Books

I once stood in line for a very long time at the Barnes and Noble at Crabtree Valley Mall for the chance to get Dean Smith to sign my copy of his first book. At the time, I thought it would be incredibly cool to get to write a book about Carolina basketball. Luckily, the very talented players and coaches of the UNC basketball program have now enabled me to do that multiple times.

Now, just in time for Christmas, two of Carolina’s greatest players have teamed up to let us sell signed books and also give back to a very good cause. When you buy the Best Game Ever/Redemption combo, you’ll receive a paperback copy of Best Game Ever signed by Lennie Rosenbluth and an Adam Lucas-signed copy of Redemption. We’ll also donate $10 from every purchase (the combo costs $70, which includes shipping) to the Eric Montross Father’s Day Basketball Camp. You get two signed books, one of which is signed by one of the greatest players in Carolina history, Eric’s camp makes a little money, and you’ve got plenty of Tar Heel reading to enjoy or give as a gift. The two-book package is $70. Lennie’s signatures are unable to be personalized, but Adam can write most anything you want–including See Ya Later Big Grits–on your copy of Redemption. Again, here’s your link for the combo. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU INCLUDE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF YOUR ORDER.

Here’s a link to my Amazon author page, and here’s a quick summary of each book:

Redemption: This book, the behind the scenes story of the 2017 Tar Heel national championship, is available for preorder now at the above link. Use promo code 01CHAMPS to get $5 off. This book will take you inside that team group text you’ve heard so much about, have insights from the players and coaches you’ve never heard before, and have a wide variety of behind-the-scenes photos that no one has seen before. It will be released in mid-October.

TO ORDER A SIGNED COPY OF REDEMPTION: Follow this PayPal link to send your order via PayPal. Make sure you include how you want the book signed and where it should be shipped. Books typically go out the same week the order is placed. Books are $40 apiece (includes shipping), so if you want multiple books, multiply your total number of books by $40 to get your order total. PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR SHIPPING ADDRESS IN THE COMMENTS SECTION OF YOUR ORDER.

Going Home Again: The first book I ever wrote. I went to every game and many practices during Roy Williams’ first season back at Carolina. At the time, I don’t think I had any idea of what a historic transition was being made. The players and coaches involved were very generous with their time and I loved getting to write the kind of book I would’ve wanted to read as a fan–an in-depth look at a very important season for Tar Heel basketball.

Led By Their Dreams: And less than 12 months later, I was helping write a book about virtually that same group winning a national title. One definitely led to the other. Steve Kirschner, Matt Bowers and I got to sit down with every player and coach to talk about the 2005 national championship season, which was a terrific experience.

The Best Game Ever: This one has gotten more important to me as time has progressed. It was a lot of fun getting to learn more about–and write about–a team I’d always heard about from my father. I also hope this book gave some publicity to what I consider to be one of the most underrated teams in college basketball history.

The Road to Blue Heaven: No player had ever really written a season-in-the-life book about being a Carolina basketball player. Wes Miller changed that. It would be interesting to go back now, with Wes’ experience as a head coach, and see how his perspective has changed on some of the issues he faced as a player.

One Fantastic Ride: This was the first time I kept notes during the season with the thought that there might be a post-season championship book in the works. Again working with Steve and Matt, this was a fun way to chronicle one of the best teams in UNC basketball history.

A Century of Excellence: I’m still a little amazed that when Carolina Basketball turned 100 years old, I was able to help write the official book. 12-year-old Adam would’ve been amazed that Adult Adam was able to call dozens of former players and coaches to talk about their experiences as Tar Heels. I’m afraid I may not be around to write the 200-year book, so I’m proud of this one.

A Tar Heel Voice: Here’s what I had to do for this project: sit in Woody Durham’s den and listen to him tell stories about his life and Carolina athletics. It was an honor that Woody and Jean were willing to work with me on this book.