About the Author
First of all, there is some confusion about this Dream Team book. I never wrote one before, even though if you Google “Dream Team Book” or “Jack McCallum,” there are references to a previous one written back in 1992. I don’t know why that continues to appear and wish it would disappear. The upcoming book is the first one I wrote about the Dream Team and will presumably be the only.
Before Dream Team, I wrote Seven Seconds or Less, which has a long subtitle I don’t really care for. Many people have said nice things about it, so I’m not about to argue with them. I will say that it would be hard to find a more inside-the-locker-room sports book, considering the unfettered access I was given by coach Mike D’Antoni and the rest of the Phoenix Suns organization. I owe them a great debt.
In similar fashion, I followed the Boston Celtics over the course of the 1990-91 season that resulted in a book called Unfinished Business, which also has a long subtitle you don’t need to memorize. The book examined the legendary franchise from within, a precursor to Seven Seconds, and I was fortunate to be around Bird in the twilight of his career.
I also co-wrote a 2005 novel, Foul Lines, with a Sports Illustrated colleague named L. Jon Wertheim. If you’re ever considering co-writing a book, find someone smarter than yourself to partner with, as I did with Jon.
I also wrote a book about my bout with cancer. It’s called The Prostate Monologues, and I’ve been told that it’s not only kind of funny but also helped some men (and women) in their struggle with this common form of cancer.
Next week, Bleeding Orange, a book I wrote with Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, will hit bookstores. It’s in his voice but I had something to do with it. And though Jim never looks like a ton of laughs, I had a great time doing it.
I was a writer at Sports Illustrated for almost 30 years and, after taking a buyout, I am now listed as a Special Contributor. Leaving SI was my own choice because I was tired of traveling and didn’t want to be one of those guys hanging around talking about how great it was covering the NBA in the Magic/Bird/Jordan Era. (Although I talk about it extensively in Dream Team, and, yes, it was pretty great.) I treasure my ongoing relationship with one of the greatest magazines in history. The fact that I chronicled pro hoops for SI is the main reason that I won the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005. My name is on a plaque somewhere in that building in Springfield, Mass.; bring reading glasses to find it.
I have a degree in English from Muhlenberg College, earned many years ago, and a master’s degree in English Literature from Lehigh University, also earned many years ago. Roughly every other semester I teach a course called “Sport, Culture and Media” at Muhlenberg.
My wife, Donna, is a happily retired teacher. My oldest son, Jamie, is a college professor at Middlebury, and my younger, Chris, is a farmer in Pennsylvania. Chris and his partner, Jill, have two children named Oliver Blue (going on 5) and Eudora Lee (going on 2). A s a doting grandfather, it took all my powers of restraint not to include photos of Little O and Little E on this website, though they are available upon request.