The Game Within the Game

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Overview

Walt Frazier, one of the greatest guards ever to play the game, writes about "old school ball" and his ideas for reinvigorating the sport

In The Game Within the Game, basketball legend Walt Frazier looks at basketball from both a historical and personal viewpoint. When Frazier first started playing the game, discipline and strategy were more highly valued than in today's game, which he describes as having devolved into "a playground fest of dunks and threes." The old-school ...

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Overview

Walt Frazier, one of the greatest guards ever to play the game, writes about "old school ball" and his ideas for reinvigorating the sport

In The Game Within the Game, basketball legend Walt Frazier looks at basketball from both a historical and personal viewpoint. When Frazier first started playing the game, discipline and strategy were more highly valued than in today's game, which he describes as having devolved into "a playground fest of dunks and threes." The old-school style of Frazier's past emphasized substance over style, contrary to the current state of the game, where celebrity and flashy moves dominate.

In lively and accessible language, Frazier writes about how important "the game within the game" really is. He emphasizes timing and mental skill, far more than dazzling moves, as the strengths that today's players need to hone in order to achieve success. Frazier makes some controversial points, aimed at new basketball players.

"The game within the game starts with players respecting their coaches, their teammates, and the opposing team. The Indiana Pacers had a good chance of winning the NBA championship last year before Artest erupted. They had a record of 16 wins and only 8 losses at the time the brawl occurred and were touted as the team with the best chance of dethroning the Pistons in the East.

Artest had been out of control for a long time. The Pacers tried to rein him in by suspending him earlier in the season, but Artest didn't learn his lesson. He is a product of his times. Basketball is a microcosm of life. Walking down the street today, guys want their props. If you bump into a young guy, he might go off. It's carried over into the NBA. The guys in the league today are young and they often have a similar mindset."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615533527
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Two-time NBA champion Walt Frazier presided over the Knicks for ten years, from 1967 to 1977. As a Knicks player, Frazier scored an average of 19.3 points per game, played in seven NBA All-Star Games, and was named to four All-NBA First Teams and seven NBA All-Defensive First Teams. For the past fourteen years, he has entertained radio and television audiences as a Knicks analyst. His previous book, Rockin' Steady, was a national bestseller. He lives in New York.
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  • Posted January 23, 2009

    Good Read

    I think this is a good book for anybody who loves or is learning the game of basketball. In this story the author elaborates on the adversity he¿s went through in order to get to the status that he is in right now. One example of an external conflict that he has faced is, in his first game ever he had to guard one of his all time favorite players Hal Greer back in 1967. He got totally embarrassed and actually he fouled of the game. He was so upset with himself but he didn¿t quit he kept on persevering and got through this situation. Another example of adversity that the author faced is when he was in college, he was academically ineligible so his coach made him play only defense when he was in college. He was highly upset but instead of fighting with coach he started lifting weights and working on his defense and in the end it was a positive thing because it made him the lockdown defender he is today. <BR/> The main thing I like about this story is the way he analyzes the game from his point of view, because he really teaches you how to be a player. He doesn¿t tell you around the point he tells you like it is. But that¿s one of things I don¿t like about the story because sometimes he¿s too blunt too me and I know everything he¿s saying is true but some of things he says don¿t appeal to me very well. While I was reading the story I had to keep this in mind, he¿s talking about his experiences and then he talks about the game as if it were two years ago because that¿s when the book came out. So when he does criticize something you have to remember to set your time back 2 years and then think about it. Overall this is a well written book and it can help any up and coming basketball player so if your looking for something to get motivated in the right this book is it.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

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    Dishin' & swishin'

    Clyde gives it to you straight and he's right on the money - about the game itself and today's NBA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2007

    Great read!

    I was a big Clyde fan before reading this book, but even more so afterwards! He covers such a wide range of topics relating to basketball and all are presented with a lot of clarity. Very interesting.

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