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King of the court : Bill Russell and the basketball revolution /
Aram Goudsouzian with a foreword by Harry Edwards.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
description
xxi, 423 p.
ISBN
0520258878 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520258877 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2010.
isbn
0520258878 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520258877 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
7098428
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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"King of the Courtprovides a highly nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the great African American basketball player from his earliest days up to the present time. With great skill and much insight, Goudsouzian makes clear that Russell was a very complicated man who was full of contradictions in his own private life and in relationship to his business associates, teammates, opponents, the media, and the larger sporting public."--David K.Wiggins, George Mason University "Not only isKing of the Courtone of the most impressive and important sports biographies to come along in many a season, easily in the same class as David Maraniss's When Pride Still Mattered (on Vince Lombardi) and Wil Haygood's Sweet Thunder (on Sugar Ray Robinson), it is also one of the truly incisive books on the intersection of race, civil rights, and popular culture that have appeared in some time. Having grown up in Philadelphia, I was always a Wilt Chamberlain man and always will be, butKing of the Courtconvinced me that Bill Russell defined his age in ways that Chamberlain never did. Russell was a man for all seasons. This is a biography befitting Russell's stature."--Gerald Early, author ofOne Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture "Before there were crossover dribbles or slam dunk competitions, before they even kept statistics for blocked shots, Bill Russell dominated the game we call basketball. The respect he demanded as a black man during America's turbulent Civil Rights era made him the personification of a winner in life.King of the Court, like Russell's defense, locks it down, and puts it all in its proper context. Long live the King!"--Dr. Todd Boyd, author ofYoung, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture "Bill Russell's life story is only incidentally about basketball. For him the sport was not a life; it was his vehicle for social change, a platform that showcased his vision for America as much as his athletic talent. In his magnificent biography, Aram Goudsouzian captures the nuance and meaning of Russell's career. After reading the book, one will never look at Russell or sports in quite the same way."--Randy Roberts, Purdue University
Flap Copy
" King of the Court provides a highly nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the great African American basketball player from his earliest days up to the present time. With great skill and much insight, Goudsouzian makes clear that Russell was a very complicated man who was full of contradictions in his own private life and in relationship to his business associates, teammates, opponents, the media, and the larger sporting public."--David K.Wiggins, George Mason University "Not only is King of the Court one of the most impressive and important sports biographies to come along in many a season, easily in the same class as David Maraniss's When Pride Still Mattered (on Vince Lombardi) and Wil Haygood's Sweet Thunder (on Sugar Ray Robinson), it is also one of the truly incisive books on the intersection of race, civil rights, and popular culture that have appeared in some time. Having grown up in Philadelphia, I was always a Wilt Chamberlain man and always will be, but King of the Court convinced me that Bill Russell defined his age in ways that Chamberlain never did. Russell was a man for all seasons. This is a biography befitting Russell's stature."--Gerald Early, author of One Nation Under a Groove: Motown and American Culture "Before there were crossover dribbles or slam dunk competitions, before they even kept statistics for blocked shots, Bill Russell dominated the game we call basketball. The respect he demanded as a black man during America's turbulent Civil Rights era made him the personification of a winner in life. King of the Court , like Russell's defense, locks it down, and puts it all in its proper context. Long live the King!"--Dr. Todd Boyd, author of Young, Black, Rich, and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion, and the Transformation of American Culture "Bill Russell's life story is only incidentally about basketball. For him the sport was not a life; it was his vehicle for social change, a platform that showcased his vision for America as much as his athletic talent. In his magnificent biography, Aram Goudsouzian captures the nuance and meaning of Russell's career. After reading the book, one will never look at Russell or sports in quite the same way."--Randy Roberts, Purdue University "Brings back the excitement of the great days of the NBA and its legendary players, led by the king of them all, Bill Russell. Best book I've read on basketball in 40 years."--Bill McSweeny, co-author, with Bill Russell, of Go Up for Glory
Flap Copy
"King of the Courtprovides a highly nuanced and sophisticated analysis of the great African American basketball player from his earliest days up to the present time. With great skill and much insight, Goudsouzian makes clear that Russell was a very complicated man who was full of contradictions in his own private life and in relationship to his business associates, teammates, opponents, the media, and the larger sporting public."--David K.Wiggins, George Mason University
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Library Journal on 2010-04-01:
It is fitting that this biography of Bill Russell, the complex, cerebral basketball Hall of Famer, should be written by a history professor and conclude with almost 130 pages of notes and bibliography. Clearly this is not a stereotypically hagiographic or tell-all sports biography, yet it is eminently readable. Goudsouzian paints a clear portrait of Russell the athlete, the civil rights advocate, and the man. Russell was outrebounded and outscored by some of his peers, notably the gargantuan Wilt Chamberlain, but he was the ultimate winner: in college, the Olympics, and the NBA, his teams played in 14 winner-take-all championship games, and 14 times they walked away victorious. VERDICT While the copious notes may frighten off some casual readers, all students of the game and those old enough to recall television scenes of Boston Garden going mad during a Celtics rally, Russell swatting away shots like flies or Bob Cousy firing no-look passes, and coach Red Auerbach lighting his traditional victory cigar will feast on King of the Court. Highly recommended.-Jim Burns, Jacksonville P.L., FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Appeared in Choice on 2010-09-01:
Russell's achievements in basketball remain unsurpassed. His speed, rebounding, and shot-blocking ability expedited the evolution of the modern game, and the early Boston Celtics dynasty centered on him. The ultimate team player, he emphasized team success and winning. Goudsouzian (history, Univ. of Memphis) does an admirable job of telling Russell's story as the first African American basketball superstar during the 1950s and 1960s in the midst of the civil rights movement. He describes a Russell who, subjected to racism throughout his career, was intolerant of injustices and bigotry and who came to view fan adoration as insincere. The author also explores Russell's love/hate relationship with Boston. In sum, Goudsouzian captures the complexities of the man behind the fame, both his strengths and his foibles. Including more than 125 pages of notes and bibliography, this is a valuable resource for American history as well as sports. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers. J. A. Badics Eastern Michigan University
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A full, authoritative, incredibly well-researched biography of Russell's life and career, just dense with information on every page."
