Gift ideas | The best basketball and NBA books in 2022

Christmas is coming up and, as in 2020 and 2021, USA Basketball offers you a selection of basketball books published throughout the year 2022. To offer any great fan of the orange ball and, more precisely, NBA fanatics.

The guestbook of an unforgettable time

The return to the top of the Warriors, the irresistible rise of Victor Wembanyama, the silver medal of the French team at a rare Euro level, the crazy season of Iliana Rupert, the epic of the Roca Team in the Euroleague… News in basketball has been as rich as amazing this year, and the two Yann (Casseville and Ohnona) undoubtedly offer the best work of the year, and therefore the perfect gift for Christmas. Whether in writing or splitting the headings, it is a benchmark of its kind, and perfectly sums up this extraordinary year 2022.

Golden Book of Basketball 2022

Authors : Yann Casseville and Yann Ohnona
Editor :‎ Solar
Price : 24.90 euros
136 pages

Fred Weis, autobiographical

Omnipresent in the microcosm of French basketball, Fred Weis published his autobiography this year, titled So far so good and co-written with Geoffrey Charpille. An open-heart surgery procedure on the part of the former 2m17 pivot, who looks back on his rich basketball career and his private life, as well as his experience in the United States.

Drafted in 15th position in 1999, silver medalist at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and member of the legendary CSP Limoges hat-trick in 1999/2000, the current TV consultant gives himself as never before through of treating ailments with words.

For 20 years, my life revolved around basketball. Training, match, competition, travel, hotel. I will return to all of this in this book. Despite being in good shape for this sport, I experienced many moments of doubt. I want to give up everything. I haven’t done it yet. I am proud of my career. But I would like to be proud of myself as a man. Because I’m weak. I’m not afraid to say it. I was bullied at school, I tried to commit suicide twice, I didn’t want my son’s autism to be recognized. These are aspects of my existence that will never leave me. And for the first time, I decided to talk about it freely and honestly. »

So far so good

Authors : Fred Weis and Geoffrey Charpille
Editor : Amphora
Price : 18 euros
256 pages

To be unmatched in nicknames

“Big O”, “Iceman”, “The Dream”, “The Mailman”, “Big Ben”, “Point God”, “Joker”… Here are some of the most iconic nicknames from the 75-year NBA history. Find the most popular, original and unique at NBA All-Star Namesby Adrien Pommepuy and Vincent Reculeau.

Travel back in time to meet the legends of the past, live the present moment with the great players of today, look to the future with the stars of the future. Behind each nickname hides a personality, a truth of the game and a memory, for an original and colorful celebration of American basketball…

NBA All-Star Names

Authors : Adrien Pommepuy and Vincent Reculeau
Editor : Amphora
Price : 29.95 euros
240 pages

Back in the 2021/22 season

As every year, Elvis Roquand is responsible for summarizing the last season of the NBA, using an original angle. And this is again through the picture of the 50 best players of the moment, those ” 50 stars », which he does. Since all players are listed in alphabetical order, no ranking has been established…

The perfect opportunity to remember, a few days before the transition to the year 2023, the exploits of Stephen Curry and the Warriors, defending champions, the prowess of Nikola Jokic, double MVP of the regular season, the emergence of Ja Morant with the Grizzlies , the the return of the Celtics to the front, as well as the big performances of Luka Doncic, Devin Booker, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kevin Durant.

In total, no less than 128 pages of anecdotes, statistics, photos and rankings make up this book’s summary of a marathon and amazing season…

NBA 2023: The 50 stars

Author : Elvis Roquand
Editor : Talent Editions
Price : 19.90 euros
128 pages

A touch of blue under the tree

Thank you The stuff of heroesby Daniel Champsaur and Julien Mathonnière, immerse yourself in the great history of the French basketball team through 30 emblematic jerseys, between sport and culture.

Worn by iconic players, who have played in the biggest European clubs or in the NBA, they symbolize competitions and legendary matches, significant exploits or great disappointments of the Blues. But beyond the sporting context, each jersey contains and tells a page in the great history of the orange ball, as it testifies to a specific era and culture, an environment or a fashion.

Above all, this book gives voice to certain privileged witnesses of French basketball, such as Vincent Collet, Moustapha Sonko, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert, inviting you on a journey of almost a century in the heart of the French basketball.

The stuff of heroes

Authors : Daniel Champsaur and Julien Mathonniere
Editor : Amphora
Price : 34.95 euros
256 pages

To improve your knowledge

100 things every NBA fan should know before they dieor the ultimate guide for all orange ball lovers, made in USA. History to discover, thanks to Elvis Roquand (him again!), if you really know the origins of the franchises, the most unlikely records and the most legendary matches of this league in the 76 years of existence.

Inside, we will see all the personalities and all the events that made NBA history and it will no longer have any secrets for you, regardless of your level of adherence or your age, thanks to these 100 stories.

100 things every NBA fan should know before they die

Author : Elvis Roquand
Editor : Talent Editions
Price : 15.90 euros
240 pages

A little history

In The great history of the NBA, Benoît Labis looks back on the relatively unknown journey of this powerful and popular league. Offers the reader to get to know the great players, the franchises and the championship as a whole, to emphasize what should not be forgotten and to benefit from as wide a perspective as possible.

Social and sports difficulties, ABA, players from the 1960s and 1970s, but also from the 1980s, after the “Dream Team” growth… Nothing left from 1946 to 2022 and the various anecdotes collected are derived from English-speaking newspapers, from autobiographies of players or autobiographies of leaders.

The great history of the NBA

Author : Benoit Labis
Editor ‏: Solar
Price : 19.90 euros
496 pages

When Scottie Pippen revealed himself ❤️

Universally regarded as one of the greatest players in history, Scottie Pippen tells his story unfiltered and looks back on his journey through his autobiography No guard (Where Released).

From his difficult childhood in Arkansas to his status as an NBA legend, member of one of the greatest sports dynasties, through his family tragedies and his relationships with Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson or Dennis Rodman, the six The two-time champion doesn’t shy away from the topic (or nearly) and even reveals some untold stories about some famous fights.

Our favorite of 2022 ❤️ and a must read for those who love the soldier “Pip”, without them it is clear that the Bulls would not have known so much success in the 1990s.

Scottie Pippen – Released

Author : Scottie Pippen
Editor‏:‎ Hugo Sports
Price : 21 euros
391 pages

For basketball card lovers

Madeleine de Proust to many NBA fans, the basketball card has had a checkered history, from its inception in the 1990s to the present. Julien Chiron recounts its development in France in cardsmaniaa book that is both fascinating and comprehensive.

The book traces the various developments in the basketball card market in France, between its arrival when it became popular in the early 1990s, the impact of the Dream Team in 1992 to be released in mass distribution, behind-the- scenes negotiations or competition between several brands. .

More than a small piece of cardboard, basketball cards tell their own story, lived up to the action and the titles won on the floors of the NBA…


Author : Julien Chiron
Editor : Julien Chiron
Price : 30 euros
346 pages

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