Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated (Hardcover)
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#1 New York Times bestseller
“Hilarious, informative.” —Slam Magazine
“The ultimate book on basketball fandom.” —NPR
“Cleverly written . . . A must for any basketball fan.” —Esquire
“Full of hilarious hypotheticals, fun footnotes, and magnificent illustration.” —Buzzfeed
Every fan of Shea Serrano’s unconventional, hilarious, and insightful writing will want to add this hardcover edition of his wildly popular Basketball (and Other Things) to their sports book collection. This edition features a new cover and two new chapters as well as a removable basketball card that showcases Serrano’s trademark creativity and Arturo Torres’s inimitable illustration style.
On first publication, this unique, eye-opening look at basketball history and stars became a nationwide bestseller. Serrano covers topics such as:
- Who’s the greatest dunker in NBA history?
- Which NBA players get remembered for the wrong reasons?
- What’s the most important NBA Championship?
- Who had the better big-name game under duress?
- Which NBA player’s legacy is the most greatly affected if we give him the Championship he never won?
- And many more!
You’ll love this book. And you’ll love NBA basketball even more after reading it. Buy it for yourself or for the basketball fan in your life.
About the Author
Shea Serrano is an award-winning writer, author, and illustrator. His first book, Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book, was widely praised. His second book, The Rap Year Book, reached the bestseller lists of the New York Times and Washington Post, and has been turned into an AMC documentary series. Currently, Serrano is a staff writer for The Ringer. His newest book is Movies (and Other Things).
“Shea Serrano’s new book… is a hilarious, informative group of passages that answer questions you never realized needed to be asked."—Slam Magazine
"Shea Serrano's Basketball (And Other Things) is equal parts hilarious and enlightening... this is the ultimate book on basketball fandom.”—NPR
“Cleverly written and beautifully illustrated… It's a must for any basketball fan.”
“Even if you’re a basketball novice or die-hard Spurs fan like Shea, this is a perfect companion to his Rap Year Book: full of myths, what-ifs, and hyperspecific fanaticism.”—Vulture
“The book is Serrano’s testament to the great joys of basketball fandom…”—The FADER
“It's full of hilarious hypotheticals, fun footnotes, and magnificent illustrations…”—Buzzfeed
"...hilarious and insightful..."—Men's Journal
“With colorful, comic-book depictions of Spurs great Tim Duncan and other NBA stars by artist Arturo Torres, Serrano drops some serious and seriously funny knowledge on a sprawling range of hoops debates.“—San Antonio Express-News
“The sports-obsessed teen will definitely love this (even if they don’t read any other books).”—Travel + Leisure
“…weird and very fun…”—The Indianapolis Star
“An original work that captures the spirit of basketball.”—Library Journal
"All of the musings—the book spans 240 pages and is comprised of 33 chapters—is playfully illustrated by Arturo Torres and serves as a reminder that although basketball fans may get all riled debating GOAT status and greatest teams, the NBA, at its core, is just plain fun."—Hoop Magazine
“The questions Serrano asks and answers (and that Arturo Torres illustrates in engaging graphic-novel style) includes many barstool argument-starters ("Who's the Greatest Dunker in NBA History?," "What Year Was Michael Jordan the Best Version of Michael Jordan?") as well as some nerdily conceptual ones.“
—Jim Higgins, The Milwuakee Journal-Sentinel
"Amazing artwork by Torres adds Jack Kirby-esque crackle to the book..."—The San Antonio Current
“Serrano deftly unravels the history of basketball via ridiculous debates, quirky answers and unexpected wisdom.”—Ozy
“The game’s impact and influence on everything from fashion to young POC kids’ work ethic is undeniable and some, like Shea Serrano, have always been attuned to that.”
“The game’s impact and influence on everything from fashion to young POC kids’ work ethic is undeniable and some, like Shea Serrano, have always been attuned to that.”—Remezcla
“…this coffee-table-book-that-you’ll-actually-read is a perfect gift for anyone who’s up for debating which qualities make a great basketball villain—or which NBA player they’d want as an ally if The Purgehappened in real life.”—Mental Floss