From the author of the critically acclaimed, National Book Award-nominated novel "Have Jump Shot, Will Travel" comes this players-and-coach's-eye view of life in the Commercial Basketball League, a collection of rag-tag teams just this side of solvency, where the owners and coaches are unscrupulous and the players are one step removed from stardom in the NBA... or the playground hustlers of 'White Men Can't Jump'. In this fact-based novel that does to basketball what "Ball Four" and "The Bronx Zoo" did to baseball, Coach Bo Lassner's task of gearing up his team for the playoffs involves much more than orchestrating the on-court X's and O's. In a league filled with NBA hasbeens, wannabes and neverwillbes, it's a struggle just to keep the team's meddling owner out of the way and the players' minds off wine (in their milder moods), women and white stuff long enough to concentrate on the game at hand. In ribald, authentic inside detail, the author (himself a former coach in the real-life Continental Basketball Association) vividly captures the flip-side of the millionaire-ridden world of the NBA - where life truly is "a metaphor for basketball."
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(228mm x 153mm x 20mm)
Seven Stories Press,U.S.
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Author Biography - Charley Rosen
A native of the Bronx and longtime pal of basketball guru Phil Jackson, CHARLEY ROSEN led the league in technical fouls during each of his six years as a coach in the now-defunct Continental Basketball Association. Since then he has become the world's foremost writer of fiction and nonfiction on the subject of basketball, chronicling the drama that takes place both on and off the court. His many novels include "The House of Moses All-Stars," a "New York Times" Notable Book, and "Sammy Wong: All-American." His non-fiction works include "The Scandals of '51: How the Gamblers Almost Killed College Basketball" and "More than a Game," with Phil Jackson. Rosen is an analyst for hoopshype.com and a devotee of the Triangle Offense. He lives in Accord, NY. PHIL JACKSON is a seven-time world champion NBA coach (six times with Chicago, once with Los Angeles). He currently serves as the President of Basketball Operations for the New York Knicks. "From the Hardcover edition."