January 3, 2010

AND NO ONE GAVE ME A COPY FOR CHRISTMAS?:

Basketball and boxing, with a touch of Jesus: a review of THE BOOK OF BASKETBALL: The NBA According to the Sports Guy by Bill Simmons (Bill Littlefield, January 3, 2010, Boston Globe)

If you buy your books by the pound and you figure more is better, you will buy “The Book of Basketball.’’ It’s heavy. And Bill Simmons achieves bulk the hard way; there is a lot of small print, because he has a thing for footnotes.

You’ll like this book if you have an enormous appetite for the opinions of Simmons regarding basketball players. Some of these opinions are supported by the sort of arguments, statistical and otherwise, that end discussions in bars. They do so because most people who enjoy arguing about basketball and other sports in bars and elsewhere also enjoy at least a few other things enough so that they do not want to give themselves over exclusively to proclamations such as “I learned the secret of basketball while lounging at a topless pool in Las Vegas,’’ which Simmons asserts 675 pages before the book ends.


Which tends to suggest that Mr. Littlefield has no straight male friends.



Posted by Orrin Judd at January 3, 2010 8:02 AM
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