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Thursday, 3 January, 2013 11:44 AM

'Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge' makes for an interesting read

Book cover credit: Human Kinetics Books

"Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge" by Drew Sharp is available in bookstores everywhere.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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Dave Bing was born on November 24, 1943 in Washington D.C. by Hasker and Juanita Bing. He was the second of four children. Sundays were devoted to the Lord. His father was a deacon at Mount Olive Baptist Church. His mother was a domestic person, her jobs were from cleaning houses to babysitting.

Bing was an impressive high school student with a grade point average of 4.0. It was there he took up basketball. Syracuse was the first college to offer him a scholarship, so he took it. He eventually became the best player in Syracuse.

In May 1964, Bing married Aaris, even though Coach Lewis had this policy that his players could not get married. He did well at Syracuse and made a legacy for himself.

A tremendous opportunity awaited him on May 11, 1966. He was chosen in the NBA draft to join the Detroit Pistons. The Motor City was considered to be basketball Siberia. They never filled more than 5,700 seats, not even when the popular Lakers came to town. However, he enjoyed a remarkable career as a professional basketball player. Bing formally announced his retirement in the summer of 1978.

After basketball, he founded Bing Steel. The successful steel company in Detroit. After a failed administration of Kwame Kilpatrick, Bing won the election from Ken Cockrel, City Council President and interim mayor. He was determined to conquer the mess he was dealt with and whatever challenges came his way. He wanted to make Detroit a great city. He devoted his life to improving this city and will continue til the end of his term.

The book, "Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge" tells the story of Bing's rich, full and inspiring life. What lessons did he learn?

Detroit Free Press sports columnist Drew Sharp wrote this nonfiction book. The foreward was written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a retired basketball player from the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

I found the book interesting and it kept my interest while reading it. I hope you will too.

Overall Rating: B

Dave Bing: A Life of Challenge is available at bookstores everywhere.

ISBN# 978-1616382575 / Publisher: Siloam / (May 1, 2012) / Paperback: 256 pages

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