The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds (Google eBook)

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Open Road Media, Jun 28, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 210 pages
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A fascinating chronicle of New York basketball, from the concrete courts of the city’s parks to the bright lights of Madison Square GardenThe New York Knickerbockers, one of the NBA’s charter franchises, played professionally for twenty-four years before winning their first championship in 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling seven-game series. Those Knicks, who won again in 1973, became legends, and captivated a city that has basketball in its blood. But this book is more than a history of the championship Knicks. It is an exploration of what basketball means to New York—not just to the stars who compete nightly in the garden, but to the young men who spend their nights and weekends perfecting their skills on the concrete courts of the city’s parks. Basketball is a city game, and New York is the king of cities.
  

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Review: The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds

User Review  - Christopher Borden - Goodreads

Great look back at basketball in NYC in late 60s/early 70s, great background on playground legends you don't hear much about. Read full review

Review: The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds

User Review  - Conal - Goodreads

Been awhile since I read this but memory tells me I enjoyed the stories of the playground legends (Earl "the Goat" Manigault, Herman "the Helicopter" Rawlings and several others) more than the back story of the Knicks championship season. A good read if you can find a copy... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
BOOK I
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BOOK II
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BOOK III
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BOOK IV
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Acknowledgments
Copyright

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For three decades Pete Axthelm (1943–1991) was one of the dominant voices in New York sportswriting. He wrote his first book, The Modern Confessional Novel, while he was a student at Yale, and succeeded in having it published at the age of twenty-four. Upon graduating, he went on to work for the New York Herald Tribune, where he covered sports in all their forms. He graduated to the national stage in the 1970s, writing for Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, and then moved on to television. In the 1980s he reported on football for NBC and horse racing for a young ESPN. Axthelm died in Pittsburgh in 1991.

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