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Rise and Fire : The Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot - And How It Transformed Basketball
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The jump shot is the most important play in basketball and its inception revolutionized the game, spearheading an increase in scoring and bolstering the sport's popularity.Rise and Fire celebrates this crucial shot while tracing its history and shedding light on all corners of the basketball world, from the biggest NBA arenas to the playgrounds of New York City and the barns of Indiana.
Part history, part travelogue, and part memoir, award-winning journalist Shawn Fury praises the jump shot, puzzles over its complexities, and marvels over its simplicity. Impeccably researched and engaging, Fury bounces from the dirt courts of the first shooters of the 1930s to today's NBA courts and state-of-the-art shooting labs, examining everything from how nets and rims affect a shooter to rivalries between shooting coaches to how the three-pointer came to rule the game. The book traces how the jump shot changed basketball history, with interviews and profiles of legendary figures like Jerry West, Rick Mount, Bob McAdoo, Ray Allen, and dozens more, including the first woman ever drafted by the NBA. Fury visits Bobby Plump, the small-town kid who hit the jump shot that inspired the movie Hoosiers; talks with Kenny Sailors, the 93-year-old father of the modern jumper; and pays homage to Denise Long and Jeanette Olson who put on one of the greatest shooting displays ever one night in Iowa in 1968.
Analyzing the techniques and re-creating legendary plays from the greats-like Larry Bird, Pistol Pete, and Kobe Bryant-as well as lesser-known talents, Fury creates a technical, personal, historical, and even spiritual examination of the shot. This is not a dry how-to textbook of basketball mechanics-this is a lively tour of basketball history and a love letter to the sport and the shot that changed it forever.