Basketball, NBA, Dr James Naismith discussed on Red Sox Baseball


I am really looking forward to reading this book basketball. A love story. It's fascinating. How the roots of basketball when you trace them back invented by a Canadian? I believe aims Naismith and many truly American game and a white sport at first, and then a black sport. And now, an international sport and such the evolution of basketball over the years is fascinating. This is going to be a fantastic read here forthcoming major ESPN film series as well. So let's get to one of the co-authors here of basketball a love story rate. Bartholomew what's up third? Hey, dave. How are you? Thank you. I'm doing great. I appreciate you coming on here. And this must have been a fascinating project as I said, invented by a Canadian adopted by Americans and in the early part of its of its evolution. It was a white sport. Then became a black sport. Now, an international sport. And it's mixed with everybody playing together. Now, it's the way basketball evolved. As is a fascinating story really of Americana and now world, absolutely. I mean, it is it's hard to think of any sport that has this kind of growth pattern that that basketball has that. It really, you know, I it was this American game that has become the second global sport team sport behind soccer now, and it came to myself and Jackie MacMullan who I worked on the book with we're co authors as it was like the Dead Sea scrolls of basketball being offered to us by the our other co author Dan chlorides who directed the film. You did this this this amazing series of interviews that he conducted in a range with like almost one hundred and seventy of the biggest legends the names of the sport. And and he just gave us these transcripts and said, let's find a book in here. It was it was a dream project for anyone who love the game. Yeah. Look at these names Kobi LeBron Steph curry magic, Dr J Jerry Westville Jackson, coach K Bill. Russell Yao Ming Cheryl Miller, Lisa, Leslie. Well, what a fascinating group to talk about the game. They love. Absolutely. And one of the there's an emotional side to it that I think for me as someone who grew up playing and and still plays. And and really loves the game on that level. Anyone who has played whether we're talking about in the playground or at a high school level or wherever they played every interview began by asking the subject, whether it was LeBron James, David Stern Kobe. You name them. Asked him the same question. How did you fall in love with the game of basketball? So it's just amazing to hear these stories from the people at the very who achieved more in basketball than any. Well, it's kind of fell over the same way that you would mean anyone else did, you know, playing on the playground in some cases, making their own basket shooting stocks in their bedroom over the over the top of the door. I mean, it's the same story is for everyone. They just happen to be great at it. I have some neighbors from Europe and some neighbors from China and the China with over a billion people there. They're just basketball crazy over there. And the European France told me, I said, what's the most popular sport in Europe? Let's say well, of course, it's at soccer. And it's always going to be soccer, but basketball's number two. And I tell you what with kids with people under thirty basketball is making gains and in twenty or thirty years, it might be the most popular sport. Or you know, and that's been the genius of the NBA. I think you can probably say it started under David Stern and with nineteen Ninety-two dream team helping sort of put basket. Ball on the global stage. And then of course, Adam silver, the current commissioners has kept up that global mission of the sport really trying to market the game across all the world over like, you said, I mean, whether it's China, and all this sort of shoe deals that have come out of there for for for players to Europe. And it is really it's something that the NBA has done a better than almost any other major American sport ad for sure I in making, you know, bringing they're bringing sports to other countries and sharing it and having other people fall in love with it rave Bartholomew. One of the authors of basketball, a love story. Joni dates with you NBC sports, ABC's sports radio dot com at Raith, RAFI boobs. Bill OGSM is the Twitter handle, west Springfield, Massachusetts. And Dr James Naismith. He's trying to look for an activity when when the weather was bad for it was raining or snowing outside, and he couldn't think of anything he had to keep these kids occupied. So he put a couple of what Pete barrels at either end of the floor and that didn't work. Then he put peace baskets up on the wall. And all from that. We've got a multibillion dollar industry says it's a fascinating story. Yeah. And you know, one of the one of the great stories in the book, and you mentioned sort of the way to the sport, you know, early on early history. It is mostly a white sport. Then it becomes integrated, and the the we have stories in the book from the real the pioneers the early greats of the game to Oscar Robertson Bill Russell's people who talking about coaches like John mcclendon who was one of the first great black coaches who who was an innovator who's really responsible for bringing out the the the fast break in the four corners offense. And he actually was games. Naismith student at Kansas. He went to Kansas specifically to learn from Naismith. So there you really get that that lineage of the sports from its roots to the modern game. And when you look at and as the game evolves from a white sport to what it is. Now. You know, if your kid coming over here, you're an immigrant or a black kid or a poor kid takes a lot of kids. You