Wilt Millionaire
The following are selected biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs on basketball players. Whether they’re precisely accurate on all the details isn’t entirely important. What these stories and books do is provide insight to the psyche of the men who played basketball. Their feelings, fears, joys, and triumphs related to basketball and life are vividly revealed.

Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball
by Bijan Bayne

Wilt: Just Like Any Other 7-Foot Black Millionaire Who Lives Next Door
by Wilt Chamberlain and David Shaw

The Killer Instinct
by Bob Cousy

The Vern Mikkelsen Story
by John Egan

The Inside Game: Race, Power, and Politics in the NBA
by Wayne Embry

Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball
by Dolph Grundman

Heinsohn Don’t You Ever Smile?: The Life and Times of Tommy Heinsohn and the Boston Celtics
by Tommy Heinsohn

Hondo: Celtic Man in Motion –
by John Havlicek

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Mark Kriegel

Jerry West: the Life and Legend of a Basketball Icon
by Roland Lazenby

Moonfixer: the Basketball Journey of Earl Lloyd
by Earl Lloyd and Sean Kirst

Living the Dream: My Life and Basketball
by Hakeem Olajuwon

Bob Pettit: The Drive Within Me
by Bob Pettit

James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball
by Rob Rains

The Coach’s Art
by Jack Ramsay

The Big O: My Life, My Times, My Game
by Oscar Robertson

The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Almost Destroyed the Game of Basketball
by Charley Rosen

Second Wind: The Memoirs of an Opinionated Man
by Bill Russell and Taylor Branch

Honey Russell: Between Games
by John Russell

Mr. Basketball: George Mikan, the Minneapolis Lakers, and the Birth of the NBA
by Michael Schumacher

Long Time Coming: A Black Athlete’s Coming-of-Age in America
by Chet Walker

The Lenny Wilkens Story
by Lenny Wilkens

Unguarded: My Forty Years Surviving in the NBA
by Lenny Wilkens and Terry Pluto

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