Jeff Pearlman

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McDonald’s, some hamburger buns, a man with a broom

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I’m sitting inside a McDonald’s in Atlanta. A few moments ago a bunch of high school-aged kids were in a nearby booth. They were joking, laughing, playing music.

They left some buns on the floor.

A man walked by with a broom. He’s wearing all black, with his hood up. I’m sure, once upon a time, he too was a kid in a booth at a McDonald’s. We’ve all been there. Young and innocent and self-absorbed, goofing with friends as fries soar through the air. We never think we’ll be pushing the broom. We never even think about pushing a broom.

Then, one day, we look back. Lines crease our foreheads. Our backs ache. We have bills to pay and burdens to carry.

We regret the hamburger bun under the table.

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Once again, Jeff Pearlman has produced an exhaustively researched, elegantly written book that re-creates one of the most colorful and memorable teams of the modern era. No basketball fan's bookshelf will be complete without it.

— Seth Davis, author of Wooden: A Coach's Life