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Old 01-06-2012, 03:48 PM   #31
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #32
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"Drive" by Larry Bird
"When the Game Was Ours" by Jackie MacMullen
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Old 12-28-2012, 10:03 PM   #34
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also black man can't shoot by Scott N. Brooks, read it for my sociology class
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Old 03-07-2013, 12:15 AM   #35
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If you're a Detroit Pistons fan, The Franchise is a must read. And if you're merely a fan of the NBA, I'd still recommend it. The writing style felt just a tiny bit cheesy at times (author constantly refers to GM Jack McClosky as "the man with gunmetal hair") but you get used to those small quirks and the book as a whole seems at least a little bit unfiltered. For instance, you'll read about Rick Mahorn telling a reporter to suck his snake. Or, you'll find out that when Adrian Dantley shook hands with Isiah Thomas at midcourt in his first return to the Palace since being traded to the Mavericks, instead of reconciling, Dantley was actually whispering, "I'll never forgive you for this."

On top of everything else, it's a fun time warp, going back to an era where Buck Williams and Kiki Vandeweghe were hot commodities on the trade market and "Mony Mony" still really got people going at the arena. It's an excellent look back at the NBA and in particular, the Bad Boys.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:34 AM   #36
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"Confessions of a PED user" by Lebron James
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Old 03-19-2014, 07:16 PM   #37
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Not the best I've ever read, but I'll recommend Foul!, the Connie Hawkins story. Sorry for mentioning it in two separate threads, but I thought it might be fitting to post here.

It took me a while to work my way through it (after ignoring it on my own shelf for years) because the first 100 pages slogged a bit. It felt like the same old "from the streets of New York, then greatness, and tragedy". But after Hawkins reaches the professional ranks, I got pretty engrossed.

If nothing else, it gives great insight to the NBA at the time (around '70) and it's interesting to see all sort of familiar names pop up, but often in much earlier forms than we've grown accustomed (Cotton Fitzsimmons, the Colangelo family, Johnny Red Kerr, Paul Silas, Gail Goodrich, etc).

On top of everything else, I only knew the core basics about Hawkins and his ban from the NBA. This cleared a ton of things up. Good stuff.

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Those fake Amazon reviews are the best.

This is one of my favorites.

http://www.amazon.com/review/R3BX31F...wasThisHelpful

This as well
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