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5 star books - "The best of the best"

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

Bird Watching

Larry Bird

Jackie MacMullan

Foul! The Connie Hawkins Story

David Shaw

Let Me Tell You a Story

Red Auerbach

John Feinstein

Life on the Run

Bill Bradley

Long Time Coming

Chet Walker

Chris Messenger

Loose Balls

Terry Pluto

Outrageous!

Charles Barkley

Roy S. Johnston, Jr.

Tall Tales

Terry Pluto

The Franchise

Cameron Stauth

The Lakers

Roland Lazenby

Those who Loved the Game

Glenn Rivers

Bruce Brooks

Values of the Game Bill Bradley  
Who's Better, Who's Best in Basketball Elliott Kalb  
Wilt: Larger than Life Robert Cherry  

Winning is an Attitude

Steve Wartenberg

 

4 star books - "Very good"

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

24 Seconds to Shoot

Leonard Koppett

Blood on the Horns

Roland Lazenby

Cousy

Bill Reynolds

Drive

Larry Bird

Bob Ryan

Falling from Grace

Terry Pluto

From Set Shot to Slam Dunk

Charles Salzberg

My Life

Magic Johnson

Peter Novak

Only the Strong Survive

Larry Platt

Rebound

Dennis Rodman

Pat Rich & Alan Steinberg

Reggie Lewis: Quiet Grace

Craig Windham

Sacred Hoops Phil Jackson Hugh Delehanty

Season of the 76ers

Wayne Lynch

Showtime

Pat Riley

Spanning the Game

Ralph Miller

The Big O

Oscar Robertson

The Greatest Basketball Story Ever Told

Greg Guffey

The Show

Roland Lazenby

Wilt, 1962

Gary M. Pomerantz

Wilt!

Wilt Chamberlain

David Shaw

 

3 star books - "A solid read"

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

A Rocket at Heart

Rudy Tomjanovich

Robert Falkoff

A View from Above

Wilt Chamberlain

Born to Coach

Rick Pitino

Bill Reynolds

Chocolate Thunder

Darryl Dawkins

Charley Rosen

Flying High

Spud Webb

Reid Slaughter

Giant Steps

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Peter Knobler

Go Up for Glory

Bill Russell

William McSweeny

Heir to a Dream

Pete Maravich

Darrell Campbell w/ Frank Schroeder

I Love Being the Enemy

Reggie Miller

Gene Wojcieckowski

In the Land of Giants

Muggsy Boggues

David Levine

John Starks: My Life

John Starks

Dan Markowitz

Just Ballin'

Mike Wise

Frank Isola

Kareem

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Mignor McCarthy

Keepin' it real

Larry Platt

Living the Dream

Hakeem Olajuwon

Peter Knobler

Nothing but Net

Bill Walton

Gene Wojcieckowski

Second Coming Sam Smith

Second Wind

Bill Russell

Taylor Branch

The Playmasters

Eldon J. Ham

This Game's the Best! (So why don't they stop screwing with it?)

George Karl

Don Yeager

Winning a Day at a Time

John Lucas

Joseph Moriarity

 

2 star books - "so-so"

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

A View from the Bench

Red Holzman

Basketball: Startling Stories Behind the Records

Jim Beuagh

Basketball: The New Champions

Kurt Hannon

Bull Session

Johnny Kerr

Terry Pluto

Great Moments in Basketball

Sam Goldaper

I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It

Charles Barkley

Loose Balls

Jason Williams

Steve Friedman

Magic's Touch

Magic Johnson

Roy S. Johnson, Jr.

Manute

Leigh Montville

NBA Rookie Experience

Mike Monroe

Raw Recruits

Alexander Wolff

Armen Keteyian

Red on Red

Red Holzman

Harvey Frammer

The Long Hot Winter

Rick Adelman

Dwight Jaynes

Walt Frazier: A Magical Season and a Player's Life

Walt Frazier

Neil Offen

 

1 star books - "Not so great"

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

Basketball Shorts

Glenn Liebman

Basketball Stars of 1970

Louis Sabin

Elevating the Game

Nelson George

Forward: Rick Barry

Robert Geline

Pricilla Turner

Full Court Pressure

Kurt Sampson

Shoot out the Lights!

Bob Spitz

Sir Charles: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles Barkley

Charles Barkley

Rick Reilly

The Bathroom Trivia Book

Steve Heldt

The Golden Boys

Cameron Stauth

The Pivotal Season

Charley Rosen

The Selling of the Green

Harvey Araton

Filip Bondy

Who's Running the Asylum?

Wilt Chamberlain

 

Books I haven't read yet

Title

Author

Secondary Author(s)

A Sense of Where You Are

McPhee, John

America's Dream Team

Chuck Daley

Alex Sachare

Basketball for the Fan, Player, & Coach

Red Auerbach

Basketball Stars of 1969

Barry Steinback

Basketball Stars of 1972

Louis Sabin

Basketball Stars of 1973

Louis Sabin

Basketball Stars of 1974

Hal Bock

Ben Olen

Basketball: A History of the Game

Alexander Wolff

Bob Cousy

Bartholomew House

Charlotte Hornets: Sharpening the Stinger

Rick Bonnell

Clyde: The Walt Frazier Story

Walt Frazier

Joe Jakes

Confessions of a Basketball Gypsy

Rick Berry

Bill Libby

Give them the Hook

Tommy Heinsoln

Joe Fitzgerald

Hang Time: Days and Dreams with Michael Jordan

Bob Greene

Hondo: Man in Motion

John Havlicek

Bob Ryan

Hoop Dreams

Ben Jarorsky

Jordan: the man, his words, his life

Mitchell Krugel

Lakers

Joseph Hession

Larry Legend

Mark Shaw

Magic

Michael Morgan

Michael Jordan * Magic Johnson

Richard Brenner

Miracle on 33rd Street

Phil Berger

On and Off the Court

Red Auerbach

Joe Fitzgerald

On court with the Superstars of the NBA

Merv Harris

Pistol Pete Maravich

Bill Gutman

Playing Tall: The 10 shortest players in NBA history

Bill Heller

Rookie: The World of the NBA

David Klein

Seeing Red: The Red Auerbach Story

Dan Shaughnessy

Special Delivery: The Amazing Basketball Career of Karl Malone

Clay Latimer

Stand up for Something

Spencer Haywood

Bill Libby

The Big Three

Peter May

The Bob Love Story

Robert Earl Love

Mel Watkins

The Book of Isiah: A Basketball Legend

Paul Challen

The Breaks of the Game

David Halberstam

The Encyclopedia of Pro Basketball: Team Histories

Peter Bjarkman

The Jordan Rules

Sam Smith

The Knicks: The 50th Anniversary Celebration

Geroge Kalinsky

The Last Banner

Peter May

The NBA book of fantastic facts, feats, and superstars

Zander Hollander

The NBA Finals: a fifty year celebration

Roland Lazenby

They call me Coach

John Wooden

To the Hoop

Ira Berkow

Unguarded

Lenny Wilkens

Terry Pluto

Unstoppable: The George Mikan Story

George Mikan

Joseph Oberle

Unsung Heroes of Pro Basketball

Raymond Hill

Vintage NBA: the pioneer era

Neil D. Isaacs