Ultimate Guide to Basketball: Facts, STATS, Stars, and Stuff

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Thank goodness for Dr. James Naismith. If you don't know who he is, you'll find out in this awesome new fact-filled book. (Okay, we'll tell you: He invented basketball. Thanks, Doc!) In this book, you'll find page after page of awesome stuff about basketball, a sport that is now popular worldwide. Read about how the first pro leagues began; meet the greatest stars of past and present, and dig into basketball plays, slang, positions, stats, and much more. The Ultimate Guide to Basketball is the one-stop shopping ...
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Overview


Thank goodness for Dr. James Naismith. If you don't know who he is, you'll find out in this awesome new fact-filled book. (Okay, we'll tell you: He invented basketball. Thanks, Doc!) In this book, you'll find page after page of awesome stuff about basketball, a sport that is now popular worldwide. Read about how the first pro leagues began; meet the greatest stars of past and present, and dig into basketball plays, slang, positions, stats, and much more. The Ultimate Guide to Basketball is the one-stop shopping spot for hoop heads everywhere! Your favorite pro team is in here. There is a special two-page section on every pro team. Read about Jerry West, Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and dozens more. Learn why basketball players are called cagers, what a trey is, and why it's okay to be a gym rat! Whether you follow college or pro hoops, this fact-packed, buzzer-beating book will be a slam dunk.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936310029
  • Publisher: Beach Ball Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.17 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 0.43 (d)

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James Buckley Jr. is also the author of the Ultimate Guide to Football and the Ultimate Guide to Baseball, among more than one hundred other sports books for young readers. He is a former editor at Sports Illustrated and NFL Publishing.
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Table of Contents

Tipoff 6

Thanks, Doc! 8

Early Hoops: Tales of the Cagers 10

Barnstormers 12

Early Women's Hoops 13

Company teams 14

Before the Madness 15

The Birth of the NBA 16

Early NBA Heroes 18

Atlantic Division: Meet the Teams! 20

Chapter 1 First Quarter 30

The Ball 32

The Court 33

Sneakers! 34

Take Your Positions 36

Talkin' Hoops 38

The Rules, They Are A-Changin' 40

Basic Plays 42

The Places They Play 44

Centra Division: Meet the Teams! 46

Chapter 2 Second Quarter 56

Points Galore! 58

Score for School 59

More About the Score 60

Three-Point Scoring Stars 62

Triple Doubles 64

Charity Stripers 64

BIG Games! 66

Nicknames 68

Go, Go, Gophers! 69

Southeast Division: Meet the Teams! 70

Northwest Division: Meet the Teams! 80

Chapter 3 Third Quarter: Chapter Opener 90

The World of Hoops 92

Greatest Dunkers 94

Dunk Trivia 95

Thanks for the Help! 96

Hitting the Boards 98

Thief! 100

Blocked! 101

Southwest Division: Meet the Teams! 102

Chapter 4 Fourth Quarter 112

The WNBA 114

WNBA Stars 116

Before the WNBA 117

Centers: Best of All-Time/Today's Best 118

Forwards: Best of All-Time/Today's Best 120

Guards: Best of All-Time/Today's Best 122

Clipboard Kings 124

NBA Commissioners 125

The Hall of Fame 126

Pacific Division: Meet the Teams! 127

Overtime! 138

NBA Champs! 140

NBA Finals: Great Moments 142

NCAA Men's Champions 144

Fabulous Final Fours 146

NBA All-Star Game 148

Slammmmm Dunk! 149

Olympic Hoops 150

Wheelchair Basketball 152

Pickup Basketball 153

Basketball Rules Quiz 154

Find Out More 155

Glossary 156

Index 157

Buzzer Beater: The Long and Short of It 160

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