The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds - eBook
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Vendor: Open Road Media
Publication Date: 2011
A fascinating chronicle of New York basketball, from the concrete courts of the citys parks to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden
The New York Knickerbockers, one of the NBAs charter franchises, played professionally for twenty-four years before winning their first championship in 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling seven-game series. Those Knicks, who won again in 1973, became legends, and captivated a city that has basketball in its blood.
But this book is more than a history of the championship Knicks. It is an exploration of what basketball means to New Yorknot just to the stars who compete nightly in the garden, but to the young men who spend their nights and weekends perfecting their skills on the concrete courts of the citys parks. Basketball is a city game, and New York is the king of cities.
For three decades Pete Axthelm (19431991) was one of the dominant voices in New York sportswriting. He wrote his first book, The Modern Confessional Novel, while he was a student at Yale, and succeeded in having it published at the age of twenty-four. Upon graduating, he went on to work for the New York Herald Tribune, where he covered sports in all their forms. He graduated to the national stage in the 1970s, writing for Newsweek and Sports Illustrated, and then moved on to television. In the 1980s he reported on football for NBC and horse racing for a young ESPN. Axthelm died in Pittsburgh in 1991.
"The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks won the 19691970 championship, and the playgrounds of Harlem, where stars such as Earl (the Goat) Manigault burned brightly but too briefly." Sports Illustrated
"The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies." Bill Bradley, The New Yorker
"The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports." The New York Times
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