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The average person reads only a few books per year. If you’ve wanted to start reading more and you happen to be a basketball fan, you’re in luck. Here is a list of some great basketball books that can get you into the reading spirit.


Michael Jordan: The Life


Arguably one of, if not the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, has a compelling life story. Roland Lazenby’s Michael Jordan: The Life dives deep into the champion’s history and mindset. The book is 720 pages long and includes nearly everything you’d like to know about the NBA legend.


Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich


This book highlights the intriguing life and history of the great Pete Maravich. As a child, his father forced him to practice every day for nearly 10 hours, which resulted in his standout athletic ability. The author, Mark Kriegel, shares Pete Maravich’s story from his glory days at LSU until his tragic death at the age of 40.


When The Game Was Ours


There may not be a better way to glimpse into NBA history than by reading a book by NBA legends themselves. Jackie MacMullan, Larry Bird, and Earvin Johnson’s When The Game Was Ours gives readers a perspective on what it was like to be an NBA player in the 1970s. Each legend recounts their experiences and rivalries in the well-known 1979 NCAA championship game. For those who are interested in this NBA era, this is a highly recommended read.


The Mamba Mentality: How I Play


One of the smartest players in history, Kobe Bryant, wrote this book to provide insight on what it’s like to be wholly committed to your craft. His book contains meaningful and engaging photos that serve as representations of his life. If you want to know what it was like to be in this icon’s mind, this book may give you an idea.