Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel
Title: Foul Lines: A Pro Basketball Novel
Author: Jack McCallum & L. Jon Wertheim
A pair of senior Sports Illustrated writers presents the NBA-inspired tale of Yale senior Jamal Kelly, who lands a job with the Los Angeles Lasers and finds his former life of poverty transformed into a maelstrom of charter flights, high living, and attractive women.
From two senior Sports Illustrated writers comes an explosive, fast-paced satire that will do for today’s NBA what North Dallas Forty did for the NFL a generation ago.
Just months from his Yale graduation, street-smart whiz kid Jamal Kelly leaves school to take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the front office of the Los Angeles Lasers. Once on the West Coast, Jamal gets a quick introduction to a subculture awash in big egos and fast cars, as well as an introduction to the charms of the team’s new hard-charging beat writer, Jilly Forrester.
In the spirit of Primary Colors and The Devil Wears Prada, Foul Lines peels back the curtain on the trappings of big-time professional basketball. No other sport encapsulates so many cultural hot-button topics, and Foul Lines at once exposes and lampoons this parallel universe.