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
From School Library Journal
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,
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