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Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book [Hardcover]

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Oct. 23 2007 Sports Illustrated

Continuing Sports Illustrated`s tradition of producing best-selling coffee-table books for the holiday season, SI presents The Basketball Book, a lavish celebration of the athleticism and pageantry of both the college and professional game. With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that propelled The Baseball Book, The Football Book and The Anniversary Book to The New York Times best-seller list over the past three years, this volume brings to life the legendary players, the classic action and the great rivalries of the court. In 294 oversized pages, The Basketball Book commemorates the epic teams and characters, the personalities and performances and artifacts that have created legions of passionate fans since Dr. James Naismith nailed up a peach basket and devised the Original 13 Rules of the game more than 100 years ago.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Gift Jan. 10 2014
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It was the perfect gift for a young man that loves writing and basketball. Couldn't put the book down. The history and the photos were great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great pics and size Nov. 18 2013
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It is for a gift so I have not gotten his feedback, but I think it is great for the money, I would expect it to cost way more!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sposts Illustrated " The basketball Book " scores again ! Jan. 8 2008
By C. Young - Published on Amazon.com
I bought the SI Basketball book because I had already bought the baseball and football books, and was very pleased with them.. I expected the basketball book to be of the same quality of writing and photos of the other two. I was not diapointed. The book is full of great articles by quality writers, and with many photos by the famed photo staff at SI. If you want a good quaility book, and are a basketball fan, this book is worth the more then fair asking price. The origins of the game to the present day game is covered as well as profiles on the superstars of each decade, is excellent. This is an exceptional book, buy it, it is worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sports Illustrated Basketball Book Jan. 14 2012
By Cindy B - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my 9 year old grandson who is a HUGE basketball fan. It may be too in depth for most kids, but if they're a good reader and have that passionate interest they'll love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Basketball Book Dec 31 2007
By Tim Fitzgerald - Published on Amazon.com
Great basketball book. Excellent if you'd like to get an appreciation of the 60's and 70's of NBA basketball (as well as current information).

Highly recommended !
5.0 out of 5 stars Another in the series Feb. 28 2014
By WDX2BB - Published on Amazon.com
You have to give the gang at Time Inc. credit -- they know how to package and repackage their product. They have produced all sorts of anthologies and collections over the years, and they have been generally worthwhile.

The 50th anniversary of Sports Illustrated sparked a series of books looking back. After going through baseball and football, SI came up with "The Basketball Book." It's a worthy successor.

The book, edited by Rob Fleder, doesn't have any particular order, with one exception. Individual decades get their own little sections, complete with all-stars, historical developments, etc.

Alexander Wolff and Jack McCallum start the book with a nice overview of the game and its roots. From there, the volume offers a combination of words and pictures, with the emphasis on photography. Well, it is Sports Illustrated. The articles come from a variety of stories printed in SI over the years. There's Frank Deford on Bill Russell, Rick Reilly on Shaquille O'Neal, Gary Smith on Jim Valvano, John Underwood on John Havlicek, John Papanek on Pete Maravich, and so on. The whole article isn't reprinted, but some good editing boils each story down to one page here. The adjoining page is devoted to a full-page picture of the subject.

The rest, though, is just great pictures. Some you might remember if you are a regular, long-time reader of the magazine. Sidney Moncrief dunking, Elvin Hayes rejecting, Michael Jordan shooting. Most of the book concentrates on the NBA, but college basketball is more than adequately represented, and the women's game pops up once in a while too. (The WNBA will have to wait for the next book, apparently.)

There's one other bonus to discuss when reviewing "The Basketball Book." I've said before in this space that coffee-table books, while beautiful to examine, sometimes aren't exactly a best buy for consumers. In this case, the original list price was $34.95, which might be a bit high for a book that can be examined in a relatively short period of time.

But now that this book has been out for a while, it has turned up in the bargain section of the bookstore. This was one marked down to $9.95. At that price, this book is definitely worth a look ... or six.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! Feb. 7 2014
By Michael Crow - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this for my three year old son who is obsessed with basketball. We flip through this book every day. The pictures are amazing. The book is packed with information, too. I'm not even a sports fan, and I love the book. It's really well put together and enjoyable for any age and level of sports enthusiasm.
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