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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. So, I'm about pages into the BB(it's the Book of Basketball) for the first time. I have been listening to Bill for something close to a. Would this book be worth it to read and download? I am always interested by bills writing and opinion, so I was leaning towards it. Also, is a new one.
The Book of Basketball debuted at 1 on the New York Times bestseller list and spent 6 weeks in the top Reviews for The Book of Basketball have been mostly positive, although it has been criticized for its length and editing.
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
Simmons may not resolve every long-standing hoops debate—who could? And he has produced enough provocative arguments to fuel barstool arguments far into the future.
Several writers in New York ' s Vulture Blog objected to sexism in the book. Tommy Craggs found Simmons' sexism "astounding", citing Simmons' quote: I'm open to correction on this, but I believe it was when he praised Meryl Streep's acting somewhere around page From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Holiday Bookes: The New York Times.
December 3, Taking Hoops Into Overtime. Wall Street Journal. October 28, Business Insider. December 19, Hoop Memes: Bill Simmons. New York Magazine. October 25, Huffington Post. October 21, Bleacher Report. May 26, November 15, December 11, October site. Bill Simmons, Establishment. November 10, Dallas Morning News. What was the point of the Grumpy Old Editor? To not edit? I think this is the world longest coffee table book.
The Most Valuable Chapter? Why was this in the book? This was excruciating to read Over all, it's hard to disagree with where Simmons ranked everyone.
But everything else is nitpicking. I'm not sure I need Thoughts Simmons style: I'm not sure I needed a few thousand words about how Simmons once sat next to Jordan at a resturant. Actually, I'm positive. Again, the editing of this book killed my rating of it. Stories are told twice, footnotes are repeated, guys are mislabeled or represented When talking about the '83 Philadelphia 76ers, when mentioning who they lose to in the playoffs next year, it says Philly in five.
Apperently Vancouver and Minnesota entered the league at the same time they didn't, Toronto and Vancouver did. These mistakes happen all the time.
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I know mistakes are made in a page book, I expect three or five things to get past people Most annoying aspect of the Book of Basketball? When Simmons starts out with quote from a former player say Bill Bradley discussing another player random 70s player. But the flaws are too great to over come what should have been a fantastic book.
The book wasn't a history of basketball as much as a review of the games great players and a few teams. I can't help but think that a "Fever Pitch" type book where Bill discusses his love for the Celtics would have been a trillion times better. I know Bill has said that this is the best book he'll ever write Nov 18, Jan rated it really liked it. This highly entertaining book is many things: Bill Simmons is successful on the first two counts, but is tenuous on the third.
The first is the emotion of the fan's experience; there are passages that sent shivers down my s This highly entertaining book is many things: The first is the emotion of the fan's experience; there are passages that sent shivers down my spine, particularly about the nearly indescribable feeling of watching someone like Michael Jordan or Larry Bird walk into a packed basketball stadium with very little doubt as to who would win the game in the end.
The second refers to both the author's facility with pop culture references and analogies, which provoke genuine laughter page after page, but also the league's impact on the American consciousness as it has evolved since the 's.
Simmons provides insights into players' psychology and experience, mainly to try to explain the Secret of basketball, which is that team play and unselfishness trump ball-hogging and stats in a sport which often seems to revolve around individual excellence. Can we really say that a player like Wilt Chamberlain was great when he often obsessed over reaching various statistical milestones rather than willing his team to win at all costs?
What if his teammates considered him a pain to play with, and being around him often made the game more difficult? On an emotional level, all of these arguments make great sense, which to me invalidates the central structure of the book, which is a comprehensive ranking of the greatest NBA players from in addition to the best teams.
As Simmons says himself, there have been maybe fifteen players who have understood the Secret. That's it. An ordered ranking of these players seems like splitting hairs, and it distracts from the central pleasure of the Book of Basketball: Jul 29, Derek rated it really liked it Shelves: The Sports Guy is known for his willingness to authoritatively state his opinions in an entertaining manner featuring his parenthetical prowess, command of pop cultural metaphor, crazed zeal for his subject matter, seemingly endless encyclopedic dissertation of facts, and personal connection to the material and the reader.
