A young man's journey through the Philippines' most unlikely obsession: Basketball. In Pacific Rims, Rafe Bartholemew, journalist, New Yorker, and veteran baller, ventures through the Philippines to investigate the country's love of basketball. From street corners where diehards fashion hoops out of old car parts to the professional league where politicians exploit team loyalties to win elections, Pacific Rims gets the story - and gets in the game.
Well written by a guy who knoww hoops and has the talent to make cultural observations. Great book.
What did you love best about Pacific Rims?
The book tells an amazing story. The author exaggerates slightly at some points but I found myself agreeing with many of his insights and I think that he really made a strong effort to integrate and understand Philippine basketball as well as Philippine society.
What does Scott Aiello bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I felt that he had a solid performance and even read the Filipino names and words quite well.