Transition Game: How Hoosiers Went Hip-Hoop Paperback – 28 Feb 2005
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L. Jon Wertheim is an award-winning writer for Sports Illustrated. He is the author of Venus Envy, a book about Venus Williams and the women's pro tennis circuit. Wertheim also regularly appears as a sports commentator on TV stations such as ESPN, CNN, and Fox, and on sports radio.
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Wertheim's book juxtaposes this new reality vs. the iconic image of the lone Indiana youth practicing his free throws in a driveway in small town. It's a theme he develops well in this book, but perhaps not as extensively as the eye-rolling sub-title of the book ("How Hoosiers Went Hip-Hop") implies. I imagine Wertheim blanched a bit when he saw that. Rather then deep-diving into hip-hop culture, "Transition Game" takes the reader on a 360-degree view of Indiana basketball - small high schools, big high schools, IU, Purdue's women's team, the legend of Damon Bailey, and the so-called "Crime Against Culture" (Indiana's universally despised move away to four-class basketball in 1998). It's a well-reported travelogue that gives the reader a flavor of how basketball culture is changing in even the most traditional of settings.
I recommend this for any fan of basketball, whether it be high school, college, or pro hoops you prefer.