Lapchick The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach In the Glory Days of Basketball

By: Alfieri, Gus; Bradley, Bill

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Joe Lapchick is a legendary figure in the history of basketball: a Hall of Fame player and member of the original Celtics barnstorming team, a coach of four national championship teams at St. John's, and the first coach of the New York Knicks. The first and only biography of Lapchick, the book transcends mere biography and provides a priceless look at the history of the game, including early rule changes and the era of barnstorming teams, dramatic NIT championship games (when the NIT was "the "tournament in the nation), the point-shaving scandals in college basketball, the formation of the NBA, and the integration of professional black players (including Sweetwater Clifton, the first black member of the Knicks, who played for Lapchick). This book is a must-read for any basketball fan with a passion for the game.

Title: Lapchick The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach In the Glory Days of Basketball

Author Name: Alfieri, Gus; Bradley, Bill

Categories: Other,

Publisher: United States, The Lyons Press: 2006

ISBN Number: 1592288693

ISBN Number 13: 9781592288694

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good

Type: Book

Seller ID: 004932

Description: No interior writing or highlighting. Slight coverwear. Lapchick The Life of a Legendary Player and Coach In the Glory Days of Basketball By Alfieri, Gus; Bradley, Bill Alfieri offers a good-hearted, reverential homage to basketball great Joe Lapchick that's colored by the author's own experiences playing for Lapchick at St. John's in the 1950s. A lanky kid from Yonkers who grew up with the game as it was growing up in the early 1900s, Lapchick was a pioneer as both a player for the traveling Original Celtics and later as a coach at St. John's and with the New York Knicks. Alfieri's book rings with respect for Lapchick's career and demeanor both on the court and along the sidelines. While its strength does not lie in thrilling or lyrical prose, it's carried forward by the energy Alfieri clearly brings to the subject. The extent of his research coupled with his own firsthand recollections allow him to dip into occasional re-created scenes and conjure images of the game's past, including bygone protective padding and oversized balls that got beat out of shape during a single contest. Still, testimonies from people as disparate as Bobby Knight and Bill Bradley make clear that the author is not alone in his admiration of Lapchick. Joe Lapchick is a seminal figure in the development of basketball, but his legacy has faded into the mists of time. He may have been the first of the great big men as a player with the barnstorming Celtics of the 1920s and 1930s. He coached St. John's to both the National Invitational Tournament and the NCAA titles in 1939, piloted the New York Knicks of the nascent NBA in the 1950s, and returned to St. John's to lead it to a second NIT title in 1965. Alfieri, who played for Lapchick at St. John's, does a memorable job of re-creating the life and times of a truly memorable sports icon. Writing from a context of admiration and affection, he nonetheless portrays Lapchick as confused, ineffective, and ineffectual when a betting scandal touched St. John's during his second tour with the school. On balance, Lapchick comes across as a kind, decent man who loved the game that came to define his life and who also helped define that game. A moving sports biography and a memorable slice of basketball history. Product Details Soft cover: 344 pages Publisher: The Lyons Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN: 1592288693 Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches

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