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Eleven Rings
The Soul of Success
Phil Jackson - 2014-04-29
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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
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The Mamba Mentality
How I Play
Kobe Bryant - 2018-10-23
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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...
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The Book of Basketball
The NBA According to The Sports Guy
Bill Simmons - 2010-12-07 (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...
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The Jordan Rules
The Inside Story of One Turbulent Season with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
Sam Smith - 1993-01-01 (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
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The Breaks of the Game
David Halberstam - 2009-02-17 (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
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The Miracle of St. Anthony
A Season with Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty
Adrian Wojnarowski - 2006-01-19 (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...
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Loose Balls
The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association
Terry Pluto - 2007-11-06 (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...
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Zak Keefer
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Developing True Strength On and Off the Court
Jay Bilas - 2014-03-04 (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...
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Dream Team
How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
Jack McCallum - 2013-04-09
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They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers.   In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into ...
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Leading with the Heart
Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life
Mike Krzyzewski - 2001-03-01 (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 ...
Sum It Up by Pat Head Summitt
Stephen Curry by Anthony Curcio
Relentless by Tim S. Grover
The Last Shot by Darcy Frey
Pistol by Mark Kriegel
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden
When the Game Was Ours by Larry Bird
Pacific Rims by Rafe Bartholomew
Shoot Your Shot by Vernon Brundage Jr.
Life Is Not an Accident by Jay Williams
Legends by Howard Bryant
Coaching Basketball For Dummies by The National Alliance For Youth Sports
The Gold Standard by Mike Krzyzewski
Basketball on Paper by Dean Oliver
The Winner Within by Pat Riley
The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin
STAT by Amar'E Stoudemire
Wooden by John Wooden
Rebound by Kwame Alexander
Basketball by Shea Serrano
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
The Sixth Man by Andre Iguodala
When Nothing Else Matters by Michael Leahy
Basketball by Jackie MacMullan
Nikki on the Line by Barbara Carroll Roberts
B is for Baller by James Littlejohn
Tuff Juice by Caron Butler
Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest by The Editors of Sports Illustrated
Walk-On Warrior by John Willkom
Hoop Queen by Marci Peschke
Slam Dunk! by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
Tall Tales by Terry Pluto
Catch a Star by Tamika Catchings
Coaching Basketball Successfully by Morgan Wootten
A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein
How to Be Better At Basketball in 21 days by James Wilson
Golden by Marcus Thompson
Seven Seconds or Less by Jack McCallum
Basketball Break by CC Joven
Don't Put Me In, Coach by Mark Titus
My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Players First by John Calipari
Playing for Keeps by David Halberstam
The Fab Five by Mitch Albom
Driven from Within by Michael Jordan
The Last Great Game by Gene Wojciechowski
Who Is Michael Jordan? by Kirsten Anderson
Michael Jordan by Roland Lazenby
Showtime by Jeff Pearlman
InSideOut Coaching by Joe Ehrmann
Becoming Kareem by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Wooden by Seth Davis
Heaven Is a Playground by Rick Telander
FreeDarko Presents by Bethlehem Shoals
Stephen Curry by Clayton Geoffreys
Basketball's Greatest Players by S. A. Kramer
How Lucky You Can Be by Buster Olney
Pippa Park Raises Her Game by Erin Yun
The Last Pass by Gary M. Pomerantz
Hard Work by Tim Crothers
The Rivalry by John Taylor
Bleeding Orange by Jim Boeheim
Fall River Dreams by Bill Reynolds
Basketball by Dean Smith
A Whole New Ballgame by Phil Bildner
Let Me Tell You a Story by John Feinstein
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
Heir to a Dream by Pete Maravich
Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball by Keith Miniscalco
My First Book of Basketball by The Editors of Sports Illustrated Kids
NBA Coaches Playbook by National Basketball Coaches Association
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I Love Being the Enemy by Reggie Miller
Strong Inside by Andrew Maraniss
The Carolina Way by Dean Smith
Travel Team by Mike Lupica
Drive by Larry Bird
Last Shot by John Feinstein
Training Camp by Jon Gordon
Three-Ring Circus by Jeff Pearlman
The Ultimate Basketball Trivia Book by
Sacred Hoops by Phil Jackson
My Shot by Elena Delle Donne
The Final Four by Paul Volponi
Life on the Run by Bill Bradley