Jack MacCallum Writes About His Battle with Cancer

The legendary sportswriter's new book "The Prostate Monologues" covers his fight with the big C.
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-- four. They started slapping make up on my face and making -- Wear suits every day two. Who ply my trade I was a writer -- Sports Illustrated and it would for five of the very greatest years of my life I got to do something that I really -- thought. I would you forever I was inspired to do this because of folks like my next guest getting -- Jack. And great. How writers living. And something about did personal faith until Brecher I don't know there's -- -- guys -- pretty good for the and I -- -- special new book -- I do wanna talk to you about and it's about your experience fighting prostate cancer. You are your -- year and so deft. A keyboard. -- what was different about writing about this experience. Well I didn't know as much -- had to kind of call up doctors instead of coaches and what I found -- Josh was Howell. Easy it was to get to the top people in the world I mean last thirty years I've been trying to get to you know Michael Jordan Magic Johnson takes awhile. You can you can get a guy didn't get the best guide doctor Patrick Walsh of Johns Hopkins because they're set -- Interest in trying do you know bring understanding to the disease that even someone writing a book. That's allegedly -- rival -- They want to get the stuff to be accurate so. In many ways it was a different process but the end of the day it's still sitting down as -- -- used to say opening up a -- and getting in on the. And bleeding on of the paid -- was it. Did it help you deal with it did it help you deal with it every day to. Two to try to -- you know because I know that I was used to think when I was writing. You know the hardest -- is the first one when you stand -- that -- has -- first one. Makes you go in some direction what what was it like to do that. -- be talking about this well. In many respects I didn't want to make this mighty and many more people have suffered even when I'm called a survivor. It kinda makes me nervous I mean let me tell you who went through something Robin Roberts Jessica I didn't go through what Robin went through so the fact that I had a good. Outcome the fact that I had good people. Made this a lot easier that the tone I could take was sort of -- lighter side of cancer and that -- more fit. My style I had so I didn't want this to be a survivor story -- wanted to be information. And things to help people as well as you know tell a little bit of my own story. And so it's the prostate monologues and what's the reaction -- and thus far well a couple people of said. Aren't you afraid when you have the title that it would be mistaken for the vagina monologues I said exactly see that except that -- -- -- -- -- They could that sold about ten million -- us. So it was just the idea that people -- gonna talk about -- you know that men. Who don't really. I I don't know I don't have those statistics on whether men talk about their prospects. More than women talk about the vagina is but I suspect the latter is probably true. So I decided to -- get you know pieces science people against Israel's side. Factual based on cut somewhere on the Internet site and that adds that that is somewhere on the Internet & Associates just topple over open up a new went -- and whenever I find it right there. And and then clear your history. -- So -- having done it now. Did it hasn't changed you as a writer. Well Bob I think it probably eaten. It probably forced me to kinda wanna do other things this idea finding out information. When you do something for forty years which is what I did sports and in many ways you never get tired of it could you can do other things. But look at you you're complete transformation into something else and the idea of doing something. Where you have to examine a new area talked to -- people. Was was very refreshing and I'm looking forward to doing perhaps I'll get some with something you'll go wrong my spleen. One can only hope they'll have. Not the best selling book ever notice apparatus. Seriously I need notes on the we talk about at least occasionally I ain't. Very early on in my career at Sports Illustrated when really the first real road trip I took -- was the NFL playoffs and -- -- done in Jacksonville together and it was transformative. Experience for me to be able to to learn. To learn that at your -- so. -- you for everything needed for me touched the. Bryan is was -- he was and usually fired up for your parents tonight so we can also. Put -- a little basketball because we did reminisced. About the dream team -- it was interesting how do you. I'm just about thirty -- so this is what was interesting because. My expansion the dream team I was and I was in college 1992 in college and so I had grown up. Watching those players now at the end of their career but right for you -- -- you -- kids. I was a kid who was told that by my doctors that I was going to be 68. I was off the charts so I thought I was going to be in the NBA with -- these guys. We have the golden age. Barkley. Ewing Jordan. You know these guys who -- word just titles of mind out of that -- California. It settled on on broadcasting anybody doubts it. It's pretty close the candidate especially with the salaries so -- -- know we're we're we're good but it was a you know it was great food to read the stories in the dream team your book of course and and see how this team was put together this. You know legendary general. What's it like. To write the -- what was to revisit it especially considering and again. At the time. You you would you had been in the thick of -- your career covering -- a lot of ways. Dovetailed with the golden -- the magic in the Larry passing -- on Michael -- what was it what was it like for you to revisit 1992 all over again. Well that was it it was twenty years later and it turned out to be the perfect time because people develop. A perspective yes I mean -- look at it differently the one thing that was the one response it was unified. Was that this was a seminal. Experience for every one of those guys I mean. That it wasn't like get all I was in the past. I've won championships since then I got married -- No that was hate it it made me feel good that this was the right subject because. That subject was very important to all those guys they did have different looks at it twenty years later. But the consistent fact it was how important that was to many of these guys invalidating there. Career that you think of them -- ego driven athletes we can do anything Scottie Pippen Chris Mullin John Stockton the number guys that tell me. That hey. I knew that I belong to I knew that I arrived at -- on that team that was interest. I mean did the NBA Austrian especially back in the day was always my favorite because it was one where -- And especially players and that generations they took it seriously they really they played heartened me not -- lot of defense but it would still they wanted to win Matt demon the end. The what I loved about the dream team was that it was the ultimate one if it was the it was that all star game at its height and then you got to say though what -- all of those guys were on the scene. Team how would it work and and and worked it could've made that work and I'm biased drawn -- -- Los Angeles. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- I -- felt he made passing pool Magic Johnson noting that he was what I would say three guys four guys I would -- Chuck Daly the coach. I would say magic and Larry Bird who -- the leaders of the team and I would say Michael Jordan because he was able to step back. And say this is kind of Larry and -- sixteen but what we get on the court I'm still kind of the alpha dog it was it was Jordan's team. But you didn't know that -- today -- kind of paying homage to magic. And Larry for doing nothing less than -- savings. -- NBA which is what they did. And everybody had that recognition I will say. They played together for sixteen games over an 82 game season with egos in testosterone. And all that kind of stuff happening. There would have it was the perfect amount of time to be together it was a perfect time to be covering and I just. Happen to step in the history at that moment. Beautiful it was and it was phenomenal book books a year teaching now meal and birthday still lucky enough to have yet he writing as well and he projects you -- -- To us and productivity on the rebuilt. I'm going to be Dylan couple things for for Sports Illustrated just in the next. Next few months and just -- -- busy enough and look at for another. Disease gland right about. Who have prizes its Hoover you can you get the -- -- you can also get the prostate monologues very important book very important subject. And you can stay right here you can ordered on line. It's always those special -- -- tells us thanks --

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