The Breaks of the Game
As Halberstam follows this collection of men through the months, through the losing streaks and occasional victories, the endless trips and the brutal schedules, we come to know them and their worl ...more
The Breaks of The Game, the book that resulted, remains one of the best sports books I have ever read and a work that has easily stood the test of time.
The author of more than 20 books on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War, the modern civil rights struggle, the decline of the American auto industry, and the history of American media , Halberstam ret ...more
Since I grew up in the early 1980s as a millennial, I totally missed the NBA in the 1970s which was the setting for this book. I would have been more enthralled if only David Halberstan would have had the chance to travel with and stay w ...more
I was surprised how dated the book seemed; the NBA of the late 70s was all black/white ...more
The book doesn't tell the story of the cohesive team as much as the individual stories that make for a tediously long NBA season.
Incredible insight into the responsibility these grown men feel being paid a princely sum to play a child's game. From the coaches to the general manager to the lead scout the player personnel feel the pressure of the surmoun ...more
This is a review of his second basketball book, “The Breaks of the Game,” in which he recounts his stay with the 1979-80 Portland Trailblazers and superstar Bill Walt ...more
Though he made noises during the summer that had been critical of [Portland Coach Jack] Ramsay and some of his methods, and though there were contract problems with him as well as with [Maurice] Lucas, Hollins arrived in excellent condition … For Lionel Hollins was in many ways t ...more
Having recently read Terry Pluto's Loose Balls, about the American Basketball Association, this ...more
Halberstam writes with lucid, clear, and concise language, a stylist whose style you're often not aware of. His anecdotes from the tea ...more
As a historical artifact this covers the NBA as it was exploding from a league where money wasn't always enough to convince guys to play to what it is now. There's also a ...more
The book is set during the 1979-1980 Portland Trailblazers’ season, but Halberstam does an excellent job of moving back and forth from what is currently happening during the season to the backstories of vari ...more
I have never read a more compelling piece of sports journalism.
After writing The Powers that Be (an excellent read), David Halberstam decided to take a shot at sports journalism. The Breaks of the Game did not disappoint.
The story details the 1979-1980 NBA season with the Portland Trailblazers. Highlighted by successes, failures,damaged reputations, eccentric personalities, and failing knees, the storylines for this team were endless. Halberstam does an excellent job of putting this team a...more
The players deal with injuries and not just that, but deal with pressures from the team to get back on the floor and deal with pressures from other players trying to take their spot. Other p ...more
Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for ...more