Tag: David Stern

‘Vagrant Kings’ gets physical

“Vagrant Kings” is now in paperback. The best-selling e-book that brings readers behind the scenes as NBA Commissioner David Stern works to find a home for the Sacramento Kings has been released in partnership with the Sacramento Public Library’s I Street Press. Author R.E. Graswich is donating a percentage of paperback proceeds to the library’s…




‘Vagrant Kings’ rolls of press

First, the e-book shook up the NBA. Now comes the physical edition of the unprecedented inside story of David Stern and the Sacramento Kings. “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team,” which shot to the top of Amazon’s “hot new release” sports hoops list when  published as an e-book in September,…




Vagrant Kings: A story of dumb luck

In its first two weeks as an e-book, “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team,” has become one of America’s most controversial and best selling new sports books. I didn’t plan it that way. Two weeks ago, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of sales. And while I believed…




Author Gary Delsohn on ‘Vagrant Kings’

Five-Star Amazon review: “Though it hasn’t been noticed much by people outside Sacramento or Seattle, this books tells a great, behind the scenes story of a determined city’s uphill fight to keep its one major league sports franchise that should be of interest to sports fans anywhere in America. If you are curious about how…




‘Vagrant Kings’ Amazon best-seller

Less than 72 hours after its launch on Amazon, the e-book “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” is one of the hottest sports books in the United States. “Vagrant Kings” hit No. 6 on Amazon’s sports/basketball best-seller list three days after its release on September 22, 2013, the 71st birthday of…




‘Vagrant Kings’ now on Amazon

As promised, “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” is now available in e-edition on Amazon. http://amzn.to/19qMB6O The book, by veteran journalist R.E. Graswich, explores the unique relationship between NBA Commissioner Stern and Mayor Johnson as they strategize to anchor America’s most migratory sports team, the Sacramento Kings. The e-edition was…




“Vagrant Kings” release set for David Stern birthday, Sunday 9.22.13

What better date to launch the inside story of David Stern’s quest to save the Sacramento Kings than the NBA Commissioner’s birthday? Stern will turn 71 on Sunday, Sept. 22. I’m honoring the occasion by releasing “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team” on Amazon Kindle and iBooks for $8.99. The…




Vagrant Kings excerpt: (Preface) In Sacramento, Dying May Be Redundant

On September 16, 2011, a few days after returning home from Tennessee, where he exchanged wedding vows with Michelle Rhee in a rainy outdoor ceremony, Kevin Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, was on a speakerphone with David Stern, the commissioner of the National Basketball Association. The conversation was similar to many discussions by the two…




Sneak preview from “Vagrant Kings.” How Seattle blew it

A sneak preview from “Vagrant Kings: David Stern, Kevin Johnson and the NBA’s Orphan Team.” Download the book later this month: “But (Chris) Hansen’s quick-kill strategy carried a monumental risk. By agreeing to buy the Kings before the team was relocated, Hansen and (Steve) Ballmer were giving away the Maloof family’s strongest leverage point with…




Always judge a book by its cover

The first idea involved a stolen shopping cart filled with dirty, old Kings basketball gear. Above the cart, in navy blue letters, the words “Vagrant Kings.” The shopping cart routine seemed a little too high-concept for a book on the history of the Sacramento Kings franchise. So I decided to keep it simple when designing…