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" . . . a book that does for basketball what Jim Bouton's Ball Four did for baseball. "
When it was first published in 1970,Miracle on 33rd Street pushed the envelope of sports journalism and created a story that had never been told in any previous book about basketball. In this timeless book,veteran sportswriter Phil Berger revealed the world of the remarkable 1969-70 New York Knicks as they lived it,from preseason workouts to the victorious finish of their first championship. The life they shared beyond the lights atMadison Square Garden. The camaraderie. The laughs. The conflicts.
The result was such an intimate and revealing portrait of the team that the Knicks' brass banned Berger from the locker room after the book's publication. But his honest account enthralled fans and sportswriters alike. He took readers out-of-bounds to capture the whole story in all its gritty details—from up-close portrayals of key personalities such as Bill Bradley,Willis Reed,and Dave DeBusschere to the frenzied Garden fans shouting at the players and spitting on the court to life on the road,in and out of hotels. Including an insightful introduction by Marv Albert,Miracle on 33rd Street relives the magical,sometimes turbulent Knicks' season,with Berger and the reader along for the exciting ride.
Posted November 21, 2010
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