His page tome features all of these Simmons standby techniques, as well as his signature voice, punctuated by his overactive love of footnotes and casually vulgar interjec The Sports Guy is known for his willingness to authoritatively state his opinions in an entertaining manner featuring his parenthetical prowess, command of pop cultural metaphor, crazed zeal for his subject matter, seemingly endless encyclopedic dissertation of facts, and personal connection to the material and the reader.
His page tome features all of these Simmons standby techniques, as well as his signature voice, punctuated by his overactive love of footnotes and casually vulgar interjections. You have to like Simmons to like the book, especially since it contains many ideas, considerations, or even direct excerpts from his past decade of work.
It's not hard to like Simmons; the challenge is the subject matter, as he delves as deeply as almost anyone has into the history of the NBA statistically, anecdotally, and argumentatively. The result is a highly informative and entertaining read that sustains its momentum throughout its length, though it occasionally succumbs to fatigue a point not unnoticed by Simmons in his myriad footnotes.
It allowed a casual fan like me to appreciate the game more intimately, and I now have an authoritative source to whom I can appeal if ever I feel the need to reiterate some of the assertive assumptions provided in the book.
I am not sure if I would sit down and re-read the entire book, but it will certainly stick around as a resource and a source of entertainment. It was a great summer holiday read I've read the book in the context of being away from home over the past ten days , and a great reminder of some of the things I love about sports and writing.
Now if only someone would write a book like this about the NHL Jan 18, John Saylor rated it it was amazing. This book was very fun to read. It was full of everything from basketball to movies, and it wasn't just another boring informational.
It reads very well, and even if you don't read all of it order, each section could be a miniature book.
Along with entertaining you throughout, Bill Simmons puts a lot of thought into his writing. Even if you are an NBA fan yourself, and don't agree with his choices at first, he explains them i This book was very fun to read.
Even if you are an NBA fan yourself, and don't agree with his choices at first, he explains them in such a way that you have to at least consider what he's saying. He truly fits the definition of a sports guy, and he is, even at place as full of analysts like ESPN. I have come to agree with almost everything he says, mainly because of the facts that he has backing up his arguments. Even if you just want to read a book about the NBA, without all of the extra facts, you can most of the details are in the footnotes, and there are a lot of footnotes , but if you begin to read this book, you'll get pulled in and won't let go.
Jul 18, Jesse rated it liked it. View all 10 comments. Dec 27, David Lomax rated it it was amazing. So I read this book during the basketball lockout to keep me company. And I finished just as the strike ended. I didn't download this book as a hardcover even though I know a lot of people who raved about it.
But when I flipped through it in the store, I just couldn't get myself to pay for it because the writer is such a die hard Celtics fan. When it came out in paperback, and was updated to incorporate the Lakers winning the championship yeah, you guessed it, I'm a Lakers fan I saw that the writer So I read this book during the basketball lockout to keep me company.
When it came out in paperback, and was updated to incorporate the Lakers winning the championship yeah, you guessed it, I'm a Lakers fan I saw that the writer took that into account and it was what got me to download it. I'm glad I waited to read this version because obviously his opinions are updated with the recent success of the Lakers, but also there's a lot of info that's been updated with footnotes that are clearly marked as "updated" footnotes - I would have hated to have been this guy's editor!
Look Simmons has a ton of insight that not just a long love of the game has given him. Like any expert who has insight one of the requirements has to be an obsessive attraction to the subject matter and there is no question Simmons has that. And he is an entertaining writer.
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
Yes, many of his pop culture references will probably be dated in less than a decade, but as he points out in the book, so will the appreciation we have for the athletes we so admire And Celtic and Laker rivalry aside, Simmons tried to be fair when he needed to be.
