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by Chris Ballard

eBook The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA (Sports Illustrated) epub
  • ISBN: 1439110212
  • Author: Chris Ballard
  • Genre: Sports
  • Subcategory: Miscellaneous
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 3, 2009)
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • ePUB size: 1905 kb
  • FB2 size 1915 kb
  • Formats lrf txt doc mbr


With the exception of the ending, The Art of a Beautiful Game, a book written by Sports Illustrated contributor Chris Ballard, is perhaps the most efficient look at, well, efficiency.

With the exception of the ending, The Art of a Beautiful Game, a book written by Sports Illustrated contributor Chris Ballard, is perhaps the most efficient look at, well, efficiency. in the sport of basketball.

In The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. He tracks down renowned dunkers from Dominique to Shaq to explore the impact of the dunk on the modern game, shadows Shane Battier during his preparations to defend LeBron, takes lessons from a freethrow shooting guru who once hit 2,750 in a row, and attends an elite NBA training camp to feel the pain that turns a prospect into a pro.

Chris Ballard is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering the NBA and writing features

Chris Ballard is a senior writer at Sports Illustrated covering the NBA and writing features. He has written profiles of people with offbeat professions for the New York Times Magazine and is the author of Hoops Nation, which was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten Sports Books of 1998, and The Butterfly Hunter. He lives in Berkeley, California. Библиографические данные. The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA. Автор. Издание: иллюстрированное.

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0 0 5 Автор: Chris Ballard. In The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. An inveterate hoops junkie who played some college ball, Ballard sits down with the NBA's most passionate, cerebral players to find out their tricks of the trade and to learn what drives them, taking readers away from the usual sports talk radio fodder and deep into the heart of the game.

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Chris Ballard admirably reaches for timelessness with The Art of a Beautiful Game. Although he makes a few requisite head fakes in the direction of the new paradigm - subtitling the book The Thinking Fan’s Tour of the NBA and relating an odd anecdote about LeBron James’s flatulence - thisis a conventional work of sportswriting. Ballard, who writes about the . for Sports Illustrated, sets out to explain and deconstruct various facets of the game, like blocking shots and running the point, and he turns to the players he covers for help. Sometimes this leads to moments of insight.

Killer instinct : why Kobe Bryant wants to beat you at everything - Pure shooter : a double-barrel duel with Steve Kerr - The rebound : Dwight Howard and the science of extra possessions - The dunk : why we all wish we could fly - Free throws : standing in the loneliest place in the world - Point guard : Steve Nash.

In The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. An inveterate hoops junkie who played some college ball, Ballard sits down with the NBA's most passionate, cerebral players to find out their tricks of the trade and to learn what drives them, taking readers away from the usual sports talk radio fodder and deep into the heart of the game. Ballard talks to Dwight Howard, a prolific shot-blocker, about the enervating feeling of meeting another man at the height of his leap; challenges Steve Kerr to a game of H-O-R-S-E to understand the mentality of a pure shooter; reveals the roots of Kobe Bryant's unmatched killer instinct; and spends time with LeBron James to better understand both his mental game and his seemingly unlimited physical skills. He tracks down renowned dunkers from Dominique to Shaq to explore the impact of the dunk on the modern game, shadows Shane Battier during his preparations to defend LeBron, takes lessons from a freethrow shooting guru who once hit 2,750 in a row, and attends an elite NBA training camp to feel the pain that turns a prospect into a pro. Packed with lively characters and basketball history, and grounded in superb writing and the reportage that is the hallmark of Sports Illustrated, The Art of a Beautiful Game is an often witty, always insightful look at the men like Steve Nash, Yao Ming, and Alonzo Mourning who devote themselves to this elegant and complicated sport. It ultimately provides basketball fans what they all want: an inside read on the game they love.
Comments: (7)
Cargahibe
I chose Ballard's book over Bill Simmons' better-selling tome to serve a specific purpose: introduce my wife - who has developed an obsessive rooting interest in our local five (the 17-time champion Celtics) - to some of the finer points of the NBA game.

