24 seconds to shoot: the birth and improbable rise of the National Basketball Association
24 Seconds to Shoot is the chronicle of how pro basketball carved its niche within big-time American sports in the 1950s and '60s. From the merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National League into the NBA to the adoption of the 24-second clock to the age of superstardom, Leonard Koppett, who witnessed it all firsthand, offers a unique view of pro basketball's roots.
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Breezy and insightful, this work tracks the rise of the NBA from its origins, including precursors to the current league and a bit of history on basketball itself, to a couple years into (then) Lew Alcindor's arrival onto the scene. While the title does not reflect most of the content in the book, it probably does serve to illustrate the importance of the 24 second rule to the game. I turned to this piece for research on a team that was part of the BAA and later the NBA, and it met that need.