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The Resource Tip-off : how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever, Filip Bondy

Tip-off : how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever, Filip Bondy

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Tip-off : how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever
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Tip-off
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how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever
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Filip Bondy
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Subject
Language
eng
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ It's not the worst mistake in sports history, but it's among the most famous—with the second pick in the 1984 NBA draft, the Portland Trailblazers selected Sam Bowie instead of several future stars, including Michael Jordan. In this tremendously readable book, Bondy tells the full story of that draft, which most experts consider the best ever. Bondy follows six draftees—Bowie, Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, Sam Perkins and John Stockton. With commentary from scouts, general managers, coaches and the players themselves, Bondy draws a portrait of each player from just before the draft to the present day. Bondy perfectly synthesizes exactly why each player landed where he did, examining prevailing draft philosophies, recent roster blunders and the possibility that teams lost on purpose. While not as revelatory as Michael Lewis's Moneyball (Bondy's post mortem of Portland's mistake focuses on familiar themes, particularly the fetishism of height), this book is every bit as enjoyable as the baseball bestseller. Bondy delves deeper into the character of Bowie than anyone has before, revealing a likable man with terrible luck, and gives the reader a sense of how profoundly Jordan, Barkley and Olajuwon reshaped the league. It may not be transcendent enough to breakthrough with nonbasketball fans, but anybody with a cursory interest in the game is in for a treat. (May) --Staff (Reviewed December 31, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 52, p28)
  • Savvy overview of a paradigm-shifting moment in basketball, and the legends it created.In 1984, the NBA was hardly the slick hip-hop marketing juggernaut it is today. Teams were just beginning to utilize technology to improve scouting practices, operating budgets were a fraction of their present value and there was still some question as to whether a black athlete could be a successful pitchman in white suburbia. One thing, however, was the same: The draft was a crapshoot, which is why the '84 Portland Trailblazers and 2003 Detroit Pistons inadvertently passed up transcendental talents Michael Jordan and Dwyane Wade, respectively. In sports columnist Bondy's languorous stroll down memory lane, he shares recollections from players, coaches and team executives about that year's now-legendary draft, as significant for the future superstars it birthed—Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley, John Stockton—as it was for the fact that it was the last non-lottery draft. (To prevent teams from intentionally losing to improve their draft position, the league instituted a lottery system the following year.) Had the draft yielded Jordan alone, it would have forever altered the game. It was also the first to choose a foreign-born player as number one (Olajuwon), and it decisively affected the fortunes of many major franchises. The author's exhaustive interviews and player profiles aren't particularly revelatory, but any basketball fan will enjoy reading the candid, often conflicting insights and opinions of talent evaluators concerning some of the biggest successes (and busts) in league history. Bondy doesn't devote enough time to analyzing the significance of Olajuwon's selection or how it relates to the later influx of foreign-born players, and overall analysis of the draft's significance takes a back seat to key players' stories, but overall this is a lively and enlightening look at one of the NBA's decisive turning points.Like an all-star game: lots of style and flair, but not quite enough substance until the closing buzzer. (Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2007)
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contains biographical information
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202314
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DLC
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Bondy, Filip
Dewey number
796.323/640973
Index
index present
LC call number
GV885.514
LC item number
B65 2007
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • National Basketball Association
  • Basketball draft
  • Basketball players
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how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever
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Tip-off : how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever, Filip Bondy
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http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip075/2006035572.html
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Copyright
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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Contents
Prologue: The flip -- The view from Chapel Hill -- Decision time -- The achilles shin -- Out of Africa, into Texas -- The well-rounded recruit -- Spokane man -- Trial by Knight -- Embracing defeat -- Finishing the Picasso -- Liking Mike -- The safe pick -- The imperfect fit -- Sweet sixteen -- Portland selects Sam Bowie -- Not twins at all -- After the fall -- A different kind of star -- Far from Eden -- Charles in charge -- The player's player -- Epilogue
Control code
631983
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pages cm
Isbn
9780306814860
Isbn Type
(hard cover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006035572
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780306814860
  • (OCoLC)76828671
Label
Tip-off : how the 1984 NBA draft changed basketball forever, Filip Bondy
Link
http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip075/2006035572.html
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: The flip -- The view from Chapel Hill -- Decision time -- The achilles shin -- Out of Africa, into Texas -- The well-rounded recruit -- Spokane man -- Trial by Knight -- Embracing defeat -- Finishing the Picasso -- Liking Mike -- The safe pick -- The imperfect fit -- Sweet sixteen -- Portland selects Sam Bowie -- Not twins at all -- After the fall -- A different kind of star -- Far from Eden -- Charles in charge -- The player's player -- Epilogue
Control code
631983
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780306814860
Isbn Type
(hard cover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2006035572
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780306814860
  • (OCoLC)76828671

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