That, it turns out well for us, is a perfect use for Ballard's work. I don't say this to imply that it was beneath me (I am no basketball maven myself), or that it was great "for the little lady," but mean it as a recommendation of the book as a very smart, very accessible look at the finer points of the mechanical and strategic points of the game.

Ballard uses access to specific well-known NBA stars to explain the mechanics of things like the jump shot (Steve Kerr) and the box out (Dwight Howard), and he is able to fit in some anecdotes that never really feel too cutesy.

Between Ballard's book and the DVR rewind feature, my wife is now appreciating the games even more thoroughly, picking out pick and rolls but also beginning to really stretch her legs by doing things like watching action off the ball. That is the way to enjoy the NBA. Ballard's book will help you do it.
Samowar
I'm a huge baseball fan and, among other things, I love reading books showing the artistic/beautiful side of the game. I'd never read a book expressing the artistic/beautiful side of basketball, until now.

The author goes in depth to analyze facet of the game and NBA players who excel in those areas--rebounding, free throws, blocked shots--showing both the art and science of basketball.

Even for a non-fan of the NBA, such as me, this is an interesting look at the game.
Ariseym
I never played a day of organized basketball, despite my 6-6 height and a wingspan reminiscent of Tayshaun Prince. Only in recent years, now that my vertical measures the same as a crippled hippo, have I started playing rec ball on anything approaching a regular basis. I just never connected with the game in a way that many of my friends have. I never liked the style-over-substance impression I always got from watching NBA ball. Playing more regularly helps me appreciate the sport in a way I never did in the past. This book actually got me appreciating the NBA game in a way I never did in the past.

I had to read a lot of reviews about this book before deciding to buy a copy. I have zero interest in reading yet another image-controlled, David Stern-approved look at NBA stardom. (If you're on the fence, like I was, go online and Google this book. Read the reviews from the people who live and breathe the game.) Like those guys, I didn't want the same random crap about a player's life off the court. Hell, I'm just starting to find myself enjoying the game on a new level; I want to know why the greatest players in the world love it as much as they do. What motivates them? How do they approach the game? What is the substance behind all that NBA-approved sheen? This book, more than any other I've read, peels away all the crap and carves right down to what makes Kobe so lethal, LeBron so powerful and Battier so maddening to opponents.

I think Ballard is the kind of guy who loves the monster dunk, yet knows when it's just another two points and when it truly swings momentum. There's a difference there that never shows up on those ridiculous ESPN highlights. That's the substance of the game, the stuff I'm starting to really connect with now that I'm playing. And that's the stuff that Ballard brings out so well in this book.
tamada
Basically this book takes individual skills per chapter (mindset, shooting, passing, defense, rebounding, etc.), breaks them down by analyzing players that excel in each skill (Nash for passing, Dwight Howard for rebounding, Battier for d) and explains how each of them has perfected their particular skill through interviews, analysis, and actual experience.

My favorite part of the book was the chapter on Kobe Bryant's competitiveness and killer instinct. I am not a Kobe fan but after reading this, it gives me better understanding on why he is the way he is.

Overall, I would recommend this book. It's easy to read and it makes you appreciate the game better.
Beanisend
Chris Sheridan's THE ART OF A BEAUTIFUL GAME is an attempt to break down the ultra-athletic NBA so that the high skill level of the players can be appreciated. By far the best chapter is the opener on Kobe Bryant, whose competitiveness is off the charts. Steve Kerr on shooting is also first-rate. Others chapters, however, are yawners, particularly Dwight Howard and rebounding.
Fenrinos
A very interesting collection of articles and episodes from various players and insiders that will interest most readers who follow the NBA.

Downside is that much of the articles and episodes were introduced in bits and pieces before, so not many of the material in the book is really new or revealing if you are an avid follower of the NBA blogs and such.
Malojurus
The book is an NBA-centric look into what makes the greatest players what they are - their passion, ruthlessness, innate capabilities and, always overlooked, their hard work. The author deconstructs these elements of hardwood success by focusing on recent and current NBA players, from Steve Kerr and Steve Nash, to Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Entertaining, insightful and detailed - a joy to read.
My son got this for Christmas and loves it. He is a basketball freak so any book on basketball would be appreciated, but this one he is actually reading.
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