One of the best sports books I've ever read, which isn't saying much because I don't really read sports books. In a few places, Russell - a five-time MVP and the first black NBA coach - breaks down a, say, ten-second span of action in a basketball game to the millisecond: "I can see he knows I'm going to fade away and try a shot, and I know my teammate will be about three feet behind me to the left, so I fake the shot and pass behind me instead, but he's guessed I'll do that and is ready on that side..." it's kindof mind-blowing, the amount of thinking pro NBA players do. I still don't love basketball, but that's not Bill Russell's fault. This is a really cool book.
Popped into my head last night while watching the Lakers totally embarrass the Celtics.