He rags on Kareem throughout the book He sets aside the jabs and writes a very clear headed, balanced assessment of his game, ranking him number 3 of alltime.
On other Lakers he is also insightful. His chapter on Magic is very smart as Simmons is able to put Johnson in the proper perspective not only as a great player, but someone that changed the sport His writing throughout the book on Wilt Chamberlain seems accurate enough, but will come off as harsh to his supporters.
Too bad the big guy is not alive to have his say wonder if Simmons planned it that way! His chapter on Jerry West was really interesting, something I wasn't sure I felt captured the vibe of the player and the franchise he played for and where I thought one of the places Simmon's bias for the Celtics showed through. But now that I've read West's book, I had to reassess Simmon's take -- it is very consistent with the way West himself saw his own playing days!
The problem I had with the book is obvious. As a fan of the Celtics I believe the writer gives too much credit to players like Russell and Bird and even Hondo.
Look all three were great players, and two of the three changed the sport, but I have a problem with Bird being ranked 5th again to his credit, Simmons ranks Magic 4th when arguably one of the things that Bird lacked was defense. Obviously a fantastic shooter and passer and a great teammate He was obviously Again, I believe that if Simmons is going to rank Bird 4th he got it right with putting magic ahead of him.
Magic was a better all around player and he could change his game to fit whatever personnel and style his teammates were capable of playing.
Russell is another matter entirely. He is ranked 2nd. Should he be that high? Perhaps, but still Russell dominated as a player playing on a string of great teams in a very talent light league. I don't put Chamberlain as high for exactly the same reason and more, which Simmons goes into relentlessly.
The other place the bias shows is the ranking of the greatest teams of all time. He has the 72 lakers at 9th. I watched every game that year and I can tell you, that team was amazing. Way better than they come off on paper.
I tell people, this team was so good Elgin Baylor started on the team at the beginning of the year But the real egregious mistake is ranking the Los Angeles Lakers as 5th all time.
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As Simmons points out, this team had injuries throughout the season, but come March, and then throughout the playoffs, they were unbeatable They came within one game of sweeping the entire playoffs.
I got to believe that may never happen again. And you want to know something, I still don't think the above covers how awesome this team was. Again, saw every game and there was no question the Lakers were going to win it all So who does Simmons rank higher: Simmons actually says that the 86 celtics would have "swollowed up" the lakers.
Only in Simmon's dreams.
First off, I think the 87 Lakers were better, and so were the 96 bulls. So, as you can see, I had some problems. And I focused on these problems in this review In fact this book is hands down the best book ever written on capturing the sport's greatness, and all over newcomers will probably be compared to this as the first and final test.
This book was so insightful Aug 25, Justin Evans rated it really liked it Shelves: Each summer we in the United States go from having 3 great sports to watch and talk about, to having one okay sport. But sports television keeps going for 24 hours a day. I watch sports TV with lunch, but in summer, it's so boring that I often end up doing the dishes instead.
For the last three years, I've spent my summer lunches going through this book. Simmons is better than most sports journalists inasmuch as he can write more than one sentence without making me cringe, and he has a sense of Each summer we in the United States go from having 3 great sports to watch and talk about, to having one okay sport. Simmons is better than most sports journalists inasmuch as he can write more than one sentence without making me cringe, and he has a sense of humor.
Is that worth pages? It if you're reading it over three years. It is not if you think these sorts of things should be 'objective,' which is ridiculous. One fairly embarassing problem with this book, though.
Allow me a digression. I had a friend in high school who, for some reason, had an extremely upper class English accent. Was he English? He wasn't faking it either. But it made him stand out among the rest of us, all proud strines 'Australian'. To fit in, he tried to swear a lot. It was even worse than the original accent. Imagine if someone in the middle of a BBC mini series suddenly started calling the women bitches. I bring this up because Simmons, too, tries to fit in, only in his case he's trying to fit in with a very blokey sports culture.
