Pablo S. Torre, ESPN
I'd never read a book that made me want to redecorate my apartment with its pages. But The Joy of Basketball certifies what Ben Detrick and Andrew Kuo's day ones have known forever: they are two of the most creative forces in the NBA universe. Their art has already redecorated my brain.
The Joy Of Basketball will easily become one of those quintessential sports books that you can open up at any page and get deeply enthralled. And one that will definitely need a sequel as the years pass.
Mina Kimes, ESPN
Fans of the modern NBA will devour this book, which recounts not only the stories that have defined the sport, but also explains how those stories have dovetailed with political history and pop culture. Much like the game itself, The Joy of Basketball is a rich text and a visual delight.
A vibrant, unconventional, highly opinionated guide to the triumphs, struggles, and heartbreaks of the modern game
The Joy of Basketball celebrates the meteoric rise of basketball over the last quarter century. Using text, charts, and illustrations that upend conventional wisdom, the book details the most incredible players in history, draft flops, long-limbed oddballs, superteams, the international talent wave, brawls, scandals, the rapid evolution of contemporary gameplay, coaching, fashion, crime, positional erosion, tragic tales, memes, and the sacred Kardashian Blessing. Bouncing between graphics and sociopolitical observations, The Joy of Basketball is a subversive sports manifesto camouflaged as a colorful reference book. The foreword is written by Desus Nice, a lifelong Knicks enthusiast and the host of Showtime's Desus & Mero.
Ben Detrick is a writer who has contributed to the New York Times, The Ringer, and Grantland. He is the cohost of Cookies Hoops and lives in New York.
Andrew Kuo is an artist and regular contributor to the New York Times, where his colorful visual columns have appeared in Arts & Leisure, the Magazine, T Magazine, and the Sunday Section. He is the cohost of Cookies Hoops and lives in New York.