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Mike Carey worked nineteen years at the Boston Herald, serving as news editor, then sports editor, and finally as Celtics beat writer during the Larry Bird era. In addition, he wrote the annual NBA draft preview for The Sporting News and was a regular contributor to Basketball Digest and Hoop Magazine. He is also the author of several books on basketball, including Boston Celtics: Where Have You Gone? Bob Costas is a long-time broadcaster who has covered every major American sporting event throughout his career, as well as the winter and summer Olympics Games. His first job out of college was as the play-by-play man for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association (ABA), where he first met Marvin Barnes. Over the course of his career he has won twenty-six Emmy awards and has been voted Sports Broadcaster of the Year a record eight times. In 2012, Costas was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.


"Brutally honest, tragic, and fascinating, Carey's grim cautionary tale exposes the highs and lows of the complex basketball superstar." --Publishers Weekly "So here's the happiest, saddest, craziest basketball tale you're going to read for a long, long time. Marvin Barnes worked at a different syncopation from the rest of us, candle always lit at both ends, heart beating to its own rhythm. Nobody--absolutely nobody--was closer to him on his many travels than Mike Carey. Lucky for us, Mike Carey can write like a demon. This is a terrific book." --Leigh Montville, New York Times bestselling author of Ted Williams and The Big Bam "Mike Carey captures the essence of Barnes in an interesting read. Marvin's talent was limitless but so were his demons. "Bad News" is a very insightful book about one of the most gifted players of his day." --Mike D'Antoni, Former Spirits teammate and longtime NBA head coach ""Bad News" is an exceptional and memorable read. Carey, one of our country's sports writing treasures, has masterfully recounted a classic cautionary tale." --Dan Forer, Emmy award-winning producer of ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Free Spirits ""Bad News" should be a must-read for every sports fan. It's the story of a supremely gifted pro basketball player who gained fame and riches at a young age, only to lose all his self-respect and his entire fortune in a few short years due to a self-destructive nature and addictions to cocaine and heroin. The book chronicles the many years Barnes spent in prison, his humiliating struggle to survive as a homeless person, and the events that led to his death of a drug overdose at the age of sixty-two. Poignantly written by Mike Carey, the book should serve as a warning to today's athletes and those to come." --M. L. Carr, former Celtics president and a teammate of Barnes in St. Louis and Detroit "Mike Carey didn't simply research the story of the talented and troubled Marvin Barnes. Carey saw it firsthand for nearly forty years. The result is a compelling look at a mercurial life." --Buck Harvey, San Antonio Express "Carey captures it all. Barnes' floppy hats, his leather bells, his parading around town with the most gorgeous women in his silver, glistening Rolls-Royce with a red mobile phone long before ANYONE had a mobile phone. He goes back to the beginning and takes you through a ride in that Rolls. It's a ride that is exciting and astonishing but incredibly predictable and ultimately sad." --Terry Lyons, Digital Sports Desk

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