The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy

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Ballantine Books/ESPN Books, 2009 - Sports & Recreation - 715 pages
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There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as’s Sports Guy, is that writer. AndThe Book of Basketballis that book.

Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume that covers as much in such depth as this wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining look at the past, present, and future of pro basketball.

From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens–and then closes, once and for all–every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons’s one-of-a-kind, five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.

Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters),The Book of Basketballoffers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

* More to the point, he’s the only one crazy enough to try to pull it off.

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A little bit of Simmons goes a long way. He is a lot better writing internet columns. He knows some basketball, but not as much as he wishes he knew. He's also a Boston homer and that bleeds through ... Read full review

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What? I missed out on the whole Grantland thing. I have only become a basketball fan over the past year. I have been told that this is the must read as a context setter and enjoyable ride with one of ... Read full review

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Bill Simmons writes “The Sports Guy” column for's Page 2 and ESPN: The Magazine. He is the author of Now I Can Die In Peace, founded the award-winning website, and was a writer for Jimmy Kimmel Live. He commutes between his home in Los Angeles and Fenway Park.

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