Perkins’ riveting stories about the NBA, his upbringing and social justice will make this book impossible to put down.” — Emmanuel Acho, New York Times bestselling author of Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man

We know Kendrick as an NBA player and ESPN commentator, but the same style he brings to those endeavors is the same blunt, unvarnished truth he brings this memoir. Although I have been a fan for a long time, I had no idea what his personal background was and now that I do I am even more impressed with the man.

Kendrick spent 14 years in the NBA but before that his story was the stuff of movies and thrillers. Raised by his Grandparents when his father left him and his mother was murdered, he was raised in a small Texas town. He was drafted out of high school by the Celtics and was about to enter a whole new world!

Surrounded by legends, and learning to play with them and against them. His life as many players was difficult on the road. He was so young and things were so different for him.

He learned a lot from these legendary players about basketball and he also learned a lot about Black Americans as well as players. He quotes statistics that I think we all know are true. He tells how these issues have affected Black lives for generations and will continue to do so it looks like.

This was a different side to Kendrick than the one we have seen on television. I knew him from the Thunder and my opinion then was the same as it is now. This is someone to watch. Someone who encourages us all to “Carry the hell on!”

NetGalley/ February 21st 2023 by St. Martin’s Press

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