The Book of Basketball

The Book of Basketball

The NBA According to the Sports Guy

Book - 2009 | 1st ed.
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Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com's Sports Guy, offers in a single volume his wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine/ESPN Books, c2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
Branch Call Number: 796.323 SIM
Characteristics: xi, 715 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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OBINIE
Jul 22, 2016

Great book for all NBA fans!

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MarkMatsuzaki
Sep 05, 2015

Incredibly enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book to any fan of the NBA.

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ShariqB
Mar 16, 2013

Author Bill Simmons brings this book containing mass amounts of basketball knowledge. Dating all the way back to the ABA days, Simmons gradually plows through the most important times in basketball and the people involved. Almost every page contains footnotes which tell their own story. This book gives a perspective of how the game of basketball was played in the past and how it is now, and it offers many comparisons between past and present players. Simmons has been around basketball for his whole life and the stories he shares are very enjoyable. One of the most interesting sections of this book is the ranking of the best players of all-time. Every player has their own set of paragraphs followed by Simmons’ explanation of why they should be placed where they are. The player also has his accomplishments listed to gain a sense of what they had or have done over their career thus far. Also, Simmons tackles the debate of Bill Russell vs. Wilt Chamberlain and looks at the debate from many angles. It should be pointed out that Simmons grew up a Celtics fan and will always bleed green, so this causes some bias throughout the book. Nothing too harsh though. Overall, if you are a hardcore basketball fan this is the book for you.

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BDot10
Dec 30, 2011

Fantastic work.

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fortunecookie
Aug 18, 2010

Bill Simmons is arguably the oracle of basketball history. How else do you describe someone who has invested this much time and energy into producing a nearly 700 page tome, ranking the all-time best teams, players, and merits of each season’s MVP?

The footnotes are fantastic – particularly funny are those that reference Isiah, Rick Barry (a real choad, that teammates and opponents disliked), Dennis Johnson, and Kobe.

There is a strong Celtic bias (Simmons grew up watching games at The Garden as a kid) and naturally, an anti-Lakers theme (especially Kareem) at times, but it certainly didn’t take away my enjoyment in reading this colossal compendium.

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Angelo
Apr 30, 2010

If you are a true fan of Basketball than this is the book for you. Anything that has or will happen in the Association (NBA), has been well documented here. The author has a bias towards anything Celtic (having grown up in Boston, but has written a well thought out novel.

Well worth the time spent.

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googoo88
Aug 14, 2011

googoo88 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 20 and 43

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googoo88
Aug 14, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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