NBA List Jam!: The Most Authoritative and Opinionated Rankings from Doug Collins, Bob Ryan, Peter Vecsey, Jeanie Buss, Tom Heinsohn, and many more

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NBA List Jam! is an entertaining and informative collection of 125+ ranked lists that discuss and debate the people, games, events, and ephemera that have made the NBA the spectator sport of choice for millions in North America and beyond.

The wide variety of list topics include Greatest Teams, Best Comebacks, Best High School to NBA Stars, Worst Collapses, Best Pure Shooters, Oddest Hairdos, Greatest Players from the Big 5, Top NBA Announcers,...

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NBA List Jam! is an entertaining and informative collection of 125+ ranked lists that discuss and debate the people, games, events, and ephemera that have made the NBA the spectator sport of choice for millions in North America and beyond.

The wide variety of list topics include Greatest Teams, Best Comebacks, Best High School to NBA Stars, Worst Collapses, Best Pure Shooters, Oddest Hairdos, Greatest Players from the Big 5, Top NBA Announcers, Best/Worst Uniforms, and much, much more!

Each of the NBA’s 30 teams has one list dedicated to it, contributed by one of that team’s most prominent personalities past or present. The book features big-name guest contributors throughout—players, coaches, media, and more—including Doug Collins, Clark Kellogg, Jeannie Buss, Dan Shaughnessy, Craig Sager, and many more! And the ambitious finale ranks the Top
100 Players in NBA History.

Hoops fans everywhere will have a ball reading and ranting about the best, worst, oddest, funniest, most intense, and most memorable events and moments that have made the NBA a multibillion dollar global enterprise.

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New York Post
“Orlando Magic president/sports author Pat Williams has compiled every NBA list imaginable in his new book “NBA List Jam.’’ …from the offbeat to the bar-room variety.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762445615
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/25/2012
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 424,176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Pat Williams is one of the most influential executives in NBA history. Currently the Senior VP of the Orlando Magic (and a cofounder of the team), he has also been an executive with the Philadelphia 76ers, Chicago Bulls, and Atlanta Hawks.
An accomplished author, Pat has published 55 titles in subjects including sports, business, motivation, and inspiration.
He is a prolific motivational speaker who addresses executives ranging from Fortune 500 companies and national associations to universities and nonprofits.
He hosts three weekly radio shows broadcast out of Orlando, FL, and has close contacts throughout basketball and national sports media. He lives in Orlando, FL. Please visit him at

Michael Connelly has been a popular sportswriter in the New England area for over a decade, and his Boston Top Ten blog is a favorite of sports fans in the region. He’s published three books including Rebound!: Basketball, Busing, Larry Bird, and the Rebirth of Boston. He lives in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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NBA Lists Jam!

The Most Authoritative and Opinionated Rankings of the Best and the Rest of the Game
By Pat Williams

Running Press

Copyright © 2012 Pat Williams
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780762445615

Author's Note: Sam Smith has covered the NBA and the Chicago Bulls for the Chicago Tribune, and now for the Chicago Bulls website, for over thirty years. In 2011, he was presented the Phil Jasner Lifetime Achievement Award for his career’s contributions. In addition to his media responsibilities, he is the author of two books including the best-selling book The Jordan Rules.

10. June 16, 1993.
Jordan scores 55 points to give the Bulls a 3-1 Finals lead in what becomes a six game series with John Paxson’s winner. Jordan sets the all-time Finals scoring record in the series, averaging 41 points, and more delicious because it’s not only against big talking buddy Charles Barkley but Jordan was guarded by Dan Majerle, a favorite of Jordan Bulls foil Jerry Krause, who always would tell Jordan about Majerle’s great defense.

9. February 12, 1985.
In the first game after the famous 1985 All Star game snub when Jordan allegedly was the victim of a freeze-out by Isiah Thomas and pals the Bulls hosted the Pistons and won in overtime. Jordan had 49 points, 15 rebounds, five assists and four steals, all team highs, while Thomas had a quiet 19 points and shot five for 15. It would be the first of many Jordan duels with Thomas and the Pistons and an early peek at Jordan’s driving motivation against various slights, perceived and otherwise.

8. March 28, 1995.
Jordan completes his dramatic comeback from almost two years in retirement to play baseball with 55 points in Madison Square Garden in his fifth game back, then assisting to Bill Wennington on the winning basket. For the biggest stage and the most media Jordan once again saves his best in ending the questioning about whether he could be as good as he once was.

