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Basketball's Greatest Stars
Basketball's Greatest Stars
Paperback      ISBN: 1770855777

The spectacular success of the NBA is based on its stars, their performances and personalities, which excite fans game after game, championship after championship. Michael Grange has profiled the 50 greatest and most exciting of these players in Basketball's Greatest Stars.

They're all here: the score-at-will centers, the quick-dishing guards, the take-it-to-the-hoop power forwards, and the three-point shooters. The book also features a chapter on the future greats who are starting on NBA hardwood now. Terrific action photographs celebrate each of these superstars, past and present. As an added bonus there are profiles of all 30 franchises which have orchestrated the league's rise to greatness.

Some of the current NBA stars in this third edition are:

  • Andrew Wiggins
  • John Wall
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Stephen Curry
  • Anthony Davis
  • Kevin Durant
  • Blake Griffn
  • James Harden
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Kevin Love
  • Klay Thompson
  • Paul George
  • Derrick Rose
  • Russell Westbrook
  • LeBron James.

Michael Grange's insightful essays cover the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the sport, the international game and the changing nature and importance of statistical analysis.

Basketball's Greatest Stars is a superb book for every fan.

Basketball Now!: The Stars and Stories of the NBA
Basketball Now!
The Stars and Stories of the NBA
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 177085925x

Ideal for every fan of the game.

Riding the best-selling success of the first edition, Basketball Now Second Edition presents the best players in the NBA today -- complete with a fresh crop of young stars whose swagger and game has seen them launch to league-wide stardom.

From hyped rookies to bona fide superstars, this second edition is packed with 50 profiles and more than 130 action images. From Stephen Curry and LeBron James to Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan, here are just some of the stars lining the pages of this book:

  • LeBron James
  • Blake Griffin
  • Chris Paul
  • James Harden
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anthony Davis
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Paul George
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kevin Love
  • Stephen Curry
  • And many more.
  • Adam Elliott Segal also gives readers a tour of the NBA universe, including chapters on the NBA Draft, the Dunk Contest, and the best clutch performances and playoff performances in NBA history.

    This second edition of Basketball Now is the only book in the market that focuses on the best NBA stars playing the game today.

    Go Up for Glory
    Go Up for Glory
    Paperback      ISBN: 059318422x
    Back in print for the first time in decades, Go Up for Glory is the classic 1968 basketball memoir by NBA legend Bill Russell, with a new foreword from the author.

    From NBA legend Bill Russell, Go Up for Glory is a basketball memoir that transcends time. First published in 1965, this narrative traces Russell's childhood in segregated America and details the challenges he faced as a Black man, even when he was a celebrated NBA star. And while some progress has been made, this book serves as an urgent reminder of how far we still have to go in the fight for human rights and equality.
    The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It
    The Show
    The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers in the Words of Those Who Lived It
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0071430342

    The first definitive oral history of the ever popular L.A. Lakers

    The L.A. Lakers have long been one of the NBA's most exciting teams. In The Show, critically acclaimed sportswriter Roland Lazenby brings the story of this charismatic team to life in an unprecedented oral history, featuring such legendary players as Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, and Magic Johnson, along with current stars like Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant.

    Through in-depth interviews with players, coaches, and many other key figures, Lazenby follows the Lakers from their birthplace in 1946 Minneapolis to their eventual successes and failures in Los Angeles, using his flair for storytelling and eye for detail to show you exactly why the 14-time NBA champion Lakers are a celebrated favorite for sports fans all over America.

    Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
    Golden Days
    West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California Dreamers Who Reinvented Basketball
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0399179070
    The bestselling author of Dream Team tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.

    In Golden Days, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses two teams--today's Golden State Warriors and the L.A. Lakers of the early 1970s--to trace the dynamic history of the National Basketball Association, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through the state of California. Tying together the two strands of McCallum's story is Hall of Famer Jerry West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. With "the Logo" as his guide, McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, leveraging the access and authority he has amassed over his forty-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.

    Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from Wilt Chamberlain to Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, Golden Days is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America.

    Featuring vintage photos and contemporary shots of NBA greats including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Pat Riley, and more.

    "Full of juicy anecdotes and wagging fun . . . McCallum holds legitimate claim for being the greatest NBA writer of all time."--The Wall Street Journal

    "Only one writer I know could pull all this together: two iconic champions, two roundball revolutions, and the deadeye legend whose silhouette binds them both. If basketball writing had a logo, it would be the image of Jack McCallum."--Lee Jenkins, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

    "I had the pleasure of playing with, coaching with, and coaching for Jerry West, one of the great influences in the history of the NBA. Golden Days gets at the essence of the man as a player and an executive, while also exploring today's game through the Golden State Warriors."--Pat Riley, president, Miami Heat

    "An original, fascinating, and breezy read . . . With his classic eye for detail and deadpan wit, Jack McCallum connects two of the greatest teams in sports history and manages to unearth new details about some of the giants of the game."--Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN
    A Coach's Life: My 40 Years in College Basketball
    A Coach's Life
    My 40 Years in College Basketball
    Paperback      ISBN: 0375758801

    For almost forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina basketball team with unsurpassed success, having an impact both on the court and in the lives of countless young men. In A Coach s Life, he looks back on the great games, teams, players, strategies, and rivalries that defined his career and, in a new final chapter, discusses his retirement from the game. The fundamentals of good basketball are the fundamentals of character passion, discipline, focus, selflessness, and responsibility and superlative mentor and coach Dean Smith imparts them all with equal authority."

