If you saw the recent Tony Parker documentary “The Final Shot” on Netflix, then you pretty much have the gist of his autobiography. For Spurs fans, there is a great chunk of this book that is familiar. That said, Parker delves deep into his past and sheds light on his time away from the NBA in France.
The book is split into five sections: My Beginnings, My Life in the NBA, My Life in France, My Life as a Businessman, and My “Private” Life. The simplicity of his divisions offers some insight into his writing style.
Parker tends to make a point, and then reiterate the point without altering his language. He might be doing so for affect, but it comes across as a limited mastery of the English language. Considering he had a co-writer in David Loriot, I expected more variety. It wasn’t until I finished the book that I realized Loriot is a French sports journalist and may have been the cause of some of the impediment.
The chapter of Parker’s rise in the French national team was new to me. At one point during Parker’s career I recall doubting his dedication to the Spurs as he played on the French team each summer instead of giving his body a much needed break. How could a player who wants to win an NBA Championship go play all summer? Understanding his patriotism as well as his devotion to San Antonio becomes apparent throughout his story.
After reading just how devoted he is to his homeland, I found myself wondering how he could commit to the NBA. It gave me a new level of respect for his work ethic, basketball IQ, and national spirit. And when his French career culminated in his ultimate goal, I wished I’d paid more attention in the moment.
Beyond All of My Dreams is recommended to anyone who has spent time rooting for Parker over the years.
There are many great takeaways from Parker’s book, especially for those fans who only know Parker as one-third of the Big 3. Parker was born to ball. He was also destined for leadership, both on and off the court. Although he has not made a move back to the NBA, his determination and business acumen leads the reader toward thinking we have not seen the last of Tony Parker.
Spurs fans know that is a good thing.
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