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

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October 5, 2008


Electronic book text, 288 pages

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0071642412 / 9780071642415

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"Charley Rosen has undertaken the challenge of documenting the latest and greatest history of the game professionally--and has done so to great success. . . . . When I finished the book it seemed as if I had gone through another season, injuries and all. . . . Rosen skillfully leads readers through the NBA's first steps along its journey toward what it has become today.” --Phil Jackson, from the Foreword

"Rosen, a wonderful sportswriter . . . had forgotten more basketball history than the best fans will ever know." Booklist, on No Blood, No Foul

Go back to a time when basketball players wore knee pads and itchy cotton jerseys. When even the team's leaders were grateful for dry towels, hot showers, and $60 paychecks. When winning was all that mattered.

In this vividly rendered and meticulously researched book, endorsed with a Foreword by Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, sportswriter Charley Rosen takes you on a rollicking tour of the NBA's first season. Filled with rare archival photographs and exclusive interviews, The First Tip-Off brings to life a cast of unforgettable characters--including Chuck Connors, clown prince of the BAA, and Jumping Joe Fulks, ex-Marine turned basketball's first superstar--as Rosen deftly unfolds the dramatic events of that formative season.

It's enough to make you believe once again in the spirit of the sport.

Table of contents

ForewordPhil Jackson
Chapter 1The First Basket and the First Basketeer
Chapter 2The First Game
Chapter 3Genesis
Chapter 4The Penguin, the Mogul and the Constitution
Chapter 5The Boston Celtics and the Clown-Prince of the BAA
Chapter 6The Providence Steamrollers Hit a Road Block
Chapter 7Paul Birch Fires up the Pittsburgh Ironmen
Chapter 8Of Money, Time, and Justice
Chapter 9There’s No “D” in Chicago Stags
Chapter 10Big Ed Drives the Toronto Huskies to Ruin
Chapter 11The Evolution and Extinction of the Cleveland Rebels
Chapter 12The Professor and the St. Louis Bombers
Chapter 13The Short Flight of the Detroit Falcolns
Chapter 14The Ethnic Knicks
Chapter 15Gotty, Jumping Joe, and the Philadelphia Warriors
Chapter 16The Washington Capitols and The Apprenticeship of Red Auerbach
Chapter 17The Playoffs
Chapter 18The First Champions
Chapter 19Barely Alive

Author comments

Charley Rosen is the author of 13 books and a columnist for He is also a former player and was a head coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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