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Which NBA Writers Can Actually Play Basketball?

Last week at Chelsea Piers, Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard celebrated the release of his new NBA book, The Art of a Beautiful Game, with a pick-up game featuring a bunch of his basketball-writer buddies. Also, us! It was our first time hooping in front of a crowd of mildly interested pointy-heeled book publicists; more important, it was our first time matching up against the elite of the NBA media corps, including Sports Illustrated's Jack McCallum, TrueHoop's Henry Abbott, and the Times' Jonathan Abrams. So, are the people who write about basketball for a living any good at actually playing basketball? Click through to find out!

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