A brand new, fast-paced, fully illustrated history of basketball through its flashpoints, innovations, and innovators
The third book in the Lyons Press Game Changers sports series answers the questions: What were the 50 most revolutionary personalities, rules, strategies, rivalries, controversies, organizational changes, radio and television advancements, and more in the history of basketball—college and the pros? And how, exactly, did they forever change the game? Basketball’s Game Changers offers fascinating, detailed explanations along with a ranking system from 1 to 50 that is sure to inspire debate among professional and college basketball aficionados. Ranging from the game’s beginnings to today and tackling on-the-court and off-the-court developments, Basketball’s Game Changers offers a history of hoops through its turning-points and innovations. Sportswriter Brendan Prunty breaks down the Bird-Magic rivalry, the 3-point shot, the creation of the NCAA tournament, Air Jordans, Allen Iverson, the WNBA, and even the video game NBA Jam and more! Full-color, and including photos, pull-outs, and sidebars throughout, books within the Game Changers series are important and entertaining additions to every sports fan’s library.
Brendan Prunty has been writing about sports for over a decade, first for the Newark Star-Ledger and most recently for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone. His work has been selected for inclusion in the Best American Sports Writing series twice, and he has won awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors and U.S. Basketball Writers Association. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, he lives in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.