Basketball (and Other Things): The Video Companion

Credit: Arturo Torres

Back in 2015, wordsmith and all-around good dude Shea Serrano joined forces with one of the best illustrators in the game, Arturo Torres, to create The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed. It was most dope.

Fast forward to 2017 and the Serrano/Torress collab decided to drop even more heat on the world with the release of Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, IllustratedThe book, which addresses the most important and outlandish questions in basketball history, became an instant hit. I mean, what else should we have expected? Any collection of pages that included artwork of our lord and savior being dunked on and a deep dive of whether or not a bear could thrive in the NBA was destined to fly off the shelves.

You can’t go wrong with Shea’s words combined with Torres’ visuals. I dare you to find a more obvious statement than that. “You can’t go wrong with Shea’s words combined with Torres’ visuals” is such a true thing that it should probably replace the “One does not simply walk into Mordor” meme. That said, Shea packs so much knowledge over the 200+ pages in BAOT that the annotations and illustrations don’t do the book justice. Until the powers that be figure out a way to include animated GIFs and YouTube clips in books, we’re all forced to Google references we don’t remember or quite get.

Because I’m a man of the people and Shea is undoubtedly the people’s scribe, I decided to put together this video companion for when you read BAOT for the second, third and eleventeeth time.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You open up BAOT‘s table of contents.
  2. Because the hyperlinks below are named after the sections in BAOT, you simply click the hyperlink that corresponds to the section you are reading to pull up video clips related to that section.
  3. Profit.

I want to be up front with you about what clips are included in this guide. This guide does not include video of every single thing Shea includes in the book. I included clips that I deemed as most vital to fully enjoying and understanding each section. Two other things to consider: I didn’t include clips of dudes getting injured and I only referenced YouTube when compiling everything you see in this guide.

Now that we’re all set, let’s get it.

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