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Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated Hardcover – October 6, 2020
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.7 pounds
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419743191
- ISBN-10 : 1419743198
- Publisher : Harry N. Abrams (October 6, 2020)
- Dimensions : 7.7 x 1.3 x 9.3 inches
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I'll just tell you that since it arrived, I made 29 out of 30 threes. The other one went in but I didn't call bank. This is the most essential piece of media since the 1993 film Blood In Blood Out. Kobe's going down.
This book is like if you took those moments from above and sprinkled them on top of a bean and cheese taco from Jalisco's in S Houston.
Buy it once.
Then buy it again.
Some of the 3-part chapters are an admitted slog, especially if you didn't grow up in the eras he is talking about, but the format allows you to skip it if you REALLY can't bear to read the 10 pages they span.
Buy it, read it, read it again, give it to a friend, then buy another copy.
Enjoy it with some tacos and a Big Red soda.
Treasure it like it's your child. Maybe more.
And most importantly, remember to shoot your shot.
Once you've read this book, you'll never miss.
I love basketball, and this book offers a wildly creative series of takes on a bunch of questions I've thought about, and a bunch more I'd never even considered. It's funny, and smart, and painstakingly detailed, and most importantly, thought provoking.
The inclusion of a bunch of advanced stats (VORP, PER, etc) was welcome, and demonstrates Mr. Serrano's in-depth grasp of the NBA. Honestly, came as a bit of a surprise, because his Twitter feed, @sheaserrano, tends to focus on the more emotional side of fandom.
Wish there were some WNBA content in this book, especially as the author has become a huge WNBA and WNCAA fan/advocate. Like, there could have been easy contenders in the "Most Perfect Duo" and "Most Important Championship" chapters.
I think my favorite chapter(s) are the Moment before "The Moment." Especially Derek Fisher's .4 second prayer that trounced what should have been Tim Duncan's career highlight shot. I remember watching that game on TV, when Mr. Duncan hit that ridiculous jumper from the top of the key, and thinking 1: Spurs are winning this series, and the title and 2: This is the last shot on every highlight reel for Mr. Duncan's career. Unreal shot at the biggest moment. And then Derek Fisher, who couldn't tie Mr. Duncan's shoes, ruined the whole thing. Also, McMamba.
Which hip hop artist would be the best pick to cover/remix "If I Had a Hammer" as the theme song for the Death Hammer series?
(Spoiler) As a Seattle native and once-upon-a-time Sonics fan, I appreciate the selection of Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp as the Best Duo...but I don't agree. Jordan and Pippen were just so dominant, and could win games in so many different ways. Though aesthetically I think my choice would've been Magic and James Worthy. Spent my first 12 years in LA watching Showtime, and James running the wing while Magic led the fast break was a thing of beauty, and unstoppable. And they were almost as dominant in the half court, with James beating everyone for position and Magic always finding the perfect entry pass. Magic/Kareem were great, and I believe Kareem's skyhook is the single greatest shot in NBA history, but it didn't have the same appeal. I could throw entry passes to Kareem posting up 15 feet from the basket and hitting 56%.
This book is extremely clever, and surprisingly dense, and a very fun read. Highly recommended to anyone who even peripherally cares about the NBA.
Also, Kobe Bryant is a dork.
There are so many entertaining chapters filled with hypotheticals (What if Hakeem and Shaq played that 1 on 1 game), rankings (The most disrespectful dunks in NBA history), and questions (What is and isn't allowed in pickup basketball). Shea's writing style also allows us to see into his own life, but not overly so, and his love for basketball really shines throughout the book.
Because of this book, I'm bridging the gap from casual basketball fan to hardcore Knicks fan. Gulp, wish me luck.