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Criblez Goodreads Author. In basketball, just as in American culture, the s were imperfect. But it was a vitally important time in the development of the nation and of the National Basketball Association. During this decade Americans suffered through the war in Vietnam and Nixon's Watergate cover-up not to mention disco music and leisure suits while the NBA weathered the arrival of free agenc In basketball, just as in American culture, the s were imperfect. During this decade Americans suffered through the war in Vietnam and Nixon's Watergate cover-up not to mention disco music and leisure suits while the NBA weathered the arrival of free agency and charges that its players were "too black.

Sandwiched between the youthful league of the sixties and its mature successor in the eighties, this book reveals the awkward teenage years of the NBA in the seventies. It examines the many controversies that plagued the league during this time, including illicit drug use, on-court violence, and escalating player salaries. Yet even as attendance dwindled and networks relegated playoff games to tape-delayed, late-night broadcasts, fans still pulled on floppy gray socks like "Pistol Pete" Maravich, emulated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sweeping skyhook, and grew out mushrooming afros a la "Dr.

J" Julius Erving. The first book-length treatment of pro basketball in the s, Tall Tales and Short Shorts brings to life the players, teams, and the league as a whole as they dealt with expansion, a merger with the ABA, and transitioning into a new era. Sport historians and basketball fans will enjoy this entertaining and enlightening survey of an often-overlooked time in the development of the NBA.

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The number of African-American players was increasing, there was increased drug use among the players, the game was felt to be too violent and the television ratings were so bad, there were playoff games that were not shown live, but on delay during late night hours However, there are some who credit this decade as the stepping stone to the global success the NBA is currently enjoying through the merger of the two professional leagues, the birth of free agency and the exciting play of many talented players.

This is the approach taken by author Adam J. The format of the book is straightforward — each chapter is an account of each season through the decade, starting with the legendary championship season for the New York Knicks to the unlikely championship claimed by the Seattle SuperSonics in The material is not extremely detailed or in depth, but each season is covered well, as well as many of the great players from that time such as George Gervin, Bill Walton, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and John Havlicek.

One facet of the book that I like is that each team, whether the champion, a playoff team or an also-ran is mentioned each year. Unlike many books that cover certain seasons, the star players from losing teams are credited with their fine play and there are even paragraphs about these losing teams that explains why they were in the poor shape they were in. The season-by-season recap is interrupted three times for chapters on other topics.

Being a fan of both of these players during that time brought back some great memories and also a little bit of trivia that I had never heard before. When Dr. While the matter was in the court system, the Hawks played three exhibition game with both players. Then I published a collection of word stories, Fissures.

Paring down my writing and focusing on what goes unsaid and unexplained help me build suspense. In fact, I leave more out. I trust in the spaces of a story, in what goes unsaid, to draw readers in. I see how too much text can diminish the necessary whorls of mystery that a reader expects. The story enters that breath, and continues. Life moves through disconnections as much as it moves through connections.

That is the type of storytelling brain I have. This three-day Boston conference strives to create a welcoming and diverse space for all writers to learn and grow. Our flash contest opens on July 1 and closes on Aug. Stay in touch with The Writer. Seth Davis. NBA List Jam! Pat Williams. Lebron James and Kevin Durant. Belmont and Belcourt Biographies. Filip Bondy. Talking Irish. Steve Delsohn.

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