Transition game: how Hoosiers went hip-hop
A study of the transformation of high-school basketball in America's heartland assesses the influence of such factors as technology, multiculturalism, commercialization, and more on the sport of basketball in Indiana, looking at the growth of the women's game, the influx of players of foreign heritage, the influence of big money, and the emphasis on style rather than shooting. 50,000 first printing.
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Transition game: how Hoosiers went hip-hopUser Review - Book Verdict
It seems you can't turn on the television these days without catching a story about the sad, contemptible state of the National Basketball Association. Millionaire point guards are villanized for their salaries, and sportswriters are puzzled by the fast, "hip-hop" style of today's game. When these same sportswriters, Wertheim (Venus Envy: Power Games, Teenage Vixens, and Million-Dollar Egos on the Women's Tennis Tour ) among them, so regularly employ the term hip-hop in discussing the decline of the game, it begs the question, do they really mean black ? If the days when everyone looked like Larry Bird were so good, and the skill level of the players has only since improved, what's the problem now? Wertheim venerates a golden age of basketball that never existed and is inexcusably ignorant of its present condition. His notion that the fundamentals of the game are disappearing will wither in the eyes of fans who regularly watch whole basketball games and not just the ESPN SportsCenter highlight reels. Far from being in danger, the game is evolving in the hands of many fine players. Though Wertheim is not totally indifferent to the state of the modern game, his naivet, condescending tone, and ham-handed style do not make for a pleasant read. This book is not recommended.--James Miller, Springfield Coll. Lib., MA
Review: Transition Game: How Hoosiers Went Hip-HoopUser Review - Goodreads
It dated itself quickly but otherwise a very good book.