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Eleven Rings
The Soul of Success
Phil Jackson - Apr 29, 2014
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A New York Times bestseller During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the “Zen master” half...
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Tom Bilyeu
The Book of Basketball
The NBA According to The Sports Guy
Bill Simmons - Dec 07, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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There is only one writer on the planet who possesses enough basketball knowledge and passion to write the definitive book on the NBA.* Bill Simmons, the from-the-womb hoops addict known to millions as’s Sports Guy, is that writer. And The Book of Basketball is that book. Nowhere in the roundball universe will you find another single volume...
Developing True Strength On and Off the Court
Jay Bilas - Mar 04, 2014 (first published in 2013)
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If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned a strong work ethic under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. After playing professionally overseas, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, helping to guide the Blue Devils to two national championships. He has since become one of bask...
The Mamba Mentality
How I Play
Kobe Bryant - Oct 23, 2018
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In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant has decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary “Mamba mentality.” Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted student...
The Miracle of St. Anthony
A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty
Adrian Wojnarowski - Jan 19, 2006 (first published in 2005)
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In a city mired in endless decay, where the youth suffer through all the horrors of urban blight, hope comes in a most unassuming form: a tiny brick schoolhouse run by two Felician nuns where a singular basketball genius takes teenagers from the mean streets of Jersey City and turns them into champions on the hardcourt. Coach Bob Hurley had been wo...
Leading with the Heart
Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life
Mike Krzyzewski - Mar 01, 2001 (first published in 2000)
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Duke University's head basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has proved himself a leader both on and off the court. He's led the Duke Blue Devils to five straight Final Four appearances, culminating in back-to-back championships in 1991 and '92. He has received five National Coach of the Year Awards -- and many of the players he coached in college have ...
The Jordan Rules
The Inside Story of One Turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
Sam Smith - Jan 01, 1993 (first published in 1992)
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Sam Smith’s seminal, New York Times bestselling “eye-opener” (The San Diego Union-Tribune) on Michael Jordan and the 1990-1991 Chicago Bulls team—perfect for fans of ESPN’s hit documentary series The Last Dance. This is the book that changed the way the world viewed Michael Jordan, while delivering nonstop excitement, tension, and thrills. The Jord...
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Larry Ellison
The Breaks of the Game
David Halberstam - Feb 17, 2009 (first published in 1981)
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"Among the best books ever written on professional basketball." The Philadelphia InquirerDavid Halberstam, best-selling author of THE FIFTIES and THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, turns his keen reporter's eye on the sport of basketball -- the players and the coaches, the long road trips, what happens on court, in front of television cameras, and off-cou...
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Chris Wesseling
The Last Shot
City Streets, Basketball Dreams
Darcy Frey - Mar 03, 2004 (first published in 1994)
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It ought to be just a game, but basketball on the playgrounds of Coney Island is much more than that — for many young men it represents their only hope of escape from a life of crime, poverty, and despair. In The Last Shot, Darcy Frey chronicles the aspirations of four of the neighborhood’s most promising players. What they have going for them is a...
Salt in His Shoes
Michael Jordan in Pursuit of a Dream
Deloris Jordan - Nov 01, 2003 (first published in 2000)
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Michael Jordan. The mere mention of the name conjures up visions of basketball played at its absolute best. But as a child, Michael almost gave up on his hoop dreams, all because he feared he'd never grow tall enough to play the game that would one day make him famous. That's when his mother and father stepped in and shared the invaluable lesson o...
Loose Balls
The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
Terry Pluto - Nov 06, 2007 (first published in 1990)
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What do Julius Erving, Larry Brown, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Slam Dunk Contest have in common? They all got their professional starts in the American Basketball Association.What do Julius Erving, Larry Brown, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs and the Slam Dunk Cont...
When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird
Dream Team by Jack McCallum
Stephen Curry by Anthony Curcio
Life Is Not an Accident by Jay Williams
The Gold Standard by Mike Krzyzewski
Pistol by Mark Kriegel
Sum It Up by Pat Head Summitt
The Winner Within by Pat Riley
The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin
Wooden by John Wooden
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Basketball by Shea Serrano
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
When Nothing Else Matters by Michael Leahy
Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew
Tuff Juice by Caron Butler
Slam Dunk! by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Coaching Basketball Successfully by Morgan Wootten
Coaching Basketball For Dummies by The National Alliance For Youth Sports
Basketball on Paper by Dean Oliver
A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein
Seven Seconds or Less by Jack McCallum
STAT by Amar'E Stoudemire
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Don't Put Me In, Coach by Mark Titus
Can I Keep My Jersey? by Paul Shirley
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala
The Fab Five by Mitch Albom
The Last Great Game by Gene Wojciechowski
Michael Jordan by Roland Lazenby
Showtime by Jeff Pearlman
Training Camp by Jon Gordon
InSideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
Wooden by Seth Davis
Basketball by Jackie MacMullan
Shoot Your Shot by Vernon Brundage Jr.
Nikki on the Line by Barbara Carroll Roberts
FreeDarko Presents by Bethlehem Shoals
B is for Baller by James Littlejohn
Legends by Howard Bryant
Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest by The Editors of Sports Illustrated
Basketball's Greatest Players by S. A. Kramer
Walk-On Warrior by John Willkom
How Lucky You Can Be by Buster Olney
The Rivalry by John Taylor
Bleeding Orange by Jim Boeheim
Hoop Queen by Marci Peschke
Fall River Dreams by Bill Reynolds
Basketball by Dean Smith
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
Nobody Wants to Play with a Ball Hog by Julie Gassman
Geno by Geno Auriemma
Point Guard Prank by Jake Maddox
Practical Modern Basketball by John R. Wooden
Tall Tales by Terry Pluto
Basketball Break by CC Joven
Five Fouls and You're Out! by Val Priebe
Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss
MVP #4 by David A. Kelly
Success Is the Only Option by John Calipari
The Carolina Way by Dean Smith
How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days by James Wilson
My Life On a Napkin by Rick Majerus
Elle of the Ball by Elena delle Donne
Golden by Marcus Thompson
The Final Four by Paul Volponi
Cam Jansen by David A. Adler
The Last Amateurs by John Feinstein
The Leadership Lessons of Gregg Popovich by Leadership Case Studies
Slam Dunk, Vol. 1 by Takehiko Inoue
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam
The Art of a Beautiful Game by Chris Ballard
Getting to Us by Seth Davis
Driven from Within by Michael Jordan
Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann
True Legend by Mike Lupica
Who Is Michael Jordan? by Kirsten Anderson
The Wizenard Series by Wesley King
You Win in the Locker Room First by Jon Gordon
Reach for the Summit by Pat Summitt
The Essential Wooden by John Wooden
LeBron James by Anthony Curcio
They Call Me Coach by John Wooden
The Legends Club by John Feinstein