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Old 09-05-2010, 09:24 AM   #1
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Default Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

anyone out there in ish-land read this book?

i got it from the library, i am on page 224; there are over 700 pages total

although i do not agree with everything, he has written one of the most funny and engaging nba books that i have ever read.

he is a huge celtics fan and i have never read anything like his description about game 4 in 1987. everyone remembers magic's "baby, baby sky hook" to win the game, but no one talks about what happened on the last play: bird missing the last shot (which would have won it for the celts and tied the series)

i remember watching that last shot and it rimming out and CHEERING (i loved magic and the lakers) but i have never read anything from a celtics fan point of view

simmons kills it as he describes the disappointment it gave him as a boy: "I would have bet my baseball card collection...i would have bet my intellivision.. i would have bet my virginity... i would have bet my life"


more to come but i am LOVING this book

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Old 09-05-2010, 09:26 AM   #2
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

Reads like basically a bunch of Kblazes long posts put together, pretty entertaining.
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:57 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

I'll agree with his take on Russell, but he was clearly wrong about Wilt. BTW, does he mention that the '84 Celtics had no business winning the title? In fact, they should have been SWEPT.
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Old 09-05-2010, 10:47 AM   #4
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

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Reads like basically a bunch of Kblazes long posts put together, pretty entertaining.

And G.O.A.T.'s when he gets into lists

Extremely thorough and witty book. Must read for any serious NBA fan.
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:35 AM   #5
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I have to say I really enjoyed this book (and the footnotes!).
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:53 AM   #6
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

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I'll agree with his take on Russell, but he was clearly wrong about Wilt. BTW, does he mention that the '84 Celtics had no business winning the title? In fact, they should have been SWEPT.

Well they weren't so who cares?
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:55 AM   #7
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

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I'll agree with his take on Russell, but he was clearly wrong about Wilt. BTW, does he mention that the '84 Celtics had no business winning the title? In fact, they should have been SWEPT.

he is a celts homer all the way. he does state that he STILL does not have an answer as to why bird missed that shot. my response is: luck goes both ways over time...

my guess is that he believes that ANY celt team in the finals SHOULD win the title. if he thought the '87 club should win, all the more for the 84 team
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Old 09-05-2010, 11:57 AM   #8
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

Is he paying you to hype his book up?
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:32 PM   #9
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Is he paying you to hype his book up?

why am i not surprised?
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:56 PM   #10
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why am i not surprised?
Huh?

Anyways, I have this book.. got it the other day and I'm playing to read it after I'm through with the current book I'm reading (A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson).
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Old 09-05-2010, 02:59 PM   #11
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

Anybody feel like Bill retreads (and often reposts) his column material too much in this book? It feels like 50% of it is stuff I've already read.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:04 PM   #12
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

yeah, Ive been reading bits and pieces of this and really enjoying it. I get a little annoyed with all the lists, but its very accessible and pretty funny.


Reading today how he thought sheed leaving horry in game 5 of the 2005 finals (when he had scored something like 18 of the last 30 pts for the spurs and was the only one keeping them in the game) to double manu was the biggest bonehead play ever in the finals (in terms of the consequences and such). As a pistons fan, I certainly agree.

What do others think? Any bigger bonehead plays you can think of?
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:20 PM   #13
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

I thought it was great in spite of him bashing kareem, undervaluing certain players and so on... it lets his homerism shine thru in a funny way most of the time. He often succeeds in making player comparisons interesting, and that is no easy task (witness all the ISH threads like that that fail).

I love the part about him talking to Zeek in Vegas.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:23 PM   #14
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I thought it was great in spite of him bashing kareem, undervaluing certain players and so on... it lets his homerism shine thru in a funny way most of the time. He often succeeds in making player comparisons interesting, and that is no easy task (witness all the ISH threads like that that fail).

I love the part about him talking to Zeek in Vegas.
yeah, that section on "the secret" was awesome.
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Old 09-05-2010, 03:32 PM   #15
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Default Re: Bill Simmons-- The Book of Basketball: a very ENGAGING read

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Huh?

Anyways, I have this book.. got it the other day and I'm playing to read it after I'm through with the current book I'm reading (A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson).

Thought you were bashing it because a C's fan wrote it.
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