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Book Review: They Called Me Cochise by John Leslie Fultz

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Every now and then I feel like reading a memoir. It is not too often that I do read them, but I thought it would be neat to read one of a basketball player. Since I don’t really get into sports that much, I figured I could read a good book, such as They Called Me Cochise by John Leslie Fultz, and also learn a little bit to impress my boyfriend. It turns out that he actually knew who John was and how he was named Cochise.

As I read this book, I gathered quickly that this is indeed a man’s read. John writes about his exciting basketball career as well as other things like money, sex, drugs, and rock and roll. John’s writing takes place in the 1970s when the aftermath of the ’60s-style hippie generation and “free love” lingers. I was born in the ’80’s so I wasn’t here to experience those times, but I got a rather grand idea of how it was back then.

They Called Me Cochise is fast-paced and I surely enjoyed reading it. I thought it was awesome that Fultz recalled so much detail about his life and most of the events like the scores of the games. I have to also say that I learned a little more about basketball as I could visualize the jump shots and other “zone” plays mentioned. They were described in a way I could surely follow and not feel like a complete airhead.

I did find myself a bit distracted by the editing errors. A good proofing would have done it so much good. I did find a lot, though some were very minor. I had also expected a little more detail about the meditation part of the book. The main focus was the history that led up to Fultz’ meditation. I think it takes a lot of courage to stand up to your buddies and give up the hard-core party life for yoga and meditating.

I found myself laughing out loud a lot through this book. I found it extra humorous that this was all written from the mind of a man. Groupies, drinking, doing a little drugs or maybe a lot… Being a woman, I got to read straight into the mind of a male athlete, the mind of a competitor, the mind of a long-haired hippie in the ’70s making his way around Europe doing exactly what he loves. It is exceptional to me that he wrote this book and, being it was a true story of his basketball career, it was just that good.

I was very impressed and amused for sure. I would recommend They Called Me Cochise to men who love basketball and women who want to read about what a man really thinks about. I think I even learned a few seduction tips mentioned from his Italian lovers!

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