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Tamika Catchings Launches New Book, “Catch a Star,” at NBA Store

Though 2016 will be Tamika Catchings’ last year playing pro basketball, the multi-talented 36-year-old has been active in searching for her next career move.

This week, she added another note to her decorated resume: published author.

Catchings visited the NBA Store on Fifth Avenue on Thursday to sign copies of her new autobiography, “Catch A Star: Shining Through Adversity to Become a Champion. The book, which became available nationwide on March 1, focuses on “her childhood, struggles with hearing loss and bullying, founding the Catch the Stars Foundation, and journey to being named one of the WNBA’s top 15 players in history.”

“One of the main reasons I wrote the book was so many people would say, ‘I wish I could take your message with me, that there was something tangible I could refer to in sharing it with somebody else,'” Catchings told ESPNW’s Mechelle Voepel. “And that’s what got me thinking. We already did a kids’ book, ‘Dreams are for Catching.’ Now I want people to go through my journey with me through this book.

“I try to be very straightforward and direct in the book. Nowadays, so many kids want stuff given to them. It’s not that easy. You have to work for every single thing. Some people look at us, as professional athletes and all the great things we have done, and I’m explaining that this happened because of doing A, B, C, etc., and not just randomly.”

Catchings Q&As: | Excelle Sports