The Breaks of the Game
David Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and off-court, where no eyes have fo...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
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
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 an...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
The answer is everyone. This book still has the potential to appeal to a wide audience because of the stories about the people. Halberstam does a terrific job of making sports figur...more
In 1977 the Blazers won the NBA title with a legendary mix of youth, spe...more
Great one here, totally appropriate to the subject matter, delightfully dated. OJ Simpson -- that great American philosopher -- is quoted saying "Fame is vapor, popularity an accident, riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character." Not originally his statement, but something he saw someone say on TV once and stuck with him.
This was a pretty entertaining read, many interesting characters empathically studied at a...more
"Breaks of the Game" is as different from those books as it is from every other sports-book I've ever read--it's quick and lean, with clean characters whose essential natures jum...more
What Gammons captured in Beyond the Sixth Game, David Halberstam captures with remarkable reportage in his The Breaks of the Game. The team is the 1980 Portland Trailblazers. The team of course, won the title in 1977 – with some perfect chemistry it seemed, Bill Walton at the height of his powers, and Maurice Lucas providing some key help, and a starting lineup of guys age 26 and under. Like the 1975 Red Sox, the future seemed limitless. Like the MLB of th...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