An NBA Role Model's Road to Stardom, Setbacks, and Comebacks
Seattle Post-Intelligencer sports writer Dan Raley followed basketball standout Brandon Roy from Seattle's Garfield High School to the University of Washington, and then to the NBA.
Roy is a role model who plays hard, respects the game, and is squeaky clean--no drugs, no tattoos, no trouble with the law. Everybody's mother loves him.
Roy is a great player, too. Knee injuries, however, appeared to end his short but amazing career with the Portland Trailblazers in 2011. Yet with the latest medical treatments and his great resolve, Roy looked to make a stirring comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Everyone is rooting for him.
"Reading Dan Raley write about Brandon Roy is like watching Dwayne Wade throw a floor-length pass to LeBron James. This is more than a book; it is a breathtaking connection between two greats, an unforgettable assist that results in a rim-rattling finish. Raley is a great storyteller. Roy is an even better story. Read it and leap."
--Bill Plaschke, LA Times, ESPN
"This book is a must-read not just for basketball fans, or Brandon Roy fans, but for anyone who wants a candid look behind the curtain at the rise, fall and shocking resurrection of an NBA All-Star."
----John Canzano, Portland Oregonian
"Raley has for many years given readers an insight into sports personalities’ lives. Brandon Roy's story is a tale of faith and perseverance. His rise and fall and rise again are the stuff of champions."
--Kevin Calabro, ESPN, former Seattle Sonics play-by-play broadcaster
"Brandon Roy has proven himself as a great player. Dan Raley has proven himself as a great sportswriter. The combination of these two make for a great story for anyone who loves basketball."
---Bob Houbregs, former Seattle Sonics general manager, NBA player, and UW player
“Brandon is a great role model for kids and anyone reading this book will see the hardships that he went through and that he’s playing again because he loves the game.”
----James Edwards, NBA player and Seattle native
"It gives me great pleasure to read a book about Brandon Roy, written by Dan Raley--two Seattle icons I know."
--Spencer Haywood, 12-year NBA player and five-time All-Star
“I want kids to read this book, see who I am, that I’m not just a basketball player.”
----Brandon Roy, three-time NBA All-Star and Rookie of the Year
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Seattle native Dan Raley is an award-winning writer and the author of Tideflats to Tomorrow: The History of Seattle’s Sodo and Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers.
A graduate of Western Washington University, Raley currently is a homepage editor for MSN.com after working for the Skagit Valley Herald, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His writings also have appeared in Athlon magazines, Golf Magazine, Golf World, Golf Journal, Travel and Leisure magazine, the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, MLB.com and ESPN.com.
Raley resides with his wife and two daughters in North Bend, Wash.