"In researching my John Wooden biography, part of what I did was just sort of research the history of basketball," Davis explains. The most obvious place to start was with the founding text by James Naismith, who invented the game in 1891 with two peach half-bushel baskets. Part basketball bible – outlining the game's rules and purpose – and part autobiography, the book is essential for aspiring historians of the game.

"It's not a real long book, but it's just really fascinating," Davis says. "You know, in his original 13 rules, there was nothing in there about the dribble. Basketball more than any of the other major sports has continually evolved in terms of its dimensions and how it's played and the rules."