Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association by Terry PlutoWhat makes LOOSE BALLS great is that the ABA is the last great American myth. There is little to no evidence of if any of the stories it engendered are true, but the book lives up to its strange, yet engaging legacy of being both the epitome of what the 1970s were about (afros, free spirited excess, drugs, guns) and the birth of contemporary, fast-flowing basketball.
I didnt know the ABA all that well before getting into LOOSE BALLS, but the oral history structure of the book was perfect to get me introduced and become familiar with some of its key names such as Mike Storen, Carl Scheer, Joe Mullaney, Larry Brown, Dick Tinkham, Bob Bass, Slick Leonard, etc. Not sure who among these guys is still alive, but let me tell you something: they will all live forever because the ABA was the most media-friendly thing in a world where they was no media to cover it and therefore it has found its place in our common imaginary.
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This year I'm thankful for basketball books. I have shelves full of them and I read them all the time. Unless you count a brief dalliance with toy elephants as a child, books about basketball are the only things I have ever collected. Sadly, there's not a lot you can do with that kind of experience, except tell people about some of your favorite basketball books. So with the help of my new affiliate status at Powells. This is the only book I have ever read that really gave the emotional sensation of playing basketball and being on a basketball team. It's also an incredibly painful true story about the author's abusive childhood.
Whether you are looking for your next book to read or are looking to find a book for the basketball fan in your life; this list of basketball books is perfect for you. The following list covers our favorite basketball books and our recommendations for you. The books on this list will cover coaching, playing, life in general, and many other topics that apply to the sport of basketball. We are confident that you will find what you are looking for in our list of the top 25 basketball books. From one basketball junkie to another, enjoy! Also, if you enjoy listening to books on audio, make sure you check out the Free Audible Trial that Amazon offers. This will allow you to listen to a couple of these basketball books free of charge!
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He played for Coach Wooden for the next 3 years, and during that time they developed a friendship that would last for the next 50 years. Written by Kareem, this book details the many life lessons he picked up from Coach Wooden that shaped him into the man he is today. There are many personal stories from Coach Wooden which are linked back to the main leadership qualities spoken about towards the start of the book. Another fantastic Wooden book. Another leadership-focused book from Coach K, who is the head coach at Duke University.
The American Basketball Association was as an upstart professional league which lasted 9 years before eventually merging with the NBA in The lack of a strong written or video record meant that Pluto wisely chose to write an oral history detailing the often contradictory but always entertaining memories of the key characters in the ABA story. Key decisions such as the use of a red-white-and-blue ball and the introduction of a 3 point shot were made on whim rather than being part of a grand design. The book is exceptionally funny because the characters involved and the shenanigans they got up to funny, bizarre and entertaining. The story is a wild ride of crazy characters, marketing stunts and, importantly, some very good basketball players. The business side of the story is also fascinating as teams scrambled to survive and to try and pressure the NBA into a merger.