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The Breaks of the Game
The Breaks of the Game
Paperback      ISBN: 1401309720
The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979–80) in the life of the Bill Walton–led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions. As Halberstam follows this collection of men through the months, through the losing streaks and occasional victories, the endless trips and the brutal schedules, we come to know them and their world--the other players, coaches, and owners; the competition, drafts, trades, and traditions; the wives, the fans, the media connections--a world of grand dreams, impossible expectations, and bracing realities. The tactile authenticity of Halberstam's knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It's about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars--all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.
When the Game Was Ours
When the Game Was Ours
Paperback      ISBN: 0547394586
Two NBA legends give the definitive account of their decades-long rivalry and friendship, transporting readers to an electric era of basketball and exploring Bird's struggles with chronic pain and Johnson's discovery that he had HIV, in a book that will be in high demand after the 2010 Lakers vs. Celtics NBA championship. Reprint. A best-selling book.
State: A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation
State
A Team, a Triumph, a Transformation
Hardcover      ISBN: 1572842660
Boys Among Men: How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
Boys Among Men
How the Prep-to-Pro Generation Redefined the NBA and Sparked a Basketball Revolution
Hardcover      ISBN: 0804139253
Explores the trend of teenage basketball stars skipping college and going right into playing professionally, resulting in the 2005 age limit requirement instituted by the NBA, mandating that all players must attend college or another developmental program for at least a year.
Back from the Dead
Back from the Dead
Paperback      ISBN: 1476716870
An NBA sports star and cultural icon discusses his catastrophic spinal collapse in 2007, the excruciating pain he suffered, and his slow recovery, as well as his childhood, sports career, and the political and cultural upheaval of the 1960s.
A Sense of Where You Are: A Profile of William Warren Bradley
A Sense of Where You Are
A Profile of William Warren Bradley
Paperback      ISBN: 0374526893
When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee’s first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradley’s magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senate—a story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics. When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. A Sense of Where You Are, McPhee’s first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradley’s magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself—his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senate—a story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics.
A Season on the Brink: A Year With Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
A Season on the Brink
A Year With Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
Paperback      ISBN: 1451650256
A Washington Post and Golf Digest contributor recounts the 1985-1986 basketball season at Indiana University, describes the complex personality of coach Bob Knight and examines the coaching methods which make him one of the best of all time. Reprint.
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
Sacred Hoops
Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
Paperback      ISBN: 078688200x
Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson shares his experience of combining sports and spirituality to lead his team to success, explaining how to nurture a positive group dynamic and detailing the methods he uses to teach his players how to think collectively, overcome anger, and look beyond jealousy. Reprint.
Don't Put Me In, Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench
Don't Put Me In, Coach
My Incredible NCAA Journey from the End of the Bench to the End of the Bench
Paperback      ISBN: 0307745384
An irreverent critique of big-time NCAA basketball by the author of the popular Club Trillion blog describes how his ambition to become a doctor was sidelined so that that he could join the elite Buckeyes in spite of his lesser talents, which rendered him perpetually benched and ironically scouted by the Harlem Globetrotters.
Hardwood Heroes: Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardwood Heroes
Celebrating a Century of Minnesota Basketball
Hardcover      ISBN: 0931714931
Hardwood Heroes tells the tale of Minnesota basketball, including high school, college and professional male and female teams. It is a great book full of wonderful stories, along with personal memories and photos.