NBA Library: Team Books
Posted Oct 22 2001 6:49PM
Hardwood to hardbacks
America's Dream Team, The Quest For Olympic Gold, by Chuck Daly with Alex Sachare, published in 1992 by Turner Publishing. The story of the greatest team ever assembled, the 1992 gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team, in the words of Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly. Illustrated in full color by official team photographers with special access to closed practices and team charters.
The Boston Celtics, A Championship Tradition, by Thomas Henshaw, published in 1974 by Prentice-Hall. A history of the Celtics, the most successful franchise in pro sports, focusing on their glory years in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Picture History of the Boston Celtics, by George Sullivan, published in 1981 by Bobbs-Merrill. Coffee table sized history of the Celtics, includes details, quotes and behind the scenes anecdotes as well as photos.
Celtics Pride, by Bob Ryan, published in 1975 by Little, Brown. Another history of the Celtics' glory era.
Ever Green, by Dan Shaughnessy, published in 1990 by St. Martin's Press. Another history of the Boston Celtics, utilizing extensive interviews with players, coaches and fans.
The Boston Celtics, by Bob Ryan, published in 1989 by Addison-Wesley. Subtitled: The History, Legends & Images of America's Most Celebrated Team. Heavily illustrated by Boston photographer Dick Raphael.
Unfinished Business, by Jack McCallum, published in 1992 by Summit Books. On and off the court with the 1990-91 Boston Celtics.
The Bird Era, by Bob Schron and Kevin Stephens, published in 1988 by Quinlan Press. This Celtic history focuses on the team's most recent success, when it reached the NBA Finals five times between 1981 and 1987.
Cousy on the Celtic Mystique, by Bob Cousy and Bob Ryan, published in 1988 by McGraw-Hill. Cousy, one of the game's greatest guards -- he was nicknamed the Houdini of the Hardwood -- looks at the Boston Celtics dynasty and what set the franchise apart from others.
The Big Three, by Peter May, published in 1994 by Simon & Schuster. Focuses on what some have called the greatest frontcourt trio ever: Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish.
Basketball's Great Dynasties -- the Celtics, by Jack Clary, published in 1992 by Smithmark Publishers. One more look at the NBA's greatest dynasty.
Hornets Never Lie, by Tucker Mitchell, published in 1989 by Down Home Press. The story of the creation of the Charlotte Hornets and their inaugural 1988-89 season.
Sharpening the Stinger, by Rick Bonnell, published in 1993 by Sagamore. An overview of the Hornets' 1992-93 season, including their first-ever trip to the NBA Playoffs.
The Jordan Rules, by Sam Smith, published in 1992 by Simon & Schuster. A controversial look at "the often stormy, always tangled world of the team many dismissed as 'Michael and the Jordanaires,'" the 1991 NBA champion Chicago Bulls.
Bull Session, by Johnny Kerr and Terry Pluto, published in 1989 by Bonus Books. An up-close look at the Chicago Bulls and Michael Jordan, by their popular broadcaster and original coach.
Cavs From Fitch to Fratello, by Burt Graeff and Joe Menzer, published in 1994 by Sagamore Publishing. A look at the franchise's first 25 years, from its struggling expansion days to its playoff status under coaches Lenny Wilkens and Mike Fratello.
Bad Boys, by Isiah Thomas with Matt Dobek, published in 1989 by Masters Press. An inside look at the Detroit Pistons' 1989 NBA championship season, written by the team's captain and its PR director.
The Detroit Pistons: Capturing A Remarkable Era, by Jerry Green, co-published in 1991 by the Detroit News and Bonus Books. Describes the evolution of the Detroit Pistons into two-time NBA champions, focusing on the players and coaches who helped the Pistons get to the top.
Winnin' Times, The Magic Journey of the Los Angeles Lakers, by Scott Ostler and Steve Springer, published in 1986 and reissued in 1988 by Collier/Macmillan. A close-up look at the NBA's team of the '80s.
The Lakers, A Basketball Journey, by Roland Lazenby, published in 1993 by St. Martin's Press. From the early years in Minneapolis, when the Lakers were the NBA's first dynasty, through the move to Los Angeles, the 33-game winning streak, a championship in 1972, five more titles in the 1980s and into the early '90s.
Showtime, Inside the Lakers' Breakthrough Season, by Pat Riley, published in 1988 by Warner Books. An inside look at the NBA's team of the '80s, focusing on the Lakers' 1987 championship season, their fifth and final title of the decade.
Bucking the Odds, by Marv Fishman and Tracy Dodds, published in 1978 by Raintree Publishers. From the point of view of Fishman, one of the original owners, this book traces the franchise from 1965, three years before its debut, to the championship season of 1971 as the Bucks went further, faster, than any other expansion franchise in pro sports.
Miracle on 34th Street, by Phil Berger, published in 1970 by Simon & Schuster and reissued in 1994 by Four Walls Eight Windows Press. One of several books written about the New York Knicks' 1969-70 championship season.
Dream Team, by Lewis Cole, published in 1981 by Morrow. Another look at the Knicks' 1969-79 title team, done a decade later by an ardent fan.
My Unforgettable Season: 1970, by Red Holzman with Leonard Lewin, published in 1993 by Tor Books. A look at those championship Knicks through the eyes of their coach.
Shoot Out the Lights, by Bob Spitz, published in 1995 by Harcourt Brace. Another look at those Knicks, this time from the perspective of 25 years later.
A Silver Anniversary Celebration, by Tom Ambrose and Jim Brewer, published in 1992 by the Phoenix Suns. A look, in text and illustrations, at the Suns' first 25 years, from their formation in 1968 to their move into America West Arena in 1992-93.
The Little Team That Could ... and Darn Near Did, by Joe Gilmartin, published in 1976 by the Phoenix Suns. A history of the Phoenix Suns' early years, focusing on the 1975-76 "Sunderella Suns" who reached the NBA Finals.
Life on the Rim, A Year in the Continental Basketball Association, by David Levine, published in 1989 by Macmillan. What it's like in the not-so-glamorous world of basketball's minor league, by a writer who spent a year with the Albany Patroons.