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The Sixth Man

Written by: Andre Iguodala,Carvell Wallace
Narrated by: Sullivan Jones,Andre Iguodala
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Publisher's Summary

The instant national best seller 

The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors.

Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger. 

Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too - for his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core. 

The Sixth Man traces Andre’s journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African-American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed. 

On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.

©2019 Andre Iguodala (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“The best basketball memoir since Bill Russell’s Go up for Glory...a sports memoir for the ages.” (Booklist, starred review) 

“A riveting read by one of the NBA’s sharpest minds.” (Forbes)

“Iguodala's story is a compelling and important one that provides a glimpse into what people of color face, from little boys to the height of stardom, in a country ‘designed to wreak absolute havoc on the confidence of black people.’” (Shelf Awareness)

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Amazing Listen!

Truly one of the greatest 6th man of all time. Incredible and yet inspiring come up. Simply, a great listen.

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A different lens

This books was designed to show you how the NBA works from a players perspective. Great job

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Beautiful

An amazing look inside the life of an NBA champ. Well written, well told. Thanks Andre

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Loved it

So insightful, honest and unapologetically black. NBA player who will not be defined by his career A truly human perspective

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Meh!

Good half is good. Next half is meh. Skips aspect his career! Having the successful career he did, he doesn't share the nuisances of his success. Your reading some1s rant

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Brilliant

You love basketball you’ll love this book!
You love a good story you’ll love this book!
You love inside Information you’ll love this book!
Andre Iguodala is a very smart man!

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  • JKay
  • 2019-07-08

Lost its legs in the 4th

Started strong and interesting as we get a look at Andre's youth and history coming up, but ended boring and tiring while he basically airs every grievance he has in life/basketball...His grievances may be valid, it's just not that interesting to listen to.

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  • Sara R.
  • 2020-03-12

You don't need to be a sports fan

I read this because a relative of mine was reading it and I wanted to be able to talk to him about it.

I am really glad I did. It was not a subject I usually spend much time on, but Mr. Iguodala's story from high school to the NBA was fascinating. I have seen him play, so that added another level of interest.
There were aspects about being an athlete at all levels I was completely ignorant about. He was positive about his experiences and the people he worked with. I liked that, it was classy.

So, if you want to wow someone with some deep sports background, well, this is the book for you. Also, I really enjoyed how much fun I had talking with my cousin about it.

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  • N Franklin
  • 2019-07-01

amazing insight

I really enjoyed this book. I really enjoyed here in the struggle not only as an athlete but as a black athlete growing from level to level

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  • Eric Jue
  • 2019-07-01

Great listen

Aside from the few name pronunciation blunders, the book gives excellent insight on the life that of a pro basketball player.

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  • Audrey
  • 2019-06-27

Insightful and entertaining

If you’ve ever wondered about the life of an NBA athlete, this book is for you. Andre explains the feelings, objectification, luxuries, injuries, and cons of being an athlete in the NBA. You could watch a million press interviews with athletes and not begin to grasp a portion of what it means to be in the NBA or just an athlete in general. I highly recommend this book to anyone who’s curious about the life, looking for inspiration, or simply a great autobiography.

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  • Trancye Foster
  • 2022-01-22

A Basketball Fan

This was a great story. Thank you Andre for the truth behind those coveted walls. Being rich doesn't mean your job is always great, that the powers that be use and abuse the bodies of the players for their benefit and for much higher profit than the money y'all make.
More importantly, thanks for sharing a part of your life with us!

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  • Zach McKenzie
  • 2021-07-05

Thought Provoking

This book tells the story of basketball like I never expected. There is so much nuance to the experience of professional athletes, especially when it comes to race, that I had no idea existed. I love sports and intake it constantly through news, highlights, podcasts, and watching games. This is helping me rethink the stories I'm told and to have a better eye for it myself and the player experience.

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  • Rebekah Ekstrom
  • 2021-04-04

Amazing life lessons to be learned

I so enjoyed this book-Andre has incredible perspective on life, and truly what has both been gained and lost in being an NBA star. After listening to this book, I couldn’t stop thinking about it, I felt like there are many meaningful lessons from his life that can be applied to mine and to those of my children. This book is more than an autobiography, it is an experience.

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  • Richard Woltjer
  • 2022-12-22

Way beyond basketball. Intelligent, thoughtful, an incredible listen!

Who would have known that Andre Iguodala was this insightful and accomplished human being, besides being an highly accomplished and awarded college and NBA basketball player.

Listening to Iguodala’s story is like drinking gullet-comforting smooth whiskey. It goes down easy and warms the body and heart. He never spews platitudes, surfs the waves of political or racial discourse. He’s real, honest and imminently likable.

What an unexpected gift. I bought The Sixth Man because I love basketball. It’s an acquired mistress, picked up at 50 years old, never having touched a ball before. Spent two years on a rec team which tolerated my inept play as I passionately learned the game. Now, nearly 20 years later, at 69, I’m good as some passable high school players, and getting better with each passing year, and feeling the continued wear and tear on every lower joint in my body. Surgeries later, my basket-balling future is short. But, I love this game and will sacrifice much to eke out a few more years on the hardwood.

This book is a joyful combination of basketball reality, the discipline it takes to compete at the highest level, Iguodala’s Black experience, and spiritual living.

It’s been a heartwarming and powerful first “read,” that I’ll come back to again and again. Thank you Andre
Iguodala.

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  • Eric Vishnevetsky
  • 2022-12-20

Good story, easy listen

Wish there were more details, have loved Andre since he was a Sixer, he has more story to tell