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The Breaks of the Game by David Halberstam
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Oct 28, 09

Read in October, 2009

This book is a masterpiece. It's the best sports lit/sports history book I've ever read. So much was changing in the NBA in 1979; it was the birth of the modern league. Young David Stern. Magic and Bird were rookies. Incorporation of the four ABA teams and its players. Transition to a more "black" sport, or at least a less white sport. Crazy salaries for the younger players, while older players and coaches miss out on the money. Television contracts. Expansion teams. Everything was changing and it was a time of rich cultural fermentation in the sport.

Also, being a relatively new Oregonian, this book follows the "local" sports team here in Oregon, and currently the only pro hoops team in the Northwest. In my Oregon indoctrination this book follows the Bill Bauerman book and precedes Kesey's "Sometimes a Great Notion".
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