So every second page has a story about a strip club, or how women should stay in the kitchen, or how WNBA isn't basketball. Bill Simmons: So could any stripper. Please stop with the "I'm just one of the guys" shtick. It's embarrassing for you, and more than a little demeaning to, well, all women.
But as I mentioned, this is a book about basketball. It is entertainment, and that is all. No need to get too upset. I'm so grateful a book like this exists about basketball. It's the basketball bible. Any hardcore basketball fan should read this ASAP.
It's an in depth view of the history of the league and contains fun lists and comparisons to different eras and teams and players. It's just a lot of fun to read. I'll admit, for being five stars, the book isn't incredibly written, but Simmons makes up for it with humor and pop culture references. He throws in about Boogie Nights references, which is one of I'm so grateful a book like this exists about basketball.
He throws in about Boogie Nights references, which is one of my favorite movies of all time, and that was fun. My one big complaint is the "what if" section of the book. Could not care less about that stuff.
I admit I skipped that stuff. I tried reading it, and just couldn't get into it. The biggest chunk of the book is counting down greatest players of all time, and that was a very entertaining read. I really enjoy how in depth Simmons goes with comparisons.
He sometimes argues too well for certain things, like about Kareem or Wilt perhaps being overrated and bad teammates, and it leaves you confused when he ranks them so high.
And then in other sections, he argues so well for things, like the '01 lakers, and I wonder how they aren't higher on the GOAT team list. Anywho, lots of fun. Very enjoyable. And although I don't agree with everything, I still think it's worth reading and thinking about. And usually, I reserve my 5-star ratings for life altering books, or books that I'd be able to recommend to anyone--but this book is only for the most hardcore of hardcore basketball fans.
I regularly listen to Bill Simmons B. Report podcasts and I usually read his columns on espn. Overall it was very insightful, but parts of it were a little tiresome. I found myself skimming certain portions - especially if they dealt with players that played in the NBA during the 50s and 60s.
Other than a few interesting tidbits about the history of the NBA evolution of the shot clock, 3-point sh Disclosure: Other than a few interesting tidbits about the history of the NBA evolution of the shot clock, 3-point shooters, etc. I did, however, enjoy reading about the players and teams that I remember watching as a child and up until now, i.
Simmons does an excellent job of discussing some of the inner details of many of the NBA players and teams from the past and present. Another detail of the book that bothered me was Mr. Simmons frequent use of curse words throughout the book.
I understand using a few intermittent curse words to get a point across, but to continuously use them throughout the book was a bit of a turn off. Simmons does not "swear" during his podcasts or in his columns on espn.
At pages this book is definitely a sizable read. Only recommended for those that are fans of the NBA and all the drama that it regularly brings each season.
Jan 28, Nick rated it liked it. I am a fan of Bill Simmons' columns and podcasts. I also read his earlier book on the Boston Redsox.
Compared to his other work, this book was just a grind. I didn't read it so much as cross it off my todo list. At pages, it is long, but I actually didn't notice myself watching the page number too much. It was more that the different rankings and lists just seem to go on forever.
I also don't think the book turned out this way due to a lack of effort on Simmons' part. It just seems to not be I am a fan of Bill Simmons' columns and podcasts.
It just seems to not be very fun for some reason. I think the high-level structure of the book is good, but it was simultaneously way to detailed and omitted crucial facts.
For instance, in his basketball pyramid, where he discusses the top basketball players ever, he includes some minute details but doesn't include a picture of each player or the years in which they played.
I would have settled for fewer details on the player with a picture of him. The descriptions of the players also seemed to focus on their negative qualities. I suppose that may have been a necessity. After all, each of these players was very, very good. It is probably easier and more to the point to tell us what each lacked.
This does give the book the feel of someone just bitching about basketball players page after page though. I'm still a fan of Simmons, but this isn't his best product. Jul 29, Ben rated it it was ok Shelves: Don't get me wrong, I am a big fan of Simmons. Sure he's not the "best" sportswriter my personal favorite is ESPN's Phil Ball, who covers the Spanish soccer league, La Liga but it is easy to chuckle while reading his columns and appreciate how he weaves pop culture into his columns.
