Long Shot (Paperback)

The Struggles and Triumphs of an NBA Freedom Fighter

By Craig Hodges, Rory Fanning

Haymarket Books, 9781608467426, 220pp.

Publication Date: November 8, 2017



From Michael Jordan to George Bush Sr., Craig Hodges has never been shy about speaking truth to power--and it cost him dearly. In the prime of his career Hodges was blackballed from the NBA for using his platform as professional athlete to stand up against racism and economic exploitation. In this well-told, passionate, and historically literate memoir, Hodges shares the stories--to include his encounters with Nelson Mandela, Coretta Scott King, Jim Brown, R Kelly, Michael Jordan and more--of his life-long crusade to improve the conditions for African Americans.

About the Author

Craig Hodges played in the NBA for ten seasons, in which he led the league in three-point shooting percentage three times. He won two NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls in 1991 and 1992, and is a three-time Three Point Contest champion at All-Star weekend. Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is the author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military. Dave Zirin is the sports editor for the Nation and the author of Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down. Named one of UTNE Reader's "Fifty Visionaries Who Are Changing Our World," Zirin is a frequent guest on MSNBC, ESPN, and Democracy Now! He hosts WPFW's The Collision with Etan Thomas and has been called "the best sportswriter in the United States," by Robert Lipsyte.