Syl Sobel & Jay Rosenstein, authors of BOXED OUT of the NBA: Remembering the Eastern Professional Basketball League, joins Ryan and Michael to discuss their new book released just this week. The books chronicles the fascinating story of the Eastern League, a pro basketball instituation starting in 1946 and through many iterations ending in the G League. The Eastern Professional Basketball League (1946-78) was fast and physical, often played in tiny, smoke-filled gyms across the northeast and featuring the best players who just couldn’t make the NBA—many because of unofficial quotas on Black players, some because of scandals, and others because they weren’t quite good enough in the years when the NBA had less than 100 players.
BOXED OUT of the NBA dropped yesterday and is available on Amazon.
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