this book was expertly written and researched.it was fascinating to hear about the 77 blazers, one of the most skilled and exciting teams ever. i have always been a huge jack ramsay and bill walton fan, and this book made me appreciate them more. this book really went inside the heads of the various (and troubled) players like lucas, hollins, and who can forget the marvelous marvin barnes. i remember when i was 7 or 8 years old, the game was exciting, the aba was at full throttle, and the players were still bound by the reserve clause. television changed everthing as did the big contracts. i didnt watch or pay attention to nba basketball between 1974 and the arrival of bird and johnson for this reason, and halberstam's book explains to me why.
This book delves into the personal lives of the NBA players (at least the NBA players in 1978). Halberstam expresses a great ability to decipher and put on paper the racial tension and often awkward interaction between white and black athletes of that day. He also holds an uncanny ability of clearly stating the emotions and interests of all the players on that Portland Trailblazers team.