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Basketball (and other things) : a collection of questions asked, answered, illustrated / Shea Serrano ; with illustrations by Arturo Torres ; foreword by Reggie Miller.

By: Serrano, Shea.
Contributor(s): Torres, Arturo [illustrator.] | Miller, Reggie, 1965- [writer of foreword.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Abrams Image, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: 239 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1419726471; 9781419726477; 9781419730368 (Barnes & Noble); 1419730363 (Barnes & Noble).Other title: Basketball and other things.Subject(s): National Basketball Association | National Basketball Association -- History | Basketball -- United States -- History | Basketball playersGenre/Form: Anecdotes.DDC classification: 796.323
Contents:
What year was Michael Jordan the best version of Michael Jordan? -- Who's your frankenplayer made out of? -- Who's the greatest dunker in NBA history? -- What's the order of the first round of the fictional basketball player draft? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Which NBA players get remembered for the wrong reasons? -- How many points should [SHOT] actually be worth? -- Which dunks are in the disrespectful dunk hall of fame? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who is your memory hero? -- Which NBA player's group are you joining if the purge begins tonight? -- What's the most important NBA championship? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Basketball court: Who's more important to the history of basketball, Allen Iverson or Dwayne Wade? -- How do players' legacies change if we change their names? -- What's the plot for Death Hammer 2: Hammergeddon? -- If 1997 Karl Malone and a bear swapped places for a season, who would be more successful? -- What if Nick Anderson made one of those free throws? -- What happened in the moment before "the moment"? Part 1 (1986-1991) ; Part 2 (1991-2001) ; Part 3 (2002-2016) -- Was Kobe Bryant a dork? (and also: How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant the best player in the league?) -- What attributes make for the best basketball villain? (and also: Who's a first-ballot selection for the Basketball Villain Hall of Fame?) -- Should we do a chapter that's just a bunch of lists? -- Am I allowed to _____ during pickup basketball? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who had the better big-name game under duress? -- What would've happened if Shaq and Hakeem had played that one-on-one game? -- Which was the most perfect duo in NBA history? -- If you could dunk on any one person, who would it be? -- Which NBA player's legacy is the most greatly affected if we give him the championship he never won?
Summary: "Thirty-three chapters, each chapter a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial ... and some of them are secretly crucial. But all of them are approached in ways that ([the author] hope[s] you think) are smart and fun and nuanced"--Back cover.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Who is the greatest dunker of all time? Which version of the Michael Jordan was the best Michael Jordan? What is allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? Basketball (and Other Things) presents readers with a whole new set of pivotal and ridiculous fan disputes from basketball history, providing arguments and answers, explained with the wit and wisdom that is unique to Shea Serrano. Serrano breaks down debates that NBA fans didn't even know they needed, from the classic (How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant actually the best player in the league?) to the fantastical (If you could assign different values to different shots throughout basketball history, what would they be and why?). With incredible art from Arturo Torres, this book is a must-have for anyone who has ever stayed up late into the night debating basketball's greatest moments, what-ifs, stories, and legends, or for those who are discovering the mythology of basketball for the first time.

Includes index.

What year was Michael Jordan the best version of Michael Jordan? -- Who's your frankenplayer made out of? -- Who's the greatest dunker in NBA history? -- What's the order of the first round of the fictional basketball player draft? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Which NBA players get remembered for the wrong reasons? -- How many points should [SHOT] actually be worth? -- Which dunks are in the disrespectful dunk hall of fame? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who is your memory hero? -- Which NBA player's group are you joining if the purge begins tonight? -- What's the most important NBA championship? Part 1 ; Part 2 ; Part 3 -- Basketball court: Who's more important to the history of basketball, Allen Iverson or Dwayne Wade? -- How do players' legacies change if we change their names? -- What's the plot for Death Hammer 2: Hammergeddon? -- If 1997 Karl Malone and a bear swapped places for a season, who would be more successful? -- What if Nick Anderson made one of those free throws? -- What happened in the moment before "the moment"? Part 1 (1986-1991) ; Part 2 (1991-2001) ; Part 3 (2002-2016) -- Was Kobe Bryant a dork? (and also: How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant the best player in the league?) -- What attributes make for the best basketball villain? (and also: Who's a first-ballot selection for the Basketball Villain Hall of Fame?) -- Should we do a chapter that's just a bunch of lists? -- Am I allowed to _____ during pickup basketball? Part 1 ; Part 2 -- Who had the better big-name game under duress? -- What would've happened if Shaq and Hakeem had played that one-on-one game? -- Which was the most perfect duo in NBA history? -- If you could dunk on any one person, who would it be? -- Which NBA player's legacy is the most greatly affected if we give him the championship he never won?

"Thirty-three chapters, each chapter a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial ... and some of them are secretly crucial. But all of them are approached in ways that ([the author] hope[s] you think) are smart and fun and nuanced"--Back cover.

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Library Journal Review

Serrano (The Rap Year) poses a series of 26 questions about the modern NBA, from the serious (What was Michael Jordan's best season?) to the absurd (What is the draft order of fictional basketball characters?). Answers are both thoughtful and hilarious as he includes statistics, NBA history, and his own opinions to make his arguments. The best chapters balance Serrano's sense of humor with his hoops knowledge. Chapters on ranking the most important NBA finals, the rules of pickup basketball, and the disrespectful dunk Hall of Fame are the highlights here. Some chapters do fall flat, most notably a plot treatment for an action movie starring NBA superstar James Harden. Readers will be able to relate to Serrano's childhood recollections of playing or rooting for his favorite team. Torres's unique and stylized illustrations, such as a giant squid defending Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins dunking on Jesus, accentuate Serrano's writing. Verdict An original work that captures the spirit of basketball. Highly recommended for die-hard NBA fans.-Chris Wilkes, Tazewell Cty. P.L., VA © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.