Harvey Araton, who went on to write for The New York Times, shares the story of his decadeslong friendship with Michelle Musler. ... the book is downright charming and comes off precisely as intended: a tribute to a remarkable woman who played a tremendous role in the life of the author, and who was a largely unknown but highly influential on-the-sidelines figure during this period of Knicks basketball ... This is a memoir about life as much as about sports, although the ever-wise Musler would have likely argued that the two are inherently connected. As Araton recalls, she 'loved sports because she always thought a single game, segmented into stages, was a microcosm of life, with a beginning, a middle, and an end.' ... This heartfelt story of friendship is one to be savored.
,.. a deeply moving memoir about their extraordinary friendship, as well as a look back at an earlier era of sports journalism and fandom, when evening newspapers thrived and ordinary folk -- not just the 1 percenters -- could afford courtside seats.
A sportswriter pays tribute to one of professional basketball’s most passionate fans ... At its best, the book shows Musler and Araton addressing universal questions—whether they lived honorable lives, made lasting contributions, or spent enough time with family ... A wise if occasionally rarefied look at the forms that love can take.