It's Hard for Me to Live with Me: A Memoir

It's Hard for Me to Live with Me: A Memoir

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A powerful memoir from the University of Kentucky basketball legend, NBA veteran, and social media influencer about his recovery from addiction

He is considered by many the greatest basketball player ever produced by the hoops-crazy state of Kentucky

In two years at the University of Kentucky, he scored over 1,000 points, led the Wildcats to a Sweet Sixteen appearance and was nicknamed “King Rex.” The first player ever drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, he spent twelve seasons in the NBA, dazzling in dunk contests and sinking one of the most memorable buzzer-beaters in league history

But by the end of his career, Rex Chapman was harboring a destructive secret

Years before America’s opioid crisis would become national news, Chapman developed a dependency on Vicodin and Oxycontin, ultimately ingesting fifty painkillers a day

In addition, he developed a severe gambling addiction, once nearly losing $400,000 at a Las Vegas blackjack table

All this would cost him his family as well as most of the $40 million fortune he’d made in basketball, leaving him to live in his car and shoplift to support his addictions

Only when he was arrested—and his mugshot made national news—did he finally commit to getting clean

In It’s Hard for Me to Live With Me, Chapman—who has amassed millions of social media followers for his relatable and uplifting posts—tells the story of his addiction and recovery in unflinching detail

With equal frankness, he describes his history with depression; the racism he witnessed growing up and how that shaped his outspokenness on matters of social justice; and his complex and volatile relationship with his father, also a former professional basketball player

Cowritten with New York Times bestselling author Seth Davis, Chapman’s memoir is an equally devastating and inspiring story about the human struggle for self-acceptance.

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