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Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book Hardcover – October 23, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Sports Illustrated
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Sports Illustrated (October 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933821191
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933821191
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 1.2 x 12.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Fleder was executive editor of Sports Illustrated and the editor of SI Books during his twenty years at Time Inc. He was also an editor at Esquire, Playboy, and The National Sports Daily. Some of the books he edited are The Sports Illustrated Baseball Book, SI 50: The Anniversary Book, The SI Football Book; Hate Mail From Cheerleaders (by Rick Reilly), SI's Great Baseball Writing, and Paper Trails: True Stories of Confusion, Mindless Violence and Forbidden Desires, A Surprising Number of Which Are Not About Marriage (by Pete Dexter).

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By C. Young on January 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I bought the SI Basketball book because I had already bought the baseball and football books, and was very pleased with them.. I expected the basketball book to be of the same quality of writing and photos of the other two. I was not diapointed. The book is full of great articles by quality writers, and with many photos by the famed photo staff at SI. If you want a good quaility book, and are a basketball fan, this book is worth the more then fair asking price. The origins of the game to the present day game is covered as well as profiles on the superstars of each decade, is excellent. This is an exceptional book, buy it, it is worth it.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Cindy B on January 14, 2012
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I bought this for my 9 year old grandson who is a HUGE basketball fan. It may be too in depth for most kids, but if they're a good reader and have that passionate interest they'll love it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By WDX2BB on February 28, 2014
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You have to give the gang at Time Inc. credit -- they know how to package and repackage their product. They have produced all sorts of anthologies and collections over the years, and they have been generally worthwhile.

The 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated sparked a series of books looking back. After going through baseball and football, SI came up with "The Basketball Book." It's a worthy successor.

The book, edited by Rob Fleder, doesn't have any particular order, with one exception. Individual decades get their own little sections, complete with all-stars, historical developments, etc.

Alexander Wolff and Jack McCallum start the book with a nice overview of the game and its roots. From there, the volume offers a combination of words and pictures, with the emphasis on photography. Well, it is Sports Illustrated. The articles come from a variety of stories printed in SI over the years. There's Frank Deford on Bill Russell, Rick Reilly on Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Smith on Jim Valvano, John Underwood on John Havlicek, John Papanek on Pete Maravich, and so on. The whole article isn't reprinted, but some good editing boils each story down to one page here. The adjoining page is devoted to a full-page picture of the subject.

The rest, though, is just great pictures. Some you might remember if you are a regular, long-time reader of the magazine. Sidney Moncrief dunking, Elvin Hayes rejecting, Michael Jordan shooting. Most of the book concentrates on the NBA, but college basketball is more than adequately represented, and the women's game pops up once in a while too. (The WNBA will have to wait for the next book, apparently.)

There's one other bonus to discuss when reviewing "The Basketball Book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tim Fitzgerald on December 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Great basketball book. Excellent if you'd like to get an appreciation of the 60's and 70's of NBA basketball (as well as current information).

Highly recommended !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susie on December 7, 2013
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My grandson LOVES this book, he loves basketball and this was exactly what he wanted for the information he needed. He's 15 years old
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By Michael Crow on February 7, 2014
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I bought this for my three year old son who is obsessed with basketball. We flip through this book every day. The pictures are amazing. The book is packed with information, too. I'm not even a sports fan, and I love the book. It's really well put together and enjoyable for any age and level of sports enthusiasm.
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This book has provided hours of reading entertainment for my son. The illustrations are beautiful, and the exposure to non-fiction text is great for young boys. If your chid is a reluctant reader, but loves sports, these books are perfect. If you love college basketball, this is the book for you!
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By D. Dietrich on January 17, 2014
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Got this as a gift for my nephew who is a basketball fan, he and many of the other fan's at the party loved the photography and informative stories in this book. Great action shots, interesting history & great information about the game and players of basketball.
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