Underbelly Hoops: Adventures in the CBA - A.K.A. The Crazy Basketball Association

Underbelly Hoops Adventures in the CBA A K A The Crazy Basketball Association The hoops answer to Ball Four By turns funny and poignant and always self aware this book allows fans into the locker room and huddle yes but also into the cortex of a professional basketball player

  • Title: Underbelly Hoops: Adventures in the CBA - A.K.A. The Crazy Basketball Association
  • Author: Carson Cunningham
  • ISBN: 9781938120008
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • The hoops answer to Ball Four By turns funny and poignant and always self aware this book allows fans into the locker room and huddle, yes, but also into the cortex of a professional basketball player If Carson Cunningham could have jumped, run and created his shot off the dribble as masterfully as he writes and observes, he d be starring in the NBA L Jon Wert The hoops answer to Ball Four By turns funny and poignant and always self aware this book allows fans into the locker room and huddle, yes, but also into the cortex of a professional basketball player If Carson Cunningham could have jumped, run and created his shot off the dribble as masterfully as he writes and observes, he d be starring in the NBA L Jon Wertheim, senior writer for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED During my nine years coaching in the CBA, I thought I d witnessed every possible scenario in that zany league, yet Carson Cunningham s Underbelly Hoops was a delightful revelation Most impressive were his observations of the on and off court experiences of such a wide range of fascinating characters from Chris Daleo, the over the top manic coach of the Rockford Lightning, to teammate Keith Closs, a free spirited 7 3 shot blocker with a big heart but a big vice At turns hilarious and infuriating, Cunningham s memoir is also enriched by his lively writing style, his profound understanding of America s basketball culture, and his unadorned honesty The result is a bountiful triple double for Cunningham and a must read for hoop o philes of every

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    1. I figured this would be similar to the stories I've read of minor league baseball players. It isn't. Certainly parts are the same. It seems there's a mix of the young players out of college or high school looking for a way up to the NBA as well as older, seasoned players, some with issues, some trying the US after or before a foreign league. And the pay is lousy, the fans often absent, the travel unglamorous, the team close to bankruptcy. And like minor league baseball, for the players it's all [...]

    2. A unique look into the underbelly of professional basketball – it’s buckets! This is a very entertaining and insightful view of what players that have such a deep love for the game are willing to go through in their quest to continue playing. With a wide array of characters – coaches and players alike - the reader is able to see the talent, as well as the shenanigans, that occur behind the scenes. It was a great read and I would highly recommend it!

    3. i thoroughly enjoyed this book. it is a great look into the struggle of minor league basketball. i am from nwi where carson is a hs hoops legend, and i figured i'd give his book a try. i was impressed, and look forward to reading his other books.

    4. This book was an entertaining look at the minor league of basketball. You don't need to be a hard core basketball fan to enjoy this (I'm not). If you are a sports fan in general, this is a must read. The book was meticulously researched and includes footnotes. The colorful characters that Carson encountered and the crazy stories made for an engrossing book. My favorite characters included his coach, Boss Closs, and Ronnie Fields. Absolutely hilarious! The book was based on a diary that Carson ke [...]

    5. Underbelly Hoops: Adventures in the CBA is more than just a story of one man's pursuit of a professional career in basketball. As he returns to the game that offered him so much throughout his youth he begins to find somewhat of a through-line that is connecting professional aspirations, childhood dreams and a lifelong passion. As he is pushing his body, challenging his preconceived notions about adulthood or maybe dragging his feet a bit before making the next inevitable plunge into career-hoo [...]

    6. I'm not a big fan of basketball but I really enjoyed this book. Having lived in a town with a minor league basketball team and attended games, it was interesting to get an inside look at something I otherwise knew very little about seems like minor basketball is much more cut throat than minor league baseball. Interesting, informative, and easy to read, I'd recommend this book to any sports fan who is looking to get an inside look. (By the way, Mr. Cunningham Minot is in North, not South Dakota) [...]

    7. Loved this book! For basketball fans or athletes who get what it's like to eat, sleep, and live your sport and what you go through when that world starts to end and another begins. Well written and super engaging. Carson captures every emotion. Really gained a deeper understanding of him and his passion for the game and life.

    8. Cunningham has the appropriate sense of humor to write a book about the CBA. Sometimes he gets close to taking it too seriously, but for the most part he keeps it light and sarcastic. His explanation of why the league exists, its history, and its current predicament is appropriately, but not ponderously, explained. However, I had to take a star off because he said Abe Lincoln was from Indiana.

    9. Good behind the scenes insight that I love. Helps me understand the game more. It meant a lot more to me since I played high school ball with Carson and could relate to a lot of things he talked about.

    10. If you live in the USA and have done nothing but play and watch basket-ball all your life you might find this book slightly interesting or a might amusing. After 93 pages I was forced to give up as I kept falling asleep and decided instead watch the grass grow in my back yard.It seemed to move with more pace than this egocentric pile of "Then I Did nonsense" Sorry Mr Cunningham I don't usually stop reading a book before the end but this is a rare one where I found it impossible to finish.

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