Mr. Berkow steps out from behind his New York Times reporter's notebook to spin the tales of his life as a pickup basketball player. To the Hoop tells the story of a year in his basketball life, as he resolves to enhance his game and stave off the ravages of time. "Berkow is one of the best sportswriters around, so it is no surprise that his basketball odyssey is one of the best sports books of this or any other year."-George Plimpton.
Pulitzer prize-winning author Ira Berkow has written sports and occasional features for the New York Times for more than twenty years. Among his other books are The Minority Quarterback, Hank Greenberg, and Red: A Biography of Red Smith. He lives on Manhattan's East Side.