The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA [NOOK Book]

Overview

The only book to tell the unbelievable true story of the NBA's tumultuous first season

In The First Tip-Off, veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen brings readers back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. Basketball pioneers, like Red Auerbach, Chuck Connors, Ed Sadowski, Joe Fulks, and Peter “Press” Maravich-father of “Pistol Pete”-all play a role in a league of hard fouls, shady refs, meager...

See more details below
The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK Study
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$13.99
BN.com price
(Save 43%)$24.95 List Price

Overview

The only book to tell the unbelievable true story of the NBA's tumultuous first season

In The First Tip-Off, veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen brings readers back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. Basketball pioneers, like Red Auerbach, Chuck Connors, Ed Sadowski, Joe Fulks, and Peter “Press” Maravich-father of “Pistol Pete”-all play a role in a league of hard fouls, shady refs, meager facilities, and old school basketball. Featuring a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and exclusive interviews with the surviving players of that first season, Rosen weaves a fascinating and poignant portrait of a league struggling to gain a foothold in the American consciousness.

Charley Rosen is the author of fourteen books and a columnist for FoxSports.com. He is also a former player and was a head coach for nine years in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association. He lives in upstate New York.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

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

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071642415
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
  • Publication date: 9/12/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 472,215
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Charley Rosen

Charley Rosen is the author of fourteen books and a columnist for FoxSports.com. He is also a former player and was a head coach for nine years in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association. He lives in upstate New York.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Foreword Phil Jackson
Preface
Chapter 1 The First Basket and the First Basketeer
Chapter 2 The First Game
Chapter 3 Genesis
Chapter 4 The Penguin, the Mogul and the Constitution
Chapter 5 The Boston Celtics and the Clown-Prince of the BAA
Chapter 6 The Providence Steamrollers Hit a Road Block
Chapter 7 Paul Birch Fires up the Pittsburgh Ironmen
Chapter 8 Of Money, Time, and Justice
Chapter 9 There’s No “D” in Chicago Stags
Chapter 10 Big Ed Drives the Toronto Huskies to Ruin
Chapter 11 The Evolution and Extinction of the Cleveland Rebels
Chapter 12 The Professor and the St. Louis Bombers
Chapter 13 The Short Flight of the Detroit Falcolns
Chapter 14 The Ethnic Knicks
Chapter 15 Gotty, Jumping Joe, and the Philadelphia Warriors
Chapter 16 The Washington Capitols and The Apprenticeship of Red Auerbach
Chapter 17 The Playoffs
Chapter 18 The First Champions
Chapter 19 Barely Alive
Sources
Acknowledgments
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Wow...

    .

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Incerdible

    ?..........

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)