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The art of a beautiful game : the thinking fan's tour of the NBA

Author: Chris Ballard
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover edView all editions and formats
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"Sports Illustrated" writer Ballard deconstructs the game of basketball, providing an incisive look at the mechanics of the game.
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Genre/Form: Anecdotes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Ballard
ISBN: 9781439110218 1439110212
OCLC Number: 310397749
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 228 pages, [16] pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Killer instinct : why Kobe Bryant wants to beat you at everything --
Pure shooter : a double-barrel duel with Steve Kerr --
The rebound : Dwight Howard and the science of extra possessions --
The dunk : why we all wish we could fly --
Free throws : standing in the loneliest place in the world --
Point guard : Steve Nash can see the future --
The defensive specialist : stranded on Kobe Island with Shane Battier --
Training : preparing like the pros (and feeling their pain) --
Fine tuning : secrets of the Hoops Whisperer --
The superbigs : Shaq, Yao, and the rise of size --
Shot blockers : a rare affection for rejection --
Prototype : the anatomy of LeBron James.
Other Titles: Sports Illustrated
Sports illustrated.
Responsibility: Chris Ballard.

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" The game has needed a smart, witty, cool-eyed deconstruction for decades. Now it's here." -- S. L. PRICE, AUTHOR OF "HEART OF THE GAME"

 
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