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Sprawlball: A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA
Sprawlball
A Visual Tour of the New Era of the NBA
Hardcover      ISBN: 1328767515

"Beautifully illustrated and sharply written, SprawlBall is both a celebration and a critique of the 3-point shot. If you want to understand how the modern NBA came to be, you'll need to read this book."
--Nate Silver, editor of fivethirtyeight.com

From the leading expert in the exploding field of basketball analytics, a stunning infographic decoding of the modern NBA: who shoots where, and how.

The field of basketball analytics has leaped to overdrive thanks to Kirk Goldsberry, whose visual maps of players, teams, and positions have helped teams understand who really is the most valuable player at any position. SprawlBall combines stunning visuals, in-depth analysis, fun, behind-the-scenes stories and gee-whiz facts to chart a modern revolution. From the introduction of the 3-point line to today, the game has changed drastically . . .

Now, players like Steph Curry and Draymond Green are leading the charge. In chapters like "The Geography of the NBA," "The Interior Minister (Lebron James)," "The Evolution of Steph Curry," and "The Investor (James Harden)," Goldsberry explains why today's on-court product--with its emphasis on shooting, passing, and spacing--has never been prettier or more democratic. And it's never been more popular. For fans of Bill Simmons and FreeDarko, SprawlBall is a bold new vision of the game, presenting an innovative, cutting-edge look at the sport based on the latest research, as well as a visual and infographic feast for fans.
Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
Basketball (and Other Things)
A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated
Paperback      ISBN: 1419726471
#1 New York Times bestseller

Who is the greatest dunker of all time? Which version of the Michael Jordan was the best Michael Jordan? What is allowed and absolutely not allowed in a game of pickup basketball? Basketball (and Other Things) presents readers with a whole new set of pivotal and ridiculous fan disputes from basketball history, providing arguments and answers, explained with the wit and wisdom that is unique to Shea Serrano. Serrano breaks down debates that NBA fans didn't even know they needed, from the classic (How many years during his career was Kobe Bryant actually the best player in the league?) to the fantastical (If you could assign different values to different shots throughout basketball history, what would they be and why?). With incredible art from Arturo Torres, this book is a must-have for anyone who has ever stayed up late into the night debating basketball's greatest moments, what-ifs, stories, and legends, or for those who are discovering the mythology of basketball for the first time.
Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
Pistol
The Life of Pete Maravich
Paperback      ISBN: 0743284984
Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream--and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete--a basketball icon for baby boomers--all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption.

Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers.

In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke.

But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame.

Set largely in the South, Kriegel's Pistol, a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons, merges several archetypal characters. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope. But he was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ.

A renowned biographer--People magazine called him "a master"--Kriegel renders his subject with a style that is, by turns, heartbreaking, lyrical, and electric.

The narrative begins in 1929, the year a missionary gave Pete's father a basketball. Press Maravich had been a neglected child trapped in a hellish industrial town, but the game enabled him to blossom. It also caused him to confuse basketball with salvation. The intensity of Press's obsession initiates a journey across three generations of Maraviches. Pistol Pete, a ballplayer unlike any other, was a product of his father's vanity and vision. But that dream continues to exact a price on Pete's own sons. Now in their twenties--and fatherless for most of their lives--they have waged their own struggles with the game and its ghosts.

Pistol is an unforgettable biography. By telling one family's history, Kriegel has traced the history of the game and a large slice of the American narrative.
Basketball Now!: The Stars and Stories of the NBA
Basketball Now!
The Stars and Stories of the NBA
2nd Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 177085925x

Ideal for every fan of the game.

Riding the best-selling success of the first edition, Basketball Now Second Edition presents the best players in the NBA today -- complete with a fresh crop of young stars whose swagger and game has seen them launch to league-wide stardom.

From hyped rookies to bona fide superstars, this second edition is packed with 50 profiles and more than 130 action images. From Stephen Curry and LeBron James to Klay Thompson and DeMar DeRozan, here are just some of the stars lining the pages of this book:

  • LeBron James
  • Blake Griffin
  • Chris Paul
  • James Harden
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anthony Davis
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Kristaps Porzingis
  • Paul George
  • Kyle Lowry
  • Kevin Love
  • Stephen Curry
  • And many more.
  • Adam Elliott Segal also gives readers a tour of the NBA universe, including chapters on the NBA Draft, the Dunk Contest, and the best clutch performances and playoff performances in NBA history.

    This second edition of Basketball Now is the only book in the market that focuses on the best NBA stars playing the game today.

