In his new book Looking Up - From the ABA to the NBA, the WNBA to the NCAA, Jim has given us an insider's view of basketball from his many years of covering the sport. While the book covers organized basketball as a whole, Jim's heart is with the ABA. So he's devoted specific chapters to many of the unique ABA coaches, players and personalities he worked with. If you're an ABA fan, you'll enjoy the chapters on Bill Sharman, Simmie Hill, Art Heyman, Woody Paige, Willie Wise, Reggie Harding, Connie Hawkins, Bill Melchionni, Dr. J, John Brisker, Fly Williams, and Roger Brown. Jim also has chapters devoted to the 1976 ABA/NBA merger, and the final ABA records/statistics (personally passed along to Jim by Jim Bukata, the last publicist of the ABA, after the conclusion of the 1976 playoffs). There are also chapters on Red Auerbach, Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Bob Lanier, Bill Bradley, Jerry Tarkanian, Jerry West, and Mike Krzyzewski, among many others.
If you ever wondered what it was like to receive a token of kindness from a busy Dr. J of the New York Nets, have a ringside seat to many of the on-court fights provoked by John Brisker of the Pittsburgh Pipers/Condors, receive targeted abuse from Bobby Knight of the Indiana Hoosiers, or struggle through an interview with an irritated Dave Cowens of the Boston Celtics, then this is the book for you. It has fond memories, sad recollections, and candid admissions - highly recommended, and you won't soon forget the stories and experiences that Jim conveys.
This book - intended to be the first of two editions - is over 480 pages with over 200 photos and illustrations (including many from the ABA). It's available by visiting www.jimobriensportsauthor.com, or by just e-mailing Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. The price of the book is $29.95 plus $3.95 postage, and Jim is happy to provide personalized signatures with any purchase.