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Best Basketball Books

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The list author says: "The best sport in the world has benefited from some of the best sports writing in the world. From Halberstam to Albom, from Macallum to Feinstein, good basketball books flow as fast and as exciting as the game itself."
The Breaks of the Game
The Breaks of the Game
"The best sports writer taking on the best sport."
Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
"The best sports writer taking on the best the game has ever seen."
Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream
Fab Five: Basketball, Trash Talk, The American Dream
"Albom captures the intrigue surrounding this history-making team that went to the championship game starting five freshman."
Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns
Seven Seconds or Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns
"A funny, fast-paced, season-long diary of the team that breathed life back into the NBA."
Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
Tip-Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
"Outstanding account of the 1984 NBA Draft when Jordan was taken, as well as Olajawon, Barkley, and Stockton. Supplies context to Portland's pick of Sam Bowie. A great story that changed the NBA forever."
YAO: A Life in Two Worlds
YAO: A Life in Two Worlds
"What makes this Yao Ming book unique is his first-hand recounting of the events that brought him to the United States and his rookie season with Houston."
The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
"Basketball provides the background to this story that weaves themes of redemption and forgiveness in the lives of two extraordinary men."
The GOLDEN BOYS
The GOLDEN BOYS
"The story of the greatest basketball team ever assembled told from the vantage point of a sports writer covering the team. Provides insight as well as analysis The Dream Team"
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
"Original, funny, a must-read for Simmons' fans."
FreeDarko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game
FreeDarko Presents: The Macrophenomenal Pro Basketball Almanac: Styles, Stats, and Stars in Today's Game
"Fantastic art of several NBA stars decorates this unconventional look at professional absketball. It's must-have resource that will turn the game you thought you knew upside down."
NBA at 50
NBA at 50
"This value of this book is its wonderful pictures that profile the 50 greatest NBA players. This is an over-sized coffee table book, which makes the color, glossy photos even better. The cherry on top is David Halberstam writes the foreword."
Clyde Drexler: Clyde the Glide
Clyde Drexler: Clyde the Glide
"Trail Blazer fans will be the ones most interested in this book, however stories from his Phi Slamma Jamma days as well as his championship with the Rockets is great reading."
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
"Not just a great basketball player, but a great person."
The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game
The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game
Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
"Great interviews."
Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four
Last Dance: Behind the Scenes at the Final Four
"If you don't like March Madness, you don't like basketball. If you like Duke, you'll probably rate this book higher than me."
Outrageous!: The Fine Life and Flagrant Good Times of Basketball's Irresistible Force
Outrageous!: The Fine Life and Flagrant Good Times of Basketball's Irresistible Force
"Entertaining and insightful, Outrageous is Barkley unfiltered. It combines recounts hilarious moments of trash-talking (to B. Laimbeer), and humbling regrets (inadvertantly spitting on a little girl). Barkley fans will love it."
Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
America's Dream Team: The 1992 USA Basketball Team
America's Dream Team: The 1992 USA Basketball Team
"This book is loaded with fantastic pictures that take the reader from the Tournament of the Americas in Portland to the Gold Medal ceremony in Barcelona. However, the pictures are not the only selling point. Coach Chuck Daily's narrative adds to the story, although the pictures are the reason get this book."
Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar
Operation Yao Ming: The Chinese Sports Empire, American Big Business, and the Making of an NBA Superstar
The Sixth Man: A Season Inside the NBA Playground
The Sixth Man: A Season Inside the NBA Playground
Hang Time: Days And Dreams With Michael Jordan
Hang Time: Days And Dreams With Michael Jordan
The Franchise: Building a Winner With the World Champion Detroit Pistons, Basketballs Bad Boys
The Franchise: Building a Winner With the World Champion Detroit Pistons, Basketballs Bad Boys
"Recounts their back-to-back championships."
Rip City!: A Quarter Century With the Portland Trail Blazers
Rip City!: A Quarter Century With the Portland Trail Blazers
"The book is a fantasitic pictoral history of the first 25 years of the Portland Trail Blazers. There is some writing to tell the story that goes along with the pictures, but the photos from Adelman's playing days, to the championship team, to the Final's teams of the early 90's is the reason to get this book."
The Pivotal Season: How the 1971--72 Los Angeles Lakers Changed the NBA
The Pivotal Season: How the 1971--72 Los Angeles Lakers Changed the NBA
Shaq Attaq! 1993 1st Edition
Shaq Attaq! 1993 1st Edition
Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters
Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall, and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters
Nothing But Net: Just Give Me the Ball and Get Out of the Way
Nothing But Net: Just Give Me the Ball and Get Out of the Way
To The Brink: Stockton Malone And The Utah Jazzs Climb To The Edge Of Glory
To The Brink: Stockton Malone And The Utah Jazzs Climb To The Edge Of Glory
Ain't No Tomorrow : Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty
Ain't No Tomorrow : Kobe, Shaq, and the Making of a Lakers Dynasty
Show Time: Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season
Show Time: Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season
"Before Riley was known for his grind-the-game-to-a-halt Knicks teams of the 90's, he was all about the fastbreaking of Show Time L.A. basketball of the 80's. This book tells the story of the championships of early in that decade. Great insight from one of the greatest basketball minds."
Echoes From The Schoolyard
Echoes From The Schoolyard
"This book is a way to learn about the players that defined the NBA before Jordan, Bird, and Magic. The book profiles 25 players. Photos and stories make up each player's biographical stetch. Players include Oscar Robertson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Pete Maravich, and Julius Erving."
The Long, Hot Winter: A Year in the Life of the Portland Trail Blazers
The Long, Hot Winter: A Year in the Life of the Portland Trail Blazers
"This book about the Portland Trail Blazers recounts the 1989-90 season when the team lost in the Final's to the Isaih Thomas-led Detroit Pistons."
Against the World: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Portland Trail Blazers' Chase for the Nba Championship
Against the World: A Behind-The-Scenes Look at the Portland Trail Blazers' Chase for the Nba Championship
"This book about the Portland Trail Blazers recounts the team's 1991-92 season when the Drexler-led Blazers lost in the Finals to the Jordan-led Bulls."
Shaq Impaq
Shaq Impaq
The pride of Portland: The story of the Trail Blazers
The pride of Portland: The story of the Trail Blazers