    Swee'pea: The Story of Lloyd Daniels and Other Playground Basketball Legends
    Swee'pea
    The Story of Lloyd Daniels and Other Playground Basketball Legends
    Compact Disc      ISBN: 1681683202

    Lloyd Daniels learned to hoop on the playgrounds of Brooklyn and Queens during the 1980s. "Swee'pea" they called him. His rep on the court traveled all the way to the Bronx, and across the country, earning him enthusiastic comparisons to the likes of Magic Johnson. Swee'pea was sure to make it to the big time and out of a New York City where drugs and violence had gripped many of its neighborhoods. Eventually he did, leaving the city's asphalt courts for the shiny hardwoods of NCAA programs, minor pro-leagues, and eventually the NBA. He took with him, however, a drug habit, a learning disability, and a reputation for self-destruction. With Swee'pea, Newsday reporter John Valenti and celebrated New York City high school basketball coach Ron Naclerio brilliantly capture how an athletic phenomenon becomes both a product of his environment, and his own worst enemy. Supplementing Daniels' enigmatic story are profiles of basketball successes like former NBA stars Kenny Anderson, John Salley, and Mark Jackson-and tragedies like Earl "The Goat" Manigault, Richie Adams, and Tony "Red" Bruin-who never made the league.

    Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
    Unscripted
    The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinary
    Hardcover      ISBN: 080107410x

    Ernie Johnson Jr. has been in the game a long time. With one of the most recognized voices in sports broadcasting, he is a tireless perfectionist when it comes to preparing and delivering his commentary. Yet he knows that some of sports' greatest triumphs--and life's greatest rewards--come from those unscripted moments you never anticipated.

    In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, the three-time Sports Emmy Award-winner and popular host of TNT's Inside the NBA provides a remarkably candid look at his life both on and off the screen. From his relationship with his sportscaster father to his own rise to the top of sports broadcasting, from battling cancer to raising six children with his wife, Cheryl, including a special needs child adopted from Romania, Ernie has taken the important lessons he learned from his father and passed them on to his own children. This is the untold story, the one Ernie has lived after the lights are turned off and the cameras stop rolling. Sports fans, cancer survivors, fathers and sons, adoptive parents, those whose lives have been touched by a person with special needs, anyone who loves stories about handling life's surprises with grace--Unscripted is for all of these.
    Complete Conditioning for Basketball [With DVD]
    Complete Conditioning for Basketball [With DVD]
    Paperback      ISBN: 0736057846

    Complete Conditioning for Basketball presents the ultimate in training for the sport from the National Basketball Conditioning Coaches Association, the experts who work daily to maximize the performance potential of the game's top stars.

    Build your strength and power to be a beast on the boards. Improve your quickness and agility to be a defensive stopper. Increase your vertical jump to rise over defenders for uncontested shots. With over 200 exercises, drills, performance tests, and workouts, plus a 60-minute instructional DVD, Complete Conditioning for Basketball is the most comprehensive training resource for men and women at all levels of competition.

    Get the most out of your workouts and add new dimensions to your game. Complete Conditioning for Basketball will help you to fulfill your potential and make the most of every opportunity on the court.

    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.

    Basketball's Greatest Stars
    Basketball's Greatest Stars
    4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0228100682

    Profiles of the very best NBA players and a definitive history of the game.

    The spectacular success of the NBA is based on its stars, their performances and personalities, which excite fans game after game, championship after championship. Michael Grange has profiled 50 of the greatest and most electrifying players in the league's history in this newly updated edition of Basketball's Greatest Stars.

    They're all here: the score-at-will centers, the quick-dishing guards, the take-it-to-the-hoop power forwards and the three-point shooters. The book also features a chapter on future greats who are starting on the NBA hardwood now. Grange's insightful essays cover the leading men and defining moments that have shaped the sport, the international game, the rise of the three-point shot and the changing nature and importance of statistical analysis. As an added bonus there are profiles of all 30 NBA franchises -- the organizations that have orchestrated the league's rise to greatness.

    Some of the current NBA stars featured in this fourth edition are:

    • DeMarcus Cousins
    • Stephen Curry
    • Anthony Davis
    • Kevin Durant
    • Paul George
    • James Harden
    • Kyrie Irving
    • LeBron James
    • Kristaps Porzingis
    • Russell Westbrook

    Some of the NBA stars of yesteryear are:

    • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    • Charles Barkley
    • Larry Bird
    • Wilt Chamberlain
    • Walt Frazier
    • Magic Johnson
    • Michael Jordan
    • Karl Malone
    • Shaquille O'Neal
    • Bill Russell.

    Jam-packed with terrific photographs that celebrate each superstar and capture the excitement on the court, Basketball's Greatest Stars is a superb book for every fan.

    Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court
    Wooden
    A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court
    Hardcover      ISBN: 0809230410

    NATIONAL BESTSELLER

    "I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden

    Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.

    In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.

    These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.