Novels have long glorified athletics, but even the crappy ones eventually get turned into movies, so why bother reading them? For a sports/lit combo too deep for even the silver screen, check out Lit and Basketball.
L&B's a Tumblr that pairs photos culled from professional hoops with particularly poignant literary quotes, though, as in the real world, you won't find the Cavs with any Great Expectations. Some highlights:
A warmup-suited Scalabrine acknowledging the crowd: From Carson McCullers, "A most mediocre person can be the object of a love which is wild, extravagant, and beautiful as the poison lilies of the swamp", also Jason Williams' nickname when he got kicked out of Florida.
A forlorn Antoine Walker: From The Sun Also Rises, "How did you go bankrupt? Two ways. Gradually, then suddenly". Um...you know Casino was a book too, right?
A prep-tastic Chris Bosh shaking hands with a polo player: Gatsby's "Sophisticated--God I'm sophisticated", though apparently not sophisticated enough to avoid complaining about practice. Or work his way inside of 17ft. Or not throw a preseason championship rally. Or...
Things even take a turn for the sexually terrifying, with a jarringly shirtless Lamar and Khloe aside Lorrie Moore's "They were in performance. They were performing their marriage at me", proving the crappiest things get made into more than just movies.