By Bill Simmons
There's just one author on the earth who possesses adequate basketball wisdom and fervour to jot down the definitive ebook at the NBA.* invoice Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict identified to thousands as ESPN.com’s activities man, is that author. And The ebook of Basketball is that booklet.
Nowhere within the roundball universe will you discover one other unmarried quantity that covers as a lot in such intensity as this wildly opinionated and punctiliously exciting examine the earlier, current, and way forward for professional basketball.
From the age-old query of who really received the contention among invoice Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the single approximately which group used to be really the simplest of all time, Simmons opens–and then closes, as soon as and for all–every significant professional basketball debate. Then he is taking it additional via thoroughly reevaluating not just how NBA corridor of repute inductees may be selected yet how the establishment has to be reshaped from the floor up, the end result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s different, five-level shrine to the ninety-six maximum avid gamers within the historical past of professional basketball. And finally he's taking enthusiasts to the center of all of it, as he makes use of a talk with one NBA nice to discover that coveted factor: the key of Basketball.
Comprehensive, authoritative, arguable, hilarious, and most unlikely to place down (even for Celtic-haters), The publication of Basketball deals each hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s most interesting, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.
* extra to the purpose, he’s the single one loopy adequate to attempt to tug it off.
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