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Hoops Nation: A Guide to America's Best Pickup Basketball

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Got serious skills and want to know where you can showcase them? Looking to rip some rebounds in Raleigh or push the rock in Pittsburgh? Well, look no further: Chris Ballard and three other former college players cruised 30,000 miles in a van, visiting basketball courts coast-to-coast and interviewing coaches, players, and NBA stars to compile this guide to seven hundred of the hoops hot spots in all fifty states. More than a Yellow Pages for travelling gym rats, Hoops Nation is a celebration of the world of ...
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Overview

Got serious skills and want to know where you can showcase them? Looking to rip some rebounds in Raleigh or push the rock in Pittsburgh? Well, look no further: Chris Ballard and three other former college players cruised 30,000 miles in a van, visiting basketball courts coast-to-coast and interviewing coaches, players, and NBA stars to compile this guide to seven hundred of the hoops hot spots in all fifty states. More than a Yellow Pages for travelling gym rats, Hoops Nation is a celebration of the world of playground basketball and of the unique culture and colorful characters who inhabit it.
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Editorial Reviews

Booklist
"Not only a reference for aspiring pickup hoopsters, but also a loving tribute to a unique part of contemporary sports culture."—Booklist
Vibe
"Engaging and informative, funny as Muggsy dunking on Shaq. . . . Chris Ballard got game."—Vibe
Philadelphia Inquirer
"A travelogue worthy of frequent rereading and a guidebook no hoopaholic should leave home without."—Philadelphia Inquirer
NBA Inside Stuff
“The ultimate guide to nationwide pickup games, from the playgrounds of the pros to the courts of high school shorties.”—NBA Inside Stuff magazine
Washington Times
“A handy and entertaining guide to blacktops and backboards from sea to shining sea. Even if you don’t dare venture beyond your backyard, Mr. Ballard’s book will make you wish you could.”—Washington Times
Chicago Tribune
“A comprehensive look at basketball courts across the country, with all sorts of inside dope and practical advice.”—Chicago Tribune
Men's Fitness
“An entertaining riff on the culture, history, and mythology of pickup basketball.”—Men’s Fitness
P.O.V. magazine
“Excellent. . . . a savvy guide to universal characters and court demographics. Whether you’re partial to hardwood floors or suncracked slabs, Hoops Nation has a court for you.”—P.O.V. Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765539052
  • Publisher: Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/1998
  • Pages: 367

Meet the Author

Chris Ballard is a staff writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Clark Kellogg is a CBS basketball commentator and former NBA star. Chuck Wielgus and Alexander Wolff are the authors of The In-Your-Face Basketball Book.
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