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Waste of Time- Save Yourself $15
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2017
I've read many biographies in my day, and especially about sports figures, and this one tops being the worse of them all. How did this book receive 5-star reviews is beyond me! Then again, Roland Lazenby is a respectable writer, so I think his proteges gifted him 5-stars for GP. This is by far, NOT a biography but a history book about Philadelphia basketball leagues, history of Lakers, drafts, but VERY little about Kobe Bryant besides a plethora of basketball stats. This book doesn't tell you anything you don't already know about Kobe. For instance, we all know he's an arrogant juggernaut of a ball player, and Lazenby simply provides justification for Kobe's narcissist behavior. The title of the book, "Showboat" was, however, very fitting, because the book doesn't go into any other details about Kobe's life outside of the basketball court. Lazenby obviously never interviewed Kobe or his family, and if he did, he received very little information and decided to wing it.
For a biography, we don't even know what Kobe's favorite drink is or favorite color. Instead, we're inundated with pages of useless narrative information about Philly and Italy. I was also overwhelmed by the repetitiveness of the inclusion of quotes from coaches, teammates, and naysayers albeit co-signing to Kobe being a showboat, really now? How shocking! (sarcasm).
Do yourself a favor and save your $15 dollars! You can read the same thing from this book on the Internet for FREE. Nothing new here.