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The first tip-off : the incredible story of the birth of the NBA

Author: Charles Rosen
Publisher: New York : McGraw-Hill, [2009] ©2009
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Go back to a time when basketball players wore knee pads and itchy cotton jerseys. When even the team's leaders were grateful for dry towels, hot showers, and $60 paychecks. When winning was all that mattered. In this vividly rendered and meticulously researched book, endorsed with a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, sportswriter Charley Rosen takes you on a rollicking tour of the NBA's first
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Rosen
ISBN: 9780071487856 0071487859
OCLC Number: 192048085
Description: xii, 244 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The first basket and the first basketeer --
The first game --
Genesis --
The penguin, the mogul and the Constitution --
The Boston Celtics and the clown-prince of the BAA --
The Providence Steamrollers hit a roadblock --
Paul Birch fires up the Pittsburgh Ironmen --
Of money, time, and justice --
There's no "D" in Chicago Stags --
Big Ed drives the Toronto Huskies to ruin --
The evolution and extinction of the Cleveland Rebels --
The professor and the St. Louis Bombers --
The short flight of the Detroit Falcons --
The ethnic Knicks --
Gotty, Jumping Joe, and the Philadelphia Warriors --
The Washington Capitols and the apprenticeship of Red Auerbach --
The playoffs --
The first champions --
Barely alive.
Responsibility: Charley Rosen.
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