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Itís hard to believe that there was a time when the jump shot didnít exist in basketball. When the sport was invented in 1891, players would take set shots with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Defenders controlled the sport, the pace was slower, and games would frequently end with scores fit for a football field. It took almost forty years before players began shooting jump shots of any kind and sixty-five years before it became a common sight. When the first jump shooting pioneers left the ground, they rose not only above their defenders, but also above the sportís conventions. The jump shot created a soaring offense, infectious excitement, loyal fans, and legends. Basketball would never be the same.
Rise and Fire celebrates this crucial shot while tracing the history of how it revolutionized the game, shedding light on all corners of the basketball world, from NBA arenas to the playgrounds of New York City and the barns of Indiana. Award-winning journalist Shawn Fury obsesses over the jump shot, explores its fundamentals, puzzles over its complexities, marvels at its simplicity, and honors those who created some of basketballís greatest moments. Part history, part travelogue, and part memoir, Rise and Fire bounces from the dirt courts of the 1930s to todayís NBA courts and state-of-the-art shooting labs, examining everything from how nets and rims affect a shooter to rivalries between shooting coaches to how the three-pointer came to rule the game. Impeccably researched and engaging, the book features interviews and profiles of legendary figures like Jerry West, Bob McAdoo, Ray Allen, and Denise Long---the first woman ever drafted by the NBA, plus dozens more, revealing the evolution of the shot over time.
Analyzing the techniques and reliving some of the most unforgettable plays from the greats, Fury creates a technical, personal, historical, and even spiritual examination of the shot. This is not a dry how-to textbook of basketball mechanics; it is a lively tour of basketball history and a love letter to the sport and the shot that changed it forever.
SECTION ONE: IN THE BEGINNING
Chapter One: Origins and Mysteries
Chapter Two: Jump Shooting Marines
Chapter Three: 1950s: Naysayers and Trendsetters
Chapter Four: Buckets, Balls, and Shooter's Gyms
Chapter Five: 1960s: Big Shots, Big Men
SECTION TWO: THE JUMP SHOT TOUR
Chapter Six: Legends, Tragedies, and Families
Chapter Seven: Denise, Jeanette, and the Game of the Century
Chapter Eight: The Rocket and the Splendid Splinter
Chapter Nine: The Miracle, the Movie, and the Miss
SECTION THREE: GUNNER'S PARADISE
Chapter Ten: 1970s: No Conscience Required
Chapter Eleven: The Machine
Chapter Twelve: Bob McAdoo: The Revolutionary
SECTION FOUR: THE MODERN GAMEChapter Thirteen: 1980s: Small Forwards, Big Scorers
Chapter Fourteen: Bird
Chapter Fifteen: Instructors: The Shooter, the Lab, and the Rebel
Chapter Sixteen: 1990s and Beyond: Land of the Three
Chapter Seventeen: The Greatest