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ChicagoJ
01-23-2004, 10:18 AM
Right before the other forum was visciously murdered, Hicks posted a question, "what are some good books about professional basketball?"

I think I had the first response with Terry Pluto's Loose Balls (ABA history) and Falling From Grace (discussion of the problems the NBA was facing in the mid-1990s but in many ways still relevant today) IMO, Loose Balls is a must for any serious Pacers fan.

I know there are plenty of other great basketball books.

I just picked up Oscar Robertson's autobiography, but I haven't had time to start reading it yet.

I never got to see any other responses, and I'd like to know what everybody else has to say on this...

Kstat
01-23-2004, 10:26 AM
The Punch, but John Feinstien. Its a book about the famous incident between Kermit Washington and Rudy Tomjanovich that pretty much changed the rules of professional basketball forever.

Unclebuck
01-23-2004, 11:16 AM
I am assuming you have read the book by Conrad (Steve) Brunner after the 1994 Pacers season. And that you have read the book by Larry Bird that he wrote while coach of the Pacers.

I have read so many of the years, probably 35-40 full length NBA books over the years.

One of my absolute favorites, was a book written about the CBA when George Karl was the coach of the Albany Patroons. The writer must have gotten complete access, because it was a great read. I have read it twice.

"48 minutes" minutes by Bob Ryan and Terry Pluto where they took a game and play by play they dissected it. I read that when I was a teenager and I learned so so much.

I read the two Jordan books by Sam Smith.

Drawing a blank, will look through my stack of old books.

If anyone wants to borrow any of these books let me know

Another fun book that I read was from a guy who went to every NBA arena during the course of a season (before Conseco was complete) and evaluated each arena, he did not have too many nice things to say about MSA.

ChicagoJ
01-25-2004, 02:08 AM
Has anyone read Chocolate Thunder (Dipper?)

Or David Thompson's book?


These two guys empitimize the problems with the league in the 1970s (although I really liked each of them as players).