Journey Man: Celebrating an Unlucky, Unpredictable, and Undeniably Successful NBA Career (Hardcover)
Tom Van Arsdale was born in the great state of Indiana, the heartbeat of the game of basketball. He and his twin brother became Co-Mr. Basketball in the state, at Indianapolis Manual High School. Tom was an All American at Indiana University, and spent 12 years in the NBA, becoming a three time NBA All Star. At the age of 77, Tom wrote this book detailing his reflections of his time in the NBA.
Tom Van Arsdale holds two NBA Records: He's played the most games without a playoff appearance, and scored more points than anyone without a playoff appearance. It was rotten luck to break those records, but Tom's career is more than those unwitting accomplishments. In this memoir - spanning his amateur years in Indiana and 12 seasons in the NBA - Tom shares stories, dreams, and tall tales that reveal the true nature of his time in basketball. He discussed women with Wilt Chamberlain, caught assists from Oscar Robertson, and received a life-changing second chance from Dave DeBusschere. It wasn't always steady, glamorous, or easy. This isn't about a Hall of Famer or a superstar. This is a memoir by a journeyman. Prepare for a bumpy ride.