Kemba Walker’s Book Club

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Scene: Kemba Walker's apartment in Storrs, Conn. Other top NBA Draft prospects are gathered in his living room.

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Walker: I want to thank you all again for agreeing to be part of my book club. As you all know, my admission that I had only read one book in my life got a lot of press coverage. So I thought maybe other players like me were in the same boat and could really benefit from digging into the classics.

Kyrie Irving: I am glad to be a part of your club. I was only at Duke for a year and I spent so much time on basketball that I didn't do much reading at all. Really any reading at all.

Walker: I hear you. That's how it is. We're all work so hard to get to the NBA, to raise our draft prospects, to get that big contract that will have us set for life, that we don't take much time to put all that aside and spend a week on a great work of fiction.

Derrick Williams: It definitely takes time. I haven't worked out in days because of this book.

Walker: Yes. This book. It was a tough one. But I thought we should start in the deep water. Ulysses by James Joyce. What did you all think?

Brandon Knight: I never read anything like this at Kentucky. This was the hardest book I've ever seen. I'd find myself reading and re-reading the same pages, the same paragraphs, the same sentences over and over and over again until they made any sense at all.

Josh Selby: Me too. But I felt all the hard work was rewarding when I finally could understand what Joyce was saying. It's difficult. But art doesn't have to be easy.

Jimmer Fredette: In researching the novel to supplement my own reading, I learned that it is considered Modernist. And the style that I initially struggled to grasp is experimental and stream-of-consciousness. Armed with those insights, my second and third attempts at reading the book had more success.

Markieff Morris: I know we are trying to get away from basketball in this book club, but I found the stream-of-consciousness style reminded me of the game we all love. We might have set structures as far as the court dimensions and plays that we run, just as Joyce had an established language and the page, but beyond that there is uncertainty and cacophony and it's up to us to fill the space and make sense of it. So Ulysses is it's own entity, but it's basketball. It's also jazz. And it's life.

Kyrie Irving: Great points, Markieff. Kemba, tell us what you thought about the book? You haven't said anything.

Walker: The book? I didn't read it. Not a word. While you guys were all busy reading, I was working on my game. In fact, I developed this new crossover move that takes me down to the baseline for a step-back jumper that is completely impossible to defend. You should see it. It's awesome.

Kyrie Irving: Dammit.

Walker: But I'll be sure to let all of the NBA lottery teams know that you guys are all really literary and intellectually well-rounded. I'm sure they'll be super impressed.

Derrick Williams: Crap.

Walker: So for next week's reading, if you all want to do it, please read all of the upcoming articles about my draft stock rising. Okay? Book club meeting adjourned.
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