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Fantastic basketball knowledge, shame about the sexism
on 12 August 2017
Bill Simmons is clearly a massive fan of NBA. His knowledge of the game past and present is encyclopaedic. I'm very new to the NBA and Basketball in general, having only got into it in the last couple of months. For beginners, the chapters on the history of the NBA are fantastic as is the Pyramid, an excellent place to start if you want to have a fairly quick overview of the games greats though time.
Bill Simmons makes several references to women in this book and not one (other than those of his daughter) is a positive reference. The book really mires itself in a cascade of casual sexism. Whether it be the time he "pulled the goalie" on his wife, causing her to fall pregnant but hey what the hell he got a son out of it. Or maybe it's this belter: “Every time I watch Jason Kidd play, initially it’s like seeing a girl walk into a bar who’s just drop-dead gorgeous, but then when he throws up one of those bricks, it’s like the gorgeous girl taking off her jacket and you see she has tiny mosquito bites for t**s.”
Or maybe it's this: "Anytime “he smacked his wife, let’s get him the hell out of here” is the only reason for dealing one of the best top-ten point guards ever, I’m sorry, that’s a s****y reason. By the way, this footnote was written by Ike Turner." And yes I know this is a joke but I'm afraid in the context of this book it really falls flat.
These are just a few of the examples in this book but there are unfortunately so many more. Getting this book will depend if you fall into the non-pc brigade and can accept this as "banter". Once or twice I could have. Put it this way, I'd want my daughter to be able to pick up a book about the history of basketball and appreciate it. Moreover I'd want her to feel like this is a sport she can be involved in. Unfortunately I would not be able to give her this book, unless I was giving her a lesson in the type of man to avoid in life. A real shame as this book would have been 5 stars easily otherwise.