The Crossover: A Brief History of Basketball and Race, From James Naismith to LeBron James by Doug Merlino
Approx. 21,600 words.
Published on July 16, 2011.
The history of basketball contains all the drama inherent in America’s long struggle with racial intolerance and quest for equality. Highlighting characters both famous (Bill Russell, Michael Jordan) and obscure (Earl Lloyd, Holcombe Rucker), this book explores how what’s happened on the basketball court has mirrored race relations in the United States—and often preceded changes off of it.