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by Terry Pluto

  • ISBN: 0684807661
  • Category: Sports books
  • Author: Terry Pluto
  • Subcategory: Basketball
  • Other formats: rtf doc mbr lrf
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (November 7, 1995)
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • FB2 size: 1149 kb
  • EPUB size: 1369 kb
  • Rating: 4.6
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Terry Pluto (born June 12, 1955) is an American sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and author who primarily writes columns for The Plain Dealer, and formerly for the Akron Beacon Journal about Cleveland.

Terry Pluto (born June 12, 1955) is an American sportswriter, newspaper columnist, and author who primarily writes columns for The Plain Dealer, and formerly for the Akron Beacon Journal about Cleveland, Ohio sports and religion. Pluto is a graduate of Benedictine High School in Cleveland, and received a degree in secondary education from Cleveland State University, with a major in Social Studies and a minor in English.

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Pluto offers sound and interesting solutions-such as stiff fines for technical fouls and zone defenses to bring back speed- but the good ideas get buried in what occasionally . Can Pro Basketball Be Saved? by Terry Pluto.

Pluto offers sound and interesting solutions-such as stiff fines for technical fouls and zone defenses to bring back speed- but the good ideas get buried in what occasionally sounds like a sports-bar gripe session.

Find out more about Falling from Grace by Terry Pluto at Simon & Schuster. Terry Pluto is an award-winning sportswriter who writes primarily for The Plain Dealer. He was a sportswriter for the Akron Beacon Journal from 1985-2007. He is an eight-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than fifty state and local writing awards.

Terry Pluto is an award-winning sportswriter who writes primarily for The Plain Dealer. He is the author of twenty-one books, including The Curse of Rocky Colavito, Unguarded, and Loose Balls

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This book was a labor of love and could not have been executed correctly without the unyielding support of John Skipper, John Walsh, Gary Hoenig, Gary Belsky and Rob King from ESPN.

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Desperate like a bottom feeder Drain the tank until it's weakened I bleed for it The feeling of your sugars drain The diamond of transcendence falling I bleed for it Ahhh. eplete the parts of what you loved Deliver me back into the garden I bleed for it Drink the well, drink the well, drink the well Drink the well, drink the well, eat the apple, drink the well This is what it takes to get my hunger back I will haunt the beast within It's the blood that feeds the skin This.

Offers a frank critique of the modern world of professional basketball, examining how it has fallen to its current low level after the extraordinary popularity it enjoyed only recently
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Gavinranara
Many longtime NBA fans lament that the league has declined since the quality of play peaked in the mid-to-late 1980s. Terry Pluto wrote "Falling From Grace" in 1995, when the league's decline became extremely noticeable to longtime fans.

Pluto interviewed general managers, coaches, former players, and other basketball experts in an attempt to find the reason for the league's decline. He dissects the personal issues that many modern players have, states the reason why shooting skills have cratered, laments the violence in NBA games and the slowdown style of play, and judges the questionable methods by which the league sells itself and its games.

The author offered suggestions to improve the NBA. Zone defenses, one of Pluto's suggestions, were allowed by the league years ago. The NBA wisely refrained from implementing a couple of suggestions that are simply asinine gimmicks, such as a red-white-and-blue ball (it would hurt the game's aesthetics, and help make the NBA seem like a bush-league carnival act) and a four-point shot (one of the league's current blights is too many ill-advised long-distance shots...and it would help make the NBA seem like a bush-league carnival act).

Scoring averaged 101.4 points per game in 1994-95, the season before this book was written. Unfortunately, scoring plummeted even lower in subsequent seasons and in 2010 has not even gotten back to the low level seen in 1994-95, when everyone was very alarmed over low scoring. Scoring could be boosted and the league could be made better today by implementing the following changes:

* Change the shot clock from 24 seconds to 20. If the athletes of the 1950s could get a shot off in 24 seconds, the much-better conditioned athletes of the early 21st century could do so in four seconds less. This would increase the number of possessions per game, increasing scoring.
* Move the 3-point line back from its current distance to 25 feet and eliminate the corner three (the line would touch both sidelines). It has gotten to the point that way too many 3-point attempts are launched--there are far too many ugly 91-87 games in which one team is something like 6-for-22 and the other is 7-for-25 from three-point country. Fans don't turn on the TV or go to the arena to watch two teams combine to brick 30-plus trey attempts. Taking the shot clock down to 20 seconds would increase scoring, and simultaneously moving the three-point line back would reduce the temptation for teams to jack up an ill-advised three attempt under the shortened shot clock limit. It would also induce guards and forwards to re-learn how to shoot--and hit--the mid-range jumper.
* It's time for the league finally to admit that too many expansion teams were added. Earlier this year, Jerry West recommended contracting some teams, and the league would be V-A-S-T-L-Y improved if Mr. Clutch's advice was taken. There are simply too many mediocre players and teams in the league, which should be pared down to 23 or so teams, the number of teams that there were when the league was at its zenith. This would also increase scoring by ensuring that each remaining team would have another quality player or two.

Those of us who love basketball are disappointed that the NBA is not what is could be, and that, sadly, Terry Pluto's book remains just as topical as it was in 1995.
Micelhorav
I read this book because of Terry Pluto's previous excellent books on basketball -- Loose Balls and Tall Tales. This one, however, is a total stinker from page one. Not only does the author write a very misleading story, he is also factually wrong. For example, Pluto writes: "(Don Nelson) was an under-talented, overachieving player. He was a low draft pick out of Iowa. His career average was 4.9 points." Actually, Nelson was a very talented player -- one of the best ever to play at the University of Iowa where he averaged 21.1 points and 10.9 rebounds. Also, he was a high draft choice, not a low one, chosen 17th overall in the 1962 draft. And finally, his career scoring average was 10.3 (in 14 seasons), not 4.9 as stated on page 38.

A very disappointing effort by Pluto -- and by the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for allowing this to be printed.

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