Full Court Press by Mike Lupica

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This season, the coolest guy in basketball isn't a guy. From the author of the "boisterous, bawdy, sharp-witted" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) national bestseller comes another deliciously wicked tale of contemporary professional sports.

"Truly hip, uproariously funny and, my god, it might even be true," wrote Elmore Leonard. "Bump and Run places Lupica high up among the funniest guys writing fiction." And now Lupica proves it again.

This is what happens when the desperate golden-boy owner of the worst pro basketball team in the world and his equally desperate golden-boy coach do the unthinkable: sign the first woman ever to play in the NBA. Her name is Dee Gerard, the daughter of a New York playground legend and the product of God having an exceptionally good day. A star in Europe, but weary of bad arenas, she retires-until the day a scout for the hapless New York Knights calls his boss: "I found you a point guard who is perfect, except for one thing." What, no heart? "It's not a heart, exactly. But you're close."

The league doesn't want the circus. The other players don't want her. The owner wants fannies in the seats. The sportswriters just want their column inches. What she wants . . . is to play in the best game there is. How she gets there, the hilarious and sobering things that happen to her, the personal and professional entanglements that spring up everywhere, the pitfalls of remaining old-school when all about her are tattooed, self-indulgent, young millionaires-this is the smart, funny, outrageous, wonderful story of Full Court Press.

About Mike Lupica

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Mike Lupica is the author of five novels and several works of nonfiction, including Summer of '98 and Mad as Hell. His columns for the New York Daily News are syndicated nationwide, and he is a regular on ESPN's The Sports Reporters.
Published November 12, 2001 by Putnam Adult. 320 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Business & Economics, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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They also may wish that Lupica, longtime sports columnist for the New York Daily News would use his considerable expertise to take a harder, or at least a more effectively placed, swing at the business of professional sports.

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