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    I'm been planning some summer reading and want some good books on Basketball. I don't really consider myself widely read in this area so feel free to name common ones.

    What are your favorite basketball books?

    I'll say the Jordan Rules can be a little rough but it's pretty entertaining to see the side of Jordan that rarely becomes public. There's some interesting Pacers tidbits actually, like how the Chuck Person Pacers gave the 1991 Bulls a lot of trouble.
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    1. Loose Balls - Terry Pluto
    2. Tall Tales - Terry Pluto
    3. The Night Wilt Scored 100 - Eric Nadel
    4. I love Being the Enemy - Reggie
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    Well, we already have a Bill Simmons thread going, so if you want to take on a whopper of a book, the Book of Basketball is really quite interesting and informative. Here are some others I've read in recent years that come to mind:

    Breaks of the Game, by David Halberstam
    The Last Amateurs, by John Feinstein
    The Punch, also by John Feinstein
    Wilt, 1962, by Gary Pomerantz

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    My favorite types of basketball books cover teams over the course of one particular season:
    • One Last Shot: The Story of Michael Jordan's Comeback
    • 7 Seconds of Less: My Season on the Bench with the Runnin' and Gunnin' Phoenix Suns
    • This Year Is Different: How the Mavs Won It All--The Official Story
    • The Jordan Rules (my all-time favorite book)

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    Bird Watching. Great look into the life and career of Larry Bird

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    The Franchise by Cameron Stauth is great as well.
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    I am reading Simmons book for the second time right now. I read it when it was first released. It is great. Goes all the way back to the fifties. Filled with tons of stories that he gathered from a bunch of different sources. It is a great read for a basketball junkie. Btw it is a whopper, over 700 pages.

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    Anyone read the really behind the scene look at when George Karl coached in the CBA. I mean it was really behind the scenes, the writer was given incredible access to the coaches and players. I loved the book, so much so I read it twice.

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    I loved "Heart of a Husky" by Mel Thomas.

    She had decided to keep a journal of the Huskies season, because she felt they could win a championship. And it was an in depth look at the college season, practices, practice away from the team..plus relationship with the players and coaches and such.

    Of course, it's a bit heartbreaking (for me) to read because she's one of my all time favorite huskies, and that year she tore her ACL (as a senior) and so it's a look into that process too.

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    If you want to read about Slick's national championship team at IU, I recommend Mac's Boys: Branch McCracken and the Legendary 1953 Hurryin' Hoosiers by Jason Hiner. For me, it's especially fun to read as an IU fan and alumnus. Good stuff about great collegiate players and a legendary two-time national champion coach.
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    loose balls and whore of akron are both page turners

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    If you want to read about Slick's national championship team at IU, I recommend Mac's Boys: Branch McCracken and the Legendary 1953 Hurryin' Hoosiers by Jason Hiner. For me, it's especially fun to read as an IU fan and alumnus. Good stuff about great collegiate players and a legendary two-time national champion coach.
    The background on the state of basketball concerning the gambling scandal that led to the downfall of eastern powers such as NYU was very interesting.

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    Miracle at St. Anthony by Woj (yahoo NBA guy) is a good read. It's about Bob Hurley Sr. (Father of Booby & Danny) who coaches high school ball in Jersey.

    Also My Losing Season by Pat Conroy is excellent. It's more if a memoir than a "basketball" book, but it focuses on his senior year playing PG for a terrible team at The Citadel.

    I'll second the nomination for The Book of Basketball. If you can stomach Simmons' writing (which for me depends on the day - I'm not a big fan of the "let's find a witty pop culture metaphor for everything" school of blogging) then it's an incredibly informative and interesting book.
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    Making Magic by Pat Williams is a great read. I don't know of another book that details the beginnings of an NBA franchise from the ground floor of an expansion movement to building actual roster for the first time.

    Drive By Larry Bird is a bit dated, but also worth reading all the way through.

    The Dream Team By Jack McCallum is a recent release that really shines. It goes far beyond the team's trip to Barcelona. A lot of great stuff from 11 different hall of famers, and the beginnings of modern global basketball. Clyde Drexler's jealousy of Michael Jordan knows no bounds....
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    Hoosier Temples: A Pictorial History of Indiana's High School Basketball Gyms


    This one is more for those born and raised here in Indiana. It's mostly pictures with captions about the gyms and what some of them have become in present day. Some really cool pictures though, including some gyms with support beams in the middle of the court.

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