Elevating the Game by Nelson George
Black Men and Basketball

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Links the history of race relations to the history of basketball by reviewing the era of the first Black teams, the first integration of teams, and the innovations that Black players have brought to the game

About Nelson George

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Nelson George is the author of several non-fiction books, including "The Death of Rhythm & Blues" & "Hip Hop America", both nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award, & three novels, "One Woman Short", "Seduced", & the "Essence" Blackboard bestseller "Urban Romance". An award-winning journalist, he is also an accomplished screenwriter (including "Strictly Business" & "CB-4") & an Emmy Award-winning producer of HBO's "The Chris Rock Show". He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Published January 1, 1992 by Harpercollins. 261 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, History. Non-fiction

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Based in Chicago, that team was founded by promoter Abe Saperstein, and playing for the Trotters from the 20's to the early 60's was the pinnacle for black cagers--but given ``the way the comedy was used to reinforce prejudice, the Trotters were a definitive example of white paternalism and Black...

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Yet the author adamantly urges young black males not to aspire to careers in professional sports, because, he cautions, jobs do not exist in any reasonable quantity.

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