Big Game, Small World
Menu jacket-flap copy contact info contents web exclusive: the movie buy the book praise & reviews latest news about the author readings & appearances readers react home
T W E N T Y - T H R E E :Washington, D.C.
PHOTO BY: MANNY MILLANI’d met Professor Rick Olsen at a conference a number of years ago. I’d listened, fascinated, as he told me of his doctoral thesis, which deconstructed the NBA draft as a "rhetorical text." He had all sorts of additional insights into basketball, so I arranged for him to join me at the 1999 draft at the MCI Center, to explain how the spectacle is really a narrative of hope—and why it engages us so.

One of Rick’s most reliable "characters" in every draft "narrative" has been the Los Angeles Clippers, the Shakespearean fool at whose expense fans of every other NBA team get a good laugh. Since 1999, however, the Clippers have actually undergone some character transformation. Rick may have to revisit his research.

Here’s Elton Brand, the top pick in the draft that year, in the ritual grip ’n’ grin with the commish.

TWENTY-FOUR : FRANCE

You can purchase Big Game, Small World from the following on-line retailers:

In the U.S. or Canada:

amazon.com
booksense.com
barnesandnoble.com

chapters.indigo.ca

In the U.K.:

amazon.co.uk
sportspages.co.uk


In Italy:

libridisport.it

In France:


amazon.fr

In Germany:

amazon.de

In Japan:

amazon.co.jp

In Spain:

gymnos.com

In Switzerland:

yesbasket.ch


In Australia:

buyaustralian.com