|Hardcourt : stories from 75 years of the National Basketball Association|
Author: Bowen, Fred
The story of the National Basketball Association from its origins through the major events and players who made basketball what it is today.
Kirkus Reviews (12/15/21)
Booklist (+) (12/15/21)
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Booklist - 12/15/2021 *Starred Review* This enlightening history of the National Basketball Association is brought to life by vibrant, action-packed illustrations. The story begins right after WWII, when any idea of a professional basketball league was considered a hopeless dream, and it takes readers through the tough early days of playing in high-school gymnasiums to the gradual rise of superstars and power teams to its current status as a major sports and entertainment global franchise. The text highlights major milestones (1949: Sweetwater Clifton, an African American, signed by the Knicks; 1962: Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game), rivalries (Magic and Bird, Celtics and Lakers), and players (Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant). There are nods to early all-Black teams, the 1992 Olympic Dream Team, and current international players, presented in chapters that flow like a typical game (from Tip Off to At the Buzzer), all supported by glorious watercolor paintings that span pages and facing spreads. Back matter includes lists (champions, MVPs, franchises, NBA/ABA career scoring) and an extensive bibliography. This attractive offering will enhance school and public library collections, especially when paired with titles like Madison Moore's More than Just a Game: The Black Origins of Basketball (2021). Be prepared for it to fly off of shelves. - Copyright 2021 Booklist.