NBA History

Book of Basketball

The following books provide a history of the most successful pro basketball league, the National Basketball Association (NBA). Included are histories on specific teams, such as the St. Louis Hawks, alongside other books that chronicle specific eras or the league’s entire history.

The Bullets, the Wizards, and Washington, D.C., Basketball
by Brett L. Abrams and Raphael Mazzone

When the Garden Was Eden: Clyde, the Captain, Dollar Bill, and the Glory Days of the New York Knicks
by Harvey Araton

Basketball History in Syracuse
by Allen Baker

Tip Off: How the 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
by Filip Bondy

Tall Tales and Short Shorts: Dr. J, Pistol Pete, and the Birth of the Modern NBA
by Adam Criblez

The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight that Changed Basketball Forever
John Feinstein

The Breaks of the Game
by David Halberstam

24 Seconds to Shoot: An Informal History of the National Basketball Association
by Leonard Koppett

Season of the 76ers: the Story of Wilt Chamberlain and the 1967 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers
Wayne Lynch

Full Court: The Untold Stories of the St. Louis Hawks
by Greg Marecek

The Night Wilt Scored 100: Tales from Basketball’s Past
by Eric Nadel

Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley, and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s
Jeff Pearlman

Tall Tales: The Glory Years of the NBA, in the Words of the Men Who Played, Coached, and Built Pro Basketball
by Terry Pluto

Wilt, 1962: The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
by Gary Pomerantz

The Nats
by David Ramsey

Rise of a Dynasty: the ’57 Celtics, the First Banner and the Dawning of a New America
by Bill Reynolds

Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBA
by Bob Ryan and Terry Pluto

The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy
by Bill Simmons

Hard Labor: The Battle that Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA
by Sam Smith

The Rise of the National Basketball Association
by David George Surdam

The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball
by John Taylor

Dynasty’s End: Bill Russell and the 1968-69 World Champion Boston Celtics
by Thomas J. Whalen

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