This classic work of sports history and scholarship by Nelson George shows how Black basketball players changed the sport not just through their athletic prowess, but their sense of style and expressiveness. George delves into the history of race relations to the history of basketball by reviewing the era of the first Black teams, the first integration of teams, and the innovations that Black players have brought to the game. He also looks at the cult of stoicism and terseness that has long ruled professional sports, which deems behavior that would be normal and acceptable in any other basketball game to be "unprofessional" and subject to fines and reprimands—one of many methods by which white-owned sports leagues, owners, and media outlets attempt to control the very people who form the heart and soul of the game.
- Publisher : HarperCollins; 1st edition (January 1, 1992)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 261 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0060167238
- ISBN-13 : 978-0060167233
- Item Weight : 1.4 pounds
- Dimensions : 1.2 x 6.4 x 9.4 inches
All copies are used, but guaranteed in acceptable to good condition.