The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy

by Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell

Random House Publishing Group | October 27, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy is rated 3 out of 5 by 1.

Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
 
Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*

*Including even more footnotes!

Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.

Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 27, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345513118

ISBN - 13: 9780345513113

Found in: Sports and Fitness

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Educating, but excessive banter To tell you the truth I haven't heard of Bill Simmons until I discovered this book. But I decided to give it a read because I am a huge NBA fan yet know nothing of its history. I talked to a few friends who say they read his ESPN blogs all the time, but would not read a book by him due to his narrative style which does not flow very well. After finishing this book I agree with them. His writing style appears that he is simply typing up a narrative in a casual conversation with him doing all the talking. This kind of style is better suited for the short articles he writes in his everyday job, but not for a novel. I learned everything I needed to know about the history of the NBA and its storied history, including detailed profiles (the story, not just the stats) of its greatest players and most dominant teams. I have a lot of respect for his knowledge and love for basketball and the NBA, but his writing style was a bit excessive. And he used way too many footnotes, which was just plain annoying. In summary, I would recommend this book to anyone eager to learn the history of the NBA. Bill Simmons provides excellent insight through his first-hand accounts and thousands of hours of watching tape, which he does as part of his job as ESPN sportswriter. He goes way beyond the stats and looks at the intangibles that made players and teams great. Just don't expect a well written book.
Date published: 2010-04-02

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The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy

by Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: October 27, 2009

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0345513118

ISBN - 13: 9780345513113

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Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
 
Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*

*Including even more footnotes!

Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.

Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

About the Author

In 2005, Time named Malcolm Gladwell one of its 100 most influential people. He is the author of three books, each of which reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller list. They are: The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. His fourth book, What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures was published in 2009. He is a is a British-born Canadian journalist and author. Gladwell was a reporter for the Washington Post from 1987 to 1996, working first as a science writer and then as New York City bureau chief. Since 1996, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker. He graduated with a degree in history from the University of Toronto's Trinity College in 1984.