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Basketball Junkie

BASKETBALL JUNKIE

In his own words, Chris Herren tells how he nearly lost everything and everyone he loved, and how he found a way back to life. Powerful, honest, and dramatic, Basketball Junkie is a remarkable memoir, harrowing in its descent, and heartening in its return.

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RISE OF A DYNASTY

How the seventh game of the 1957 NBA championship influenced a team, a city, and the country-from the author of ’78.

On a fateful day in 1957, the country saw the Boston Celtics and the St. Louis Hawks face off in one of the most dramatic NBA games in history. But the score at the final buzzer told only part of the story. Celtics rookie Bill Russell, traded by the Hawks because of his race, emerged as a new sports hero. Boston’s coach Red Auerbach went on to become the ultimate winner and builder of championship teams. And the city of Boston and its beloved Celtics had their first NBA championship- and the makings of a dynasty…

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’78: THE BOSTON RED SOX, A HISTORIC GAME, AND A DIVIDED CITY

George Steinbrenner called it the greatest game in the history of American sports. On a bright October day in 1978, the Boston Red Sox met the New York Yankees for an epic playoff game that would send one team to the World Series, and render the other cursed for almost a quarter of a century.

In this book, award-winning sports columnist Bill Reynolds masterfully tells the story of the team and the players at this pivotal moment. This cultural history takes readers through the social issues that divided Boston that summer, and masterfully depicts their influence on one game beyond the realm of sports.

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OUR GAME: THE STORY OF NEW ENGLAND BASKETBALL

 

The game of basketball was invented in New England and it’s also where it came of age. In small gyms and big arenas, in city playgrounds and rugged field houses, the game took on a shape and a culture long before the NBA, long before television, long before it became the game we’ve come to know today.

In Our Game: The Story of New England Basketball, acclaimed author Bill Reynolds recounts this history beautifully. Reynolds tells how one sport came to capture so many hearts in a relatively short period of time.

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COUSY: HIS LIFE, CAREER, AND THE BIRTH OF BIG-TIME BASKETBALL

It was an era when the game was played for the love of it, and a fledgling NBA struggled for mainstream attention. Bob Cousy was at the heart of basketball’s emergence as premier entertainment, a dynamo whose talent and ingenuity dazzled fans and players. The MVP of the 1957 season and veteran of six NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, his trademark behind-the-back dribble and no-look pass gave us basketball as no one had seen it before…Here is the fascinating, in-depth story of Cousy’s life — his tenement childhood, his drives and motivations, his little-known personal life, and his record-breaking career — set against one of the most exciting generations in sports history.

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GLORY DAYS: ON SPORTS, MEN AND DREAMS-THAT DON’T DIE

Now a sports columnist for the Providence Journal-Bulletin, Bill Reynolds suffered from a common affliction. He was a star athlete in high school and college, but he couldn’t quite give up the ghost when his playing days were done…once he figured out that he could make his obsession work for him–mentally, as a sportswriter; physically, in pick-up hoops–his life began to work, too. What makes Glory Days ultimately work is Reynolds’s ability to take his confessional beyond the personal; he skillfully uses his experience as a laboratory for exploring the nation’s fixation on its games and the unwillingness of so many American men to grow up and move on.

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FALL RIVER DREAMS

A Team’s Quest for Glory, A Town’s Search for Its Soul

In this deeply felt, unforgettable book, Bill Reynolds journeys with a high school basketball team through the past and present of an American town. Fall River, Massachusetts, is a once-prosperous industrial center haunted by its history, the Durfee High School basketball team begins its annual drive for a state championship: a quest that inspires and sometimes consumes kids, coaches, families, teachers, and all of Fall River. Fall River Dreams is the story of one season’s quest-a classic book about sports, youth, time, hope, and memory in American today.

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LOST SUMMER

The ’67 Red Sox and the Impossible Dream

 

Relives the exciting American League pennant race of 1967, when the Boston Red Sox, led by Triple Crown-winner Carl Yastrzemski, won their first pennant in 21 years.

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BIG HOOPS

The Big East Conference is a collection of nine schools, mostly established basketball powers like Georgetown, Syracuse and Providence, which in 1979 melded into one of college basketball’s elite conferences. The constantly shifting patterns of the 1988-89 season are chronicled here, as are myriad individual and team rivalries, behind-the-scenes maneuvering and the conferences’ roots. Reynolds ( Born to Coach ) also captures the essence and duality of college basketball, a sport which gained popularity in the wooden gyms of the ’60s and ’70s but is now a glitzy and glamorous endeavor played on national television in domed stadiums.

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