The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph

The Secret Game: A Wartime Story of Courage, Change, and Basketball's Lost Triumph

Winner of the 2016 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing

The true story of the game that never should have happened--and of a nation on the brink of monumental change

In the fall of 1943, at the little-known North Carolina College for Negroes, Coach John McLendon was on the verge of changing basketball forever. A protégé of James Naismith, the game's inventor, McLendon taught his team to play the full-court press and run a fast break that no one could catch.… (more)