This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness.
Ten years ago, Jay Williams was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career. The Chicago Bulls’ top draft pick—and the second pick of the entire draft—he had the great Michael Jordan’s locker. Then he ran his high-performance motorcycle head-on into a light pole, severely damaging himself and ending his career.
In this intense, hard-hitting, and deeply profound memoir, Williams talks about the accident that transformed him. Sometimes, the memories are so fresh, he feels like he’ll never escape the past. Most days, he finds a quiet peace as a commentator on ESPN and as an entrepreneur who can only look back in astonishment at his younger self—a kid who had it all, thought he was invincible, and lost everything . . . only to gain new wisdom.
Williams also shares behind the scenes details of life as an All-American. He tells it straight about the scandalous recruiting process and his decision to return to Duke and Coach K—a man who taught him about accountability—to finish his education. He also speaks out about corruption—among coaches, administrators, players, and alumni—and about his time in the NBA, introducing us to a dark underworld culture in the pros: the gambling, drugs, and sex in every city, with players on every team.
Award-winning author Jay Williams sheds new light on the traditional picture. Although the English were superior sailors, the two fleets were evenly matched. Moreover, the battle emerges as the high point of a four-year cold war between England and Spain. Only when set in the context of a Europe bitterly divided between Catholics and Protestants can the contest be fully understood. The personalities of Queen Elizabeth I of England and King Philip II of Spain and their commanders - especially Francis Drake - are also key to this dramatic story.
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* sleep and its profound effects on aging, weight loss, hormones and mood.
Jay Williams provides a proven, quick 'jumpstart' action that will give you results within 24 hours - and inspire to keep going with more valuable lifestyle changes.
Wright seeks to hunt down the reason small planes mysteriously fall from the sky, while O'Reilly hunts down the man who shot him out of those skies to exact his revenge. WINGS OF HONOR also explores our concept of honor. Is it honorable to attempt to bring a man to justice using the law, or is it honorable to kill a man who has wronged you?
WINGS OF HONOR resembles life in the twists and surprises that face the men who fly those blue Carolina skies. For when you fly, you take your life into your hands like never before. Whether you land or not depends on your skill but also fate. In WINGS OF HONOR, you might be in for a surprise or two about the fates of the men who take to those skies.
Buy a copy of WINGS OF HONOR now and experience true flying as it was meant to be: An adventure, an exhilarating thrill, but more importantly, a test of your skills and soul.
This is the first of the 15-volume Danny Dunn series and features the original cover by acclaimed artist Ezra Jack Keats. Look for "Danny Dunn on a Desert Island," the second volume of the series, coming soon from Wildside Press!
Author Jay Williams, an award-winning novelist and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, is the creator of the Danny Dunn young adult adventures. His books for children have been praised by the Boys' Club of America and the Pacific Northwest Library Association. Puppy Pie is the first book by illustrator Wayne Blickenstaff, a prominent advertising artist. His daughter, wife, and family dog modeled for the charming, realistic illustrations that appear on every page.