His new fabulous Grantland website is also something that should be applauded. While I enjoyed parts of this book, the problems I see with it are as follows: The other difficult thing when one takes on a task like this is that modern players rankings will swing wildly due to recent performance notably Dirk and LeBron in the finals -- one would have to update the rankings every few years. I don't recommend, unless you are a really dedicated basketball fan. I enjoyed this book, but man a livin' - there aren't many books where you can say the author probably should have cut out pages Bill Simmons has an incredible knowledge of the NBA current and historical , much of which is first hand knowledge having grown up with Celtics season tickets , but even with his internet articles I've always thought he talks too long.
I really enjoyed the anecdotes which he draws from his own life, but also from all of the NBA books and interview he has read I enjoyed this book, but man a livin' - there aren't many books where you can say the author probably should have cut out pages I really enjoyed the anecdotes which he draws from his own life, but also from all of the NBA books and interview he has read , and the ranking of the best players ever was good, but some of his sports arguments are a little far to me he wants to have a top 10 or top list for absolutely everything.
A few minor complaints: Not constantly, but over the course of seven hundred and some pages it adds up. It's more than a little disturbing, in fact, that he can quote and make top ten lists just as quickly with pornography as with sports. Still, if you like the NBA you'll definitely find things to like in this book.
May 24, Dekean Baines rated it it was amazing. This Book was actually pretty good, I thought this book would have mostly statistics on the latest player and the famous players.
This book teaches you how to play basketball and how it works. Bill Simmons shared some "basketball secrets" that most people or players don't even know.
Most people think you just have the skills to play basketball since you were a kid or you just can't play at all. But one of Bill Simmons favorite quote is, "But that's the thing of Basketball: You don't play games o This Book was actually pretty good, I thought this book would have mostly statistics on the latest player and the famous players. You don't play games on paper". Bill Simmons loved basketball since he was a kid, he'd watched every single michael Jordan game that would come on and study his every move on how to be a succesful basketball player.
He'll notice if that person has talents or not. But some people don't like how people review players like Bill Simmons, so this is what he said. He said, "If you don't agree with me, I have two words for you: Shut up! Feb 13, Daniel rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In the interest of complete disclosure, I have to say that I am one of the biggest fans of the NBA that you will find.
I have been since about and I have a lot of useless basketball trivia floating around in my head. That said, I have nothing on Bill Simmons though I would love to chat with him about it some day. If you are a casual fan of the sport, this book is probably not for you except maybe for use as a sports reference book or some great bathroom fodder.
It reads sort of like an En In the interest of complete disclosure, I have to say that I am one of the biggest fans of the NBA that you will find. It reads sort of like an Encyclopedia Naismithica of the game, a veritable Gray's Anatomy of information if George Carlin had been allowed to footnote all the body parts we're secretly ashamed of with his insightful, urbane banter.
In all seriousness, I love this book. I would recommend it to anyone who wanted to step up from being a casual fan to a serious fan as the How To guide to getting there. Mostly, it is a fun and quirkly look at the sport that while mostly playing second fiddle to the NFL probably doesn't deserve to and maybe won't in the future. Jul 29, Saba rated it liked it.
I love basketball and am fan of the NBA there are a few of us out there , but my knowledge of pro basketball pre was limited, so I appreciate the book as a resource that is fun to read, well argued, and well researched.
Though in his articles he makes subtle and at times not so subtle remarks about how he is limited by corporate censorship, it turns out that extra work he had I love basketball and am fan of the NBA there are a few of us out there , but my knowledge of pro basketball pre was limited, so I appreciate the book as a resource that is fun to read, well argued, and well researched.
Though in his articles he makes subtle and at times not so subtle remarks about how he is limited by corporate censorship, it turns out that extra work he had to put into his humor was actually beneficial to his writing.
