Munn's Musings | Dec. 3, 2013
Editor’s Note: Vice President of Fan Experience Jeff Munneke is a beloved member of the Timberwolves family, and as an employee of the team since the inaugural 1989-90 season, he has a lot of on and off the court knowledge about the team. That ranges from top halftime acts and coolest players all the way to season ticket eating venues and most memorable games. Each week during the 2013-14, Munn’s going to share that knowledge with us through top-5 lists in this “Munn’s Musings” blog.
This week, Munn decided to expand his list to 10, to give us his top-10 favorite basketball books of all-time. Enjoy!
Top-10 Favorite Basketball Books
10. "Play Their Hearts Out" - George Dohrman
Incredible read on access to eight years of following star youth basketball players. Must read for anyone involved in youth sports/basketball.
9. "Fab Five" - Mitch Albom
Inside accounting on the stories of U of Michigan basketball players Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson through starting as freshman to helping change the landscape of basketball.
8. "Loose Balls" - Terry Pluto
A behind the scenes look at the incredible talent and the crazy stories told by the players and coaches of the ABA. If you are reading in a public place be okay with people looking at you while laughing out loud at the characters of the league.
7. "Dream Team" - Jack McCallum
McCallum was allowed access to the greatest team ever assembled, the 1992 Olympic team. He takes you into late night card games, golf, bull sessions with the coaches and players, and perhaps the greatest pickup game in the history of bb during one of their intrasquad scrimmages. Of particular note was former T’wolves player Christian Laettner being the ping pong champion amongst the players and only commissioner David Stern could challenge.
6. "Breaks Of The Game" - David Halberstam
Follows the Bill Walton-led Blazers three years removed from being NBA Champions. First book of its kind where access was allowed to owners, coaches, players, media...
5. "The Franchise" - Cameron Stauth
Another year in the life BB Book (Do you see a theme here?), this book looks at the 1988-89 Detroit Pistons. But unlike books that focus on the players or coaches, this one focuses on former T’wolves GM Jack McCloskey and the business side of basketball in how he put together a world championship team.
4. "Season On The Brink" - John Feinstein
Feinstein had unprecedented access to Bobby Knight and the Hoosiers during the 1985-86 seasons.
3. "Jordan Rules" - Sam Smith
What was going on within the walls of the Chicago Bulls to the most famous basketball player in the world? Was fun hearing about some of these stories with former T’wolves player Luc Longley who came after the book was printed but said you had no choice to play hard when the greatest player in the game works harder than anyone else.
2. "7 Seconds or Less"- Jack McCallum
McCallum was originally going to be an "assistant coach" during training camp and write about his experience but ended up staying on throughout the 2005-06 season and had access to all players, coaches, meetings and the organization. Asst Coach Alvin Gentry had an "interesting" take on former T’wolves player Michael Olowokandi.
1. "The Book Of Basketball" - Bill Simmons
Absolute must read for any hoop fan. Hilarious look at past, present and future NBA. Favorite part of the book: The Secret with Isaiah Thomas (Editor’s Note: We agree 110%.