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Sports Illustrated, the Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA

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In andlt;iandgt;The Art of a Beautiful Gameandlt;/iandgt;, Chris Ballard, the award-winning andlt;iandgt;Sports Illustratedandlt;/iandgt; writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. An inveterate hoops junkie who played some college ball, Ballard sits down with the NBA's most passionate, cerebral players to find out their tricks of the trade and to learn what drives them, taking readers away from the usual sports talk radio fodder and deep into the heart of the game. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Ballard talks to Dwight Howard, a prolific shot-blocker, about the enervating feeling of meeting another man at the height of his leap; challenges Steve Kerr to a game of H-O-R-S-E to understand the mentality of a pure shooter; reveals the roots of Kobe Bryant's unmatched killer instinct; and spends time with LeBron James to better understand both his mental game and his seemingly unlimited physical skills. He tracks down renowned dunkers from Dominique to Shaq to explore the impact of the dunk on the modern game, shadows Shane Battier during his preparations to defend LeBron, takes lessons from a freethrow shooting guru who once hit 2,750 in a row, and attends an elite NBA training camp to feel the pain that turns a prospect into a pro. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Packed with lively characters and basketball history, and grounded in superb writing and the reportage that is the hallmark of andlt;iandgt;Sports Illustratedandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Art of a Beautiful Gameandlt;/iandgt; is an often witty, always insightful look at the men like Steve Nash, Yao Ming, and Alonzo Mourning who devote themselves to this elegant and complicated sport. It ultimately provides basketball fans what they all want: an inside read on the game they love.

Synopsis:

"Sports Illustrated" writer Ballard deconstructs the game of basketball, providing an incisive look at the mechanics of the game.

About the Author

Chris Ballard is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering the NBA and writing features. He has written profiles of people with offbeat professions for the New York Times Magazine and is the author of Hoops Nation, which was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Sports Books of 1998, and The Butterfly Hunter. He lives in Berkeley, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781439110218
Subtitle:
The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA
Publisher:
Simon and Schuster
Author:
Ballard, Chris
Subject:
Basketball - General
Subject:
Basketball
Subject:
History
Subject:
Basketball players
Subject:
National basketball association
Subject:
Basketball - Professional
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Basketball General
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Sports General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20091103
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16pp 4-c insert
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.12 in 15.575 oz

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