Présentation de l'éditeur
Most "extensive" book available on all-time greats. This all-in-one Revised Edition book of basketball is a great statistical and factual reference with outstanding player descriptions, analysis and skill sets. Also included in the paperback, is a handy one-page "chart" (over 450 entries) of the greatest players of all-time individual scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots titles, key second place finishes, awards and honors! This page alone makes the book a good reference. To begin (If you are a big-time basketball fan and like objective-facts and numbers, this resource is like a mini encyclopedia in the palm of your hands), you read the description and the first few pages on Amazon's preview (Look Inside!), make sure to click Surprise me! - to get a true glimpse of what this book is all about - better yet, click on Search Inside this book and punch in your favorite player! And that includes you too, Skip Bayless from ESPN's First Take. So far at the end of August, a panel of experts (so to speak) on the show have been giving their selections for Top 3 Greatest Players of All-Time soon after LeBron James publicly announced his. He chose, of course Michael Jordan, and then Dr. J & Larry Bird - followed by Magic Johnson after he was asked to name a fourth. And then more recently, current and past players were giving their Mount Rushmore picks (Top 4) with assortment of mixed opinions. LeBron gave his in a more serious interview during the 2014 All-Star break when he then chose Jordan, Magic, Bird, and then Oscar Robertson! Hard to argue with those picks. Well, also, this is partly what this new 2013 release is all about, ranking the greatest players of all-time. LeBron himself would be amazed of what is written about him as a player. In addition, every chapter on every player has an awesome and unmatched description of his attributes an very own skill set! This book is a must have for all basketball fans. It contains hardcore facts and stats of The NBA's 50 Greatest Players of All-Time (rankings of Magic, Bird, Jordan, Wilt, Russell, Oscar, Dream and the rest of the greats of the game- find out who's in the top 10?) with exclusive projected rankings of seven current players? As they approach their primes and where they might end up in the Elite Rankings of All-Time! On the cover of the book and on its first page title, instead of changing the subtitle from projected pick six?, to a projected super seven! I have decided to keep both subtitles. Within the 57 chapter player rankings, there is also an additional 50 plus players written about exclusively and extensively including Kevin Love in Blake Griffin’s chapter as potentially becoming the greatest power forward of the current era. In the player comparisons throughout, it distinguishes which players are better than others from an objective point of view- which in turn allows you to judge for yourselves! For example: Is Wilt Chamberlain better than Bill Russell or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Is Magic Johnson better than Larry Bird? Is Kobe Bryant better than Jerry West? Is Tim Duncan better than Karl Malone? Is John Stockton better than Isiah Thomas? Also listed is an All-Time NBA First Team, Second Team, and Third Team based on projected rankings. The book is filled with player introductions including a mini-biography, player opinions from past and current great players, player attributes and skill sets, records and individual accolades, award and honors, player rankings and player comparisons throughout, and a player’s chronological history year by year with interceding player evaluations of the NBA’s elite and players outside the top 50. The book was completed at near 200,000 words. And finally the most interesting part of this book, is that I have created a one-of-a-kind chart (as mentioned above) for individual accolades, honors and awards of the 50 greatest basketball players of all-time!
Biographie de l'auteur
Johnny Osaki - Living in the Bay Area, I have worked in light industrial and this past few years with our family business, Inspirational Family Books. I have also just completed this book on NBA basketball that I had been working on for about 3 years now. The project was an enormous one for me because I have never considered myself a skilled writer by any stretch of the imagination- like Bill Simmons who has his own website, his own book (The Book of Basketball- in which I have read over and over and over again), and has written countless articles for ESPN.com over the year- plus, he wrote for Jimmy Kimmel at one time or another! However, I do believe my passion and expertise for NBA basketball is to his equal because I have been following the sport exclusively for the past few decades. I have always had an extreme passion to study countless hours on the history of the game and watch NBA basketball outside of work for most of my entire life, to where you could almost call it an obsession. The bulk of this book is based a great deal on facts and stats backed by numerous opinions of current and past NBA players. Because of CreateSpace and Amazon, I now know it is possible to reach my dream of putting my basketball knowledge on paper!