    The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty
    The Miracle of St. Anthony
    A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty
    Paperback      ISBN: 1592401864

    In a city mired in endless decay, where the youth suffer through all the horrors of urban blight, hope comes in a most unassuming form: a tiny brick schoolhouse run by two Felician nuns where a singular basketball genius takes teenagers from the mean streets of Jersey City and turns them into champions on the hardcourt. Coach Bob Hurley had been working miracles at St. Anthony High School for over thirty years, winning state and national championships and offering his players rescue from their surroundings through college scholarships, when he met his most dysfunctional team yet. In The Miracle of St. Anthony Adrian Wojnarowski follows Hurley through a gripping and heartrending season as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game and his ceaseless determination to see no more children lost to these streets.

    In The Miracle of St. Anthony, acclaimed sports journalist Adrian Wojnarowski follows Hurley through a gripping and heartrending season, as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game and his ceaseless determination to see no more children lost to the city streets.

    Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
    Pistol
    The Life of Pete Maravich
    Paperback      ISBN: 0743284984
    Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream--and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete--a basketball icon for baby boomers--all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption.

    Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers.

    In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke.

    But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame.

    Set largely in the South, Kriegel's Pistol, a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons, merges several archetypal characters. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope. But he was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ.

    A renowned biographer--People magazine called him "a master"--Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, heartbreaking, lyrical, and electric.

    The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete's father a basketball. Press Maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom. It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation. The intensity of Press's obsession initiates a journey across three generations of Maraviches. Pistol Pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father's vanity and vision. But that dream continues to exact a price on Pete's own sons. Now in their twenties--and fatherless for most of their lives--they have waged their own struggles with the game and its ghosts.

    Pistol is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family's history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.
    State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation
    State
    A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation
    Hardcover      ISBN: 1572842660

    Set against a backdrop of social change during the 1970s, State is a compelling first-person account of what it was like to live through both traditional gender discrimination in sports and the joy of the very first days of equality--or at least the closest that one high school girls' basketball team ever came to it.

    In 1975, freshman Melissa Isaacson--along with a group of other girls who'd spent summers with their noses pressed against the fences of Little League ball fields, unable to play--entered Niles West High School in suburban Chicago with one goal: make a team, any team. For Missy, that turned out to be the basketball team.

    Title IX had passed just three years earlier, prohibiting gender discrimination in education programs or activities, including athletics. As a result, states like Illinois began implementing varsity competition--and state tournaments--for girls' high school sports.

    At the time, Missy and her teammates didn't really understand the legislation. All they knew was they finally had opportunities--to play, to learn, to sweat, to lose, to win--and an identity: they were athletes. They were a team.

    And in 1979, they became state champions.

    With the intimate insights of the girl who lived it, the pacing of a born storyteller, and the painstaking reporting of a veteran sports journalist, Isaacson chronicles one high school team's journey to the state championship. In doing so, Isaacson shows us how a group of "tomboys" found themselves and each other, and how basketball rescued them from their collective frustrations and troubled homes, and forever altered the course of their lives.
    State
    State
    Paperback      ISBN: 1572842903

    Set against a backdrop of social change during the 1970s, State is an important, compelling, and entertaining first-person account of what it was like to live through both traditional gender discrimination in sports and the joy of the very first days of equality--or at least the closest that one high school girls' basketball team ever came to it.

    In 1975, freshman Melissa Isaacson--along with the other girls who'd spent summers with their noses pressed against the fences of Little League ball fields, unable to play--entered Niles West High School in suburban Chicago with one goal: make a team, any team. For "Missy," that team turned out to be basketball.

    Title IX had passed just three years earlier, prohibiting gender discrimination in education programs or activities, including athletics. As a result, states like Illinois began implementing varsity competition--and state tournaments--for girls' high school sports.

    At the time, Missy and her teammates didn't really understand the legislation. All they knew was they finally had opportunities--to play, to learn, to sweat, to lose, to win--and an identity: They were athletes. They were a team.

    And in 1979, they became state champions.

    With the intimate insights of the girl who lived it, the pacing of a born storyteller, and the painstaking reporting of a veteran sports journalist, Isaacson chronicles one high school team's journey to the state championship. In doing so, Isaacson shows us how a group of "tomboy" misfits found themselves and each other, and how basketball rescued them from their collective frustrations and troubled homes, and forever altered the course of their lives.