The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds by Pete Axthelm

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The City Game: Basketball from the Garden to the Playgrounds

A fascinating chronicle of New York basketball, from the concrete courts of the city’s parks to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden
The New York Knickerbockers, one of the NBA’s charter franchises, played professionally for twenty-four years before winning their first championship in 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling seven-game series. Those Knicks, who won again in 1973, became legends, and captivated a city that has basketball in its blood.
 
But this book is more than a history of the championship Knicks. It is an exploration of what basketball means to New York—not just to the stars who compete nightly in the garden, but to the young men who spend their nights and weekends perfecting their skills on the concrete courts of the city’s parks. Basketball is a city game, and New York is the king of cities.

'“The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks won the 1969–1970 championship, and the playgrounds of Harlem, where stars such as Earl (the Goat) Manigault burned brightly but too briefly.” —Sports Illustrated “The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies.” —Bill Bradley, The New Yorker “The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports.” —The New York Times'
A fascinating chronicle of New York basketball, from the concrete courts of the city’s parks to the bright lights of Madison Square Garden
The New York Knickerbockers, one of the NBA’s charter franchises, played professionally for twenty-four years before winning their first championship in 1970, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in a thrilling seven-game series. Those Knicks, who won again in 1973, became legends, and captivated a city that has basketball in its blood.
 
But this book is more than a history of the championship Knicks. It is an exploration of what basketball means to New York—not just to the stars who compete nightly in the garden, but to the young men who spend their nights and weekends perfecting their skills on the concrete courts of the city’s parks. Basketball is a city game, and New York is the king of cities.

'“The master prose stylist portrays parallel basketball worlds in New York City: Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks won the 1969–1970 championship, and the playgrounds of Harlem, where stars such as Earl (the Goat) Manigault burned brightly but too briefly.” —Sports Illustrated “The best description of basketball played in New York City streets during the sixties and seventies.” —Bill Bradley, The New Yorker “The book offers absorbing insights into the most unique and gripping of all city sports.” —The New York Times'
Publisher: Open Road Media ISBN: 9781453220641 Pages: 210