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Jason ZengerleSimmons writes about sports the way fans—especially 20- and 30-something white guys who are in three fantasy leagues and dream of having their bachelor parties in Las Vegas—talk about them…Of course, if Simmons brought only passion and knowledge to the table, he wouldn't be any different from one of the countless superfans calling in to their local sports radio shows. What makes him such a successful sportswriter, after all, is that he can flat out write. The Book of Basketball is a few hundred pages too long, but it's never boring. Because practically every page features Simmons performing feats like perfectly encapsulating the career of Patrick Ewing…or vividly psychoanalyzing Kevin McHale's habit of raising his arms in victory after Celtic road wins…the book is guaranteed to hold a reader's interest.
—The New York Times