Jim G. Burns

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The Great Nowitzki: Basketball and the Meaning of Life

Nowitzki’s army of fans will devour this well-crafted account of a great player and a decent human being, and other hoops lovers will come away happy to have better made his acquaintance.


Basketball fans might disagree with Pippen’s aggrieved tone but will want to give reading time to this story of a small-town hero and a big-time team.


Wish It Lasted Forever: Life with the Larry Bird Celtics

All basketball fans should enjoy this romp with one of the NBA’s all-time great teams.

Where Tomorrows Aren’t Promised: A Memoir of Survival and Hope

This is not a standard sports biography of a rise to fame. Instead, Anthony brings honesty and humility to a reflective account that is well worth the read.

Tall Men, Short Shorts: The 1969 NBA Finals; Wilt, Russ, Lakers, Celtics, and a Very Young Sports Reporter

Over 50 years after he first covered these games, Montville gives basketball fans a book they won’t want to put down.

Steve Kerr: A Life

Despite a rather abrupt conclusion, this engaging biography is a must-read for basketball fans. Howard-Cooper tells the story of a player who, with luck, pluck, and smarts, has evolved into a top-tier coach and political activist.

Miracles on the Hardwood: The Hope-and-a-Prayer Story of a Winning Tradition in Catholic College Basketball

Both students and fans of basketball will find this a valuable survey of the last eight decades of the sport, even as it concentrates on the fortunes of Catholic teams.

Our Team: The Epic Story of Four Men and the World Series That Changed Baseball

Epplin has given us an entertaining account of this ball club, and we find ourselves rooting for them in the end. An enjoyable read for all sports fans.

Sparring with Smokin’ Joe: Joe Frazier’s Epic Battles and Rivalry with Ali

Fans of Ali might not be pleased, but Lewis portrays Frazier as a fighter for the ages in this admiring book.

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