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The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA (Hardcover): Charley Rosen

The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA (Hardcover)

Charley Rosen

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Return to basketball's salad days, when the boys were green and the money didn't matter.. .

On November 1, 1946, in the NBA's (then called the BAA) first game ever, as the visiting New York Knickerbockers defeated the Toronto Huskies, the first point in the history of the NBA was scored by the Knicks' Oscar Ossie Schectman. It was the point that launched more than six million points to come, and Ossie did it, like all of his team members, for a mere $60 and a passionate love of the game. Who could have guessed back then that this fledgling league of 11 ragtag teams would one day grow into the billion-dollar international phenomenon that it is today?. .

In "The First Tip-Off," veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen takes you back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. With riveting writing, he gives you a prime seat courtside for every memorable two-handed underhand layup and hook shot of that first season, when professional basketball struggled to evolve from grudge matches--where head-butting was encouraged and players shoved each other, hockey-style, into the chicken-wire fence wrapped around the court to protect them from lit cigars tossed by angry fans--to a civilized game of elegance and skill. It wasn't an easy transformation.. .

In 1946, the players dribbled their way down slippery courts laid over ice rinks in stadiums that reeked of the previous night's rodeo. They were tough guys, ex-soldiers back from World War II, and still-green farm boys, thrilled to be away from home for the first time. They learned to play ball using wadded-up rags and fire escapes for baskets. They learnedin fields, in church basements, and on school rooftops. Rough around the edges, they brought their homegrown skills to the new league and started something big.. .

From the Boston Celtics to the Washington Capitols, through in-depth interviews with surviving players, Rosen brings the spirits and the stories of these men to life as he weaves a fascinating and poignant portrait of a league struggling to gain a foothold in the American consciousness..


Imprint: McGraw-Hill Professional
Country of origin: United States
Release date: October 2008
First published: 2009
Authors: Charley Rosen
Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 23mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 288
ISBN-13: 978-0-07-148785-6
Categories: Books > Sport & Leisure > Sports & outdoor recreation > Ball games > Basketball
LSN: 0-07-148785-9
Barcode: 9780071487856

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