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

Format:  Paperback,

734 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Dec 2010

ISBN-13: 9780345520104

ISBN-10: 0345520106

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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.

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Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Dec 2010
ISBN-13: 9780345520104
ISBN-10: 0345520106
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 734
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.0
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Biography of Gladwell, Malcolm

Malcolm Gladwell, non-fiction writer and journalist, was born in England on Sept 3, 1963. He was raised in rural Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto, Trinity College, with a degree in History. Gladwell was previously a business and science reporter for the Washington Post and is currently a staff writer with the New Yorker magazine. He is well-known for his three New York Times bestselling books: Blink, The Tipping Point, and Outliers. His writing is often a product of sociology and psychology with implications for the social sciences and business. Gladwell became a successful public speaker after writing his best-selling books.

Chapter outline

Introductionp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prologue: A Four-Dollar Ticketp. 3
The Secretp. 30
Russell, Then Wiltp. 57
How the Hell Did We Get Here?p. 84
The What-If Gamep. 157
Most Valuable Chapterp. 218
The Hall of Fame Pyramidp. 263
The Pyramid: Level 1p. 287
The Pyramid: Level 2p. 352
The Pyramid: Level 3p. 421
The Pyramid: Level 4p. 481
The Pyramid: Pantheonp. 537
The Legend of Keyser Szep. 627
The Wine Cellarp. 677
Epilogue: Life After The Secretp. 692
Acknowledgmentsp. 703
Bibliographyp. 705
Indexp. 707

Book description

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.

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