[David Halberstam] The Breaks of the Game [womens studies Book] PDF

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THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball the players and the coach I bought this book because I read somewhere that it was one of the greatest sports books ever written Halberstam is a good writer and a master of the vignette He does a great job of giving a sense of his subjects in just a few pages Still I m not that interested in Bill Walton who figures large and I wasn t familiar with a number of the players I did however become a fan of Kermit Washington s career I was surprised how dated the book seemed the NBA of the late 70s was all blackwhite and Halberstam is constantly reviewing the racial dynamics involved in the league and among the Blazers The desires for an earlier time in pro sports when fans were unaware of the role of agents contracts and players unions seemed uaint Maybe I m not a big enough fan to have loved this book I had trouble getting through the first 100 pages but enjoyed the rest The Exploration of the Male Anatomy players and the coach I bought this book because I read somewhere that it was one of the greatest sports books ever written Halberstam is a good writer and a master of the vignette He does a great job of giving a sense of his subjects in just a few Transforming Multilateral Diplomacy: The Inside Story of the Sustainable Development Goals pages Still I m not that interested in Bill Walton who figures large and I wasn t familiar with a number of the All Night Long (Nannies, players I did however become a fan of Kermit Washington s career I was surprised how dated the book seemed the NBA of the late 70s was all blackwhite and Halberstam is constantly reviewing the racial dynamics involved in the league and among the Blazers The desires for an earlier time in The Freeze-Frame Revolution players unions seemed uaint Maybe I m not a big enough fan to have loved this book I had trouble getting through the first 100 The New-York Review, and Atheneum Magazine, Vol. 2 pages but enjoyed the rest

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Es the long road trips what happens on court in front of television cameras and off court where no eyes have followed until n Truly a fantastic fascinating book As a life long Blazer fan I started the book with the hopes of understanding the roots of my hometown team What I found was an in depth examination of the NBA in a period of evolution and stunted growth with the 79 80 Blazers as a vehicle to move the narrative forward Halberstam s coverage of racial social and economic actions and conseuences is direct and objective and provides far of a historical read than I had expected As it relates to my beloved team Halberstam balances a presentation of facts from each player and the organization at large with his own commentary and observations that only a non Portlander could provide objectively Given the media climate surrounding the league and the players today it s unlikely we ll see so talented an author with such unprecedented access to a team again Basketball and Blazers fans alike will find this well worth their time Highly recommended

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Among the best books ever written on professional basketball The Philadelphia InuirerDavid Halberstam best selling author of The Cuckoo Man was Jack Nicholson the movie star a devoted follower of Laker basketball who had a seat right next to the Laker bench In the championship season when Portland had played Los Angeles Nicholas had thus sat only about three feet away from the last man on the Portland bench who in this case happened to be Lloyd Neal and everything that Nicholson said every cry praising Kareem or belittling Walton thundered in the ears of the Portland players It was as if he had been chosen by the gods to bedevil them At the halftime the Portland players had filed into the dressing room and one of the other players impressed that so famous and yet now so manic a presence was seated so close to them asked Ice if he knew who his neighbor was No he said who Jack Nicholson Ice someone had answered You mean the little fellow not much hair Neal asked Yes Who s he A movie star Did a picture One Flew Over the Cuckoo s Nest Oh yeah said Ice I know who he is that guy The others were not so sure whether Neal had seen the movie or not they could never tell about Ice whether he was smarter than they thought but playing dumb or dumber than they thought but playing smart In the second half Nicholson had kept up his cheering loud partisan a noise which fell relentlessly upon the Portland bench Then late in the game at a crucial moment the game hanging in the balance the Lakers had made a run and Kareem had gone out for a shot and as he did Walton had gone up too and he had blocked it and even as Walton reached the apex of his jump his hand outstretched the entire Portland bench had been aware of an even dramatic moment Lloyd Neal rising up out of his seat huge now intimidating a great dark visaged figure pointing a massive and threatening finger in a massive threatening hand at the suddenly tiny Nicholson The others had watch this tableau it seemed frozen in time for them as if to symbolize the team s new invincibility that they would not be beaten not by Kareem not by Los Angeles not even by rich and celebrated actors for there was Ice screaming at Nicholson Take that mother fucking cuckoo The moment had become part of the unofficial team history a symbol of its triumph and Nicholson star of Chinatown Five Easy Pieces and other great American films had become simply The Cuckoo Man


10 thoughts on “The Breaks of the Game

  1. says:

    The late great David Halberstam followed the Trail Blazers during the 1979 1980 season two years after their acclaimed victory over the Sixers The Breaks of The Game the book that resulted remains one of the best sports books I have ever read and a work that has easily stood the test of timeThe author of than 20 books on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War the modern civil rights struggle the decline of the American auto indus

  2. says:

    The Cuckoo Man was Jack Nicholson the movie star a devoted follower of Laker basketball who had a seat right next to the Laker bench In the championship season when Portland had played Los Angeles Nicholas had thus sat only about three feet away from the last man on the Portland bench who in this case happened

  3. says:

    Wow This is a phenomenal book Halberstam gets into the nuts and bolts of not just basketball but people society e

  4. says:

    I told my dad I was reading this book because its reputation precedes it as one of the best sports books ever written His matter of fact answer well that's because Halberstam is one of the best writers ever 362 pages later I can't help but agree He may not be a hoity toity modernist prose stylist like those name

  5. says:

    I bought this book because I read somewhere that it was one of the greatest sports books ever written Halberstam is a good writer and a master of the vignette He does a great job of giving a sense of his subjects

  6. says:

    This book is a masterpiece It's the best sports litsports history book I've ever read So much was changing in the NBA in 1979; it was the birth of the modern league Young David Stern Magic and Bird were rookies Incorporation of the four ABA teams and its players Transition to a black sport or at least a less white sport Crazy salaries for the younger players while older players and coaches miss out on the money Televis

  7. says:

    Along with the focus on the Portland Trailblazers as a team Kermit Washington Bill Walton Jack Ramsey are the featured characters during the 1979 1980 season The Blazers were the NBA Champions just two years prior Then they had a disappointing season in 1978 1979 losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Phoenix Suns Bill

  8. says:

    Fascinating book It's a conversational history of the NBA until 1981 told through the lense of the 1979 80 season of the Portland Trailblazers As the team's season touches on various characters and issues Halberstam pauses to explore them Great

  9. says:

    Truly a fantastic fascinating book As a life long Blazer fan I started the book with the hopes of understanding the roots of my hometown team What I found was an in depth examination of the NBA in a period of evolution and stunted growth with t

  10. says:

    GO TRAIL BLAZERSWe’re all becoming Trail Blazers fans next season We’re all going to watch the games and then find some random book to talk about it onHell I watch the WNBA the I realize its where it’s at K When you get down to it basketball like politics is all about aesthetics Great book It was perfect for me The Blazers are so good they have the best sports book written about them This is less a story and a hundred stories Portrait

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