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When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks
When the Garden Was Eden
Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0061956236
"The fascinating account--part autobiography, part sports history--of a young New York sportswriter sent out to cover his favorite team, the New York Knicks, during the social unrest of the 1960s and 70s"--
The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino: A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball
The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino
A Story of Corruption, Scandal, and the Big Business of College Basketball
Hardcover      ISBN: 039956327x
From acclaimed New York Times Magazine author Michael Sokolove, the astonishing inside story of the epic corruption scandal that has rocked the NCAA and exposed the rot and hypocrisy at the heart of big-time college sports. At a lavish annual event in late August 2017, the University of Louisville athletic director, who made more than $5 million in compensation in 2016, announced an extension of his school's sponsorship deal with Adidas: $160 million for another 10 years. The invitees were city's gentry - horse breeders, bourbon distillers, partners at big law firms, the state's governor, Matt Bevin, and its most powerful politician, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. One month later, the FBI revealed that it had reached the endgame of a sprawling investigation of large-scale corruption involving Adidas, Louisville and a host of other colleges, in which large payments were laundered from Adidas through a network of coaches and fixers to athletes and their families to induce them to go to Adidas-branded college programs. In short order, Hall of Fame basketball coach Rick Pitino (salary: $8 million) and athletic director Tom Jurich were fired, and fear and trembling swept through the world of bigtime college athletics. Because there is another shoe, as it were, and it will fall. In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove lifts the rug on the Louisville scandal and places it in the context of the much wider problem, the farce of amateurism in bigtime college sports. In a world in which even assistant coaches can make high-six and seven-figure salaries, as long as they keep the "elite" athletes coming in, shoe deals can reach into the nine figures, and everyone is getting rich but the players, can it be surprising that unscrupulous parties would pay athletes, creating in effect a black market in young men, a veritable underground railroad of talent? But a few bad apples are one thing. In THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO, Michael Sokolove shows an elaborate, systematic machine, involving hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit payments and connecting at least one of the largest apparel companies in the world with schools across the country. The Louisville-Adidas scandal has revealed a web of conspiracy whose scope has shaken big-time college sports to its core, delivering a devastating blow to the fantasy of amateurism, of "scholar athletes." A Shakespearean drama of greed and desperation involving some of the biggest characters in the arena of sports, THE LAST TEMPTATION OF RICK PITINO will be the definitive chronicle of this scandal and its broader echoes.
Back from the Dead
Back from the Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 1476716870
An NBA sports star and cultural icon discusses his catastrophic spinal collapse in 2007, the excruciating pain he suffered, and his slow recovery, as well as his childhood, sports career, and the political and cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
Hardwood Heroes: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardwood Heroes
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714931
Hardwood Heroes tells the tale of Minnesota basketball, including high school, college and professional male and female teams. It is a great book full of wonderful stories, along with personal memories and photos.

Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
Counting Coup
A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
Paperback      ISBN: 0446677558
A noted journalist and author of Goat Brothers profiles a Montana high-school girls' basketball team--made up of Crow Indian and non-Native American girls from a rural town beset by racism, alcoholism, and other problems--that carries on its shoulders the dreams and hopes of a Native American tribe during their winning season. Reprint.
When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball
When March Went Mad
The Game That Transformed Basketball
Paperback      ISBN: 0805091513
Traces the pivotal ways in which the careers of Magic Johnson and Larry Bird positively influenced the NCAA and the NBA, chronicling the dramatic 1979 NCAA finals and the epic rivalry that rendered college basketball a multibillion-dollar event. Reprint. A best-selling book.
The Season Never Ends: Wins, Losses, and the Wisdom of the Court
The Season Never Ends
Wins, Losses, and the Wisdom of the Court
Paperback      ISBN: 1935098691
Stories of basketball greatness, told by a broadcasting legend.
Pitino: My Story
Pitino
My Story
Hardcover      ISBN: 1635765625
On September 26, 2017, the biggest recruiting scandal in college basketball history sent shock waves through the world of sports. Caught up in a massive FBI and NCAA investigation
Got to Give the People What They Want: True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court
Got to Give the People What They Want
True Stories and Flagrant Opinions from Center Court
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804138907
“I want to start conversations, and even better, arguments.
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Pistol
The Life of Pete Maravich
Hardcover      ISBN: 0743284976
The author of Namath: A Biography presents an account of the personal life and professional achievements of the troubled 1970s basketball star, from his relationship with his obsessive father and unbroken college scoring record to the personal demons that challenged his life and his evangelical Christian faith. 75,000 first printing.