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Soul of the Game: Images and Voices of Street Basketball
     

Soul of the Game: Images and Voices of Street Basketball

by John Huet, John C. Jay, Jimmy Smith
 

ALL THE BEST THINGS YOU SEE IN PRO BASKETBALL TODAY WERE INVENTED 25 YEARS AGO IN THE SCHOOLYARDS OF HARLEM.

--Pee Wee Kirkland, NYC streetball legend

Nowhere does basketball reach such mythical heights as in the urban playground. It's there-in places like New York's Rucker Park and Soul in the Hole, the Venice Beach boardwalk, Detroit's St. Cecilia's gym

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ALL THE BEST THINGS YOU SEE IN PRO BASKETBALL TODAY WERE INVENTED 25 YEARS AGO IN THE SCHOOLYARDS OF HARLEM.

--Pee Wee Kirkland, NYC streetball legend

Nowhere does basketball reach such mythical heights as in the urban playground. It's there-in places like New York's Rucker Park and Soul in the Hole, the Venice Beach boardwalk, Detroit's St. Cecilia's gym and the Hank Gathers youth center in Philly-where hoops transform into a religion, and a single act of superb skill can live for decades.

SOUL OF THE GAME photographer John Huet captures the players, courts and attitude of streetball, that bruising contest of style and skill. In these pages, legends like Ray Lew, Arkansas Red and Earl "the Goat" Manigualt-whom Kareem Abdul Jabbar has called the greatest player never to have played in the NBA-finally get their due. And raps, hip-hop poetry and interviews with athletes from the street tell the game's story in its own rhythms and cadences.

SOUL OF THE GAME depicts street basketball as it has never been seen before, in all its intensity, grit, and beauty.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
YAA history of street basketball as played in New York City, this is the story of the greats of the game, who remain all but unknown except on their own courts. These players play, not for money, but for the love of the sport. The book chronicles their feats, their lives, and their local tournaments that once drew not only the gifted amateurs but also the pro-basketball stars. The book is filled with stunning black-and-white photographs that highlight the intensity of the action and the grace of the players. The spare text is interspersed with the poetry of Markhum Who?, Poetri, and muMs the Schemer. This title will have great appeal to those teenagers who play the game or those who just love to watch it.Robert Burnham, R. E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761110286
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
03/28/1998
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 12.80(h) x 0.63(d)

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Pee Wee Kirkland
"All the best things you see in pro basketball today were invented 25 y ears ago in the schoolyards of Harlem." --- NYC Streetball legend

Meet the Author


John C. Jay is a partner and creative director for Wieden & Kennedy, and his designs have received over 150 international awards.

John Huet has been photographing athletes for 15 years for commercial clients, including Nike, Gatorade, Fila, Speedo, and Kodak.

Jimmy Smith is a senior copywriter on the Nike account at Wieden & Kennedy. He also co-created Nike's successful "Trash Talk" advertising campaign.

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