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Title:The Jordan Rules
Authors:Sam Smith
Info:Pocket Books (1993), Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Jordan's name sells the book, but it is not an unauthorized biography on Jordan. Rather it is a reporter's journal on the first the Bull's first championship. Not shocking. Probably too long. Even as a 30 year NBA fan, I still don't think this was a necessary read. ( )
  ShavonJones | Jan 10, 2013 |
New York Newsday An engaging, sometimes cruelly funny behind-the-scenes look at the Bulls' tantrum-and doubt-filled but finally triumphant journey to the NBA title.

Chicago Sun-Times The Jordan Rules...might be the best sports book since Season on the Brink about Bob Knight.

Newsweek Jordan boasts a wicked tongue, and not just when it's hanging out as he dunks....[He] manages to blurt out enough in Smith's book to reveal his own narcissistic, trash-talking, obsessively competitive side.

Associated Press The Jordan Rules entertains throughout, but the most fun comes from just hanging out with the players. Smith takes us into the locker room, aboard the team plane and team bus, and seats us on the bench during games. Sometimes, books reflecting on a team's success don't reach the personal level with the people who made it happen: The Jordan Rules does.

Fred Barnes (The McLaughlin Group) The American Spectator A riveting account...what you want in a sports book: the behind-the-scenes stuff, a peek at the private side of the players, their hobbies and politics and religion, the way they get along or don't...It's fair to compare The Jordan Rules with the campaign books that appear after every presidential race....The difference is not only that The Jordan Rules explains more persuasively than most of the campaign chronicles how the winner was decided -- it's that it does so more interestingly and with more understanding of the human heart.
  diversionbooks | Nov 27, 2012 |
Solid inside look at the 1990-91 NBA season for the Chicago Bulls, a season that culminated in an NBA title. Although I was living in Chicago, I was only five years old when this season happened, so I don't have entirely clear memories of it (the following season has my earliest NBA memories). This book ended up being quite controversial, but I honestly don't see what the fuss is. Yes, Jordan comes off as extremely competitive to the point of being insulting, and there are certain perks that he was allowed that the other team members didn't get, but isn't that what usually happens with star players? I'm not really sure how Jordan's rule exceptions are that much different from any other star's treatment in sports history (and even as a Bulls fan, I am FAR from a Jordan apologist, mind you). Frankly, Stacey King, whose ego did not match his talent, comes off as worse as Jordan in spots. The real star of the book in my mind is Phil Jackson, who managed to take a highly dysfunctional team (more than half of whom were griping about contracts and playing time) and get them to gel enough to win a title. I don't know if every NBA team has this much drama going on behind the scenes, but he did a heck of a job this year.

Has been updated twice, once to include a brief summary of the 1992 season and championship, and the second revision includes the 1992 update and a chapter at the beginning summarizing the third win and Jordan's first retirement (this book is the one with the close-up portrait). Regardless of which version you get, this is worth a read for 90s NBA fans. ( )
  asktheages | Sep 22, 2012 |
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The New York Times Bestseller, Now in eBook Format and Updated With a New Introduction

This is the 20th anniversary of the explosive bestseller that changed the way the world viewed one of the greatest athletes in history, revealing for the first time Michael Jordan's relentless drive to win anything and everything, at any cost. NBA Hall of Fame columnist Sam Smith had unlimited access to the team and its players during their championship 1991-92 season, which he details in the new introduction, along with candid revelations about his sources, and the reaction from Michael, his teammates, the media, and the fans when the book blasted onto the bestseller lists in 1992 (where it stayed for three months). With more than a million copies in print, and available for the first time as a new and improved eBook, "The Jordan Rules" remains the ultimate inside look at one of the most legendary teams in sports history.
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A SUPER TEAM...A SUPERSTAR...A SUPER EGO

The most gifted athlete ever to play the game, Michael Jordan rose to heights no basketball player had ever reached before. What drove Michael Jordan? The pursuit of team success...or of his own personal glory? The pursuit of excellence...or of his next multimillion-dollar endorsement? The flight of the man they call Air Jordan had been rocked by controversy. In The Jordan Rules, which chronicles the Chicago Bulls' first championship season, Sam Smith takes the #1 Bull by the horns to reveal the team behind the man...and the man behind the Madison Avenue smile. Here is the inside game, both on and off the court, including:

Jordan's power struggles with management, from verbal attacks on the general manager to tantrums against his coach Behind-the-scenes feuds, as Jordan punches a teammate in practice and refuses to pass the ball in the crucial minutes of big games The players who competed with His Airness for Air Time -- Scottie Pippen, Horace Grant, Bill Cartwright -- telling their sides of the story A penetrating look at coach Phil Jackson, the former flower child who blossomed into one of the NBA's top motivators and who finally found a way to coax "Michael and the Jordanaires" to the their first title

A provocative eyewitness account, The Jordan Rules delivers all the nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills of a championship season -- and an intense, fascinating portrait of the incomparable Michael Jordan.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:03:16 -0400)

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Tells how the Chicago Bulls basketball team came together to win the 1991 NBA championship.

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