Heroes of the Hardcourt: Ranking Pro Basketballs 100 Greatest Players, and Introducing a Whole New Way of Looking at the Game

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  • ISBN-13: 9781425903992
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 12/29/2005
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Heroes of the Hardcourt: Ranking Pro Basketballs 100 Greatest Players, and Introducing a Whole New Way of Looking at the Game

    There are a ton of books out there with their own opinions on just who are the best basketball players ever yet most of them are based on someone else's opinion or the other. This is the only book I've seen that goes beyond the opinions and beyond the numbers and looks at everything. For eg, I always thought that the Big O' was one of the best all-time players(a top 10 player) until I read this book. Now I'm more than convinced that he doesn't belong even in the top 20. Here's a guy who had great numbers in the regular season but totally tanked in the playoffs. And on top of that he only won 1 championship. I'm sorry but you can't be all that great if you could only win one title and not until you were teamed up with Kareem. I agree that people can disagree on who are the top ten greatest players, and I do differ from this author on some of those ranks, but in the end I can see where his rankings are coming from and whose to say mine is any better than his. I can't say for sure that George Mikan was better than Kareem (in fact I doubt it) but I do agree that he won more titles than Kareem, and maybe Kareem would not have won all those championships had Magic not landed in LA. So in the end I really like this book. It has made me think, really think about why I had some guys ranked higher than others. The author uses a whole list of factors, not just statistics, but also MVP awards, the number of championships won and category titles (scoring, rebounding, blocks, steals) to better determine just who is the best ever. Kudos to a book well written. I am now more than ever convinced that MJ is the best ever and this book helps confirm why. Heroes of the Hardcourt should be owned by every true basketball fan.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2006

    Heroes of the Hardcourt: Ranking Pro Basketballs 100 Greatest Players, and Introducing a Whole New Way of Looking at the Game

    Over the years I have read numerous sports books and articles, watched countless numbers of games, listened to scores of commentators and I must say I have NEVER read a book that captures the full spectrum of sports analysis like this book. Heroes of the Hardcourt is such a great book in that it takes the reader through a history of professional basketball in very clear and concise manner, before launching into the most scientific explanation of evaluating basketball players that I have ever read. I thought it would be a highly scientific and technical book but it was a surprisingly easy read for a book this detailed. Secondly, before I read this book my top five greatest players was as follows: 1. Michael Jordan 2. Wilt Chamberlain 3. Bill Russell 4. Magic Johnson 5. Larry Bird After reading the book I am now more convinced that the true top five are: 1. Michael Jordan 2. Magic Johnson 3. Wilt Chamberlain 4. Bill Russell 5. Shaquille O'Neal as listed in the book. The author makes a very convincing case why these players should be ranked the way they are actually ranked. In addition he uses not just regular season stats but also playoff and All-Star statistics, and included such things as MVPs won, scoring titles, rebounding titles, etc., and championships won he is able to show the overall performance of each player and compare them accordingly. Simply the best book out there dealing with this topic.

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