The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds

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Pete Axthelm follows the 1969–70 season of the New York Knicks and provides a parallel focus on basketball as it was then played in the black neighborhoods of New York City. Throughout, he writes clearly, intelligently, and passionately about the game, bringing alive the players’ efforts, accomplishments, and failures.
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Overview

Pete Axthelm follows the 1969–70 season of the New York Knicks and provides a parallel focus on basketball as it was then played in the black neighborhoods of New York City. Throughout, he writes clearly, intelligently, and passionately about the game, bringing alive the players’ efforts, accomplishments, and failures.
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Editorial Reviews

Sports Illustrated
"The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks won the 1969-1970 championship, and the playgrounds of Harlem, where stars such as Earl (the Goat) Manigault burned brightly but too briefly."—Sports Illustrated
The New Yorker

"The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies."—Bill Bradley, The New Yorker

— Bill Bradley

New York Times

"Superb . . . [Axthelm] combines Knick history, player backgrounds, seasonal anecdotes and court triumphs with another phenomenon—city basketball in the crowded ghettoes of the nation. The areas he focuses on primarily are the asphalt playgrounds of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. There basketball has its special code of behavior, its pecking order and its own culture heroes. . . . A few city playground aces have made it to college . . . , and a few have found an escape route to the Harlem Globetrotters or the Eastern League. But many others have become strung out on poverty or drugs or have been imprisoned. . . . The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports."—Rex Lardner, New York Times

— Rex Lardner

The New Yorker - Bill Bradley
"The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies."—Bill Bradley, The New Yorker
New York Times - Rex Lardner
"Superb . . . [Axthelm] combines Knick history, player backgrounds, seasonal anecdotes and court triumphs with another phenomenon—city basketball in the crowded ghettoes of the nation. The areas he focuses on primarily are the asphalt playgrounds of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. There basketball has its special code of behavior, its pecking order and its own culture heroes. . . . A few city playground aces have made it to college . . . , and a few have found an escape route to the Harlem Globetrotters or the Eastern League. But many others have become strung out on poverty or drugs or have been imprisoned. . . . The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports."—Rex Lardner, New York Times
Sports Illustrated

"The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks won the 1969-1970 championship, and the playgrounds of Harlem, where stars such as Earl (the Goat) Manigault burned brightly but too briefly."—Sports Illustrated

New York Times

"Superb . . . [Axthelm] combines Knick history, player backgrounds, seasonal anecdotes and court triumphs with another phenomenon—city basketball in the crowded ghettoes of the nation. The areas he focuses on primarily are the asphalt playgrounds of Harlem and Bedford Stuyvesant. There basketball has its special code of behavior, its pecking order and its own culture heroes. . . . A few city playground aces have made it to college . . . , and a few have found an escape route to the Harlem Globetrotters or the Eastern League. But many others have become strung out on poverty or drugs or have been imprisoned. . . . The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports."—Rex Lardner, New York Times

The New Yorker

"The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies."—Bill Bradley, The New Yorker

Allen Barra
Rosen's novel is a particularly American form of tragedy, in which the characters do not have to fall from great heights to fall from grace.
The New York Times Book Review
Allen Barra
Rosen's novel is a particularly American form of tragedy, in which the characters do not have to fall from great heights to fall from grace.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803259348
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1999
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 277,941
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete Axthelm was an editor for Newsweek. Rick Telander is a sports columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times and a writer for ESPN Magazine.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Bk. I The Knick Phenomenon
Ch. 1 Two Games: The Challenge of Basketball 3
Ch. 2 "It Makes It Fun": The Game as It Should Be Played 12
Ch. 3 The Tradition: At Last, a Winner for New York 21
Ch. 4 Winning Streak 37
Bk. II The Cast of Characters
Ch. 5 A Matter of Respect: Willis Reed 57
Ch. 6 The Backcourts of New York: Walt Frazier, Dick Barnett, and Lesser-Known Stars 67
Ch. 7 In the Glare of the Media: Cazzie Russell and Bill Bradley 84
Ch. 8 The Bit Players: Mike Riordan, Dave Stallworth, Nate Bowman 102
Ch. 9 The Men Who Made It Jell: Dave DeBusschere, the Catalyst, Red Holzman, the Coach 113
Bk. III Playground Profiles
Ch. 10 "People Wonder Why": The Stars Who Never Made It 125
Ch. 11 The Fallen Idol: The Harlem Tragedy of Earl Manigault 134
Ch. 12 "You Grow Up Quick": The Comeback of Duane Smith 145
Ch. 13 "Searching for Myself": An Athlete Called Funny 149
Bk. IV The Giant Killers
Ch. 14 Approaching the Playoffs 159
Ch. 15 The Baltimore Scare 163
Ch. 16 The Bucks: Holding Off the Future 178
Ch. 17 Champions 192
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2001

    The Goat was better than Jordan!

    I reccommend anyone that read this book to watch the movie 'Rebound' which entales Earl Manigault's life in urban NY. This book is mentioned in the movie, from whence I came about reading it. A great movie and a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2001

    IT SHOULD BE 10 STARS, NOT 5

    There is nothing more amazing than watching the legends play at their best. This book gives you the great park legends that made it, and the ones that were drivin away by drugs. Definite satisfaction!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2000

    The Goat Could Ball

    If you love the Knicks, you'll love this book. Very informative and interesting.

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