Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention

Life Is Not an Accident: A Memoir of Reinvention

by Jay Williams

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Overview

New York Times Bestseller

This big-hearted memoir by the most promising professional basketball player of his generation details his rise to NBA stardom, the terrible accident that ended his career and plunged him into a life-altering depression, and how he ultimately found his way out of the darkness.

Ten years ago, Jay Williams was at the beginning of a brilliant professional basketball career. The Chicago Bulls’ top draft pick—and the second pick of the entire draft—he had the great Michael Jordan’s locker. Then he ran his high-performance motorcycle head-on into a light pole, severely damaging himself and ending his career.

In this intense, hard-hitting, and deeply profound memoir, Williams talks about the accident that transformed him. Sometimes, the memories are so fresh, he feels like he’ll never escape the past. Most days, he finds a quiet peace as a commentator on ESPN and as an entrepreneur who can only look back in astonishment at his younger self—a kid who had it all, thought he was invincible, and lost everything . . . only to gain new wisdom.

Williams also shares behind the scenes details of life as an All-American. He tells it straight about the scandalous recruiting process and his decision to return to Duke and Coach K—a man who taught him about accountability—to finish his education. He also speaks out about corruption—among coaches, administrators, players, and alumni—and about his time in the NBA, introducing us to a dark underworld culture in the pros: the gambling, drugs, and sex in every city, with players on every team. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062327994
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/24/2017
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 400,292
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jay Williams is a former professional basketball player and current ESPN analyst. While at Duke, Jay won the Naismith College Player of the Year Award, was named the AP Player of the Year in 2002, and was a unanimous first-team All-American. Jay was drafted by the Chicago Bulls as the second overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft. He is a motivational speaker, president of the Jay Williams Group, managing partner of the Leverage Agency, and a committed member of a number of charities.

Table of Contents

1 Perfect 1

2 Imperfect 15

3 Gray Area 29

4 Rafters 49

5 Freshman 63

6 Duke 79

7 Decision 99

8 Bulls 111

9 Rehab 133

10 Complications 151

11 Trials 165

12 Last Ride 191

13 The Game 203

14 Mended 223

15 Forgiven 243

Acknowledgments 253

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