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1. John Starks: My Life
by John Starks
Hardcover: 232 Pages (2004-08-01)
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Asin: 158261802X
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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John Starks: My Life chronicles John StarksÂ’ miraculous ascension from going undrafted after one just one season at Oklahoma State to his stellar career with the New York Knicks. Fans remember his memorable career in New York, capsuled by two remarkable, yet polar-opposite games. The highest of highs would be his triumphant dunk over Horace Grant and Michael Jordan, known in Knick history as "The Dunk," in the waning moments of the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals against the Chicago Bulls which put the Knicks up two games to none. Starks also holds nothing back about his 2-for- 18 shooting drought in Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals against the Houston Rockets, which was the last real chance the Knicks have had for a championship since 1973. Patrick Ewing, Charles Oakley, Anthony Mason, Mark Jackson, Michael Jordan, Reggie Miller, Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy are all seen anew through Starks' clear, no-nonsense eyes. Starks also describes his other NBA stops in Golden State, Utah and, briefly, Chicago. In addition, Starks names his all-minor league-to-NBA team, his all-heart-on-the-jersey team and his all-shooting team.

StarksÂ’ autobiography describes the starÂ’s rise from life in inner-city Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a child, John did not escape trouble, stealing from stores and later cars with a friend who later died in a high-speed car crash with the police. He credits his escape and rapid rise to the influence of his older brother, Monty, who watched the majority of JohnÂ’s NBA career from behind bars, and the single mother that raised John and his siblings.

John later attended four junior colleges before making his breakthrough and playing Division I college basketball at Oklahoma State. Monty, before he was sent away to prison, was the one who drove John, toughening him up in savage games of one-on-one and convincing John that he had more in him than just being a drug dealer like himself and playing basketball on the playgrounds of Tulsa. It was Monty who called Leonard Hamilton, the then-coach of Oklahoma State, and got Coach Hamilton to come down and watch John play at Oklahoma Junior College, resulting in a scholarship.

Finally, it is a book about family and Starks moving back to Tulsa and raising his family of three children (John Jr. is an aspiring basketball player with a dream to make it to the NBA like his father) with his wife, Jackie, and helping Monty after his release from prison in 2000. Monty now lives in a house on John's property, adjacent to John's house, and has helped him find employment. The two are avid golf partners who, although they constantly fight over everything from Monty rooting for OU and John for OSU, share a bond forged on the hardscrabble streets of North Tulsa.

John Starks: My Life also includes an in-depth interview with John Starks that will take readers Beyond the Book. This very candid, personal interview with John will give fans even more insight into his life. Highlights include John's hilarious stories about his teammates and his emotional farewell message to the New York fans. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars In his own words, get to know the real John Starks
Outside of Patrick Ewing, former CBA veteran John Starks is probably one of the most recognizable figures in New York sports during the 90's. In his book, Starks talks about his humble beginnings--moving from four different college academic programs to making it to the New York Knicks on a technicality (as injured players can't be cut from their teams, John attempted to dunk of Patrick Ewing during the pre-season in 88' and got hurt in the process).

Through his words, Starks shares the will, desire, and tenacity which made him one of the most exciting and controversial players to ever play in the NBA. Starks shares stories that made him the most decorated guard to ever come out of the CBA with accolades such as the winning a spot on the NBA All-Star team and the 6th Man of the year award. He also talks about his horrible game 7 performance in the 1994 NBA finals as well as the trials and tribulations which he and a number of his family members had to go through.

If your a fan of the NBA, this is certainly one ride you wouldn't want to miss! Get your copy today!

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3-0 out of 5 stars Honest self appraisal
Starks does a good job here detailing his life and whats most rewarding is his confession of his errors and failures on and off the court. That is this book's strong points.

There are good photos here.

John discussing some of the nutty fans who stalked him is a good read and my personal favorite is his story of the first time he drives his mother and grandmother thru Manhattan traffic, weaving in and around the taxis. The description of what was going on with the two women had melaughing.

The weakness of this book is the dvd that is included with it.
John should have paid someone a little bit more money to produce this thing a little better.And throughout the book, he repeats a lot of the bad stuff that happened to his brothers over and over again. Hos co-writer should have edited that a little bit better.

Hopefully John will coach the Knicks one day. If you're a Knicks fan, then read this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book about a great man
john starks was my idol growing up.Before he came to the knicks they were very mediocre.As he says in the book his rise coincided with the knicks title contension throughout the 90's.The book was very good and gave great insight into the man before his career.I was shocked when i read that he used to sell drugs and had been in jail.i followed everything about him back in the day and i remember never hearing about his father so it surprised me to hear that he met his father a couple times.anyway i lived and died with starks the dunk was this city's highest high and 2-18 well u do the math.i recommend this book to anyone who loved a good underdog story about a man with a heart as big as the big apple

