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NBA encyclopedia first offering from deal with Doubleday

NBA encyclopedia first offering from deal with Doubleday

LANGDON BROCKINTON

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The NBA has signed a multiyear, multi-title publishing agreement with Doubleday, a publishing division of Random House Inc.

The deal is expected to be announced this week.

The partnership's first offering, "The Official NBA Encyclopedia," is slated to hit retail outlets Oct. 17. Chronicling the history of the league, the book will contain an introduction by NBA Commissioner David Stern and a foreword by Michael Jordan. This will be the third edition of the NBA encyclopedia, which was last revised in 1994.

Edited by longtime basketball writer Jan Hubbard, the league's vice president of editorial, and written by top basketball scribes, "The Official NBA Encyclopedia" will be available (at a suggested retail price of $50) in bookstores nationwide and online at the NBA Store on nba.com.

Among the topics that the book will examine: the impact of NBA legends Jordan and George Mikan, the 50 greatest players in NBA history, the league's all-time best rivalries and dynasties, the game's major influences and current and future NBA standouts. It will include detailed statistics for every NBA season and every NBA player, past and present.

Recently, the league and Doubleday teamed to create "The Big Title: NBA 2000 Champions Los Angeles Lakers," a 112-page book written by Barry Rubinstein and Lyle Spencer.

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