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Book Shelf: Windhorst Book Takes Deep Dive Into LeBron James

The book, released earlier this week, takes a close look at James’ various business dealings
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DIME's Bill DiFilippo noted ESPN's BRIAN WINDHORST's new book about LEBRON JAMES takes a "deeper dive into his off-court activities and how lessons learned over the course of his life" have gotten him to the "point where he is, perhaps, the savviest businessman of any professional athlete in the world today." "LEBRON INC.: THE MAKING OF A BILLION-DOLLAR ATHLETE," which was released on Tuesday, touches on a "number of moves James has made off the court, from his initial negotiations with sneaker companies at the start of his NBA career, to a series of shrewd business moves involving, among other organizations, Liverpool Football Club and Beats headphones." Windhorst gives as "comprehensive of a look as you will find into James’ various business dealings" (UPROXX.com, 4/8). Windhorst said, "One of the things that came up when I talked to MAVERICK CARTER about this project, He was like, 'Why are you writing this now? We’re only at the beginning. Our story is barely starting yet'" (CLEVELAND.com, 4/9).

HERE SHE COMES: In L.A., Kevin Baxter noted in former USWNT player ABBY WAMBACH's new book, “WOLFPACK: HOW TO COME TOGETHER, UNLEASH OUR POWER, AND CHANGE THE GAME,” the wolves in the story "are women." The book’s release this week "comes at a time when the U.S. women’s national team is suing its federation for what it believes to be inequality in pay, bonuses and working conditions -- the kinds of issues Wambach rails against." She said, “It’s totally serendipitous that this happened at the same time” (LATIMES.com, 4/6). In S.F., Ann Killion noted Wambach's book is an "expansion" of the '18 commencement address she gave to Barnard College that "went viral, with its inspirational message for women to come together, find their power and form a pack" (SFCHRONICLE.com, 4/10).

ALTERNATIVE READING: In Houston, David Barron noted NBC SPORTS' ANDREA JOYCE used the phrase "Men, She's Coming In" as the "title for her speech this week" at the Univ. of Texas' annual Frank Deford Lecture in Sports Journalism. She said, "It was about my unlikely journey through 30 years of sports broadcasting and a chance to reflect on what I've done and to look back at instances in my career" (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 4/5)....In Houston, Jerome Solomon noted former NFLer MARTELLUS BENNETT was in Houston this week introducing his just-published book "DEAR BLACK BOY," which is an "illustrated adaptation of a moving letter he wrote in the wake of the PHILANDO CASTILE and ALTON STERLING shootings" in '16 (HOUSTONCHRONICLE.com, 4/6).