7. June 3, 1992.
Jordan’s shrug after making his sixth three pointer in the first half on the way to 35 first half points and a domination of the Trailblazers that led to a six game Finals win for the Bulls’ second title. Although Jordan was voted MVP that season, some were saying Clyde Drexler did more for his team. And it was by having Drexler, the Trailblazers felt they could pass on Jordan in the 1984 draft for a center. Jordan always was one never to forget and always anxious to make his case. And points.

6. February 7, 1988.
Jordan’s unofficial acceptance of the mythical torch of league excellence and showmanship from Dr. J as Jordan dominated All Star weekend. He won the slam dunk contest with a Dr. J-style dunk taking off from the free throw line and then led the Eastern stars to victory with 40 points, the second most ever in an All Star game to Wilt’s 42 in 1962.

5. June 11, 1997.
Jordan’s 38 points and game winning three pointer while playing 44 minutes despite a devastating case of food poisoning from room service pizza in the pivotal Game 5 for a 3-2 Bulls Finals lead. Though one has to ask who orders pizza in Utah. The Bulls then returned to Chicago to wrap up their fifth championship as Jordan passed to Steve Kerr for the winner.

4. April 20, 1986.
The most prolific playoff scoring game ever, Jordan’s 63 points against the team many regard as the best ever, the 1986 Celtics. It was afterward Larry Bird famously said it was "God disguised as Michael Jordan,” as Jordan established himself as the game’s greatest scorer since Wilt Chamberlain.

3. June 12, 1991.
Jordan finally gets that first, elusive title critics in the 80’s who said he was too selfish and too much a scorer said he never would get. He celebrates in tears with his father, James. Dominating on court rival Magic Johnson throughout the series, Jordan has the famous switch hands layup in Game 2, the final shot to send the game into overtime in Game 3, and the seminal trust moment in Game 5 when Jordan passed repeatedly to John Paxson to thwart the Lakers’ pressure tactics. Jordan would score 30 points in Game 5 to average 31.2 in the series. But he also had five steals, two blocks and 10 assists and would average 11.4 assists in the series and become the versatile threat that would prove unbeatable in every Finals the rest of his career.

2. May 7, 1989.
The shot to win the first round series over the Cleveland Cavaliers. There may never have been a more frequently shown first round playoff series winner. But that win effectively launched the Bulls’ championship run. Magic Johnson had labeled those versatile Cavs the team of the 90’s and they were 6-0 over the Bulls that season. The Bulls then would go onto the conference finals. But the talk had been if they’d lost in the first round the team could be broken up. Little remembered was Jordan missing two late free throws to lose Game 4, thus making Game 5 also another famous atonement.

1. June 14, 1998.
The shot to win the 1998 championship against the Utah Jazz. Has there ever been any better conclusion to a career (he didn’t really come back to play for the Wizards, did he?). Maybe Ted Williams’ home run in his final at bat. But it wasn’t just Jordan’s final shot. Jordan stole the ball from Karl Malone as Malone was attempting to effectively put the game away with a one point lead on the Jazz’ previous, and what would be, final possession. Jordan drove full court and hit the famous pull up over Bryon Russell.


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Table of Contents

Epigraphs ix

Acknowledgments x

1 Introduction 1

2 The Sublime Object of Ideology 46

3 For They Know Not What They Do: Enjoyment as a Political Factor 55

4 Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan through Popular Culture 66

5 Enjoy Your Symptom! Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out 75

6 Tarrying with the Negative: Kant, Hegel, and the Critique of Ideology 94

7 The Metastases of Enjoyment: On Women and Causality 108

8 The Indivisible Remainder: On Schelling and Related Matters 115

9 The Plague of Fantasies 125

10 The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology 136

11 The Art of the Ridiculous Sublime: On David Lynch’s Lost Highway 146

12 The Fragile Absolute: or, Why is the Christian Legacy Worth Fighting For? 155

13 On Belief 163

14 The Fright of Real Tears: Krzysztof Kies´lowski between Theory and Post-Theory 171

15 Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism? Five Interventions in the (Mis)use of a Notion 180

16 Welcome to the Desert of the Real 193

17 The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity 201

18 Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences 212

19 Iraq: The Borrowed Kettle 220

20 How to Read Lacan 227

21 The Parallax View 237

22 In Defense of Lost Causes 249

23 Violence 257

24 First as Tragedy, then as Farce 267

25 Living in the End Times 278

26 Conclusion 295

Further Reading 315

Index 322

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