“A must-read for hoops fans…. powerful and heartbreaking.” – Slate
“Basketball is developing its own reputation for outstanding writing—as this sterling “love story” about the game from MacMullan and Bartholomew attests.” – Booklist (starred review)
“With unprecedented access to an unbelievably robust lineup of players, coaches, executives, journalists and others associated with the game, the authors bring readers into the action both on and off the court, rendering the entire history of the game in easy-to-read bites interspersed with helpful contextual stories and background information...this is must-read catnip for hoop heads.” – Kirkus (starred review)
“This is a shadow history of how basketball became the game that it is today — it’s all the details you don’t know about the all the stuff you always thought you understood. Maybe you think you know everything about Wilt’s 100-point game. You don’t. Maybe you think you have a grasp on the ABA and the ACC and the complexity of institutional racism and Michael Jordan’s secret grudge with George Gervin. You do not. This is not a book for people who just think basketball is OK. This is a book for people who care.” — Chuck Klosterman, New York Times Bestselling author of I Wear the Black Hat and But What if We’re Wrong?
“The boldface names (Russell, Wilt, West, Jordan, Bird, Magic) and the boldface events (Celtics dynasty, Showtime, Magic’s HIV) are all here. But what I appreciate most about A Love Story were the reminiscences about the women’s game and especially the accounts of the racial battles fought by the game’s pioneers. Jackie and Rafe have done a masterful job of historical hoops excavation.” –Jack McCallum, New York Times bestselling author of Dream Team and Seven Seconds or Less
“What MacMullan and Bartholomew have done here is nothing short of crafting the definitive history of the sport — told through the people who lived it. There has never been a deeper and more star-studded cast of interviewees about basketball, and the authors pull unique insights out of them. A wonderful read.” – Zach Lowe, ESPN senior writer and host of the Lowe Post
“The sweet symphony of the game is audible in every page throughout Basketball: A Love Story. You can hear the sneakers squeaking and basketballs bouncing off floors and kissing nets. Through the voices of the game’s greatest evolvers, participants and influencers, Jackie MacMullan and Rafe Bartholomew relay the rich tapestry of how basketball has genuinely touched all corners of the globe and all races and creeds.” – Jonathan Abrams, New York Times bestselling author of All The Pieces Matter and Boys Among Men
“The layers and the details and vivid storytelling in Basketball: A Love Story makes this a ‘must read.’ I couldn’t put this book down!” – Doris Burke, winner of the Curt Gowdy Media Award and member of the Basketball Hall of Fame