Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009: The Book of Basketball is a 700-page work of hoops genius that would make Dr. James Naismith beam proudly – and probably blush. Author Bill Simmons, best known as ESPN.com's "The Sports Guy," explores the NBA with hilarious insight, brilliant analysis, and a bevy of irreverent footnotes. Simmons is a fan first – a fact best explained in an entertaining foreword by Malcolm Gladwell – and writes from the stands, not the press room. His knowledge and passion for the game provide him with few peers, yet his voice represents those who stick by their teams through thick and thin. As a result, The Book of Basketball is not just a tribute to hardwood heroes, but also a celebration of yelling at TV sets, revering lucky jerseys, and holding our breath until the final buzzer sounds. Throw in pages of nearly-insane statistical breakdowns (including a projected boxscore from the movie Teen Wolf), and it's easy to see why fans of all levels should clear shelf space for this instant classic. --Dave Callanan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
*Starred Review* Simmons, aka “the Sports Guy,” is a regular columnist on ESPN.com. He writes about all sports, with a particular affection for his hometown Boston teams. Stylistically, there’s no one quite like him writing about sports. Sardonic, both irreverent and reverent, silly, self-deprecating, and melancholy are all adjectives that can be used to describe his work. The NBA seems to bring out his best stuff, perhaps because of its unique mix of personalities and cultures and the mysteries of its team dynamics. This monster of a book (more than 700 pages) is equal parts history and analysis. Simmons summarizes the history of the league, discusses his personal fandom, includes a great “what if?” chapter (what if Michael Jordan had been drafted second by Portland instead of third by Chicago?), analyzes Most Valuable Player choices through the years, and dissects the careers of the league’s all-time best players. The true NBA fan will dive into this hefty volume and won’t resurface for about a week, emerging from the man cave unshaven, smelling of beer and pizza, grinning, and armed with NBA history, insight, anecdotes, statistics, and a dozen new examples of Simmons’ Unintentional Comedy Scale. This is just plain fun. Expect significant demand from hoops junkies. --Wes Lukowsky --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Best basketball book out there. Bill Simmons is hilarious, smart, and thorough. The book was a joy to read and you breeze through a book that looks huge and intimidating. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Mike
If you like Bill Simmons, this will make sense to you. If not, run for your life.
Also, read the footnotes.
Best book on the subject i have ever read. Extensively researched and filled with stats and anecdotes. High recommended to any can of the NBA.Published 1 month ago by cl
The Book of Basketball is either the best or second best book I have ever read along with Tall Tales! Read morePublished 1 month ago by NBA LOGO
Excellent book. Most comprehensive book on NBA basketball that I've read. A must for every NBA fan.Published 1 month ago by Leonardo Paredes
This is truly a great book. Admittedly I'm biased, having been a Simmons reader for almost 15 years, but regardless this is such an entertaining read that anyone who is a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by cearly08
Great book for any basketball fan. Bill has excellent insight on modern players as well as stars from the past. Also, is very funny. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kevin Malczon
Simmons gives great insight to the history of the game and the game. Wonderful side stories.Published 2 months ago by David Jacobs