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Soul of the Game: Images & Voices of Street Basketball Hardcover – January 10, 1997


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (January 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761110283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761110286
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,948,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The raw, physical beauty of street basketball is the subject of John Huet's photographic tribute to what many believe is the way basketball was meant to be played. Devoid of the glitz and glamour that epitomize the NBA, The Soul of the Game mythologizes urban playground legends like Jackie Jackson, who once lept so high he took a 50-cent piece off the top of a backboard, and Earl "the Goat" Manigault, whom Kareem Abdul Jabbar called the greatest player never to have played in the NBA.--D.G. McDonald

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YA?A history of street basketball as played in New York City, this is the story of the greats of the game, who remain all but unknown except on their own courts. These players play, not for money, but for the love of the sport. The book chronicles their feats, their lives, and their local tournaments that once drew not only the gifted amateurs but also the pro-basketball stars. The book is filled with stunning black-and-white photographs that highlight the intensity of the action and the grace of the players. The spare text is interspersed with the poetry of Markhum Who?, Poetri, and muMs the Schemer. This title will have great appeal to those teenagers who play the game or those who just love to watch it.?Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield,
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Guthrie on November 21, 2000
Format: Hardcover
'Soul of the Game' is strictly a bestseller in my book. Thebook tells of where the most famous players came from: The streetcourts. This book is an inspiration to basketball players everywhere,including the pros. This a must read and should be honored as thebest in photography.
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By A Customer on May 25, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Last week, one of the greatest playground players ever to grace a NY court passed away of heart failure. The Goat was an inspiration to several generations of kids and ball players in NYC and was featured in "Soul of the Game". It was an honor to have met and worked with the Goat. One of my most treasured photos is a group shot that I took 2 years ago with the Goat, Pee W ee Kirkland, Jackie Jackson and Joe Hammond; some of the greatest legends of the court in NYC. Each of them have been featured in a TV spot created by Wieden & Kennedy and Nike. The Goat was the star of two spots, "36 Dunks" and "Sittin' on the Rim".
May this great player rest in peace.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 26, 1999
Format: Hardcover
If you have that true love for the game of basketball and where it started than buy this book. It may not have a lot of writing, but it shows the writing in the biographical summaries of the greats the "Goat", "Destroyer", "Tiny", etc. Even know I didn't see any of the greats I still read about them. Much love to the "Goat" who stood before them all, who past away last year. Watch the movie "Rebound"!
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By SAH Photo on July 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
One of the most talented sports photographers have ever seen. I bought this book as a gift to another Young photographer. John signed my copy.
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