Basketball (and Other Things)

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Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
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AuthorShea Serrano
Audio read bySean Crisden
IllustratorArturo Torres
PublisherAbrams Image, Tantor Audio
Media typePrint (Paperback), Audiobook
ISBN978-1-4197-2647-7 (Paperback)

Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated is a 2017 book written by Shea Serrano[1] and illustrated by Arturo Torres, with a foreword from former NBA star Reggie Miller.[2]

Development and publication history[edit]

Basketball (and Other Things) was published by Abrams Image on October 10, 2017. It is the second collaboration between Serrano and Torres, following their 2015 New York Times best-seller The Rap Year Book.[3] Basketball (and Other Things) shares a title with a previous email newsletter from Serrano and Torres;[4][5] begun in March 2016,[6] the newsletter had over 30,000 subscribers as of May 2016.[7]

When pre-sales opened on Amazon for Basketball (and Other Things) in February 2017, the book hit number 13 on the site's bestseller list.[8] When Barnes & Noble announced in June that they were producing a special edition to include basketball cards with the book sold only in their stores, Basketball (and Other Things) made it to number one on Barnes & Noble's Top 100 Bestselling Books list.[9]

In November 2017, the book reached number one on The New York Times Best Sellers list for sports and fitness books.[10]

On December 31, 2017, former United States President Barack Obama listed Serrano's book[11] as one of his favorite books of the year, a "bonus for hoops fans."


The start of each of the book's 33 chapters has a full-page illustration of an iconic jersey of a player who wore the chapter's number,[12] except for chapter 18 which features an illustration of the fictional action-movie character John Harder, played by James Harden.


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  3. ^ Bustillos, Esteban (19 May 2017). "Growing up with violence, Dallas artist wants to inspire kids to persevere | Visual Arts". Dallas News. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  4. ^ Wolf, Cameron (August 16, 2016). "Arturo Torres on Turning Athletes and Musicians Into Superheroes With Shea Serrano". Complex. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  5. ^ Eakin, Marah (26 May 2016). "Former Grantland scribe casts hilarious aspersions at State Farm's Hoopers commercials". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ Crucchiola, Jordan (2016-05-30). "The King Of Twitter: Shea Serrano Is Our New Favorite Internet Hero". GOOD Magazine. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  7. ^ Solis, Manuel (May 31, 2016). "Arturo Torres Delivers Kirby-esque Kawhi". San Antonio Current. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  8. ^ Biasotti, Tony (March 10, 2017). "Q&A: How Shea Serrano went from middle school science teacher to NYT bestselling author". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  9. ^ results, search; Miller, Reggie (2017-10-10). Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated. Arturo Torres (Illustrated ed.). Harry N. Abrams. ISBN 9781419726477.
  10. ^ "Sports and Fitness Books - Best Sellers - The New York Times". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
  11. ^ Serrano, Shea (2017-12-31). "". @SheaSerrano. Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  12. ^ Stanton, Charlie (2017-11-03). "Ten reasons to buy Shea Serrano's new book "Basketball (and Other Things)"". Golden State Of Mind. Retrieved 2018-04-09.