Crazy Basketball: A Life in and Out of Bounds

Crazy Basketball: A Life in and Out of Bounds


By (author) Charley Rosen, Foreword by Phil Jackson

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  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Format: Hardback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 218mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 27 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Lincoln
  • ISBN 10: 0803217935
  • ISBN 13: 9780803217935
  • Sales rank: 1,398,432

Product description

Commentator analyst author and all-around pro basketball presence Charley Rosen may seem like a natural sprung upon the sports scene with the NBA in his blood. Phil Jackson Rosena's long-time collaborator might agree; after all he attributes the statement on a plaque on his desk to Charley: ai??Basketball isna't just a metaphor for lifea"ita's more important than that!ai?? And yet how Rosen arrived at his present position comfortably overseeing basketball at its finest is a story as unexpected as it is delightful documenting basketball travels as unlikely as they are nomadic and eclectic. Rosena's story begins during his undergraduate days at Hunter College where his basketball exploits were equally triumphant and embarrassing including a pickup game against Wilt Chamberlain. Things really got interesting when he made his way into the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) the breeding ground for nothing less than the second-best gathering of basketball players in the world. In the circus that was the CBA Rosen found his place alongside Phil Jackson then the newly hired coach of the Albany Patroons. Life in the CBA as Rosen tells it was never dull with players doing illegal substances on van rides through snowstorms and teams financed by porn producers. His journey from the CBA to a desk at Fox Sports is a one-of-a-kind basketball storya"only to be believed in the words of the guy who actually lived it.

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Author information

Charley Rosen is an NBA analyst for and the author of more than a dozen books including The Pivotal Season The Wizard of Odds and Players and Pretenders (available in a Bison Books edition). Phil Jackson is head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and has won eleven NBA titles.

Review quote

"If the NBA lockout lasts long enough to actually deprive fans of basketball, Charley Rosen's book will offer some solace. In fact, even if the lockout ends soon enough for the next season to begin on time, "Crazy Basketball" is more entertaining than the first couple months of the NBA campaign are likely to be."--Bill Littlefield, NPR's "Only A Game"--Bill Littlefield "NPR's Only A Game "

Table of contents

Foreword by Phil Jackson Introduction 1 - Portrait of the Hooper as a Young Man; 2 - Undergraduate Hits, Misses, and Turnovers; 3 - Basketball Follies in the Nearest East; 4 - Big Man With a Small Whistle and a Medium-Sized Game; 5 - On the Road With the Woodstock Joneses; 6 - On an Off the Court With the Bard-Ons; 7 - The Crazy B-Ball Ass; 8 - On the Bench With Phil Jackson; 9 - Good Night, Bobby Knight; 10 - The Fall, Winter, and Spring of Our Discontent; 11 - Keeping My Day Job; 12 - Georgia on My Mind; 13 - King Richard and the Rockford Files; 14 - The Pacer, the D-Train, and Mister Animal; 15 - In the Jailhouse Now; 16 - Blocked Shots, Bricks, and Barbequed Baloney; 17 - Down and Eventually Out in Albany; 18 - The End of Regulation; 19 - Beyond Basketball Overtime