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The Art of a Beautiful Game by Chris Ballard
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Sep 16, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, favorites, sports
Read in September, 2011

This is an exceptional sports book, even though it is less ballyhooed than Bill Simmons's The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy. Chris Ballard gets some great interviews, from major stars like Shaq, LeBron James, and Steve Nash, as well as less heralded players like Shane Battier, Steve Kerr, and Craig Ehlo. The chapters are broken down into aspects of the game (shooting, rebounding, dunks, blocks, defense, killer instinct, etc.) and it makes the reader appreciate how it is not merely the physicality of the athletes which makes them great. The detailed look at off-season workouts and tape studies reflects how much work NBA players put into their craft, and how deeply they think about it.

Thanks to my friend Demetri for the recommendation.

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