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

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I think you ranked Lebron too high, even for now, although I'm sure he'll move further up soon. You definitely rode Kobe way too hard...Nevertheless Simmons, it was a great book, and you can't be mad about anything I've said in this letter, because you of all people know.....these are your readers.
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Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell
 
Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*

Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict known to millions as ESPN.com’s The Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. 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.

*Including even more footnotes!


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Bill Simmons

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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.
 
Published October 20, 2009 by ESPN. 754 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on May 20 2010

Like stumbling across Roadhouse on late-night cable: It may induce the occasional wince, but it’s nearly impossible not to get sucked in and keep coming back for more.

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Jacksonville.com

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on Dec 13 2009

If one were to rank the all-time best books about the NBA, pro basketball and basketball in general then "The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy" would easily crack the starting lineup and go for a triple-double.

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Reviewed by Sipan Mathevosian on Sep 24 2010

I think you ranked Lebron too high, even for now, although I'm sure he'll move further up soon. You definitely rode Kobe way too hard...Nevertheless Simmons, it was a great book, and you can't be mad about anything I've said in this letter, because you of all people know.....these are your readers.

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