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.
If you are one of the millions of Americans who are addicted to athletics, you probably know Bill Simmons as the author of the consistently hilarious and insightful "Sports Guy" columns from espn.com and ESPN: The Magazine. Simmons breaks down the art, science, philosophy and fun of the NBA with his characteristic wit and aplomb, from Kurt Rambis to Kevin Durant, from The Iceman to The Microwave, from LeBron to Uwe Blab. Simmons has (mis)spent a lifetime rabidly following NBA basketball, accumulating random statistics, memorizing media miscellany and hoarding hoops hodge-podge, and he mixes his Shaq-sized mass of miscellaneous wisdom with a barrage of pop culture references to produce the most entertaining and enlightening analysis of the NBA since James Naismith first pounded the nail through his peach basket.
- Sports + Recreation
- Updated / Reprint
- December 7, 2010
- December 7, 2010
- Bill Simmons