The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA

The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA

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The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA by Chris Ballard

In The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. An inveterate hoops junkie who played some college ball, Ballard sits down with the NBA's most passionate, cerebral players to find out their tricks of the trade and to learn what drives them, taking readers away from the usual sports talk radio fodder and deep into the heart of the game.

Ballard talks to Dwight Howard, a prolific shot-blocker, about the enervating feeling of meeting another man at the height of his leap; challenges Steve Kerr to a game of H-O-R-S-E to understand the mentality of a pure shooter; reveals the roots of Kobe Bryant's unmatched killer instinct; and spends time with LeBron James to better understand both his mental game and his seemingly unlimited physical skills. He tracks down renowned dunkers from Dominique to Shaq to explore the impact of the dunk on the modern game, shadows Shane Battier during his preparations to defend LeBron, takes lessons from a freethrow shooting guru who once hit 2,750 in a row, and attends an elite NBA training camp to feel the pain that turns a prospect into a pro.

Packed with lively characters and basketball history, and grounded in superb writing and the reportage that is the hallmark of Sports Illustrated, The Art of a Beautiful Game is an often witty, always insightful look at the men like Steve Nash, Yao Ming, and Alonzo Mourning who devote themselves to this elegant and complicated sport. It ultimately provides basketball fans what they all want: an inside readon the game they love.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439110218
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 11/03/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Chris Ballard is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering the NBA and writing features. He has written profiles of people with offbeat professions for the New York Times Magazine and is the author of Hoops Nation, which was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Sports Books of 1998, and The Butterfly Hunter. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Vivek Sridharan More than 1 year ago
As a Golden State Warriors season ticket holder I watch a lot of NBA games in person, and get to see a lot of stuff you can't see on TV. This book takes you into aspects of the game that you wouldn't see in person or even learn about in any bball articles. Beautifully written take on the game from a truly unique angle
cathy jackson More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book of my favorite game ever! I personaly love basketball, and this is the best book for the sport. It takes you on a journey rather than just informing you about the game.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sounda awsome. Btw. Ballard actully knows what hes talking about. He was pretty good in college
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Art of a Beutiful Game is a detailed, entertainig read. It goes into details about every aspect of basketball.
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barcafan1908 More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Extensive in-depth knowledge of the subject. A must read for anyone that is a sports fan, or is interested in the NBA. Ballard goes well beyond the stats to give a personal tour of the players and what makes them unique.
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