Can’t Get Enough Basketball?
March 24, 2010
It’s the height of the college basketball season and the NBA playoffs aren’t far behind. If you can’t get enough of the game on TV, try reading one of the following enthralling hoops books during half-time. Click on the title to place a hold in our catalog.
A Season on the Brink: a year with Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers by John Feinstein
Feinstein, a sportswriter, follows the 1985-86 season of coach Bobby Knight and his Indiana Hoosiers. Knight granted Feinstein an unprecedented inside look at college basketball-with complete access to every moment of the season. Feinstein saw and heard it all-practices, team meetings, strategy sessions, and midgame huddles-during Knight’s struggle to avoid a losing season. It’s been called the best book ever written about basketball.
The Book Of Basketball: the NBA according to the sports guy by Bill Simmons
Simmons, known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, may be the only writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA. Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume that covers as much in such depth as this wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball. This book offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.
Glory Road by Don Haskins
In the 1966 NCAA championship game, Don Haskins, coach of what was then the Texas Western College team, changed the face of college basketball by starting five black players – and defeating the powerful University of Kentucky team. The game was broadcast on national television, and viewers watched in amazement as Haskins openly defied the existing rules of race and sports, and set in motion the desegregation of all college teams in the South.
They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
The autobiography of John Wooden, UCLA basketball coach for 27 years, who has sometimes been called America’s “winningest” coach. Still charming fans everywhere, college basketball legend John Wooden reflects on his record-breaking career, his inspired life behind the scenes, and how his top players went on to shape and change the NBA. Wooden offers a very personal history of an unforgettable time in college basketball.
When The Game Was Ours by Larry Bird and Earvin Magic Johnson Jr. with Jackie MacMullan
Larry Bird and Magic Johnson open up exclusively to veteran sports columnist Jackie MacMullan to provide the definitive, revelatory, and wholly entertaining account of their decades-long rivalry. From the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most compelling rivalry in the NBA.
Last Dance: behind the scenes at the Final Four by John Feinstein
There is no event in sports quite like the Final Four. Feinstein explores what it means to a school, a coach, and a player to be in the Final Four or even at The Final. There are the moving stories of players and coaches who thought theyd never make it to college basketballs final weekend, the spectacular triumphs of the winning teams, and the heartbreaking defeats for those who missed the cut. Feinstein also brings us inspiring and dramatic stories from the people behind the scenes: from the officials and referees to the scouts and ticket-scalpers.
Loose Balls: the short, wild life of the American Basketball Association by Terry Pluto
The story of the ABA, which lasted from 1967 to 1976, spawned such stars as Julius Erving and Moses Malone, and originated the three-point shot as well as the annual slam-dunk contest. The definitive and most widely respected history of the ABA. It’s a wild ride through some of the wackiest, funniest, strangest times ever to hit pro sports — told entirely through the (often incredible) words of those who played, wrote and connived their way through the league’s nine seasons.
Can I Keep My Jersey?: 11 teams, 5 countries, and 4 years in my life as a basketball vagabond by Paul Shirley
One of the great locker-room chronicles of the modern age. With sharp elbows and an even sharper wit, Shirley–whose writings have been described as “wildly entertaining” by The Wall Street Journal–drops hilarious commentary, revealing which teams have the best cheerleaders (he’s spent many a time-out watching them ply their trade), why Christ is rapidly becoming every team’s “sixth man,” and even the best ways to get bloodstains out of your game uniform, using only an ordinary bar of soap and a hotel bathroom sink.