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Kemba Walker says he’s only read one book in his entire life

Apr 12, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT


To adapt an old joke, Kemba Walker says he’s finally finished his book. Reading it, not writing it. I have a feeling that Walker could be playing with us, or maybe he’s just a big fan of Cliffs Notes. But the UConn hoops sensation went on record in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated claiming that he has only read one book, cover-to-cover, in his life. From Tim Layden’s cover story:

He met with his campus tutor on Skype. And in his travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden’s Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, Crump suggested that Rhoden’s book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. “That’s true,” he said. “You can write that. It is the first book I’ve ever read.”

Before you say that it’s impossible to graduate from college, legitimately, without reading one book, I’ll have to disagree. Remember the term used here is “cover-to-cover,” which provides plenty of leeway. Textbooks aren’t going to count, and book reports and such, well, we’ve mentioned Cliffs Notes, and there’s skimming, etc. Walker is a sociology major, in case you’re wondering.

So it’s difficult, but possible to avoid reading an entire book. Although I have to wonder how Walker learned to read. “Yeah, I read most of Cat in the Hat, but I got bored and skipped to the end. Same thing with Sheep in a Jeep. I found the plot predictable and the narrative just failed to hold my interest.”

UPDATE: Well, not much chance that second book will get read, I’m afraid. Walker just declared for the NBA draft.

UConn Star Kemba Walker Has Read ONE Book In His Entire Life [Business Insider]

  1. smokehouse56 - Apr 12, 2011 at 7:28 PM

    He won’t need book where he is headed, to make millions in the NBA. But how can you live and learn without reading books. It’s nothing to brag about. I wish him much success in the NBC where book learning and foul shots have nothing in common. But gheeese man, read some books. I should know. I read a couple.