The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.
Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ fifth Finals appearance in five years, his game has never been stronger.
Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too—for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core.
The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed.
On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
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NBA veteran Andre Iguodala’s memoir, coauthored with Carvell Wallace, provides an insider’s take on the Golden State Warriors’ joyous dynasty. But The Sixth Man is much more than that. Iguodala, a star who matured into an indispensable playmaker off the bench, also wants to tell a story about race and power, a story about the radical act of a black man choosing and shaping a role for himself in a country that prefers to thrust an identity onto him. There’s plenty here for hoops fans, but like its author, The Sixth Man is a nimble, self-assured book that does a bit of everything.
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This made me love iggy even more
Though this book is based in the reality of a professional athlete; it accurately depicts the real life struggle and conflict (both internal & external) of a successful black man. It is NOT written only for black men, but rather from the relective-perspecitve of a black man. *Andre Iguodala…thank you for writing this. I get it!!!! You were given this platform for a reason. Keep using it to change lives. Be blessed!