The Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Book on the Worlds Greatest Game

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On December 12, 1891, 13 rules of a new game were posted in a YMCA gym in Springfield, Massachusetts. At each end of the floor, Dr. James A. Naismith, who had invented the game, had peach baskets nailed below a walkway that happened to be 10-feet high. Within a few days, one of Naismith's students would christen the new game "Basket Ball."

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On December 12, 1891, 13 rules of a new game were posted in a YMCA gym in Springfield, Massachusetts. At each end of the floor, Dr. James A. Naismith, who had invented the game, had peach baskets nailed below a walkway that happened to be 10-feet high. Within a few days, one of Naismith's students would christen the new game "Basket Ball."

Over a century ago, no one could possibly have envisioned the extraordinary changes that were going to transform Dr. Naismith's game. Who could have imagined a 6-10 George Mikan swatting shots away from the basket? Julius Erving in flight, soaring in from the free throw line for a heart-stopping stuff? Or Bob Cousy throwing a mind-boggling no-look, behind-the-back pass; Jerry West hitting a 60-foot shot with no time left in a crucial playoff game; Larry Bird's three-point prowess and Michael Jordan rising to heights - literally and figuratively - never before seen by any athlete? Who could have foreseen more than 62,000 fans crowded into the Georgia Dome to see a game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks? Or the titanic battles between Wilt and Russell? Or the Dream Team? The longevity of Stockton and Malone? Red Auerbach's victory cigars? Phil Jackson's Zen coaching? Or Shaquille O'Neal's powerful dunks? Who could have ever predicted talent like Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, Walt Frazier, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Grant Hill, Vince Carter, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant?

With an Introduction by NBA Commissioner David J. Stern and a Foreword by Michael Jordan, this third edition of The Official NBA Encyclopedia captures it all: The past and the present. The complete stats and the complexpersonalities. Dynasties, rivalries, coaches, referees, all the pre-NBA leagues, vignettes and features by the top basketball writers in the world. Every NBA season is reviewed and individual statistics are provided for every player who has ever played in the league. An extraordinary 32-page color photo essay that captures the spirit of the game since Naismith conceived it opens this encyclopedia in an unprecedented and spectacular manner.

From the peach basket to the slam dunk championship - it's all here in The Official NBA Encyclopedia, a book that's almost as exciting as a triple overtime seventh game of the NBA Finals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385501309
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/17/2000
  • Series: Official NBA Basketball Encyclopedia Series
  • Edition description: 3RD
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 911
  • Product dimensions: 8.97 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 2.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Hubbard, NBA Vice President, Editorial, joined the NBA in 1993 after a 16-year career as a newspaper writer.  Hubbard covered the NBA for 13 years for Newsday, the Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  He also wrote an NBA column for The Sporting News for 10 years and appeared on the NBA Beat on ESPN during the 1992-93 NBA season.  He has written two books on the NBA Finals:  Six Times as Sweet (the Chicago Bulls' 1998 championship) and One for San Antonio (the Spurs' 1999 championship).  He lives in New Jersey with his wife, Lisa, and children, Joe and Carrie.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Encyclopedia: A Special, Exciting Endeavor 4
Foreword Basketball: An Overpowering Force in My Life 6
Ch. 1 Basketball Forever: It's Just One Game 10
Ch. 2 Tomorrow's Game: It's in Good Hands 16
Ch. 3 Michael Jordan: Modern-Day Icon 20
Ch. 4 George Mikan: The First Icon 26
Ch. 5 The Great Rivalries: Russell vs. Wilt Bird vs. Magic 30
Ch. 6 The Commissioners 36
Ch. 7 The NBA: A New League 38
Ch. 8 The Roots: Early Professional Leagues 42
Ch. 9 Innovators: The Rens and Globetrotters 52
Ch. 10 NBA Pioneers: The African-American Influence 58
Ch. 11 Red, White & Blue: The Colorful ABA 62
The Forgotten League: The ABL (1961-63)
Ch. 12 Coast to Coast: Modern-Day NBA Expansion 72
Ch. 13 The Dynasties: The Chicago Bulls 76
The 1980s Los Angeles Lakers
The Boston Celtics
The Minneapolis Lakers
Ch. 14 Nicknames: The Origin of NBA Team Names 94
Ch. 15 Rules: 24-Second Clock Revived the Game 98
The Loug Ball
Ch. 16 The Coaches 102
Ch. 17 The Referees 112
Ch. 18 NBA Seasons in Review 115
Ch. 19 ABA Seasons in Review 201
Ch. 20 The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 211
Ch. 21 The NBA at 50: The Greatest Players in History 228
Ch. 22 The All-Star Experience 256
Ch. 23 USA Basketball 288
Ch. 24 The Dream Team: A Global Explosion 290
Ch. 25 The International Player: A Growing Influence 296
Ch. 26 Around the World: NBA Games Overseas 302
Ch. 27 The WNBA: A League of Their Own 306
Ch. 28 The Draft 310
Ch. 29 The All-Time Player Directory 370
Ch. 30 The All-Time Records 386
Ch. 31 NBA Timeline 883
Index 887
Copyright Information 906
Photo Credits 907
Acknowledgements 908
Special Thanks, Writers Bios 909
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