“So, this is my story. The story of a Champ, who managed to escape Long Beach’s dark alleys and who, through receiving the appropriate directions, would find himself walking down the avenue of titles and success.
Through this book, I have tried to illustrate who Mike Batiste is, also beyond bounds. How I think, how I act; what makes me happy, what makes me sad; what thrills me and what inspires me, beyond four lines of a basketball court. I would like to believe, that you now have pure knowledge of my character and my personality. This has been my very goal, upon undertaking this project.”