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The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds Paperback – February 1, 1999
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I read The City Game for the first time when I was 13. I had basketball fever bad, and I would pore over Slam magazine every month. They ran a lot of streetball stories at that time, and I developed a real interest in guys like Earl Manigault and Herman Knowings. And like any Knick fan, I knew about Bradley and Frazier and the rest of the championship teams. When my dad gave me his copy of The City Game, I couldn't believe what I was reading. Someone else had seen the connection between streetball and pro ball? I thought I was the only one, in a way that only a 13-year-old can.
I'm more than twice as old now as I was when I read the book for the first time, and I was curious to see whether it was as good as I remembered. It was better. Axthelm was a talented writer, and the cast of characters in the NBA made things easy for him. Kareem was still Lew, Wes Unseld, Earl Monroe, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, not to mention "Clyde" and Dave DeBusschere and Dick Barnett and Willis Reed were all battling up and down the NBA. Every match-up the Knicks face is compelling, every game a war.
Axthelm got deep into Harlem and he profiled those who made it out of the neighborhood and those who didn't. His words about Manigault were written before "The Goat" turned his life around, making his story especially sad.Read more ›
sports. He says he learned alot about the development of basketball by reading this book. He gives it a "thumbs up" rating.
The book is divided into two main categories: the 1969-70 New York Knicks championship season in the NBA and the playground legends around New York City. I found the book far more interesting and memorable when author Pete Axthelm wrote about the playground guys, particularly Earl "The Goat" Manigault, a name I have always remembered.
I used to see Axthelm interviewed on TV, or doing football and other sports commentary, and used to enjoy listening to him. He was a very good writer and speaker. Sadly, he died in 1991 at the age of 47.
Great books like this will keep Pete's name alive.
Pete Axthelm superbly goes with you page after page in a marvellous jorney in the city of basketball, "the city that knows and love it best".
It's not only a sport book, it's a free entry for Basketball City of New York.
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Great read for any "true" hoop fan who knows what it took to prove yourself among your peers before AAU and Travel Ball.....Published 16 months ago by D W DeMedio
Explains the roots of the game. Axthelm penned a great book.Published 21 months ago by David A. Crockett
The subject matter could have been written in a three paragraph article on espn.com. I was bored throughout the book .Published 23 months ago by Robert Singer
It brought back alot of memories of the Knicks when I was in my teens. I also saw the movie Rebound "The lengend
of Earl "The Goat" Manigualt and throughly enjoyed... Read more
I bought this to read about the
Goat, Earl Manigault. It didn't let me down. I saw the movie rebound and was eager to buy this.
This book had no interesting stories about the players, just a lot of names and dates. Very boring read, just a lot of facts.Published on February 18, 2013 by Frank Mingel