Buzz Bissinger — the respected sports author whose work includes Friday Night Lights, which inspired the movie and TV show — has given a mixed review to the LeBron autobiography Shooting Stars, which Bissinger co-wrote with Akron’s favorite son.
In a New Republic piece posted Monday, Bissinger explains, “Shooting Stars was far from the best book I had ever written; the compromises of such collaboration, written in the first person of James and subject to his approval, had always shamed me. I did it for the money, because all writers, or at least those who don’t want to die, also have to eat. But I also did it because it was an inspirational coming-of-age story involving LeBron and the four teammates who had become his brothers through high school.” — D.X. Ferris