Praise

“A riveting read that cements Jonathan Abrams’ reputation as one of the world’s best basketball writers.” – Bill Simmons, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Book of Basketball

“A fascinating and unsettling account of what happened to professional basketball when teenagers made their way into a man’s game.”—Malcolm Gladwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Outliers and David and Goliath

“Will stand as the definitive dissection of an oddly brief, perpetually influential period in the history of NBA labor relations.”—Chuck Klosterman, New York Times bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs

“There was much I learned from this book, which covers not only the superstar “kids” like Bryant and Garnett, but also the compelling cautionary tales.” —Jack McCallum, New York Times bestselling author of Dream Team and Seven Seconds or Less

“Boys Among Men is as inside as an account can be of the paths of those players, both the famous and the forgotten. It’s not merely a compelling book for any hoops fan, it’s an important one.”—David Epstein, New York Times bestselling author of The Sports Gene

“An indispensable book for anyone who cares about basketball.” —George Dohrmann, Pulitzer Prize winning author of Play Their Hearts Out

“Jonathan Abrams has transcended one of the NBA’s great business and moral debates to deftly tell the inside story of the prep-to-pros phenomenon…A marvelous book that will stand the test of time.” –Adrian Wojnarowski, New York Times best-author of the selling The Miracle of St. Anthony

“Jonathan Abrams expertly captures this crucial era in basketball history. Yet what makes Boys Among Men so compelling isn’t the high school players who turned out to be future hall of famers, but the stories of all the tragic would-be heroes that basketball has long forgotten.’ —Dave McMenamin, NBA writer for ESPN