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King of the Court: Bill Russell and the Basketball Revolution

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Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, Russell began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball. In King of the Court, Aram Goudsouzian pr ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2000)
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Apr 23, 2010 Marc rated it liked it
Well written book, overview of Russel's career with a little bit of childhood and a good chunk of post-career stuff). Writer does a great job of attributing source material, but as a result, it feels a bit like a synthesis of materials already out there. Good read though if you want to get a perspective of a complex, contradictory man. It's striking how prevalent racism was a mere 50 years ago. (separate hotels/restaurants, roster limits for blacks, etc.). Crazy
Sep 27, 2013 Larisha rated it it was amazing
In Aram Goudsouzian's King of the Court, we learn that Russell challenged racial boundaries on and off the court. Arriving in Boston in December 1956, Russell was the only black player on the Celtics and only 15 African Americans held roster spots in the NBA.

Bill Russell was not the first black player in the league, but he was the NBA's first black superstar. Russell rebounded the ball: he flew into the air, snatched the ball off the rim, and in one motion whipped an outlet pass to Bob Cousy or
Nov 06, 2011 NathanielSHS12 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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King of the Court was a great book for any basketball fans. Although it could be a bit boring or tedious at times, it could also be very exciting. The author must have researched Bill Russel and 1950's-60's basketball a great deal. He possessed so much knowledge and filled it all in the book. It is a must-read for true Bill Russell fans. It is also extremely well-written, and a truly inspiring story. I really know so much more about all the players and coaches of the time, and how Russell transc ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
An excellent biography of a man who transcended sport. I did not know much about him before and picked up the book from my local library by chance as I looked for other books to read. Turns out Russell is very much the definition of an iconoclast. Not always an easy character as he tried to always stay one step beyond the reach of fans/management/the sporting press/society. I won't profess to be an expert after reading this one book - even if it is exceptional among sports bios in most every way ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Jeremy rated it it was ok
Really didn't learn anything, and felt he kind of made up stuff. And I didn't think about basketball when I was reading the book, which is the ultimate test. I thought about work.
Dale Stonehouse
May 26, 2011 Dale Stonehouse rated it really liked it
I read most anything about Bill Russell because even though he beat my Lakers so many times, he is an individual who thinks for himself and is not afraid to stir things up. He also changed the game of basketball, much for the better because after he showed how, the game got off the floor in a big hurry. Prior to his emergence, players were taught to never leave their feet EXCEPT to get a rebound, but Russell did it on nearly every play defensively. This book does not get into his personal life t ...more
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Mar 17, 2016 Judd Vance rated it really liked it
Very insightful and yet a bit disturbing in its honesty.
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Aug 24, 2015 Thomas Nahigian rated it it was amazing
Excellent book about Bill Russell and his time in the NBA.
D Santee
Apr 16, 2012 D Santee rated it it was amazing
There's no reason why anyone should give this less than 5 stars.Bill Russell is an icon.Well written and inspiring.
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