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  • Hardcover: 736 pages
  • Publisher: ESPN; 1st Edition edition (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034551176X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345511768
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 16.9 x 25.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Galewitz on Jan. 9 2010
Format: Hardcover
When deciding whether to buy this book or not, I went into a bookstore and opened the book at random. I opened to the page where he looks at the career of Dave DeBusschere. After reading that player evaluation, I knew that Bill Simmons understood basketball at a very deep level. Not many people understood how good DeBusschere was. He did. So I bought the book, bought 2 other copies for my sons, and sent a copy to a friend of mine from NY who also "understood." None of us could put the book down.
Did I agree with everything he wrote? No. Did it matter? No. This book is just a great read. Period.
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It was just such a pleasure to devour. As a fellow basketball addict and pop culture fiend, this was the perfect book for me. Bill did a great job.
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Bill Simmons, AKA The Sports Guy, is obsessed with basketball. As Malcolm Gladwell points out in his forward to Simmons' mammoth Book of Basketball, Simmons is one of the few people in America who can afford to follow sports so closely that he can spend three years researching and writing the history of the NBA. The rest of us - we have jobs, spouses, hobbies, and sleep schedules. Some of us want to watch sports all the time, but we either feel guilty or we get in trouble for allowing them to dominate our lives. Myself, I have all day Sunday and Monday night. That's my time (though not all the time). I can sit down in front of the TV at 1 pm on Sunday, watch 10 hours of football, eat when I remember to, and then go to bed. The rest of the week, sports are mainly off limits. For Simmons, a man who has made himself wealthy as a sportswriter and podcasting pioneer, watching sports is his job.

In The Book of Basketball, Simmons makes it a point to right basketball history's wrongs. He corrects and expands the reader's perceptions about hundreds of players who have excelled at the game. In one lengthy section, he ranks the top 98 basketball players of all time, placing them into five levels of a excellence that accounts for the player's individual statistics, his team's success, and the era in which he played. In another chapter, he reviews the league's MVP award, telling us which players deserved to win that year and which did not, even pointing out the absolute travesties. Additionally, since his message through the book is that basketball is a team game based upon secret knowledge few players attain, he examines the best single season teams of all time.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B Gray on Nov. 20 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a great great book -- made me an NBA fan again. Love Bill Simmons, one of the great professional smart alecks, who actually worked diligently at research for this tome, with very few errors beyond the odd editing 'whoops.' A warning to parents and grandparents -- this is sprinkled with college dorm humour -- as is all of Simmons's work -- with references to porn stars and lots of drug comments (well deserved) about the eighties and nineties in the league. But it's a wonderful read -- couldn't put it down.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gordon Forsyth on May 13 2010
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Simmons has written a fun, passionate, highly subjective, and entertaining book on NBA players and teams. His writing is deceptively good: its natural, conversational tone makes it a highly enjoyable read. Because it is a series of mini-essays, the reader can pick it up, read for 10 minutes, and put it down, to return to it later to peruse a different essay.
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