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 A top college basketball player for Oregon State and Purdue and a native of Indiana who believed he could one day play in the NBA Carson Cunningham came close Well sort of close He ended up in the mi

  • Title: Underbelly Hoops: Adventures in the CBA - A.K.A. The Crazy Basketball Association
  • Author: Carson Cunningham
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • A top college basketball player for Oregon State and Purdue and a native of Indiana who believed he could one day play in the NBA, Carson Cunningham came close Well sort of close He ended up in the minor leagues of professional basketball instead, in the storied and now defunct CBA, a league that has turned out a record setting number of NBA players and coaches, such aA top college basketball player for Oregon State and Purdue and a native of Indiana who believed he could one day play in the NBA, Carson Cunningham came close Well sort of close He ended up in the minor leagues of professional basketball instead, in the storied and now defunct CBA, a league that has turned out a record setting number of NBA players and coaches, such as Phil Jackson and George Karl It wasn t glamorous, in fact the playing conditions in the CBA were pretty grim near empty arenas, interminable bus rides to nowheresville, oddball coaches, little loyalty from management, meager pay, these were a few realities of CBA life And yet, even as it chipped away at your dignity and made little economic sense to remain, the CBA drew you in with the allure of action and the prospect of an NBA call up And it could inspire, like when you and your teammates caught a rhythm that made you remember why basketball is such a beautiful game, or when you saw guys continue to strive, to persevere, even if their dreams weren t fully realized.Carson writes honestly, hilariously and often touchingly of his running and gunning days as a CBA also ran, with flash backs to his college days where the future seemed brighter than a new pair of Nikes A top recruit with superior ballhanding and shooting skills along with a sixth basketball sense, in 1997 Carson was a Sporting News All American freshman who broke Gary Payton s freshman scoring record and a few years later helped his team at Purdue get within a game of the Final Four.

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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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