Basketball: the legends and the game

Front Cover
Firefly Books, Oct 1, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 352 pages
0 Reviews
A Photograph-Filled Tribute to the Legends--Past and PresentBasketball is just over 100-years old as a sport, and the NBA, just over 50. It's a mere baby compared to baseball, but fascinating to millions of fans that know about its history and the contemporary great players.This book is a tribute to the great players of the past, and of today, who make the game a rush for fans with their athletic prowess and determination to win. Their grace and power on the court occasionally defy the belief of those who witness them."In Basketball: The Legends and the Game" the author includes 292 of basketball's biggest stars. From the greats of yesterday (Bob Cousy, Nat Holman and George Mikan), through stars of recent years (Bill Russell, Willis Reed, Bob McAdoo, Earl Monroe and Larry Bird) to today (Michael Jordan, "Penny" Hardaway and Charles Barkley), there is a full-page profile on each player. Each contains a description of the player's career, with the teams he played for, important rivalries, highlights of the seasons and special strengths that made him one of the "greats."In addition to the text and a large photograph of each (340 out of 370, in full color), a complete "Fact File" describes the player's active career, major teams, records and awards won. Each page is a life seen by the author, who conveys the excitement of the game with a fan's enthusiasm. It is a combination of enjoyable browsing and useful reference.Additional double-page spreads highlight important events in basketball history.

From inside the book

What people are saying - Write a review

Basketball: The Legends and the Game

User Review  - Not Available - Book Verdict

Mallozzi, a frequent contributor to the New York Times, here offers thumbnail sketches of 292 National Basketball Association players enhanced by a short fact file on each that gives date of birth ... Read full review


the Original Celtics
The Games First True Superstar

22 other sections not shown

Common terms and phrases

About the author (1998)

VINCENT MALLOZZI is a native of Harlem who has become the Rucker Tournament's unofficial historian, covering it for such publications as the" New York Times," the" Village Voice," the" Source," "Vibe," and "Slam." He was recently elected to the Rucker Hall of Fame for his community service. He is a sports editor for the" New York Times.

Bibliographic information