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Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009:The Book of Basketballis a 700-page work of hoops genius that would make Dr. James Naismith beam proudly – and probably blush. Author Bill Simmons, best known as ESPN.com's "The Sports Guy," explores the NBA with hilarious insight, brilliant analysis, and a bevy of irreverent footnotes. Simmons is a fan first – a fact best explained in an entertaining foreword by Malcolm Gladwell – and writes from the stands, not the press room. His knowledge and passion for the game provide him with few peers, yet his voice represents those who stick by their teams through thick and thin. As a result,The Book of Basketballis not just a tribute to hardwood heroes, but also a celebration of yelling at TV sets, revering lucky jerseys, and holding our breath until the final buzzer sounds. Throw in pages of nearly-insane statistical breakdowns (including a projected boxscore from the movieTeen Wolf), and it's easy to see why fans of all levels should clear shelf space for this instant classic.  --Dave Callanan
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ISBN-10:  034551176X
ISBN-13:  978-0345511768
Author:  Bill Simmons, Malcolm Gladwell
Genre:  Sports
Publisher:  ESPN
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review by . September 13, 2010
I was excited to read this book once I heard about it, even though it is nearly 700 pages but I enjoyed every page of it. I found myself being unable to put the book down as I learned about some of the early days of the NBA, and reminisced about the moments I remembered from the 90's and 2000's.I was also amused when I learned about some of the players' personalities. Rick Barry was a great example he used and as much as Simmons praises Barry for his talents, he explains how much …
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