“In this fraught time of cutthroat business and financial dealings, racial animosity, and heartless political leaders, Dave’s remarkable story has lessons for us all.” —Jalen Rose, former professional basketball player, current analyst for ESPN
A narrative of chance and purpose that touches all corners of society to tell the improbable tale of one man looking for something greater.
A young, Black kid from one of the poorest sections of Washington, D.C., despite being legally blind in one eye, develops into a Hall of Famer. A rookie bank teller rises to become a business leader. A once-reluctant political neophyte answers the call to become mayor of Detroit and establishes a mentoring program for Black teens that serves as a model for the nation. All of these stories belong to one man: Dave Bing.
In Attacking the Rim, Bing shares this multifaceted personal saga with a rare combination of modesty, moxie, and self-belief. Reflecting on his playing days with the Pistons, Bullets, and Celtics, Bing takes readers inside the exciting world of pro basketball at the moment when sensational athletes were turning a low-budget game into a high-powered, multimillion-dollar entertainment spectacle.
From inside the Detroit mayor’s office, he offers a firsthand look at the city’s monumental challenges, including debt, corruption, unemployment, infrastructure, and the daily choices between the lesser of evils. And finally, he takes us through the mentoring foundation he’s created, cutting through the red tape of charitable work to achieve fundamental change in the young men of Detroit.
Dave Bing’s story is one of unbelievable perseverance and success, and in it he shares the lessons for personal growth and excellence he’s learned along the way.
About the Author
Dave Bing played for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets, and Boston Celtics, and was inducted into the elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990.
“Dave’s story is one of overcoming hardship, maximizing opportunities, and constantly giving to those who are in need. It’s a story, I am sure you, like me, will find inspiring.” —Mike Tirico, American sportscaster working for NBC