Rise of a Dynasty: The '57 Celtics, the First Banner, and the Dawning of a NewAmerica

Rise of a Dynasty: The '57 Celtics, the First Banner, and the Dawning of a NewAmerica

by Bill Reynolds
     
 

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On a fateful day in 1957, the country saw the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks face off in one of the most dramatic NBA games in history. But the score at the final buzzer told only part of the story. Celtics rookie Bill Russell, traded by the Hawks because of his race, emerged as a new sports hero. Boston's coach Red Auerbach went on to become the ultimate… See more details below

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On a fateful day in 1957, the country saw the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks face off in one of the most dramatic NBA games in history. But the score at the final buzzer told only part of the story. Celtics rookie Bill Russell, traded by the Hawks because of his race, emerged as a new sports hero. Boston's coach Red Auerbach went on to become the ultimate winner and builder of championship teams. And the city of Boston and its beloved Celtics had their first NBA championship-and the makings of a dynasty.

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Reynolds claims the modern-day NBA began on April 13, 1957 during the seventh and deciding game of the 1957 Finals. The Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks met that fateful Saturday in the 11-year-old league's first nationally televised game. After two overtimes, 38 lead changes, and a last-second failed shot, Boston won its first of 17 championships, and almost everything about the pro game changed, thanks largely, the author argues, to the Celtics' dynasty. With controversial rookie center Bill Russell, Boston became the first pro team to consistently put an African American in the starting lineup. Russell's penchant for blocking shots and grabbing rebounds helped dissolve the league's once-plodding style and allowed the Celtics to master the fast break. Reynolds ('78: The Boston Red Sox, A Historic Game, and a Divided City) treats Game Seven as a focal point, but largely ignores the event itself in favor of recreating, with great flare, an era in professional sports that seems quaint today: most NBA players worked off-season jobs and were discouraged against drawing attention to themselves. Primarily a book for Celtic fans, Reynolds's knack for dramatic sportswriting will appeal to history buffs and sports enthusiasts as well.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101475058
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/02/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
1,260,411
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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