gotta get them together to play a game of baseball get the glove. Get the ball and go out to field or something and football. You gotta get a bunch of kids together and spend some money into basketball was the game for the poor and the immigrants so you just need a ball in a hoop, and that's it. You can play by yourself all day. Absolutely. I mean, you know, and many of the stories in the book, you have people like Bob Cousy who was born in France before his family, moved to New York City talking about how you know it out with these, and you know, REM whose family moved to the Yukon coach U Conn women's coach who moved his family moved from Italy to to to the east coast. They talking about how basketball helped him learn English help them, you know, become become become American get make friends be parts of their communities. And and that's whether it's someone moving to the United States from other countries or or kids born here from for neighborhoods come together that way, the the access the use of of playing the game just being able to show up at the playground. Even if you don't have a ball someone else will and that that that's really was the gateway for so many so many basketball players and just kids in general. Did you interview Ernie Grunfeld for this book because I know he came over here. I think when he was eleven or twelve years old from Europe with his family, and he didn't speak award of. English and the peak out his window at night and see kids playing on the playground. And he went down there one day and thought, hey, this is a game. I think I might wanna learn one day. Wow. No. Unfortunately, Ernie was not one of the people interviewed for this one. But exactly I mean, you could go, you know, there are so many more stories similar to the ones in the book. Like like earnings, at least, I at least we did get an interview with Bernard king, his former team university of Tennessee. Well, you and Jackie MacMullan. And and Dan chlorides writing this book basketball, a love story fascinating. What was the impetus who whose idea was this originally? And and how does he three get together and decide to do this? It's it's an interesting story. It does it all begins with Dan cora's, the filmmaker who talked ESPN into letting him. Do. This epic epic basketball project, which is which in in film form, a twenty hour documentary film that that ESPN is going to be playing in the next month and he managed to arrange and conduct. These interviews and wanted to get this whole scope of the past present and future of basketball with as many of the important voices in the game is as possible. And and at one point in the process, he decided in addition to the film, he was working on. He also thought there was enough material because you know, there's so much going to be left on that cutting room floor, even with twenty hours of film. He wants. To also have a book using the same material. So that's when he reached out to Jackie MacMullan and myself and said, hey, I've got this huge stash of amazing interviews, you know, three hours with Bill Russell, five hours with Donnie Walsh. Just, you know, a amusing the wisdom, and and and and emotion in new stories, and he said, you know, let's let's also make a book out of it. So that's what so they gave us the transcripts and Jackie, and I kind of went off into our cave, and and and read through them as as fast and thoroughly as possible and figured out tried to figure out how to pull the book out of that raw material you look at a country like China with over a billion people. And you know, the government is crazy for basketball, the people love it. You know, Kobe goes over there any NBA player. They're just Bob they can't even leave their rooms. And and they've made a real commitment to the youth the government and signer to get them playing basketball developing Blair's, Stefan marberry, you know, who is a pretty good player. He's mike. Michael Jordan over there with statues of himself. I think out at that's where some of our next great players are going to be coming from. It's interesting. I think it's just because of the sheer numbers you expect there to be eventually some some more great Chinese players other than of course, y'all Ming who is a hall of Famer was NBA career kind of was cut short by injury. But still made a huge impact in during the years. He was able to play here shortly the sheer numbers of population wise, they're trying to control it that you you expect there to be talent on that level. But it also has to do with development. You know, I I I I actually, you know, be prior to this. I I wrote a book about basketball in the Philippines to where it is the most popular sport has been so for over one hundred years to tell you the truth, and the one of the differences is the competition here in the states is very hard to to to recreate in any other countries. So you can be the very best player in your country. But and still never have not even be in the top one hundred American compl-. And a lot of a lot of situations. So I think the rest of the world is still catching up, but we see in the composition of the NBA. Which is now, you know, more and more international every year that the rest of the world is indeed getting to that level. Yup. I remember when it came alive came out of Nigeria thirty years ago, and and people were saying, oh my God. This is gonna open the floodgates. They love basketball on the African continent. Here they come in. And it hasn't really worked out that way. And it's probably just a matter of not developed the developmental system. Isn't as good as it is here. Exactly, you know, in a lot of cases, there aren't as many here. There is not as easy access to courts..

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