Hoops Nation

A Guide to America's Best Pick-Up Basketball

Chris Ballard

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Find out where to play and what to expect in this street-smart and entertaining b-ball bible

For the millions of roundball junkies who are not in the NBA or the new WNBA, hoop dreams are lived out on playgrounds and in old gyms, in informal games that can be every bit as competitive as their big-league counterparts, no matter what the level of play. This is pick-up basketball, America's favorite way to play its favorite game.

Hoops Nation is the result of former college-basketball player Chris Ballard's six-month quest by van to find the best pick-up basketball games in the country. Entries from all forty-eight mainland states break down the key points of each game site, including level of play, number of hoops, playing surface, whether women play, average age of players, and whether night play is an option. Ballard also gives the entertaining low down on local basketball culture, lore, and etiquette. At-a-glance symbols for each court make for easy reference, and interspersed throughout are lively sections and sidebars on topics such as dunking technique, the pick-up court hall of fame, slang, and more. From the Venice Beach courts of White Men Can't Jump, through hallowed heartland hoops, to the legary rims rocked on New York City's West 4th Street, anyone who wants to lace up and play will find all they need to know about the court next door or across the country in Hoops Nation.

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Hoops Nation
1The Hoops NationA summer day at a park anywhere in America ... The rhythmic smack of a basketball on asphalt echoes across a crowded court. A fierce midday sun bastes shirtless players, their sweaty bodies shimmering in the light. Ten men sprint down the dusty blacktop, hurtling themselves forward in pursuit of a battered leather ball. The man controlling the ball bobs and weaves like a boxer, slipping through defenders while searching for cutters or a path to the bucket amidst all those legs, elbows, and grasping hands. He looks in toward the basket, where the physics of position

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Chris Ballard

Chris Ballard is a former youth team coach and college basketball player (for Pomona College in Los Angeles). He is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, contributing to such publications as Sports Illustrated and Men's Health. This is his first book.

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Hoops Nation
A Guide to America's Best Pick-Up Basketball
Chris Ballard

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
March 1998
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805048773
ISBN10: 0805048774
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 384 pages
$12.95

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
March 1998
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429933001
ISBN10: 1429933003
384 pages
$7.99
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