With the Final Four being played this coming weekend, I thought now would be a good time to recommend some good basketball books in no particular order.
One False Move by Harlan Coben – okay, I threw you a curve ball, it’s a novel published in 1998. But the author is a former NCAA basketball player, and his protagonist, Myron Bolitar, is a former NCAA basketball star turned sports agent/private investigator. This was the fifth of ten novels featuring Bolitar, and in this one he is hired to protect professional basketball star Brenda Slaughter who is receiving death threats.
The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith – a Chicago journalist dishes the dirt on the greatest basketball player of my generation, Michael Jordan, revealing his hyper competitive nature
A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein – Published in 1986, journalist John Feinstein follows Bobby Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers during the 1985-1986 NCAA basketball season
Elevating the Game by Nelson George – Published in 1992, cultural critic Nelson George traces the history of African Americans in basketball from 1916 to the late 20th century;
If you love sports news and you want to know the stories and personalities behind the scenes of the biggest name in sports news, ESPN, this is the book for you. With over 700 pages, this is an exhaustive oral history of ESPN from its creation in 1979 by Bill Rasmussen to the recent controversies surrounding the ESPN stars Tony Kornheiser (suspended twice, once for making an unflattering comment about Hannah Storm’s fashion choice in 2009)and Dana Jacobson (suspended in 2008 for being drunk and cursing while on the microphone of a roast of Mike and Mike at Notre Dame). I’m interviewing James Andrew Miller, co-author of the book, on KAZI Book Review Sunday, June 12, 12:45-1pm on KAZI 88.7 FM. Listen live online at http://www.kazifm.org.
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