Book DetailsAuthor: By Artis Gilmore
With Mark Bruner and Reid Griffith Fontaine
Hardcover: 176 pages
Product Dimensions: 6” x 9”
Retail Price: $21.95
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Book DescriptionIN HERE COMES THE A-TRAIN!,
basketball legend Artis Gilmore takes a deep, introspective look at the important life lessons that took him from his rural Florida upbringings to the pinnacle of success in professional basketball. Dubbed "The A-Train" in comparison to the Chicago transit line, there was a time when Artis ruled the game…when protecting the rim and grabbing rebounds were taken for granted. Anyone who drove the lane against the A-Train paid a price. A gentle giant?...opposing teams would disagree!
Named Rookie of the Year, ABA Champion with the Kentucky Colonels, 11-time All-Star, and member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2011), Artis knows that true success in life is not about wins and losses, but learning that mastering the small things and overcoming difficult moments are the true keys to greatness.
Artis also looks back at highs and lows of his basketball career, from Carver High School, Jacksonville University, the Kentucky Colonels, and his days in the NBA, including an inside look at other legends of the game throughout his 18-year career.
Here Comes the A-Train! is the perfect gift for any basketball fan, and provides sound advice for success in all walks of life.
Artis Gilmore is a legendary Hall of Fame basketball player and one of only a small handful of basketball greats to have demonstrated persistent dominance in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. He is widely regarded as one of the most talented and skilled big men in the history of the game. Artis was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.
Mark Bruner is the 30-year owner of J4 Communications, a sales and marketing communications agency. He continues to play amateur basketball after 61 years of trying. He helped establish Still Here Basketball, Inc., a non-profit charitable organization, dedicated in part to helping young basketball players in financial need.
REID GRIFFITH FONTAINE
Reid Griffith Fontaine is a clinical psychologist, criminal lawyer, and forensic research consultant. He has held scientist and professor appointments at Duke University, University of Arizona, University of Rome and Florida State University, and has published more than 35 peer-reviewed articles in interdisciplinary law and behavioral science. His first book, The Mind of the Criminal, was published in 2012 by Cambridge University Press. He currently holds a Visiting Research Fellow appointment at Duke University.
Praise for Here Comes the A-Train!
“Artis Gilmore always brought out the best in me on the basketball court. However, as much as we competed there, our time off the court with family and friends has cemented a lifetime friendship. Congratulations to my brother – ‘The A-Train’.”
“Artis is one of the greatest shot blockers in the history of the game. Anyone who can block a jump shot from the corner gets my total respect. I saw Artis do this on numerous occasions while playing against him in the ABA. He also was a great scorer and rebounder, but he’s even a better person. Artis is a Hall of Famer both on and off the court.”
“Artis was one of the greatest centers in basketball history, a true Hall of Fame player and a great teammate.”
“Artis was one of the all time great centers in basketball history. An extraordinary shot blocker and rim protector, outstanding rebounder and an excellent scorer. And most importantly, a terrific teammate.”
“As one of the few men tall enough to look me straight in the eyes, Artis stood head and shoulders above most other players.
What a wonderful opportunity for more people to get to know about the extraordinary career and life of The A-Train.”
— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Colonels celebrate history and hope pro hoops returns
Posted: May 01, 2018 7:18 PM CDTUpdated: May 01, 2018 7:18 PM CDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Kentucky Colonels franchise died with the ABA, but the passion from fans appears to be alive and well.
Hundreds of fans lined up at the Kentucky Fair and Expo Center Tuesday night to get autographs from members of all nine Colonels teams. The event was part of a celebration marking the 50thanniversary of the founding of the team.
“We had some games there weren’t that many people in the stands watching us,” Dan Issel said while checking out the line of fans waiting to meet the players.
Issel, who played for the Colonels from 1970 to 1975, is now the president of NBA to Louisville, an organization dedicated to bringing an NBA franchise to the Derby City. Issel said originally, it appeared the issue was finding an ownership group to finance a team. He says since being named president of the movement in February, he’s discovered that’s not necessarily the case.
“There are a lot of people out there who are interested in owning an NBA team, a number of people interested in owning an NBA team in Louisville. That’s not going to be the big hurdle. The big hurdle’s going to be is if the NBA decides to expand and what our competition is going to be,” Issel said.
Artis Gilmore, who played for the 1974-75 Kentucky team that won the ABA championship, believes the turnout for Tuesday’s event is evidence that there’s still passion for professional basketball in Louisville.
“They love basketball here and they love being competitive and that’s probably part of the reason, hopefully very soon, they’ll be able to receive another franchise here in Louisville,” Gilmore said.
The Kentucky Colonels and Louisville City FC are the honorary grand marshals for the 2018 Pegasus Parade.
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