The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA
There is a curious attitude among a certain sect of basketball fans that frequently is voiced around this time of year. Many passionate basketball fans actively disdain the college variety. Since I am guilty of this prejudice, I feel like I can lay out the thoughts behind it. I don't think it's a reaction to the product of college hoop itself, but a reaction to others' reaction. Call it The King's Speech effect. College basketball represents a perfectly entertaining display of hoops, but when ot...more
If you love basketball and appreciate the game for all of it's wonderful components then this is the book you need to read!
Thank you Chris Ballard for this fascinating nugget of basketball gold. ...more
This book is a blend of various types of sports authorship: part biography, part techniques and skills, part biology, part X’s and O’s and p ...more
15 January, 2016
NBA Fans Fiction Becomes a Reality
“Splash! Steve Kerr drains another three pointer! The fifth of the game for him!” yelled the announcer. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to meet Steve Kerr and have a shooting contest with him? The Art of a Beautiful Game by Chris Ballard is the perfect book for NBA lovers and any hoop junkie. This nonfiction book looks at every aspect of the game of basketball and the players who were the be ...more
This book is not about how the pick-and-roll could be played ot about the most compelling moments in the game. It's not about one season or the inner workings of a team or the genius of a coach. Ballard says that the book is rather about the beauty of basketball, it pretends to be a celebration of the game and those who play i ...more
I skipped around a bit but the author had fun stories (I highly recommend the Steve Kerr section for Warriors fans) that focused around different skills and parts of basketball (e.g. free throw shooting, blocking). I definitely didn't realize how good of a shooter Kerr is, the author does 3 point shooting with Kerr years after he retir ...more
Also there was something about addressing each basketball topic with a current (in 2009) player, that made it seem very dated. You get the feeling that the players being hyped as especially gifted in an area -- ...more
Yes, you will learn about what separates the best passers, rebounders, dunkers, shot-blockers, and scorers from the rest, but that is too one-dimensional.
There is no information of the game as a whole, scoring tactics(i.e pick and roll). offensive and defensive strategies and a philosophy of the game. ...more
A little glimpse of the book is that it starts out talking about Kobe's killer instinct. After reading it, I don't know if he's actua ...more