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Pickup Artists: Street Basketball in America
The history of blacktop basketball in fast-paced words and pictures. A New York street hustler. A lonely man in a Maryland prison. A confused Native American on a reservation in Idaho. What do they all have in common? They are among the best pickup basketball players in the country. In Pickup Artists, Lars Anderson and Chad Millman tell the complete story of the street gam ...more
Paperback, 214 pages
Published August 17th 1999 by Verso
(first published June 1998)
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Recommends it for: People Who Own More Than One Nylon Compression Sleeve, to Color Coordinate With Their Shorts
There are some great parts of this book, like the 193os description from the Daily News about why young Jewish men made up a disproportionate amount of pickup basketball enthusiasts: "It places a premium on the alert, scheming mind ... flashy trickiness, artful dodging, and general smart aleckness, [traits naturally appealing] to the Hebrew with his Oriental background." The individual stories of playground legends are also well done, but there are only so many wistful mini-biographies one can r ...more