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Total Basketball: The Ultimate Basketball Encyclopedia Hardcover – November 14, 2003


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  • Hardcover: 1280 pages
  • Publisher: Sport Media Publishing (November 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894963016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894963015
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 2.8 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I have two basketball encyclopedias, the one the NBA did four years ago at 911 pages and now the 2004 Total Basketball: The Ultimate Basketball Encyclopedia weighing in at eight pounds and 1470 pages. It is the most complete basketball book ever compiled. Period. Hey, when it comes to encyclopedias, size matters.
The data base includes all 3,530 players ever to play in the NBL, BAA, and NBA. It has regular season and playoff stats for every player. It has a color photo section of the greatest all-time players. I haven't read everything yet, but there are stories about the game's invention, development, the evolution of equipment, the 20 best trades and free agent acquisitions in history, history and records of the ABA, a history of the NCAA tournament and college basketball records (what other book ever combined college and pro ball?) a history of early and defunct leagues, the 100 best players, the history of league attendance and of every arena, the first black players, the history of women in basketball, special stories on Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and Bob Pettit. Bob Ryan and Sam Smith, two of the best basketball writers in the country, did some of the writing. There are photos throughout.
I'm so glad I got this book-it leaves nothing out. If you think you know basketball, think again. This book will show you how much you don't know.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 9, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This a must get for any stats fan of basketball. This has every basketball league that has ever played from Naismith time to the present time. Most books only have the NBA and maybe if you are lucky the ABA. I would give this 10 stars if they were available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on September 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
a must have for any Hoop Fan of the NBA. very detailed&full of Information. I enjoy all the details&never get tired of reading on the Nba&it's history. a must have.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 1, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This encyclopedia is perfect for sports enthusiasts everywhere.

The acquisition is complete and easily understandable. It contains important details about the following:

- how the NBA rose to prominence

- Pro-players active in th American and National Leagues

- the history of the NBA expansion

- standings, awards, all stars and the divisional semi-finals

The work contains full portraits of Joe Fulks-The Babe Ruth of

Basketball , as well as Wilt Chamberlain scoring and rebounds.

The volume is worth the price for serious students of basketball.
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