Sugar : Micheal Ray Richardson, eighties excess, and the NBA / Charley Rosen.

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      Summary: "Sugar considers aspects of the league's dysfunction in light of basketball's rapidly increasing popularity during the 1970s and 1980s"-- Provided by publisher.
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      Prologue: December 27, 1985--Moonachie, New Jersey -- Living on dreams -- Living the dream -- Big man in the Big Apple -- To fix or not to fix, that was the question -- Moving from coast to coast to coast -- Playing it straight...for a while -- Life after death -- The great migration in black and white -- Back in the USA -- The view from the bench -- Sunk once more -- The wild wild west -- The most shameful playoff series in the history of professional basketball -- Epilogue: Whither Sugar Ray?
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Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2

*Starred Review* Richardson is one of the least-remembered NBA stars of the eighties. He was a four-time all-star, three-time steals leader, and two-time all-defensive selection. Suspended four times for drug use—and ultimately banned from the game—he was also the poster child for the abuse scandal that nearly did the league in during that period. No longer welcome in the NBA, Richardson embarked on a stellar, 14-year career overseas and, despite the ban eventually being lifted, never played professionally in the U.S. again. Rosen is the author of 21 sports books, including Crazy Basketball (2011), a seminal history of the Continental Basketball Association. Much of the book tracks Richardson's career, with commentary from Richardson himself, who takes full responsibility for his fractured life. Rosen adds contextual asides and commentary on the NBA's drug culture, life on basketball's professional fringes, and, especially, the league's long favoritism for white players over black, even though basketball has struck more blows against racism than any other American professional sport. This is a wonderfully informative book that, along with Sam Smith's recent Hard Labor (2017), should provide fans of today's worldwide, multibillion-dollar NBA with an understanding of the league's history. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.