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by James McKean


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What James McKean took home was five fouls and a good story. Home Stand delivers a lyrical, thoughtful reflection of what it is to be an athlete-inside as well as outside the game-and how one man's love of basketball evolved into a love of poetry. good turns of speech. writing, and teaching. In this memoir set in the fifties and sixties, McKean revisits his years growing up in a family dedicated to sports and the outdoors, his playing basketball at Washington State University for coaches Marv Harshman and Jud Heathcote, and his fashioning a life during and after basketball.

If he had not fouled out, maybe Washington State University s center, James McKean, might have held Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to only forty points. It was 1967, a transition year for college athletics in a dramatic time for those coming ofage.

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If he had not fouled out, maybe Washington State University’s center, James McKean, might have held Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to only forty points. It was 1967, a transition year for college athletics in a dramatic time for those coming ofage. In this memoir set in the 1950s and 1960s, McKean revisits his years growing up in a family dedicated to sports and the outdoors, his playing basketball at Washington State University (for coaches Marv Harshman and Jud Heathcote), and his fashioning a life during and after basketball.     Driven by the energy and spirit of athletics, the language in Home Stand lights up McKean’s wonderfully eclectic work—the aunt who won a bronze medal in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, his last run as a misguided drag racer, his playing basketball for a washing machine factory in Bologna, Italy, or against the prisoners in Walla Walla State Penitentiary—all seen in the context of turbulent times. Needless to say, Lew Alcindor scored his points and UCLA won, which they did every game that season. What James McKean took home was five fouls and a good story.       Home Stand delivers a lyrical, thoughtful reflection of what it is to be an athlete—inside as well as outside the game—and how one man’s love of basketball evolved into a love of poetry, "good turns of speech," writing, and teaching.


Comments: (4)

Cetnan
Jim Mckean writes prose like a poet, which of course he is. His stories are meant to be chewed on and savored. This is just simply a wonderful book, both touching and riveting. Fishing, basketball, fathers and sons, growing up, growing old - in a perfect world a whole lot of people would read and enjoy Home Stand. Every chapter was a treasure, his juxtaposition of his friend fighting in Vietnam with his playing against Lew Alcindor is incredibly poignant. He even had me interested in fishing and drag racing when I really am not in my life. Cannot recommend a memoir any higher than I can this one.(I only give it a 4 just because I rarely give 5's, but this one is darn close!)
Ventelone
i was sorry the book ended...only happens when i read good books! highly recommended for those who like insightful essays, about family life, the sporting life and poetry. waiting eagerly for the next segments .
Mavivasa
As an avid reader of sports books, a fan of WSU basketball, a native of the Palouse country in eastern Washington/Northern Idaho, and familiar with Jim McKean the player, I was quickly drawn to this book.

Little did I know that it would be so much more than sports, and I mean that in a good way. Perhaps the sub-title, "Growing Up in Sports" is a bit misleading, though it is appropriate. This book is about sports, but mostly about growing up, and in turn looking back on a life well-lived.

McKean, a polished poet, is quite the stylist as an essayist. His words flow oh so smoothly. His insights are tremendous. Whether talking about basketball, visiting an injuried Vietnam War veteran classmate, returning to Italy, growing up in Tacoma, playing for a volatile, yet loveable assistant coach, McKean doesn't miss a beat here.

Certainly one of the best books I've ever read.
Anen
Home Stand is a remarkable autobio, written with the unimpassioned look of a biographer and the heart of a poet. He creates absolutely no artifice as he takes the reader through his story. What this story has that most autobiographies do not have is bounce, a sense of active recall laced with the energy of sports. This is a must read for all lovers of basketball and all lovers of the finely-written literary piece.
Home Stand: Growing Up in Sports download epub
Biographies
Author: James McKean
ISBN: 0870137492
Category: Sports & Outdoors
Subcategory: Biographies
Language: English
Publisher: Michigan State University Press (March 31, 2005)
Pages: 196 pages