this glorious, globetrotting adventure of a book, intrepid Sports
Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff explores how the American-born
sport of basketball seems to obsess everyonefrom schoolchildren
in China to presidential candidates, from Brazil's female versions
of Magic and Larry to a generation of gifted Yugoslav players whose
lives were shattered by war. Visiting sixteen different countries
and ten states in North America, talking to former greats and great
unknowns, Wolff creates a living atlas of roundball and uncovers
all the ways we all love this game.
Among the highlights of Big Game, Small World are Wolff's
delightful expositions on:
in Bhutan, where the king has a private
basketball tutor and hoops helped save the monarchyand ward
off a war.
on the run inside a Polish basketball league,
where Americans play for their last chance and the Polish players
know they are lucky to get paid.
Pennefather, a former sharpshooting Villanova star who played
professionally in Japanbefore taking a vow of enclosure and
becoming a cloistered nun.
life and times of James Naismith and his
connection to the city of Lawrence, Kansasa place where the
history of the game mirrors the history of race relations in America.
From talking basketball and life with Kareem and The Bear, to watching
a three-on-three tournament unfold in Celebration, Fla., Big
Game, Small World is a tale of life and death, war and peace,
hope and glory . . . and why two spinning spheresone great
and one small, one rock and one leathergo perfectly together.
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