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Charles Elliot Rosen[1] (born January 18, 1941)[1] is an American author and former basketball coach. From 1983–1986, he was an assistant to Phil Jackson[2] with the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association (CBA).

He also served as head coach of the Patroons, as well as the CBA's Rockford Lightning, Oklahoma City Cavalry and Savannah Spirits.

The 6-foot-8 Rosen played college basketball at Hunter College in New York City for three seasons (1959–1962), setting school records for both scoring and rebounding, and earning most valuable player honors each season.[1] After college, he played for Scranton and Camden in the old Eastern Basketball League and taught English at Hofstra University on Long Island.

He also served as head coach of the women's basketball team at the State University of New York at New Paltz, a four-year college located between Albany and New York City, and was men's head coach at Bard College during the 1979–80 season, which he chronicled in the book Players and Pretenders.

A native of The Bronx, N.Y., Rosen is the author of 16 books about basketball, including The First Tip Off, The House of Moses All-Stars, Barney Polan's Game, No Blood, No Foul, More Than a Game, The Pivotal Season, and The Wizard of Odds.

Barney Polan's Game and The House of Moses All-Stars were both recognized as New York Times Notable Books, and Barney Polan's Game was recognized on the New York Times Book Review Editor's 1998 Recommended Summer Reading List.

He is known for his in-depth analysis and caustic views. His last article at was dated June 29, 2011. Since then, his regular articles have been published at[3]


  1. ^ a b c Rosen, Charley (1981). Players and pretenders: the basketball team that couldn't shoot straight. Holt, Rinehart, and Winston. ISBN 978-0-03-053786-8.
  2. ^ Vecsey, George (1997-04-11). ""Novelist and a Coach Are Still Hanging Out",". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
  3. ^ "HoopsHype - Charley Rosen". Retrieved 2012-06-15.