The full title of the New York Times’ collection of stories about pro basketball is, Elevated: The Global Rise of the NBA. The book is a nearly 500-page collection of stories and columns that cover a bevy of topics that led to the massive growth of the NBA from the late 1970’s up until today. Harvey Araton compiled this book and wrote a short intro to each chapter. A few of his stories appear in the book as well. Some of the stories Araton chose are long, some short, but most of them are 3-4 pages, a perfect bite size chunk.
My favorite part about this book is the sheer number of different stories it has, all by excellent writers. Some of those scribes with stories included are Marc Stein, Mike Wise, George Vescey, Selena Roberts, Howard Beck, Lee Jenkins and so many more. The book is broken down into 41 chapters with title like, “NBA on NBC”, “Crashing the Borders” and “Durant! Durant!” Another little feature I liked was that some of the stories have a postscript by the original author, where they gave their current day thoughts on a story they may have written decades earlier.
The book is so easily digestible that I can’t imagine any basketball fan picking it up and not enjoying it. I read every page, but I don’t think you would have to if you just wanted to pick out the stories that interest you personally. Even then it would be worth it. I would rate this book as a must have for anyone who is a serious NBA fan.