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The origins of the jump shot : eight men who shook the world of basketball
Christgau, John.
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Publication Information:
Lincoln : University of Nebraska Press, [1999]

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xii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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"Bison books"--P. [i].
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Before the jump shot, basketball was an earth-bound game. In fact, inventor James Naismith did not originally intend for players to move with the ball. The inspired invention of the dribble first put the ball handler in motion. The jump shot then took the action upward. But where, when, and how did the jump shot originate? nbsp; Everybody interested in basketball knows the answer to that question. Unfortunately, everybody knows a different answer. John Christgau delves into basketball's evolution, following the supposed inventors of the jump shot to the games in which they first took to the air. He discovers that a number of pioneer players, independently but from the same inspired possibility, can each claim credit for inventing the jump shot.

Author Notes

John Christgau (1934-2018) is the author of several books including Spoon , winner of the Society of Midland Authors Best Fiction Award. He played basketball for three years at San Francisco State University and was named to the All-Conference team twice.

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Library Journal Review

Ever wondered about the person who invented the basketball jump shot? Christgau, author of Enemies: World War II Alien Internment (LJ 11/15/85) and a former San Francisco State University basketball player, was curious. After combing through the documented history of the game, he came to the conclusion that it was a group effortÄthat eight pioneering basketball players from the 1930s and 1940s could legitimately claim to have had a hand in inventing the jump shot. Christgau paints eight colorful portraits of the men, their era, and the circumstances that led to the creative leap. The pioneers were a ski-jumping Norwegian American, one of the first black players signed to the NBA, a Californian so small that his classmates nicknamed him "Mouse," the son of an early silent film star, an alcoholic murder victim, the son of Depression-era sharecroppers, and two farm kids. Recommended for most sports history collections.ÄTerry Jo Madden, Boise State Univ. Lib., ID (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.