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    Default The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    Felt since this is quickly becoming the most popular book ever written for fans of professional basketball, it should have its own thread.

    It wasn't about being the team everyone loved, it was about beating the teams everyone else loved.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    80 pages in, really enjoying it.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    I really enjoyed everything before he started ranking the top 96 players, but since then I've just had a hard time continuing. Ranking players is mostly boring to me.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

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    I really enjoyed everything before he started ranking the top 96 players, but since then I've just had a hard time continuing. Ranking players is mostly boring to me.

    Understandable, but I would recommend sticking with it. The stories he has within the rankings about players are really good (don't forget to read the footnotes!), many of which I hadn't heard before. And his analysis can be awfully funny at time.

    Don't look at it as a ranking as much as an overview of each players career with some good stories and humor.

    Here is one of my favorites in the book so far that literally made me laugh out loud:

    "Before the 2001 season, the Knicks finally cut the cord (and inadvertently destroyed their future) by turning Ewing's expiring deal into a slew of horrendous contracts; then we watched Ewing slog through the "fifteen-year old poodle with cataracts who starts going to the bathroom in the house and needs to be put to sleep" stage. Did we ever figure out why centers age in dog years once they hit their late thirties?"

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    I loved the book. I've read it once in its entirety and I flip through it while I'm on the john and such.

    My favorite part is the Manute Bol footnote. I can't say it here because of profanity.

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    I really enjoyed the book. Interesting to hear people's opinions about the 2nd unit press idea for 5 mins a half, and whether it could be effective in the NBA.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    It's an excellently-written and excellently-researched book. Fantastic by all counts. The Celtics bias gets a little unbearable at times, especially during the Len Bias section when he basically compares Bias to MJ.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    I wouldn't call it excellently-researched because even halfway through I've spotted more than a couple factual errors. Particularly surrounding Indiana's teams/players. But the effort is obviously there.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    he got the regular season record of the 89 pistons wrong as well.

    And the Lakers of 1985-1989 lost 2 playoff series, not one.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    I saw a factual error too. He didn't have Reggie Miller ranked as the best player in NBA history.

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    A small note: The 'excellently-researched' formation doesn't need a hyphen.
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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    anybody else get to his Reggie Miller rant yet?

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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

    I think I will be buying this book soon. (Next time I'm in Greenwood.) Simmons was a longtime DFW devotee.
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    Default Re: The Book of Basketball, by Bill Simmons, discussion thread...

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    anybody else get to his Reggie Miller rant yet?
    Yeah, I did. It's hard to argue with what he said.

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