Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the by Adam J. Criblez

By Adam J. Criblez

In basketball, simply as in American tradition, the Seventies have been imperfect. however it used to be a extremely important time within the improvement of the state and of the nationwide Basketball organization. in this decade americans suffered throughout the conflict in Vietnam and Nixon’s Watergate cover-up (not to say disco tune and rest matches) whereas the NBA weathered the arriving of loose service provider and costs that its gamers have been “too black.” regardless of this turmoil, or maybe due to it, the NBA advanced right into a cultural phenomenon.

Tall stories and brief Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the beginning of the trendy NBA lines the evolution of the NBA from the retirement of invoice Russell in 1969 to the arriving of Larry chook and Magic Johnson ten years later. Sandwiched among the younger league of the sixties and its mature successor within the eighties, this ebook unearths the awkward teenage years of the NBA within the seventies. It examines the various controversies that plagued the league in this time, together with illicit drug use, on-court violence, and escalating participant salaries. but at the same time attendance faded and networks relegated playoff video games to tape-delayed, late-night pronounces, lovers nonetheless pulled on floppy grey socks like “Pistol Pete” Maravich, emulated Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sweeping skyhook, and grew out mushrooming afros à l. a. “Dr. J” Julius Erving.

The first book-length therapy of professional basketball within the Seventies, Tall stories and brief Shorts brings to existence the avid gamers, groups, and the league as an entire as they handled growth, a merger with the ABA, and transitioning right into a new period. activity historians and basketball lovers will get pleasure from this pleasing and enlightening survey of an often-overlooked time within the improvement of the NBA.

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