Hoop Lore: A History of the National Basketball Association

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McFarland, 19 dic. 2006 - 347 páginas
In an age where teenage hoop stars sign multimillion-dollar endorsement deals before their first professional tip-offs, it’s hard to imagine a time when basketball was among the least publicized of all professional sports. After the game’s creation in 1891, establishing a viable professional league was an intense struggle, requiring decades of hard work and dedication from players, owners, coaches and fans. While the game evolved from two-handed set shots, fruit baskets, short-shorts and tiny gyms to slam dunks, shoe endorsements, global popularity and massive urban arenas, the NBA established itself as one of the world’s dominant professional leagues. This work, the first comprehensive history of the National Basketball Association, offers a detailed look at how and why the NBA was able to overcome the obstacles that had crushed its predecessors and competitors to become the most successfully marketed league in professional sports. Covered here are Naismith’s invention of the game; the rise and fall of the NBL, BAA, ABL and ABA; early teams like the Buffalo Germans and the Harlem Rens; basketball’s Olympic debut in 1936; the first professional superstars; dominant franchises; and the current state of the league. Appendices offer lists of early professional basketball leagues and commissioners of the NBA, NBL and ABA.
 

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Foreword by Jim Barnett
1
Preface
3
Introduction
5
Peach Fuzz
7
Play Ball
13
To Pay or Not to Pay
21
Color Lines
31
Around the Bend
39
The Greatest Show on Earth
181
The Good the Bad and the Global
192
Intermission
202
The Greatest Show on Earth II
210
Promised Land
216
The Dark Age
226
Staying Alive
238
The Money Tree
247

Double Trouble
47
One for the Money
59
Tick Tock
67
Dynasty by Committee
77
Starlight Star Bright
86
Tremors
98
The Real Deal
109
Survival of the Fittest
122
A Matter of Style
132
Last Hurrah
143
A Fighting Chance
154
Saviors
162
Glory Days
171
The Air Apparents
258
The Young and the Restless
264
The Global Revolution
273
A New Foundation
281
Renovation
288
Early Professional Basketball Leagues
299
Professional Basketball Commissioners
300
Miscellaneous NBA Statistics and Awards
301
Miscellaneous ABA Statistics and Awards
306
Chapter Notes
309
Bibliography
321
Index
329
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Connie Kirchberg is a freelance writer specializing in biographies and popular American culture. She lives in Fresno, California.

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