A Love Story

Book - 2018
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"An oral history of basketball"--
"Inspired by a landmark ESPN film series, this is an extraordinary oral history of basketball--its eye-opening untold history, its profound deeper meaning, its transformative influence on the world--as told through an unprecedented series of candid conversations with the game's greatest icons. This is the greatest love story never told. It has passion and heartbreak, triumph and betrayal. It is deeply intimate yet crosses oceans, upends lives and changes nations. This is the true story of basketball. It is the story of a Canadian invention that took over America, and the world. Of a supposed "white man's sport" that became a way for people of color, women, and immigrants to claim a new place in society. Of a game that demands everything of those who love it, yet gives so much back in return. To tell this story, acclaimed journalists Jackie MacMullan, Rafe Bartholomew and Dan Klores embarked on a groundbreaking mission to interview a staggering lineup of basketball trailblazers. For the first time hundreds of legends, from Kobe, LeBron and Steph Curry to Magic Johnson, Dr. J and Jerry West, spoke movingly about their greatest passion. Iconic coaches like Phil Jackson and Coach K opened up like never before. Those who shattered glass ceilings, from Bill Russell and Yao Ming to Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, explained what it really took to lay claim to their place in the game. Revelatory and life affirming, Basketball: A Love Story is the defining untold oral history of how basketball came to be, and what it means to those who love it."--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York :, Crown Archetype,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781524761783
Branch Call Number: 796.323097 MacMullan
Characteristics: x, 436 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of plates :,illustrations ;,25 cm
Additional Contributors: Bartholomew, Rafe
Klores, Dan


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This brand-new book that documents hundreds of basketball legends, including Steph Curry, Dr. J, Phil Jackson, Cheryl Miller and Lisa Leslie, talking about their passion for the game.

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Feb 09, 2019

Not a huge fan of documentaries, but will try to read one every couple months. This book opened my eyes to some things I was unaware of and gave me a better understanding of the history and acquisition of the ABA as well as the challenges of race in sports during the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Enjoyed the section about the international players and there perspective - some good quotes by "The Dream". Could have done without the women's basketball and actually skipped "Pat vs Geno" chapter only because I don't follow it or have much interest. Quite a few of the chapters overlapped with 30 for 30s and other tv specials that covered Lakers vs Celtics, Magic and Larry, and Michael Jordan but I really enjoy the history and great rivalries and can read/watch them any time (Hardwood Classics on NBATV is always good daytime tv watch).


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