Hoops Nation: A Guide to America's Best Pickup Basketball

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Chris Ballard
U of Nebraska Press, Sep 30, 2004 - Sports & Recreation - 367 pages
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Looking for a game? Here's your guided tour of the country's best pickup basketball courts, from the blacktops of Brooklyn to the asphalt of Anchorage to the gyms of Jackson, Mississippi. It's all inside: where the pros play, the most scenic runs in the land, and a ranking of the top five courts. Chris Ballard and three other former college players piled into a used Chevy van and traveled thirty-one thousand miles in seven months, playing at over a thousand courts in 166 cities in forty-eight states. This is the story of their roundball road trip and a guide to the places, people, and communities they encountered. More than a travel guide, Hoops Nation is "a celebration of the game of basketball as it is played in America." It includes guides to streetball fashion, the lingo of the courts, the etiquette of the pickup world, the tricks of old-guy basketball, and tips for the dunking impaired. Also included are profiles of playground legends and dispatches from the legions of basketball lifers who populate the country's courts. This book can tell you where they?re running today, all over America. Who?s got next?

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If your neighborhood court isn't one of the nearly 700 visited by Ballard, then it just may remain undiscovered. Ballard, a magazine writer and former college player, toured 48 states sampling pickup ... Read full review

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This book was very good. I like how it shared all of the different courts and legends who played on them. Someday I would like to play on these courts. Because it's where the best play. Overall a good book. JJ


The Hoops Nation
Pregame Warmup
Regal Runs
Court Criteria
Texas and the Southwest Region
New York
New England Region
The Southeast Coast
The Great Lakes Region
The Great Plains
The Rocky Mountains
The Middle Atlantic Region
The Deep South
Is Heaven Still a Playground?

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Chris Ballard is a staff writer covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Magazine. Clark Kellogg is a CBS basketball commentator and former NBA star. Chuck Wielgus and Alexander Wolff are the authors of The In-Your-Face Basketball Book.

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