The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy by Bill Simmons

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

byBill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell

Kobo ebook | October 27, 2009

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

Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict known to millions as’s The 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.

*Including even more footnotes!

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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 ...
Title:The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports GuyFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 27, 2009Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book about basketball Havent found a better book about basketball! Highly recommend
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from overblown Like Simmons himself, he puts way too much of himself in his writing. Frankly, I don't care that you attended all those Celtics' home games during the Bird era. I would have been more impressed if he didn't ignore the ABA. There are literally no ABA stars on his "list" of great players unless they subsequently continued their great play in the NBA after the merger. Also, this book needed editing in about half. Way too long like most of those old Page 3 columns the guy wrote for
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from chop it in half and you'd have a great book The ego that ate ESPN went way overboard biting off way more than he could chew with this tome. Like his old Page 2 and Grantl;and columns that went on with no editing in sight, the worst flaws of the man who cannot edit himself are exposed in this book. A lot of stuff in here is excellent but it's so full of filler, it's lost amidst the flotsam and jetsam. His statistical analysis is so inconsistent when he attempts to rank the greatest teams. Also, this is a basically a book on the NBA. The guy totally ignores the greats and great teams of the ABA let alone the pre-NBA or international play. Honestly, that made his weird obsessions on porn, The Shawshank Redemption and the WWE just fall flat in book form. Anyway, 715 pages is this paperweight.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Needed an editor #plumreview Maybe it's great for today's time and is meant to be read in chunks, but it sure seems to lack cohesion and focus. To be fair it is attempting to be the end all be all book on basketball and it is quite humourous and insightful at times, it just could've been pared down a lot.
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing, a must read if you consider yourself a die hard NBA fan. A bit long, but length was needed for what he aimed to cover.
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book of basketball It is a great book of basketball. Lot of information and numbers on the game and the best players ever. And more than that it reveals the secret of basketball ...
Date published: 2015-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simmons' Book of Basketball Best basketball book ever!
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