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The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy eBook Kindle

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Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
 
Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*

Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s The Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.

Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

*Including even more footnotes!


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Sobre o Autor

Bill Simmons writes “The Sports Guy” column for ESPN.com’s Page 2 and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Now I Can Die In Peace, founded the award-winning bostonsportsguy.com website, and was a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He commutes between his home in Los Angeles and Fenway Park.

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  • Número de páginas: 754 páginas
  • Editora: ESPN; Edição: Upd Rep (20 de outubro de 2009)
  • Vendido por: Amazon Servicos de Varejo do Brasil Ltda
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Bill Simmons é um cara apaixonado por basquete (leia-se NBA) e cultura pop.O livro é uma maravilha que você não consegue largar,informativo demais!Serve como referência sobre a NBA e ao mesmo tempo é engraçadíssimo,fazendo comparações com filmes,séries,música pop etc.
É o livro ideal para quem é apaixonado por NBA,espero que o autor o atualize um dia pois o livro é de 2010,apenas lamento que não tenha uma edição nacional em português.Recomendo aos amantes do basquete como eu.
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4.0 de 5 estrelas The Book of Basketball Or: Why Did Bill Simmons Order These Chapters in This Manner? 11 de dezembro de 2015
Por Zachary F. - Publicada na Amazon.com
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A great read. Superb when Simmons doesn't let himself got lost in pop culture references. But for the life of me i cannot figure out why he ordered the chapters in the manner that he did. The meat of this book is The Pyramid, a ranking of the NBA greats. Its the best part, the thesis, the thrust of the book. Every other chapter should complement and support it. Chapters Two, Four, and Five are amazingly confusing if you don't have a great handle on who was who in the basketball Pyramid. All of those chapters occur before the basketball Pyramid. Chapter One (The Secret) and Three (How the Hell Did We Get Here?) are fantastic building blocks to the Pyramid (also probably his best chapters outside of the pyramid).

This would have been a 5 star with the below ordering and i would recommend a reader new to basketball (not aware of its history pre 2000) to read in the following order:

Prologue (A Four Dollar Ticket: Why Simmons loves basketball)
One (The Secret: the secret that makes a player great)
Three (How the Hell Did We Get Here?: a history of shifts in basketball rules, strategy, popularity and how it influenced the game)
Six to Eleven (The Pyramid)
Two (Russell, Then Wilt: why one was greater than the other. This comes right on the heels of the pyramid where they're fresh in your mind)
Five (Most Valuable Chapter: History of the most shady MVP awards)
Twelve (The Legend of Keyser Soze: The best single season by an NBA team)
Thirteen (The WIne Cellar: The best hypothetical NBA team)
Epilogue
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4.0 de 5 estrelas One expert's fascinating (if skewed) view of the sport he loves 20 de julho de 2014
Por Ken K. - Publicada na Amazon.com
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Very interesting and engaging read, weakened only by Simmons' pronounced biases and historical blind spots. One simply has to learn to counter them.

For example, reduce by roughly 30% the praise he heaps upon any Celtics team or player, especially from his childhood in the mid-80s. Yes, these were great teams and athletes in many cases, but Simmons' adulation overcomes his objectivity here.

Increase by 20-25% his unenthused assessment of any star or team from an era before his time and for which he can find little video. (For example, being unable to view Julius Erving's astounding 5-year ABA career, during which Dr. J achieved heights (literal and figurative) of skill and creativity that no other hoopster has or will, leaves Simmons to assess Erving less generously (and less accurately) solely on his more restrained subsequent NBA work.)

Increase by 20% his assessment of any team that beat (or outdid) a Celtic team by playing better "Celtics basketball" (his assessments of the 69-70 and 72-73 NY Knicks championship teams are especially stingy).

And decrease by 15-20% his assessment of recent stars in the overall pantheon of NBA talent - again, he relies too heavily on the familiar.

Much here to pick nits and argue with, but also much to enjoy - and Simmons does communicate convincingly his love for the sport and the league. He could also be a bit more skeptical of the ways that marketing has weakened the sport and fan experience, but there are some hands that feed him that he might be best served not to bite.

