The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA

The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA

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"Charley Rosen has undertaken the challenge of documenting the latest and greatest history of the game professionally--and has done so to great success. . . . . When I finished the book it seemed as if I had gone through another season, injuries and all. . . . Rosen skillfully leads readers through the NBA's first steps along its journey toward what it has become

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"Charley Rosen has undertaken the challenge of documenting the latest and greatest history of the game professionally--and has done so to great success. . . . . When I finished the book it seemed as if I had gone through another season, injuries and all. . . . Rosen skillfully leads readers through the NBA's first steps along its journey toward what it has become today.”
--Phil Jackson, from the Foreword

"Rosen, a wonderful sportswriter . . . had forgotten more basketball history than the best fans will ever know."
Booklist, on No Blood, No Foul

Go back to a time when basketball players wore knee pads and itchy cotton jerseys. When even the team's leaders were grateful for dry towels, hot showers, and $60 paychecks. When winning was all that mattered.

In this vividly rendered and meticulously researched book, endorsed with a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, sportswriter Charley Rosen takes you on a rollicking tour of the NBA's first season. Filled with rare archival photographs and exclusive interviews, The First Tip-Off brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters--including Chuck Connors, clown prince of the BAA, and Jumping Joe Fulks, ex-Marine turned basketball's first superstar--as Rosen deftly unfolds the dramatic events of that formative season.

It's enough to make you believe once again in the spirit of the sport.

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Library Journal

During the 2007-08 season, the National Basketball Association (NBA) saw a league-average attendance of a little over 17,000 packing arenas that offer all the creature comforts, while the greenest of rookies drew a minimum salary of about $427,000. Compare that to 1946-7, the initial season of the Basketball Association of America, the league that would morph into the NBA. Games were generally played on floors hastily laid over ice (most of the league's cities already were home to hockey teams), a practice that led to slippage and even fog as the water seeped out. Few if any players cracked five digits in salary, and attendance ranged from a league high of 4300 to a low of 1,239. Rosen (NBA analyst, FoxSports.com; Players and Pretenders) spends a chapter on each of the league's 11 teams. He seeks to balance historical research and player interviews, but the result is not quite academic history but, because of insufficient amusing anecdotes, not exactly popular history either. Nevertheless, true fans and those old enough to remember the early teams and players will find this a comfortable read. Recommended for larger public libraries.
—Jim Burns

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071642415
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date:
10/05/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Charley Rosen is the author of 13 books and a columnist for FoxSports.com. He is also a former player and was a head coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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