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April 21st, 2010
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Excerpt: A Game of Character by Craig Robinson

 ''A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond'' by Craig Robinson.

''A Game of Character: A Family Journey from Chicago's Southside to the Ivy League and Beyond'' by Craig Robinson.

From "A Game of Character"
By Craig Robinson

PREGAME:
TESTS OF CHARACTER

The idea to write this book—as a way of paying tribute to a handful of very important individuals who have shaped my understanding of basketball and of life, and who have contributed to my ongoing search for what it truly means to have character—has been percolating in the back of my mind for years.

But it wasn’t until the waning minutes before my appearance at the Democratic National Convention in Denver on Monday night, August 25, 2008, that I made the conscious decision to put pen to paper. Of course, writing a book was the last thing that I needed to be thinking about at that particular time for me and my family, not to mention in those very moments while standing backstage—where I was attempting to go through the equivalent of my pregame ritual that allows me, as a coach, to remove myself from the hubbub and become the calm within the storm for my players. But this night, for lack of a better description, was a whole other ball game! Read more


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