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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803217935
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803217935
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"If the NBA lockout lasts long enough to actually deprive fans of basketball, Charley Rosen's book will offer some solace. In fact, even if the lockout ends soon enough for the next season to begin on time, Crazy Basketball is more entertaining than the first couple months of the NBA campaign are likely to be."—Bill Littlefield, NPR's Only A Game
(Bill Littlefield NPR's Only A Game)

"The shining star here isn't Rosen or any of the players, it's the game itself. The last half-dozen pages will bring a tear to the eye of anyone for whom the game was—or is—a passion."—Booklist

"Crazy Basketball was a great read, for any casual basketball lover, insight into the former crazy league, but also a crazy coach who was a touch softened by it. For Rosen, it was not only the Crazy Basketball Association, but his crazy association with basketball."—Krystina Lucido, Press Box
(Krystina Lucido Press Box 2011-09-15)

About the Author

Charley Rosen is an NBA analyst for and the author of more than a dozen books including The Pivotal Season, The Wizard of Odds, and Players and Pretenders (available in a Bison Books edition). Phil Jackson is head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and has won eleven NBA titles.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GlobalChangeSupercenter5 on November 18, 2012
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Charley Rosen is an important sports figure, a man who emerged from the 60s era to link writing to the world of elite pro sports. His is a fascinating career in the hinterlands and near-steps into the palaces alongside his alter ego Phil Jackson, and in this breezy, wheezy tale, there are some great scores settled (pure smackdowns of, oh, Henry Bibby and Lou Carneseca - where else can you get such insider truth? Certainly not in the fraudulent world of ESPN and Dickie V), and the feel of the road through minor-league, but major talent pro basketball is conveyed with effortless prose. This is too far removed in time to be in the league of the all-time sports and literature classic, Jim Bouton and Leonard Shecter's "Ball Four," but the driving theme, of a man with many intellectual gifts who somehow devoted his best years to the endless grind and occasional great notoriety of non-headline pro sports, is crisply, memorably executed.
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