5-0 out of 5 stars Why I Love John Starks
I raced through reading this autobiography of John Starks, mainly for personal reasons.The rise of John Starks as a New York Knick corresponded with a lot of overcoming personal struggles in my own life, and I've always felt a deep connection with his story, his explosiveness as a player and as a person, his perpetual teetering on the edge of self-wreckage, and with his continuing maturity and enormous heart that he always brought to the table.This book is hardly a sophisticated read, so if you're looking for that, go elsewhere. But if you look at John Starks as I do, as a true phenomenon of character and class, as someone who broke through barrier after barrier, tripped over his own bad habits along the way and still always remained deeply resolute in his belief in himself, then you'll love hearing how his voice comes through the writing of Dan Markowitz.Learning about the chaotic and reckless background of John's life reminded me of how gritty and passionate he was as a player, how his unstoppable desire shook the NBA world.But even in a moment like "The Dunk," John always remained a humble, down to earth man, someone undisturbed by the glow of fame, even more human because of the doubt that always followed his brilliant success.I wish he could have won a championship and have his number retired at the Garden, but in a way, even though his "2 for 18" night left fans like me forever hungry, the dramatic ironies that occupy his life story and the peace that he discovers within himself allow me to savor the tales he tells in this book, as I will forever be inspired by one of the most unique and lovable characters in the history of New York sports.

4-0 out of 5 stars Turning Himself Around
John Starks' story is full of inspiration.The man grew up in a rough area of Tulsa, Oklahoma without a fatherly figure.His mother and grandmother instilled some positive attributes.However, John faced many troubles growing up and his brothers had a mixed influence on him.

However, John Starks perservered from a troubled youth stocking shelves in Safeway to an NBA All Star.John overcame many obstacles in the NBA and earned the respect of many of his peers in spite of a few overzealous actions on his part.

What really comes accross in this book(and from listening to John speak in person) is the that Mr. Starks has turned into quite an articulate and intelligent young man.He sets a good example as a USBL coach and certainly would be a good candidate to coach in the NBA.John's strong work ethic will indeed carry him to much further success.

A good read even for Chicago Bull, Miami Heat and Indiana Pacer fans! ... Read more

2. Basketball Players From Oklahoma: Jim Thorpe, Bill Self, Blake Griffin, Wayman Tisdale, Kelenna Azubuike, Mark Price, John Starks
Paperback: 130 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Asin: 1155841301
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Chapters: Jim Thorpe, Bill Self, Blake Griffin, Wayman Tisdale, Kelenna Azubuike, Mark Price, John Starks, Shelden Williams, Xavier Henry, Betty Lennox, Darnell Jackson, Antoine Carr, Jake Voskuhl, Candice Dupree, Kirby Minter, C. J. Henry, Bryant Reeves, Byron Houston, Richard Dumas, Iciss Tillis, Lee Mayberry, Taylor Griffin, Brent Price, Stacey King, Brandon Durham, David Vaughn Iii, Carl Henry, Mike Farmer, Clint Mcdaniel, Tracy Moore. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 128. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Jacobus Franciscus "Jim" Thorpe (Sac and Fox (Sauk): Wa-Tho-Huk) (May 28, 1888 March 28, 1953) was a Native American athlete. Considered one of the most versatile athletes in modern sports, he won Olympic gold medals in the 1912 pentathlon and decathlon, played American football at the collegiate and professional levels, and also played professional baseball and basketball. He lost his Olympic titles after it was found he was paid for playing two seasons of semi-professional baseball before competing in the Olympics, thus violating the amateur status rules. Of Native American and European American ancestry, Thorpe grew up in the Sac and Fox nation in Oklahoma. He played on several All-American Indian teams throughout his career, and barnstormed as a professional basketball player with a team composed entirely of Native Americans. In 1950, Thorpe was named the greatest athlete of the first half of the twentieth century by the Associated Press (AP). In 1999, he was ranked third on the AP list of top athletes of the 20th century. His professional sports career ended in the years of the Great Depression, and Thorpe struggled to earn a living from then on. He worked several odd jobs, struggled with alcoholism, and lived his last years in failing health and poverty. In 1983, thirty y...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=53869 ... Read more

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys Basketball Players: Houston Nutt, Eddie Sutton, Bill Self, Don Haskins, Jameson Curry, Tony Allen, John Starks
Paperback: 142 Pages (2010-09-15)
list price: US$23.09 -- used & new: US$23.09
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Asin: 1155882288
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Chapters: Houston Nutt, Eddie Sutton, Bill Self, Don Haskins, Jameson Curry, Tony Allen, John Starks, Stephen Graham, Desmond Mason, Dickey Nutt, Doug Gottlieb, John Lucas Iii, Doug Tewell, Sean Sutton, Joey Graham, Scott Sutton, R. W. Mcquarters, Brooks Thompson, Bryant Reeves, Byron Houston, Bob Kurland, Melvin Sanders, Corey Williams, Richard Dumas, Jim Lookabaugh, R. C. Buford, Maurice Baker, Sam Aubrey, Ivan Mcfarlin, Jaime Cardriche, Moe Iba, Jesse Renick, James King, Doyle Parrack, Obi Muonelo, Floyd Gass, Joe Bradley. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 141. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Houston Dale Nutt, Jr. (born October 14, 1957) is an American football coach and former player. He is current head football coach at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), a position he has held since 2008. Previously, he served as the head coach at Murray State University (19931996), Boise State University (1997), and the University of Arkansas (19982007). Houston Nutt, Jr. was born on October 14, 1957 in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. He is the son of the late Houston Dale Nutt, Sr., and Emogene Nutt and is the oldest of four children. Houston Nutt, Sr. briefly played basketball for the University of Kentucky under Adolph Rupp before transferring to Oklahoma A ... Read more

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