Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated

SELECTED BY PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS HE READ IN 2017
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***No. 1 New York Times Bestseller***
***Best Nonfiction Books of 2017 selection by Barnes & Noble***
***Best Humor and Entertainment Books of 2017 selection by Amazon***
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Michael Jordan is the acknowledged greatest basketball player of all-time, but what season was Michael Jordan the best version of Michael Jordan? Who’s in The Disrespectful Dunk Hall of Fame? What’s allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? BASKETBALL (AND OTHER THINGS) presents readers with a set of pivotal and ridiculous questions from basketball history, providing arguments and answers, explained with the wit and wisdom that is unique to Shea Serrano. Serrano breaks down debates that NBA fans didn’t even know they needed, from the authoritative (Which NBA championship was the most important to the league?) to the fantastical (If you could assign different values to different shots throughout basketball history, what would they be and why?), with tangents and footnotes laser-ing out in all different directions, because that’s how talking about basketball works, because that’s how basketball works.
.With incredible art from Arturo Torres, this book is a must-have for anyone who has ever stayed up late into the night debating basketball’s greatest moments, what-ifs, stories, and legends, or for those who are discovering the mythology of basketball for the first time.
Community Review 
  • Two years ago my sister had a baby. It was very cute in the way that babies can be cute (a weird baby way). They put these pajamas on him that made him look like a fox as he left the hospital and it to this day is probably the best thing I have ever seen with my own two eyes. I can’t remember exactly but I think he was the first baby I have ever held in my own arms, I avoided this with all other babies for a very long time. In that moment it was this incredible combination feeling of pure joy and fear and love and anxiety and excitement and terror and everything was perfect. I still to this day remember that moment and the feelings it brought to me so vividly. I love that baby with every single ounce of love a human being has inside of them. The other day he grabbed a ball and put it through his play hoop he has at their house.
    This book is like if you took those moments from above and sprinkled them on top of a bean and cheese taco from Jalisco’s in S Houston.
    It’s Perfect.
    Buy it once.
    Then buy it again.
  • As someone who loves the NBA but didn’t come online until the late 90’s, this book was wildly entertaining and informative. Hilarious character dynamics make the NBA the most entertaining league in the world, and Shea does a great job of weaving these hilarious stories into his 25 questions about the NBA. For example, there is a brief, hilarious retelling of how Celtics GM, Danny Ainge, “rocketed the ball 100 miles an hour” into Mario Elie’s face during the 1994 WCF. This is then followed by a Zach Lowe story where Ainge admits to eating Chipotle seven days a week.
    Some of the 3-part chapters are an admitted slog, especially if you didn’t grow up in the eras he is talking about, but the format allows you to skip it if you REALLY can’t bear to read the 10 pages they span.
  • Before I got this book, I wasn’t a huge basketball fan. I enjoyed watching the game and knew all the major players, but I didn’t really follow the NBA too much. I got this book because Shea’s previous book, “The Rap Yearbook,” absolutely blew me out of the water with how good it was, and I wanted to enjoy another book like that.
    There are so many entertaining chapters filled with hypotheticals (What if Hakeem and Shaq played that 1 on 1 game), rankings (The most disrespectful dunks in NBA history), and questions (What is and isn’t allowed in pickup basketball). Shea’s writing style also allows us to see into his own life, but not overly so, and his love for basketball really shines throughout the book.
    Because of this book, I’m bridging the gap from casual basketball fan to hardcore Knicks fan. Gulp, wish me luck.
  • Basketball is played by people of all ages. You can play at the park or right in your driveway. If hoop shooting is your thing, then more information on the subject will help you improve your game play.If you need to improve your basketball shooting ability, practice as if you were really in a game. Rather than taking your time to throw the perfect shot, act as if there are defensive players around you, trying to distract you and take away the ball. This will help you shoot better under pressure and make the shots that count.One of the most important things to understand is when to make the shot. Taking a dangerous shot can result in the ball being overturned. If you do not feel comfortable making the shot, pass it to a teammate and either let them make the shot or get into a better position to make the shot.When you rebound in basketball, make sure you make contact before your opponent.
    You’ll be in control of what occurs if you are the first to make contact when boxing out. Hit them first before they get a chance to make contact with you so that you can get leverage. Be sure to anticipate and be sure you’re always first. This will provide you with an edge.It is important to practice all the different types of basketball shots. Practice a combination of long shots, layups and short shots. This will help you become a great all-around basketball shooter. Additionally, you should practice free throw shots during your practice. By learning the different techniques, you can ensure you play well during the game.It is important to stay focused during the game. If you miss a shot, brush it off and continue with the game. Although you may feel bad about missing a shot, it is important to regain your focus quickly and continue on. Remember that even the professionals miss shots.Don’t bulk up if you want to be good as a jump shooter. Muscle strength is great for any position in basketball, you can have too much when it comes to perimeter play. Many guards in the pros have developed their arm muscles too big, which has really harmed their shooting percentage.Whether it is a pick-up game, H.O.R.S.E. or a competition, becoming a better player will help you have more fun when you play basketball. Now that you’ve read through this article, the only thing left to do is to put what you’ve learned into practice. If you can better your game, why not do so?

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