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The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Highly Intelligent and LOL Funny Review of the Long History of Pro Basketball

The core of this book is a ranking of the 96 greatest players of all time. This ranking is both highly intelligent and highly idiosyncratic. I strongly disagreed with only a single ranking, which is remarkable. The reviews are peppered with Simmons' tangents on margi...
The core of this book is a ranking of the 96 greatest players of all time. This ranking is both highly intelligent and highly idiosyncratic. I strongly disagreed with only a single ranking, which is remarkable. The reviews are peppered with Simmons' tangents on marginally related, analagous and sometimes totally unrelated topics of interest to young (at heart) sports guys. These tangents are often contained in copious footnotes that you can avoid if you don't want a full belly laugh every couple of pages. A thorough delight for the already well informed, engaged hoops fan.

posted by pfahey68 on December 3, 2009

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3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

Tabloid Fandom at it's Finest

A friend purchased this for me due to my love of NBA basketball, and thought it would be a good read...as it was highly recommended here.

Suffice it to say that I felt this was one of the worst "books" I've ever had the misfortune of reading. Though I used to read hi...
A friend purchased this for me due to my love of NBA basketball, and thought it would be a good read...as it was highly recommended here.

Suffice it to say that I felt this was one of the worst "books" I've ever had the misfortune of reading. Though I used to read his columns (and listen to his podcasts) intermitedly (and admittedly, they were funny), I found all that was wrong with his writing in this massive tome to tabloid sports writing.

I can take his rapid Boston fandom. There are over-testosteroned imbeciles all over the country. I can even take the rest. Ridiculous, disrespectful opinions on a variety of NBA players (most of whom are widely considered great representations of the sport), his shameless bashing of other teams, playres, and organizations not Boston-affiliated, plus over 200 pages of Simmons' childhood obsession with the Boston Celtics (according to him, the most important organization in the history of sports).

Then there are his glorious lists. List upon list comprised of his personal bias, masquerading as an excercise in impartiality. Even more pathetic is that this excuse for "professional" sports writing looks and reads like the drunk, under-average IQ "fan" at your local sports bar took notes on his incessant spouting of nonsense, and spends a majority of its convulted pages seemingly being a diary for the typical ESPN board warrior idiot.

There is one caveat. If you bleed Celtic green, spend your free time poking needles in Laker player voodoo dolls, engage in conversations consisting of "the NBA is nothing without the Celtics" and "unless you are Michael Jordan or were a Celtic, you are trash," and believe that the city of Boston is the Almighty's greatest gift to humankind, this is definitely the book for you. If you enjoy the sport of basketball, irregardless of which team you support, and are looking for a decent, relatively impartial read on anything relating to the subject matter, this "book" is better off in the recycling bin.

posted by 2439805 on December 15, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2010

    Insightful, entertaining and a must read for basketball fans

    The Sports Guy has written a great book for anyone who has an interest in the NBA, 80's culture and a good laugh. The footnotes literally made me laugh out loud a few times. But ultimately, it is a very well researched and insightful look at the history of the NBA. It will be sure to spark arguments and debate and is a must read for anyone with an interest in the NBA.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Wonderful book

    Bill Simmons writes with great passion. His book is very informative and entertaining. There is great information about the players. The player section is the best part of the book. Even though, he's a little biased towards the Celtics, it's a great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2009

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    Great Book

    This is a great book for the basketball fan, casual or intense. Simmons offers not only his opinionated (cut the book open and it will bleed green) takes on the NBA, but offers empirical evidence and strong arguments. Comparisons, such as between Russell and Chamberlain, are made not simply based on statistics or championship rings. Interviews with others, articles from the time period, and head to head statistics are used to show the relationship between the two. The best part of the book comes during the latter part, when Simmons ranks the 90+ best players of all time. Great book for the basketball lover, young or old.

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