the secret of the book
David Jacobs has been telling me that I absolutely have to read Bill Simmons' The Book of Basketball; it's 700 pages long and Simmons post on ESPN.com about the bits that didn't make it into the book are what's convincing me.
That, and grafs like this:
A big theme of my book is The Secret of winning basketball, something Isiah Thomas explains to me at a topless pool in Las Vegas. (The Secret, in a nutshell: Teams only win titles when their best players forget about statistics, sublimate their own games for the greater good and put their egos on hold.)
I like this Secret, and who wouldn't want to hear stories about Isiah Thomas in Vegas? There goes my holiday break...