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First Tip-Off: the Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA

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ISBN-10: 0071487859

ISBN-13: 9780071487856

Edition: 2009

Authors: Charley Rosen

List price: $32.00
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The only book to tell the unbelievable true story of the NBA's tumultuous first season .InThe First Tip-Off, veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen brings readers back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. Basketball pioneers, like Red Auerbach, Chuck Connors, Ed Sadowski, Joe Fulks, and Peter ?Press? Maravich-father of ?Pistol Pete?-all play a role in a league of hard fouls, shady refs, meager facilities, and old school basketball. Featuring a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and exclusive interviews with the surviving players of that first season, Rosen weaves a fascinating and…    
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Book details

List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 10/3/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 6.30" wide x 9.30" long x 0.89" tall
Weight: 1.166

Charley Rosen is the author of 11 books, including "More Than a Game" with Phil Jackson, "Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball" & the novels "Barney Polan's Game", "The Cockroach Basketball League" & "The House of Moses All-Stars". He lives in Accord, N.Y., with his wife, Daia Gerson.

Foreword Phil Jackson
The First Basket and the First Basketeer
The First Game
The Penguin, the Mogul and the Constitution
The Boston Celtics and the Clown-Prince of the BAA
The Providence Steamrollers Hit a Road Block
Paul Birch Fires up the Pittsburgh Ironmen
Of Money, Time, and Justice
There’s No “D” in Chicago Stags
Big Ed Drives the Toronto Huskies to Ruin
The Evolution and Extinction of the Cleveland Rebels
The Professor and the St. Louis Bombers
The Short Flight of the Detroit Falcolns
The Ethnic Knicks
Gotty, Jumping Joe, and the Philadelphia Warriors
The Washington Capitols and The Apprenticeship of Red Auerbach
The Playoffs
The First Champions
Barely Alive Sources