Basketball's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of Hoops' Outrageous Dunkers, Incredible Buzzer-beaters, and Other Oddities

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Potomac Books, Inc., Sep 1, 2001 - Sports & Recreation - 304 pages
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All-American George Glamack was known as the "Blind Bomber" because his eyesight was so poor that he couldn’t see the basket. Bobby Bailey once fouled out of a game in three minutes. The first professional basketball player, Fred Cooper, earned sixteen dollars per game. Swedish player Mats Wermelin scored all 272 points in a game. Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach punched out the owner of the St. Louis Hawks prior to a game. Dennis Rodman dressed like a bride for his book signing. Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 points in an NBA game, claimed to have had 20,000 lovers. The 1936 Olympic basketball gold medal game was played on a muddy court during a driving rainstorm. Former vice president Al Gore played college basketball at Harvard.

Basketball's Most Wanted™ chronicles 700 of the most outlandish players, coaches, and fans in basketball history. Its seventy lists describe in humorous detail basketball’s top-ten worst shooters, strangest plays, bizarre nicknames, politicians who played, little-known records, unlikely NBA teams, and more.
 

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Contents

Notable basketball firsts
1
Unusual basketball rules
7
Showtime to show business
11
They ran for office
17
Baseball and basketball stars
21
They played basketball and football
27
Basketball players who excelled in other sports
31
Memorable Olympic basketball games
35
Disastrous errors in judgment
163
Basketballs most embarrassing moments
171
The NBAs poorest shots
175
Foul shooters
179
Low scoring games
183
No lead was safe
187
They beat the odds
191
The best games ever played
195

They play for pay
39
Basketballs best and brightest
43
Literary prose and basketball pros
47
Highschool record breakers
51
Not everyone played at Kentucky or Duke
55
They skipped college on their way to the NBA
59
The best of the best
63
The pride of the pros
69
Bruins Wildcats and Tar Heels
75
Whiz Kids Tall Timbers and Rupps Runts
79
Nicknames they would rather forget
85
Classic basketball nicknames
89
They were born to play basketball
93
Teams that never won the national championship
97
Famed coaches who never won it all
101
They did it their way
105
Fabulous female players
111
Forgotten stars of yesteryear
115
They paved the way
119
Players to look up to
125
Little players with big talent
131
Food for thought
135
Oneofakind feats
139
These games had to be seen to be believed
143
Stranger than fiction
147
More incredible basketball feats
151
Would you believe
155
Draft picks that did not pan out
159
They made their points
199
Who needs teammates?
203
Little known collegiate records
207
Unlikely professional teams
211
Superstars who never played on an NBA championship team
215
Foreignborn players in the NBA
219
They do their best work off the bench
223
NBA fatherandson combinations
227
Sky hooks and set shots
231
Masters of the slam dunk
235
They had no equals
241
Players with all the moves
245
Thrown chairs and cross dressing
249
The escapades of Dennis Rodman
253
Psychout artists
257
Fans and fanatics
261
Basketballs biggest betting scandals
267
Outrageous officiating
271
Hoop hackers
275
Players with the fighting spirit
279
Devastating and unusual injuries
283
Players who overcame handicaps and illness
289
Cone too soon
293
Lastsecond heroics
297
Bibliography
301
Index
303
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About the author (2001)

Floyd Conner is the author of numerous popular sports books, including Baseball's Most Wanted™, Football's Most Wanted™, and Golf!, which sold more than 150,000 copies. He has been interviewed many times for radio, newspaper, and television and lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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