on 5 March 1999
this book was expertly written and researched.it was fascinating to hear about the 77 blazers, one of the most skilled and exciting teams ever. i have always been a huge jack ramsay and bill walton fan, and this book made me appreciate them more. this book really went inside the heads of the various (and troubled) players like lucas, hollins, and who can forget the marvelous marvin barnes. i remember when i was 7 or 8 years old, the game was exciting, the aba was at full throttle, and the players were still bound by the reserve clause. television changed everthing as did the big contracts. i didnt watch or pay attention to nba basketball between 1974 and the arrival of bird and johnson for this reason, and halberstam's book explains to me why.
on 24 August 2010
This book shows what happens when a superb journalist meets a great subject.
Yes, the NBA in the late 70s was a great subject as it was changing with the arrival of TV, bigger salaries, new ways of contracts, expansion, changing of the style of ow the game was played with more and more influence of the black players and the free style that started in the defunct ABA...
Whether you like basketball or not this is an amazing book: gripping, intense, touching, going a few layers under what we can see and read in the media...
Ah, and the perspecive of these 30 years make it so much better.
A gem, don't miss it