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|Q&A: Pierce, Yao and much more|
How do you feel about Paul Pierce saying that he's the best player in the world? His winning the championship WITH Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen doesn't make him this. I don't think he has any right to say something that stupid. What do you think? ilovepaulpiece, Boston
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Now to your first query: I've actually had three distinct careers and was a teacher long before I was either a coach or a writer. I taught part-time at Hofstra University while I earned my Masters degree there (in medieval literature). For four years, I then taught English full-time at Kingsborough Community College, obtaining the appointment mainly because the acting president of the school had been a college teammate at Hunter and the Dean of Students had been my frosh coach. While at KCC, I was enrolled in the doctoral program at St. John's (also medieval literature). After finishing my coursework at St. John's and passing my comprehensive exams and my language requirements, I wrote a thesis entitled "A Christian Reading of 'The General Prologue' to The Canterbury Tales."
Just as my thesis was returned for revisions (it was unquestionably derivative and the scholarship was sloppy), I chanced to have my first novel published Have Jump Shot Will Travel. I immediately dropped out of the Ph.D. program and, while still teaching English at KCC, became a free-lance writer for magazines (like Rolling Stone, Sport, Inside Sports) and of various fiction and non-fiction books.
Along the way, I had coached hoops at a junior high school in Middletown, N.Y., and had been a non-paid, volunteer assistant at KCC. So when Phil Jackson became the head coach of the Albany Patroons in the CBA and I finagled my way into a position as his assistant, my career path changed once more.
However, after becoming a head coach in 1986, I was hired and fired four times in the next six years (Savannah, Rockford, Oklahoma City and Albany).
Now I had a choice to make: Re-enter the swamps of academe (ugh!), or try my hand at being a full-time writer. Turned out that my experience as a not-serious-enough player and as a too-serious coach gave me a different angle from which to view the game.
So here I am, still fruitlessly trying to find (in descending order) the perfect team, the perfect player, the perfect game, the perfect quarter, but finding sufficient satisfaction in identifying the perfect play.
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Added: August 6, 2008