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Crashing the Borders: How Basketball Won the World and Lost Its Soul at Home

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Unflinching, timely, and authoritative, Crashing the Borders is the beginning of a much-needed conversation about sport and American culture. For those who care about both, this book will be the must-read work of the season.

The game of basketball has gone global and is now the world’s fastest-growing sport. Talented players from Europe, Asia, South America, and A
ebook, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2007 by Free Press (first published 2005)
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Araton does a good job depicting how International basketball transformed (and continues to transform) in today's NBA system. I also came away from this continuing to agree that 18-yr olds should be allowed to jump to the NBA if they want to. It is sad to say that since I love college basketball, but all college ball does is use these kids to make money for their coaches and for their schools (which actually doesn't usually work out too well), and the kid has to hope and pray that they don't tea ...more
This book is one sportswriter's take on why the culture of the NBA changed from the 80s and early 90s to what it became in the later 90s and the first half of the 00s. Araton is pretty even handed. He spreads blame around (not just players) for how the sport seemed to become more individual focused than team focused, more rebellious, and more immature. I appreciated the content and the time period (Dream Team in 1992 through the Pistons-Pacers brawl) but thought the analysis could have been a li ...more
A familiar story told well. Interesting perspective but few surprises.
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Harvey Araton joined the New York Times as a sports reporter and national basketball columnist in 1991 and became a "Sports of the Times" columnist in 1994. He is the author of numerous books, including most recently, When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the Old Knicks. His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, Spo ...more
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