Also, never let a writer who is better than you write a section in your book. Chuck Klosterman's words on Wilt blew everything Simmons' wrote out of the water and I couldn't help thinking that I wish Chuck had written the book, not Bill. With that said, the book will remain on my shelf as almost a sort of basketball reference manual. I can easily see myself reaching for it the next time I need to defend Tim Duncan.
Sep 03, HenryMehring rated it really liked it Shelves: I think this book was pretty good. I like basketball and sports, and Bill Simmons is a good sports writer, having his own sports website. The book starts off about him as a young Celtics fan. Each section is kind of like a book. It includes a debate about who's better: Bill Russell or Wilt Chamberlain, and a chapter about what ifs.
A big part of the book was the top basketball players of all time. It just has tons of Basketball. I liked this book, and the only downside to me is that the top play I think this book was pretty good.
I liked this book, and the only downside to me is that the top players is as of I would have liked it more if it had some parts about the Bucks, my favorite team, and I am a big basketball fan in general. This book is really long and it took me almost all summer to read Oct 31, Ray Charbonneau rated it liked it Shelves: Entertaining, but it's pages of opinion masquerading as fact.
The fact that he bails out on the history of the league when he reaches the mids is a big problem. So is daring to compare his book to Bill James'. This was fun, but it won't age well. Mar 31, Lee C rated it it was amazing. Bill Simmons knows a lot about the game of basketball. He is a very well renown sports columnist from Boston in the United States, and he has spent around 35 years of his life meticulously following the NBA, the American professional basketball league.
The Book of Basketball is essentially a thought dump from Simmons: His anecdotes of popular culture television and movies, in additio Bill Simmons knows a lot about the game of basketball. His anecdotes of popular culture television and movies, in addition to his own personal events, are thrown out haphazardly and with nonchalance.
But what lies with all of this is one of the most beautifully crafted combination of in-depth analysis and anecdotal evidence ever created. Simmons has a very unique style of writing for sports journalism which utilises footnotes and a focus on popular culture references and anecdotes. The footnotes technique, in general, is mostly done in writing to cross-reference or list sources for a point or phrase that requires evidence to be given.
With Simmons, it is merely used as a way to expand upon a point or phrase that would ruin the flow of the sentence if kept in the body of text. Most times, it is used humorously to introduce or extend a joke. This book is very easy to read as a consequence, and it is up to the reader's discretion as to how and when they read the footnotes.
The real skill that Simmons has, which is shown tenfold in this book, is immersing the reader in his words so that it is almost as if he is conversing with you about the context, in a similar fashion to how J. R Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' gave off bedtime story vibes. It's easy to follow because of Simmons' expert writing talent and diction. The pinnacle of the book, and the fruit of his labour, is the Hall of Fame Pyramid, a carefully constructed alternative to replace the existing NBA Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame is a concept in most sports that is designed to enshrine all-time great players of that sport. To be in a sporting 'Hall of Fame', players have to be both extremely talented and successful, and have a noticeable or lasting impact on the sport at least in theory.
Simmons list his reasons for why the current model does not work for the NBA, and suggests his replacement Hall of Fame, a Pyramid style tiering system of five levels that applies strict criteria for each level. To appear in the Pyramid, you need to have met the criteria for that level. Only the best of the best appear at the top, the 'Pantheon', while other extremely skilled, 'great' and even 'all-time great' players occupy the lower levels. Simmons really has a way to combine objective statistical analysis with subjective biased opinions that can convince the user of the legitimacy of the claims he makes.
For knowledgeable fans, there is of course a disagreement in rankings of players, and in analysis of teams or events covered in the book. But to the reader, what is undeniable is the impressiveness of the body of work that is 'The Book of Basketball'. It is, simply put, the greatest sports text of all time.TBB's most troubling feature is its handling of race. Hal Greer. I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a very long time.
Basketball books ESPN non-fiction books. Yes, many of his pop culture references will probably be dated in less than a decade, but as he points out in the book, so will the appreciation we have for the athletes we so admire