Magloire: Hardwood to hardcover

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

The unlikely journey from Scarborough to NBA all-star has been a long one for Jamaal Magloire of the Portland Trail Blazers, and soon, curious fans can read all about it.

Magloire, a significant factor with 10 rebounds in yesterday's 93-83 victory over the Raptors, gets the biography treatment in Toronto lawyer and writer David Goldstein's new book -- Jamaal Magloire: A Biography.

The book, available next month chronicles the 6-foot-11 centre's ascent from most-hyped player in Toronto high school basketball history, to an NCAA champion at the University of Kentucky and an NBA career that has included a trip to the 2004 all-star game.

Goldstein, who also writes stories for the Cincinnati Enquirer when ex-Cinci Bearcats take on the Raps, got the idea for the book from Magloire's near MVP performance in that all-star match.

"People were like: 'Where did this guy come from," Goldstein said. "I felt a sense of pride and wondered why there wasn't more attention on him."

Indeed, the public has been slow to embrace the only Canadian NBA all-star not named Steve Nash.

Goldstein speculates this may be because Magloire has never suited up for Team Canada, unlike Nash, and has done most of his work in the community away from the media's spotlight.


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