and (d) going through personal difficulties, incl. divorce, while in the public eye.

Interest value was drained away, however, by author's not having any access to Jordan, nor as far as I can tell to any other players. Just reads like a clip job, going game by game through a largely uneventful, up-and-down year for the Wizards that ended short of the playoffs. Author filled the void of information or analysis by repeating obvious points a lot, using every possible phrase or pun involving the word "air" (air apparent, rare air, Air-rant shot, etc. etc. etc.) and working the capitalized phrase "Third Coming" (it was Jordan's third stint in the Association, sandwiched around two retirements) into a high percentage of the sentences.

Representative sample from p. 234:

"Still, as it had all season, the age-old question of age was again becoming the underwear creeping up of the Third Coming".

I guess that was fun to write, but well before you get thru 260+ pages, it's disheartening to realize that the author has nothing especially insightful to add re the "age-old question of age" in general, or about Jordan's diminished skills, how he coped with not being the best anymore, or anything else really.
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