The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy

The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy

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The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons

There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And The Book of Basketball is that book.

Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume that covers as much in such depth as this wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball.

From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens–and then closes, once and for all–every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind, five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.

Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.


* More to the point, he’s the only one crazy enough to try to pull it off.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345511768
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2009
Pages: 736
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Bill Simmons writes “The Sports Guy” column for ESPN.com’s Page 2 and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Now I Can Die In Peace, founded the award-winning bostonsportsguy.com website, and was a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He commutes between his home in Los Angeles and Fenway Park.

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Book of Basketball 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 176 reviews.
pfahey68 More than 1 year ago
The core of this book is a ranking of the 96 greatest players of all time. This ranking is both highly intelligent and highly idiosyncratic. I strongly disagreed with only a single ranking, which is remarkable. The reviews are peppered with Simmons' tangents on marginally related, analagous and sometimes totally unrelated topics of interest to young (at heart) sports guys. These tangents are often contained in copious footnotes that you can avoid if you don't want a full belly laugh every couple of pages. A thorough delight for the already well informed, engaged hoops fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My kid and me both love this book we fight to see who get to read the book first. Best book about sport
D7 More than 1 year ago
hard to read a book were the guy is so heavly biased toward celtic players, and hates most of the Laker greats because they did something different than the celtic player of that time
stetherado More than 1 year ago
Being a fan of the BS Report podcast, I purchased this book with hopes of it being an easy, entertaining read. I haven't followed the NBA very closely for quite a few years, but this book has brought me right back into the fandom of my childhood following the likes of Jordan, Ewing, Miller, and of course young Shaq. Given the relative young life of the NBA, Simmons is able to seemingly capture EVERY major event of the life of the league, from it's inception as a league of mostly chain smoking, hard drinking white guys in the 50's, to the merger with the rogue ABA in the 70's, to the Magic and Bird renaissance of the the 80's, and of course a study of the greatest player to ever play the game, Michael Jordan, who dominated the entire decade of the 90's. Simmons is unapologetically biased towards his beloved Celtics, and of course with that comes a hatred of all things Lakers, especially Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, etc.
Heart2Read More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! It is a must for any basketball fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Managed to get to page 182. Then, I just got bored out of my skull. I'm a HUGE Golden State fan, Which of course means that I like Steph, but I was dissapointed to find out that Simmons mostly talks about old teams. It might be different after 200, but it would have been like force feeding. Anyways, if you're an old timer you might like it, but for the new basketball generation... well, it can be painful. And poor Bill Simmons... the Celtics are a dirty laughingstock. Did you see Kelly Olynyk dislocate Kevin Love's shoulder?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best basketball I have read so far.
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Started watching basketball in the 80s as a child and my love has evolved ever since. Grew up as a big fan of Magic, Bird, and the entire Bad Boys! And like everyone else, became a huge Jordan fan. Reading this book gives me an entirely new perspective on my childhood favorites, which was entirely based on narratives of my father, my child-like awe towards giants with freakish athleticism, and whatever color commentator was on during games (talking about you Bill Walton). Using a combination of the narrative, statistical analysis, and pop culture metaphors, Simmons gives us something fun and refreshing. Warning: diehard, sensitive Laker-Kobe Belly Bryant fans may find this book difficult to read since it is written by a diehard Celtic fan. With a forward by the ever insightful Malcom Gladwell and nearly 1000 pages of basketball goodness, league pass viewers, stat geeks, and hardcore bball fans young and wise will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They do. NBA is more fun cause they te better shots other than a ton of jayhawks who takes threes and airball them. You think NBA sucks did you like A.Wiggins cause he's from Kansas and in the NBA. I'll admit march madness is better than the regular season in NBA but now way the playoffs are fun because they play real HARD. P.S GO DUKE
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NBA ALL DAY
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Simmons does a great job to illustrates his points about players over the decades. The analogies may ramble on at times but he is making a point. As a die hard Bulls fan, his love for Boston did not turn me off at all. I would love to see him revisit this subject in 10 years.
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I really enjoyed this book because with my love for the NBA i really understand this book.
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Reid1 More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books I've ever read. The amount of detail is overwhelming and actually unbelievable. I hope someday someone writes the same book for other sports, especially college football. This was truly a wondrous undertaking by the Sports Guy. It was funny and incredible. 5 Stars!!!
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