Overall a very enjoyable read.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas I respect his sports opinion and enjoy his humor and writing style even if it's a ... 25 de outubro de 2015
Por Duy N. - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I've been reading Bill Simmons since he started out on page 2 on ESPN. I respect his sports opinion and enjoy his humor and writing style even if it's a little long winded. Not sure how helpful my review is for anyone since it is biased, so I'll just say if you're a fan of his or anything on grantland then you won't regret buying this book.
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5.0 de 5 estrelas Wonderful Read 15 de abril de 2014
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Great read, I confess that I do not read a lot but I just couldn't put down this 700 page book filled with Bill Simmon's style of cultural reference and exaggeration humor. Sometimes his humor or maybe 700 pages of basketball might get old and tiring for people but simply put it down, take a rest, and pick it up again whenever you feel like it. No harm done.

Personally my favorite section was Bill's idea on how the Basketball Hall of Fame should be, which leads to his list of greatest players ever. You may disagree but remember this is a book written by a FAN first, a Boston fan. If you're someone who has zero sense of humor, easily offended, extremely subjective and lacking in empathy, then maybe this book isn't for you. Otherwise you'll have a wonderful time hearing another friend talk basketball with you. Sometimes you agree, sometimes you disagree, sometimes he brings your image of your favorite players back down to earth by pointing out flaws, and sometimes he makes you realize how truly GREAT some players are with facts and analysis you didn't even know.

I still can't believe I actually read a 700 page book cover to cover.
5.0 de 5 estrelas An encyclopedic slam dunk binge for the purist hoops junkie 15 de junho de 2015
Por Tail End Boomer - Publicada na Amazon.com
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I've always liked the Sports Guy and his flippant pro everyman rants by default since I grew up back east and share part of his ethnicity. He writes from the gut with a rare passion not seen among the literary sedentary set. Having said that, this book is too much to digest for casual fans. You must be from an A list basketball hub---Boston, LA, Chitown---or at least be an OCD hoops fanatic. A guy could get a stroke trying to read this in just a few sittings. Heck, writing it must've been a trip. So it has to be enjoyed in manic fits and starts or furtive bits 'n pieces. It's that exhausting and uber comprehensive.

The focus here beyond his dad's Celtics season tickets sealing his fate as a kid fan, is on pyramid pantheon best ever debates, what ifs, secret knowledge, team comparison compendiums and various other scenario incidentals. Simmons, master of the between the lines scoop, says what's on his mind, is quick to offend and may be off the cuff with tactless fan boy antics, but he thinks like a genius GM and really should be considered as part of an NBA team brain trust someday. BS's magnum opus is media layman proof that astute educated fans can know the game better than some insider suits.

His bias as a loyal Beantown homer is readily evident, but it doesn't detract from the overall tome scope. He has a hoop sleuth's way of witnessing the pall of history by outing its mistakes, rebuffs. etc. Like how inventor of the shot clock Danny Biasone and Celtics defensive clutch gem Dennis Johnson were snubbed from timely HoF induction. Via a coach sharp humanist link tying cults of personality to levels of performance, we learn that selfish players hit a ceiling and greats must share the ball to be transcendent. Someone give Bill a PhD in basketball. He really is an expert above the 4th estate rim.

As for fun pop culture trivia references he's well known for, they rock here when they relate to more civilized innocence of the 70s and 80s. However, when they veer off into the 90s and beyond they get too dystopian for old school taste. And there are so many offbeatedly forced porn references that it makes you wonder if he somehow missed his true calling in life. For the record, pop culture in bed with sports didn't start with Simmons. Twas ironically originated by an adult cinema historian who mixed pop, news and sports trivia intros with his movie reviews in an erotic film bible from the early 1980s.

There are just enough extras missing here to make room for a 2nd volume that would be salable at even half the length. With so much info on elite players and teams, this needed a tongue-in-cheek chapter on footnote characters of the game like Darryl Dawkins, aka Chocolate Thunder, a rushed high school prospect who never reached his full potential but was memorable for destroying backboards on slam dunks. It also could've used a special part on basketball video games. But if this book is so discursively expansive that you anticipate a welcome sequel, then that's surely saying something.
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