December 8, 2019

Values of the Game


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Forget for a moment the hype, the overmarketing, the exorbitant ticket prices and salaries, the bad behavior, and the greed. Instead, return to the simple basics of basketball: a court, a hoop, a ball, and a young shooter, sweating to make certain that no one is ever more prepared or confident when the game is on the line. Strip all else away, and you come to the core of the game. It’s something of a sacred place for Bill Bradley, and after a decade in the NBA and three terms in the United States Senate, it’s a place he revisits with real ardor and reverence in 10 gracefully illustrated essays that cohere into a marvelous reflection on essentials and values. “The game is still full of joy and the lessons learned from it stay with you,” he insists, “even though the game has changed, the old values still flow through it.” The values he writes about may indeed seem antique beside the frenzied glitz of the NBA, but antiques like passion, discipline, selflessness, and responsibility continue to form the basis of character on and off the court. Of course, Bradley, with possible eyes on the White House, is writing about much more than basketball here. In some ways, this is a clear statement of his political philosophy: a country that can understand, instill, and pursue the values he’s praising is a country that can work together. It’s in these values that he finds the antidote to the tawdriness and partisanship that’s managed to sully the level of the national debate. –Jeff Silverman



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