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.

Darkness to Sunlight: The Life-Changng Journey of Zaid Abdul-Aziz (“Don Smith”)
by Zaid Abdul-Aziz

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Giant Steps
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Peter Knobler

Kareem
by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Mignon McCarthy

Red Auerbach: Winning the Hard Way
by Red Auerbach and Paul Sann

Confessions of a Basketball Gypsy: The Rick Barry Story
by Rick Barry with Bill Libby

Elgin Baylor: The Man Who Changed Basketball
by Bijan Bayne

Make It Count: The Life and Times of Basketball Great JoJo White
by Mark C. Bodanza

Ten Times a Champion: The Story of Basketball Legend Sam Jones
by Mark C. Bodanza

Life on the Run
by Bill Bradley

“Bad News”: The Turbulent Life of Marvin Barnes, Pro Basketball’s Original Renegade
by Mike Carey

Don’t Be Denied: My Story
by M.L. Carr with Bob Schron

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

Chocolate Thunder
by Darryl Dawkins and Charley Rosen

The Vern Mikkelsen Story
by John Egan

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

An Unbreakable Bond: The Brotherhood of Maurice Stokes and Jack Twyman
by Pat Farabaugh

Dolph Schayes and the Rise of Professional Basketball
by Dolph Grundman

Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made
by David Halberstam

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 with Bob Ryan

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

Earl the Pearl: My Story
by Earl Monroe with Quincy Troupe

Living the Dream: My Life and Basketball
by Hakeem Olajuwon

Bob Pettit: The Drive Within Me
by Bob Pettit

Overtime!: An Uninhibited Account of a Referee’s Life in the N.B.A.
by Richie Powers with Mark Mulvoy

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

Go Up for Glory
by Bill Russell as told to William McSweeny

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

Calling the Shots: My Five Decades in the NBA
by Earl Strom with Blaine Johnson

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

The Mogul: Eddie Gottlieb, Philadelphia Sports Legend and Pro Basketball Pioneer
by Rich Westcott

The Lenny Wilkens Story
by Lenny Wilkens

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

Foul!: The Connie Hawkins Story
by David Wolf

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