Basketball's Greatest Stars

Basketball's Greatest Stars

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Basketball is an elite professional sport and players command stratospheric salaries. The spectacular success of the NBA is based on its stars' performances, which excite fans game after game, championship after championship. Basketball's Greatest Stars features detailed profiles of the 50 greatest and most exciting players in basketball history. They're all here: the score-at-will centres, the quick-dishing guards and the take-it-to-the-hoop power forwards. The book also features the players whose star power has gone beyond the court into the culture of celebrity. Action photographs celebrate the play of every superstar past and present, and the 30 franchise profiles chart the league's rise to greatness.
Included in this edition are: New stars Carmelo Anthony, Andrew Bynum, DeMarcus Cousins, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams; and Stars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Kareem Abduhl-Jabbar, Rick Barry, Shaquille O'Neal, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Karl Malone. The author also examines the sport in three insightful essays, covering the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the sport, the international game and the changing nature and importance of statistical analysis. Basketball's Greatest Stars is a superb book for the fan and a compelling history of a great game.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 233.68 x 279.4 x 25.4mm | 1,474.17g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 140 colour photos, archival and b&w photos
  • 1770852433
  • 9781770852433
  • 130,644

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[Review of previous edition: ] Was Magic Johnson better than Larry Bird? How does Shaquille O'Neal compare to Wilt Chamberlin? Hoops fans will quibble with the author's ranking of the sport's 50 top players, past and present. But even casual readers will thrill to the dazzling court-action photos and be enlightened by the thoughtful essays on the superstars and moments that have defined the NBA.--Neil Pond"American Profile" (12/05/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] Photo-laden showcases of a sport's greatest players are fairly commonplace, but this one, compiled by Canadian sportswriter Grange, stands out from the rank and file for several reasons.... Best of all, though, are the photos; beautifully reproduced, the four-color images jump off the pages, showing the various stars in signature shots... A sweet combination of superb browsing and surprisingly substantive commentary.--Bill Ott"Booklist" (09/01/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] Typical of many Firefly books, this is a colorful, picture-driven reading experience. Don't expect an exhaustive history of the NBA, but an interesting summary of stars and teams. ... Recommended for fans of the NBA who seek a quick reference to the best players the game has ever seen and for all libraries collecting accessible and colorful basketball books.--Todd Spires, Bradley University Library, Peoria, I"Library Journal" (01/15/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] Detailed profiles of the 50 players the author believes are the greatest and most exciting in the history of the game, including career highlights of superstars Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kobe Bryant, as well as players in the "Best of the Rest" section, from Steve Nash to Isiah Thomas. Included is a list of franchises and a chart of NBA Finals history. Illustrated with exciting action shots.--Mary Ann Grossmann"Pioneer Press Saint Paul Minnesota" (12/10/2010) [Review of previous edition: ] Basketball fans will find all kinds of interesting information in this book. It will appeal to readers at the junior high and senior high school levels who are involved in the sport or just have an interest in it.--Victoria Pennell"Resource Links" (01/01/2011) [Review of previous edition: ] Basketball's Greatest Stars is a collection of 5O profiles of some of the greatest players in the game, from Bob Cousy and Bob Pettit to Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Grange divides them in the "Best of the Best" and the "Best of the Rest." given over to players who, despite their great talents, never quite made superstar status -- Dave DeBusschere, Elvin Hayes, Pete Maravich, and John Stockton. And it's loaded with great game images of high-flying, slam-dunking players.--James D. Watts Jr."Tulsa World" (12/19/2010)
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About Michael Grange

Michael Grange is an award-winning writer who is an on-air personality for Sportsnet and a contributor to Sportsnet Magazine.
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