The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-10-03
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
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The only book to tell the unbelievable true story of the NBA's tumultuous first season .InThe First Tip-Off, veteran basketball writer Charley Rosen brings readers back to the NBA's humble beginnings, when a colorful cast of characters laid the foundation for the empire that is today's NBA. Basketball pioneers, like Red Auerbach, Chuck Connors, Ed Sadowski, Joe Fulks, and Peter �Press� Maravich-father of �Pistol Pete�-all play a role in a league of hard fouls, shady refs, meager facilities, and old school basketball. Featuring a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and exclusive interviews with the surviving players of that first season, Rosen weaves a fascinating and poignant portrait of a league struggling to gain a foothold in the American consciousness. .

Author Biography

Charley Rosen is the author of fourteen books and a columnist for FoxSports.com. He is also a former player and was a head coach for nine years in the minor-league Continental Basketball Association. He lives in upstate New York.


Table of Contents

Foreword Phil Jackson
The First Basket and the First Basketeer
The First Game
The Penguin, the Mogul and the Constitution
The Boston Celtics and the Clown-Prince of the BAA
The Providence Steamrollers Hit a Road Block
Paul Birch Fires up the Pittsburgh Ironmen
Of Money, Time, and Justice
There’s No “D” in Chicago Stags
Big Ed Drives the Toronto Huskies to Ruin
The Evolution and Extinction of the Cleveland Rebels
The Professor and the St. Louis Bombers
The Short Flight of the Detroit Falcolns
The Ethnic Knicks
Gotty, Jumping Joe, and the Philadelphia Warriors
The Washington Capitols and The Apprenticeship of Red Auerbach
The Playoffs
The First Champions
Barely Alive Sources
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