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Shoot Out the Lights: The Amazing , Improbable, Exhilarating Saga of the 1969-70 New York Knicks Hardcover – Bargain Price, February 28, 1995


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Harcourt, Brace; 1st edition (February 28, 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 015193116X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151931163
  • ASIN: B000H2MRUC
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,891,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this portrait of the World Champion 1969-70 New York Knicks, Spitz (Barefoot in Babylon) has reincarnated a basketball team that could shoot the ball, play defense and outsmart every club in the league. Coached by Red Holzman, the team was led by captain and center Willis Reed, a man with a passion to succeed and the fists to make it happen; "Dollar" Bill Bradley, the tenacious forward and future U.S. senator; Walt "Clyde" Frazier, the master of the steal; Dave DeBusschere, a rebounder and guzzler of beer supreme; and Dick Barnett, who always commanded his jump shot to "fall back, baby." With the best won-loss record in the league, the Knicks advanced to the finals against the Los Angeles Lakers of Jerry West and Wilt Chamberlain. They received a terrible blow when Reed went down with a hip injury in the fifth game. In the final game, however, Reed dragged his body onto the floor, hit his first two (and only) jump shots and the Lakers were history. This book is marred by the author's slangy writing style that conjures up the trash-talking of today's game. Nevertheless, Knick fans will enjoy the journey back to that championship season. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The New York Knickerbockers' 1969-70 championship season has been thoroughly discussed (see, for instance, Red Holzman's The Knicks, LJ 3/1/77, and Phil Berger's Miracle on Thirty-Third Street, Four Wall Eight Windows, 1994), which is perhaps the primary problem with this book: its story has been done to death. This account is well written and interesting, but are even the most dedicated basketball fans ready for another book on the subject? Spitz treats the season chronologically, continuing through the Knicks' victory over the Lakers in the NBA championship. Of note here are the views of rookie John Warren and a particularly interesting portion about how the team was built and how the "chemistry" of a basketball team can affect its performance. Also of interest is a history of the series prior to the championship, which is generally overlooked. Recommended only for the most complete basketball collections.
William O. Scheeren, Hempfield Area H.S. Lib., Greensburg, Pa.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Rendell on May 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
"Shoot out the lights" gave a great description of a truly fascinating team. This is the tale of a great Knicks team that roamed the Garden floor in the days before the NBA was a multibillion dollar enterprise.
The book works its way through the season, stopping to offer a few pages of biographical information on each player. The problem with this style is that it gets extremely repetitive and predictable. However, the information offered is excellent.
The other problem I had with the book is that not enough time is spent on the great Finals series between the Lakers and the Knicks.
The NBA does a better job than any other league of forgetting its past. The truth is, there were great players and interesting teams long before MJ came on the scene. This book will give the fans some insight into a few of those players and teams.
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Format: Hardcover
One of my favorite teams. But this book was in dire need of fact checking. There is/was no such thing as an illegal zone offense. I think some of the Knicks may have been pulling his leg. Cazzie Russell was 6'6," not 6'8." There were many more basketball errors, too many to list.

Cultural references were also misguided. The Chevy 427 engine was not a Hemi [that was Plymouth], Camaro did not come out in 1969 but in 1966. T
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