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Breaks of the Game
Breaks of the Game
Author: David Halberstam
"Among the best books ever written on professional basketball." The Philadelphia Inquirer — David Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and of...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780345296252
ISBN-10: 0345296257
Publication Date: 10/1/1983
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Breaks of the Game is easily the best 400-page tome I've read about the Portland Trail Blazers of the early 1980s. Admittedly, that's one heck of a qualifier. But David Halberstam writes best when he veers down unexpected tangents. So a book about a season spent with Trailblazers delves into the fragility of Bill Walton's foot and Roone Arlidge's business acumen and the Celtics' strangle-hold on the early NBA and the dominance of Kareem Abdul Jabbar's sky-hook and race relations in professional sports and the weather in Portland. You get the picture. Although the book does get a little bogged down and repetitive, so does an 82-game NBA season. The shortcomings of the book mirror the shortcomings of its subject matter. All-in-all it is the finest basketball book I've ever read and right up there with Jane Leavy's Sandy Koufax biography in terms of my all-time favorite books about sports. (show less)


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