James Donaldson on 'Standing Above the Crowd'

April 8th, 2012
Washington State great James Donaldson

Part one: James Donaldson

Jon Teitel: Why did you decide to write the book, and how has it been received so far?

Talking "On the Shoulders of Giants" with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

March 6th, 2011
kareemaj2.jpegIn his most recent interview CHN writer spent some time with the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to discuss the recent video release of his documentary "On the Shoulders of Giants". The documentary focuses on the Harlem Rens, a professional basketball team during the 1920s and '30s that ranked among the best in the game. Without the Rens many of the players we watch and cheer now wouldn't have the opportunities they currently have.

Taking the Shot: The Davidson Basketball Moment: Review

January 7th, 2009
Taking the Shot

Michael Kruse

Butler Books (



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Summer Reading: Top 10 Basketball Books

May 29th, 2008

Jon Teitel’s summer reding list of the 10 best basketball books..

1. A Season on the Brink, by John Feinstein (member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Hall of Fame)

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: Feinstein follows Bob Knight and his Hoosiers through the 1985 86 season.  The inside access allows the reader to see how Knight, one of the most fascinating coaches in college basketball history, works his magic both at practice and during a game.

2. The Breaks of the Game, by David Halberstam (Pulitzer Prize winner)

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Review - Across the Line: Profiles in Basketball Courage

February 29th, 2008

Across the Line

Profiles in Basketball Courage: Tales of the First Black Players in the ACC and SEC

Barry Jacobs


January 27th, 2008

Book Review: The Wages of Wins

December 18th, 2007

The Wages of Wins


Taking Measures of the Many Myths in Modern Sport

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Book Review: Players and Pretenders

December 13th, 2007

Players and Pretenders

The Basketball Team That Couldn’t Shoot Straight

by Charley Rosen

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Book Review: Can I Keep My Jersey?

July 10th, 2007

Can I Keep My Jersey?
Paul Shirley
Villard Books
$23.95 ($29.95 Canada)

The subtitle of the book sums it all up – 11 Teams, 5 Countries and 4 Years in My Life as a Basketball Vagabond. NBA diehards and/or Iowa State fans will know the name Paul Shirley from the basketball court – the rest of the world is getting to know him from his very popular blogs on and from this very good book.

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Book Review - Tip Off: How the 1984 Draft Changed Basketball

June 9th, 2007

Tip Off – How The 1984 NBA Draft Changed Basketball Forever
Filip Bondy
Da Capo Press
$25.00 ($30.00 Canada)

New York Daily News columnist Filip Bondy’s Tip Off is out just in time to put this year’s NBA draft in perspective. While Greg Oden and Kevin Durant appear destined for greatness, there isn’t any other “superstar” apparent in the mix. On the other hand, four of the greatest players of all-time were picked in the 1984 draft – Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton.