loose-ballsThe NBA may be the most successful pro league, but it’s by no means the only league of importance. And of course, some of basketball’s best players and teams in the early years never even played in leagues. From barnstormers to the ABL to the ABA, the following books help recall basketball’s pro renegades and pioneers.

The Origins of the Jump Shot: Eight Men Who Shook the World of Basketball
By John Christgau

Tricksters in the Madhouse: Lakers vs. Globetrotters, 1948
by John Christgau

The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball’s Lost Triumph
by Scott Ellsworth

Rise and Fire: the Origins, Science, and Evolution of the Jump Shot – and How it Transformed Basketball Forever
by Shawn Fury

Kentucky Colonels of the American Basketball Association
West Gardner

Spinning the Globe: The Rise, Fall and Return to Greatness of the Harlem Globetrotters
by Ben Green

Abe Saperstein and the American Basketball League, 1960-1963: The Upstarts Who Shot for Three and Lost to the NBA
by Murry Nelson

The National Basketball League: A History, 1935 – 1949
by Murry Nelson

The Originals: The New York Celtics Invent Modern Basketball
by Murry Nelson

Cages to Jump Shots: Pro Basketball’s Early Years
by Robert Peterson

Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
by Terry Pluto

The First Tip-Off: The Incredible Story of the Birth of the NBA
by Charley Rosen

100 Greatest Basketball Players of All Time
by Alex Sachare

Wartime Basketball: the Emergence of a National Sport during World War II
by Douglas Stark

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