"A full, authoritative, incredibly well-researched biography of Russell's life and career, just dense with information on every page."-- Espn
"All students of the game will feast on King of the Court. "
"All students of the game will feast on King of the Court. "-- Library Journal
"All students of the game will feast on King of the Court. "--Library Journal
"A provocative, informative, detailed, critical, and balanced work."
"Goudsouzian captures the complexities of the man behind the fame, both his strengths and his foibles."
"Goudsouzian captures the complexities of the man behind the fame, both his strengths and his foibles."-- Choice
"If you don't know much about Russell, this is a good place to start. If you do, it will help place him in context."
"If you don't know much about Russell, this is a good place to start. If you do, it will help place him in context."-- Providence Journal
"If you don't know much about Russell, this is a good place to start. If you do, it will help place him in context."--Providence Journal
"It is all here for the reader to savor in this fine new addition to the history of sport."
""King of the Court" [is] probably the best one-stop of account of the life of one of sport's true individuals."
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Summaries
Main Description
Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, Russell began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball. InKing of the Court, Aram Goudsouzian provides a vivid and engrossing chronicle of the life and career of this brilliant champion and courageous racial pioneer. Russell's leaping, wide-ranging defense altered the game's texture. His teams provided models of racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s, and, in 1966, he became the first black coach of any major professional team sport. Yet, like no athlete before him, Russell challenged the politics of sport. Instead of displaying appreciative deference, he decried racist institutions, embraced his African roots, and challenged the nonviolent tenets of the civil rights movement. This beautifully written book--sophisticated, nuanced, and insightful--reveals a singular individual who expressed the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. while echoing the warnings of Malcolm X.
Main Description
Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, Russell began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball. In King of the Court , Aram Goudsouzian provides a vivid and engrossing chronicle of the life and career of this brilliant champion and courageous racial pioneer. Russell's leaping, wide-ranging defense altered the game's texture. His teams provided models of racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s, and, in 1966, he became the first black coach of any major professional team sport. Yet, like no athlete before him, Russell challenged the politics of sport. Instead of displaying appreciative deference, he decried racist institutions, embraced his African roots, and challenged the nonviolent tenets of the civil rights movement. This beautifully written book--sophisticated, nuanced, and insightful--reveals a singular individual who expressed the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. while echoing the warnings of Malcolm X.
Main Description
Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. From the moment he stepped onto the court of the Boston Garden in 1956, he began to transform the sport in a fundamental way, making him, more than any of his contemporaries, the Jackie Robinson of basketball. InKing of the Court, Aram Goudsouzian provides a vivid and engrossing chronicle of the life and career of this brilliant champion and courageous racial pioneer. Russell's leaping, wide-ranging defense altered the game's texture. His teams provided models of racial integration in the 1950s and 1960s, and in 1966, he became the first black coach of any major professional team sport. Yet, like no athlete before him, Russell challenged the politics of sport. Instead of displaying appreciative deference, he decried racist institutions, embraced his African roots, and challenged the nonviolent tenets of the civil rights movement. This beautifully written book-sophisticated, nuanced, and insightful-reveals a singular individual who expressed the dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. while echoing the warnings of Malcolm X.
Bowker Data Service Summary
Bill Russell was not the first African American to play professional basketball, but he was its first black superstar. The author provides a chronicle of the life and career of this champion and courageous racial pioneer.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Forewordp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xix
Introductionp. 1
Russell Movesp. 7
Big Man on Campusp. 22
Russell Rulesp. 39
The Amateurp. 55
Big League, Bush Leaguep. 71
The Man Who Must Be Differentp. 86
Goliath's Shadowp. 102
The Mystiquep. 116
Family Manp. 132
His Own Little Revolutionp. 148
Russellphobiap. 164
The Hidden Fearp. 179
Boston Is Deadp. 194
The Lighthousep. 209
Grand Old Manp. 223
Color Manp. 238
Seattle's New Dictatorp. 252
Russell Reduxp. 267
Notesp. 283
Bibliographyp. 373
Indexp. 413
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