King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution / Edition 1

King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution / Edition 1

by Aram Goudsouzian
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520258878

ISBN-13: 9780520258877

Pub. Date: 05/01/2010

Publisher: University of California Press

Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, Russell began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball.
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Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, Russell began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball.
In King of the Court, Aram Goudsouzian provides a vivid and engrossing chronicle of the life and career of this brilliant champion and courageous racial pioneer. Russell’s leaping, wide-ranging defense altered the game’s texture. His teams provided models of racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s, and, in 1966, he became the first black coach of any major professional team sport. Yet, like no athlete before him, Russell challenged the politics of sport.
Instead of displaying appreciative deference, he decried racist institutions, embraced his African roots, and challenged the nonviolent tenets of the civil rights movement. This beautifully written book—sophisticated, nuanced, and insightful—reveals a singular individual who expressed the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. while echoing the warnings of Malcolm X.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520258877
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
05/01/2010
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.28(h) x 1.33(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations, xi,
Foreword, xiii,
Acknowledgments, xix,
Introduction, 1,
1. Russell Moves, 7,
2. Big Man on Campus, 22,
3. Russell Rules, 39,
4. The Amateur, 55,
5. Big League, Bush League, 71,
6. The Man Who Must Be Different, 86,
7. Goliath's Shadow, 102,
8. The Mystique, 116,
9. Family Man, 132,
10. His Own Little Revolution, 148,
11. Russellphobia, 164,
12. The Hidden Fear, 179,
13. Boston Is Dead, 194,
14. The Lighthouse, 209,
15. Grand Old Man, 223,
16. Color Man, 238,
17. Seattle's New Dictator, 252,
18. Russell Redux, 267,
Notes, 283,
Bibliography, 373,
Index, 413,

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