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Rockin' Steady: A Guide to Basketball and Cool Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 30, 2010

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The New York Knicks won NBA titles in 1970 and 1973. Walt “Clyde” Frazier, a silky smooth playmaker, was the team’s best player. He was universally admired for his on-court skills and off-court cool. This is a reprint a 1974 release cowritten with Pulitzer winner (in 2001 for national reporting) Berkow. In 1975, Booklist selected it as one of the 72 best books for young adults during the previous 15 years. There are basketball chapters filled with sound advice on offense, defense, reading stats, and game-day preparation. The chapter, “A General Guide to Looking Good, and Other Matters,” has tips on romancing, fashion, relating to coaches, and yes, even catching flies in midair. The stunning photography is supplied by Sports Illustrated’s Walter Iooss Jr., and the volume includes new introductions by Berkow and Hall of Famer Bill Russell. Readers may be surprised by how contemporary the book seems. Well, man, cool is cool, then and now. --Wes Lukowsky

About the Author

Walt Clyde Frazier is the New York Knicks color analyst on the MSG Network. Honored as one of the NBA s 50 greatest players, he led the Knicks to two world championships in 1970 and 1973 and saw his jersey retired by the franchise in 1979. Mr. Frazier lives in New York City.

Ira Berkow, a sports columnist and feature writer for the New York Times for more than 25 years, won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2001 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer for commentary in 1988. He is the author of 19 books, including the best sellers Red: A Biography of Red Smith and Maxwell Street: Survival in a Bazaar, as well as two memoirs, Full Swing and To the Hoop. Hank Greenberg: The Story of My Life, co-written and edited by Mr. Berkow and published by Triumph Books, was a primary source for the award-winning documentary The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg. Mr. Berkow lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books; Reprint edition (October 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600785263
  • ASIN: B0078XQ984
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,647,689 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. A. Philiben on November 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This review is of the new 2010 edition of Rockin' Steady:

Rockin' Steady really defies description, but anyone who has ever laid eyes on the original book has never forgotten it. Walt Frazier remains one of the coolest players in NBA history, and this book was written back in 1974 during his days with the Knicks. For a long time, the only way to get this book was to pay a fortune for it on eBay, but now it's back in print, thank god.
I'm not sure if "Clyde" was the blueprint for characters like Shaft, but looking at the photos in this book makes you think he might have been. Mink coat, Rolls Royce, a circular bed with a mirrored ceiling - Clyde definitely was stylin' and profilin' back in the day.
The subtitle of the book is "A Guide to Basketball and Cool," and you definitely get both. There is tons of interesting insight on guys Walt played with and against, like Earl Monroe, Jerry West, and Pistol Pete, plus good tips and strategies. There is also an equal amount of advice on how to build a wardrobe, how to brush your mustache, how to pick the right girl, how to catch a fly in midair - yes, you read that right - and lots more. It is a wild ride and an amazing piece of NBA memorabilia and a document of 1970s culture.
It seems like everything from the original version is here, including the color illustrations and vintage photographs, plus a new foreword by Ira Berkow and a new afterword by Clyde himself. HIGHLY recommended - if you like 70s style or the NBA, you need to own this book.
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I feel lucky to have gotten into watching the Knicks in the magical '69 season as I turned 9. Clyde was the defensive force that I watched so carefully that i learned the "quick snatch steal the ball" move.

When he scored 36 with 19 assists in the 7th game, they gave MVP to Willis
Reed after he scored 4 points after missing the game before. I was outraged. Nuff said, so was he. Clyde took over when they needed him to, and he snatched that championship in the 1st quarter, and the Lakers never made a move, staying back 15 or more for the whole game.

He brought out the Puma Clydes (sneakers, the 1st expensive ones) then, in the early 70's, and by the time I became a freshman at Brooklyn Tech in '74 (right after they won a 2nd championship after losing the year before to the Lakers team that still has a record for consecutive wins that year). 9 out of 10 cool guys wore them, blue suede shoes Elvis would have loved. They replace Pro Keds and another usual, and in NY, you wore these sneakers, about $25 when the lesser ones that always satisfied you were only 10-12 bucks.

Ahhhh, Clyde, still the magician. Back in '97 I had a cool black friend down the hall who informed me that you can watch the Knicks, kill the tv voice, and there was Clyde on the radio for each game. And he was divine, making definitive description phrasing that rhymed perfectly each time. They moved him up and made him the Knicks television host - play-by-play has never been as amusing, theatrical and downright on the money when someone slacks off - Knick or opposing player.

When the Knicks sent him to Cleveland, I died inside, and didnt watch basketball again until Jordan finally had a team. I took off 10 years, knowing there's never gonna be another Clyde.

Oh, yeah, the book.
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Great book by a classy basketball legend. Only mildly dated, and who cares-- I wanted it to relive those times, among other things!

Clyde is cool, alright. A wonderful read on a variety of topics! And a beautiful, high-quality volume (as to the paper, photos, binding, dust cover, etc. on this ~2010 version).

Recommended highly.
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I first started following NBA basketball around the time of the 1970 Knicks. The Knicks of that era were a fantastic team which seemed to be taken from a bad screenplay. You had:
1. Tough gritty veteran who deep down is a soulful guy who had to deal with a lot of racism early in life but who loved education and wanted to get an advanced degree (Barnett)
2. Tough big guy who came up from a blue collar background - also had a pro baseball pitching skill and knew he was lucky to be paid to play. (Debusschere)
3. Smart, quiet Ivy League Rhodes scholar who wanted to play at the highest level (Bradley)
4. Tough center who went to a historical black college, Grambling State, persevering through bad teams and now chasing the dream of a championship on brittle knees (Reed)
5. Slick, savvy smooth point guard from Atlanta who was a true cosmopolitan and loved fashion, music and epitomized 1970's cool. (Frazier)
If you had assembled such as squad as your starting five in a movie, fans would be rolling their eyes and yet all of this was real.

Walt "Clyde" Frazier was part of this amazing team and he co-wrote with Ira Berkow a book which in many ways defies explanation. It is a book which gives a peek at the life of "Clyde" and also what defined the "Clyde" style - the clothes, accessories, cars, and most of all, the attitude.

It was a surprise and remains a surprise from the usual bombastic ego fueled athletic memoirs, which often serve to hack at old opponents and to excuse old shortcomings. Though clearly ego driven, it has a charming innocence about it.
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