Saw a friend's review of this book and decided to give it a try. It fits the categories of historical sports fiction, so I might have found it anyways. Either way, I'm glad I read it.
The author gives complete and evolving descriptions of a town and the inhabitants - every few chapters, a new wrinkle appears in a by now familiar face. A lot of these people started the book downtrodden, branded as "losers" by life or circumstances, or more directly by other basketball teams. This book about casting off those shackles, told through a narrative that I found hard to put down. Definitely recommended.