It was even worse than the original accent. It just wasn't that way back in the day. At 700 pages, you really have to love basketball, or Bill Simmons - or both - to get through it. It might just represent the next phase of sports commentary. To that end I loved Bill Simmons' insight into the game.
My team was the Lakers, so basketball was always relevant and interesting, and watching those Lakers teams was something I remember fondly. I tried reading it, and just couldn't get into it. The book was released in 2009. There was an edge to those battles that the current ones don't have. Yes, the book is long, but it has to be -- it is a comprehensive take on a league that has existed since 1954. Simmons is a Celtic homer.
Despite the dominance of the man and a respect I equally share with the author there is no way the dude is 2 all time! They wanted to destroy each other. He wasn't faking it either. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. I would have settled for fewer details on the player with a picture of him. I began glazing over them about halfway through the book. It is probably easier and more to the point to tell us what each lacked. For the most part, I was very pleasantly surprised.
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. I also read his earlier book on the Boston Redsox. A majority of the book is a breakdown of the 96 greatest players of all time separated into five levels, the top being the Pantheon. So is producing prose that is a pleasure to read just for its construction a rare gift, sure, but one that Klosterman possesses so obviously that his one-page passage makes the text around it seem little but a vast ashen wasteland. 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.
Otherwise I don't think you'll like it. Apperently Vancouver and Minnesota entered the league at the same time they didn't, Toronto and Vancouver did. Otherwise I don't think you'll like it. Too bad the big guy is not alive to have his say wonder if Simmons planned it that way! As Simmons says himself, there have been maybe fifteen players who have understood the Secret. He sets aside the jabs and writes a very clear headed, balanced assessment of his game, ranking him number 3 of alltime.
The Book of Basketball has been profiled in , , , and. I'm so grateful a book like this exists about basketball. The supposedly hilarious footnotes in this book consist of nothing but bad porn star humor, bad 80's movie humor, and Simmmons making jokes about how he can't stop making porn star and drug jokes. He has produced enough provocative arguments to fuel barstool arguments far into the future. In this book, he makes too many jokes about his forthcoming Pulitzer for any of them to be very funny. Just give me a couple of months. He just wants us to know and appreciate these guys.
As one of the last true basketball fans alive, that means something to me. Superb when Simmons doesn't let himself got lost in pop culture references. Το ατελείωτο βιβλίο του Simmons για το ΝΒΑ είχε αναγνωστικά την ίδια λειτουργία που είχε κι η συλλογή με τα κείμενα του Lester Bangs. Last thought: I can't believe Bill Walton didn't read the book! But some people don't like how people review players like Bill Simmons, so this is what he said. His jokes, footnotes, and--especially--his references, all wear extremely thin by the time the end rolls around.
He's leaving room for four more to emerge in the modern era. Russell is another matter entirely. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! 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 2011 finals -- one would have to update the rankings every few years. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens—and then closes, once and for all—every major pro basketball debate. Plus, it includes those little digs at players, such as Kareem, Vince Carter and Stockton, that really keep the story entertaining. I've seen other people criticize B. Simmons claims to have d As a Bostonian, I've long been an apologist fan of Bill Simmons.
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. I think this is the world longest coffee table book. I didn't read it so much as cross it off my todo list. He sets aside the jabs and writes a very clear headed, balanced assessment of his game, ranking him number 3 of alltime. This kind of writing suits the Internet but not a 700 page book meant to be the end-all be-all of basketball info.