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The Show: The Inside Story of the Spectacular Los Angeles Lakers In The Words of Those Who Lived It
Roland Lazenby
0071430342
December 5, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
The love-'em-or-hate-'em Los Angeles Lakers and their 14 NBA championships may be the most overreported story in professional basketball, with countless books written about the team's flashy playing style and the notorious off-court activities of superstars like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. Lazenby, having written excellent books on current Lakers coach Phil Jackson and top Lakers player Kobe Bryant, possesses tremendous insight into the team, plus the trust of players and coaches, which helps him deliver this entertaining oral history. Fans—and detractors—of today's Lakers will devour the book's second half, which presents insights into the Kareem-Magic years, especially about the women and drugs readily available to NBA players. But Lazenby also presents how the...


Sole Provider: Thirty Years of NIKE Basketball
Robert Scoop Jackson
1576871614
November 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
Designed with Nike's trademark visually gripping graphics, Sole Provider: Thirty Years of NIKE Basketball is a collection of Nike hoop shoes and the subculture that surrounds them. Text by Slam magazine editor-at-large Robert "Scoop" Jackson, Sole Provider gives the inside story of NIKE Basketball - from its inception in 1972 to its incredible success as the basketball brand with over 60% market share. Featuring anecdotal facts and figures, inside interviews with NBA players, Nike footwear designers, musicians, and other pop-culture notables, Sole Provider showcases the historical context of the game with exclusive images from Nike's archives: posters, print advertisements, commercial stills, behind-the-scenes footage, NBA photos, and never-before-published images. Features spreads that illustrate the development...


The Rivalry
John Taylor
1400061148
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Taylor (The Count and the Confession) offers a vivid account of the fledgling days of the National Basketball Association and the intense competition between two of its biggest early stars: Bill Russell (of the Boston Celtics) and Wilt Chamberlain (of the Philadelphia 76ers). While both players were dominant men who anchored their respective teams, their personalities differed greatly. The quiet, reflective Russell turned a serendipitous showing in front of a scout into a legendary career largely through willpower and hard work, while the outgoing Chamberlain was a much more naturally gifted athlete whose skills drew attention and offers while he was barely a teenager. Taylor highlights this distinction, asking, "[C]ould determination trump talent?" Along with examining the physical and psychological battles...


Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul
Phil Jackson
0143035878
September 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Hoye, an established actor, is an unfortunate choice of narrator for this massive, detailed sports diary; prim, polished and melodramatic, his vocal stylings hardly match the audiobook’s sweat-soaked subject. The audio chronicles Jackson’s final season coaching the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2003–2004 season, which turned out to be heartbreaking for fans and players alike. Jackson’s replay begins when Gary Payton and Karl Malone join the team; shortly thereafter, news emerges of the rape allegation against star player Kobe Bryant. This story, coupled with the ongoing tension between the tough Jackson and the egocentric Bryant, tinctures the entire season, even though the team makes it to the playoffs. Jackson dismisses most of his players as prima donnas, and few of them come across as very...


How to Be Like Mike
Pat Williams
1558749551
Aug 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This motivational book uses Michael Jordan as a prime example of how to achieve one's dream career goals whether they are in the sports arena or in other fields. Each chapter focuses on one ingredient in the recipe for success. The elements are identified as effective concentration, a joyful love for one's work, unrelenting practice of one's skills, persistent determination to achieve, acceptance of personal responsibility for one's own actions, treating others with warmth and respect, etc. There are copious anecdotes about how the basketball star has smoothly blended them all into his life, but there are also quotes from a variety of people, including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Síren Kierkegaard, James Baldwin, Miles Davis, and Anthony Quinn. Jordan is portrayed as the most hardworking man...


Wilt, 1962 : The Night of 100 Points and the Dawn of a New Era
Gary M. Pomerantz
1400051606
April 26, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
On March 2, 1962, in a drafty, half-full, 8,000-seat arena in Hershey, Pa., Wilt Chamberlain (aka the Big Dipper) scored a stunning 100 points in a single game against the New York Knicks-a watershed moment for the fledgling NBA. Drawing on interviews he conducted with various team members, fans, journalists and referees, Pomerantz (Where Peachtree Meets Sweet Auburn) recreates this historic night in startling detail, bringing everyone from Chamberlain, to the Knicks' defensive player Darrall Imhoff, to the caustic journalist Jack Kiser to vivid life. For Pomerantz, Chamberlain and Imhoff "symbolized pro basketball's accelerating generational shift writ large: the agile black athlete, swift and strong, moving freely against a white opponent who, though young, earnest, and determined, seemed... a handsome blond...


Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
Phil Jackson
078688200X
November 1996
Paperback
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Book Review
An inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork from Chicago Bulls' head coach Phil Jackson. At the heart of the book is Jackson's philosophy of mindful basketball -- and his lifelong quest to bring enlightenment to the competitive world of professional sports, beginning with a focus on selfless team play rather than "winning through intimidation". Sacred Hoops is not just for sports fans, but for anyone interested in the potential of the human spirit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal
Considered a maverick for his unorthodox coaching methods, Jackson demonstrates how he adapts the precepts of Zen Buddhism, the ways of the Lakota Sioux, and other alternative styles to the task of coaching the National Basketball...


The Jordan Rules
Sam Smith
0671796666
January 1, 1993
Paperback
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Review
New York NewsdayAn engaging, sometimes cruelly funny behind-the-scenes look at the Bulls' tantrum-and doubt-filled but finally triumphant journey to the NBA title.
Chicago Sun-TimesThe Jordan Rules...might be the best sports book since Season on the Brink about Bob Knight.
NewsweekJordan boasts a wicked tongue, and not just when it's hanging out as he dunks....[He] manages to blurt out enough in Smith's book to reveal his own narcissistic, trash-talking, obsessively competitive side.
Associated PressThe Jordan Rules entertains throughout, but the most fun comes from just hanging out with the players. Smith takes us into the locker room, aboard the team plane and team bus, and seats us on the bench during games. Sometimes, books reflecting on a team's success don't reach the personal level with the people who...


More Than a Game
Phil Jackson
0743444116
Mar 2002
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
At first glance, this book is a strained synthesis. During the first half, storied NBA coach Jackson and CBA coach-turned-writer Rosen alternate chapters. Each details his upbringing, life in basketball and friendship with the other. Even though Jackson is the star here, he gives little attention to his years with the Bulls (covered in his earlier book Sacred Hoops). Later in the book, Jackson recounts, game by game, his championship first season with the previously undisciplined Lakers. It seems a somewhat perfunctory treatment of a surprising season, until the book's true (and higher) purpose slowly becomes clear: it is a magnificent tribute to Tex Winter's triangle offense, the perfect scheme. In describing their attempts to implement the triangle in the CBA, the authors illustrate its effectiveness, even its...


The Last Season: A Team In Search of Its Soul
Phil Jackson, Phil Jackson
1594200351
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Jackson’s chronicle of his final season as the coach of the Los Angeles Lakers moves as crisply as a well-executed fast break. Under his direction, the Lakers won three NBA titles, but failed to reach the championship round in 2003. Determined to make another run at the finals in the 2003–2004 season, the Lakers added Hall of Fame players Karl Malone and Gary Payton to a team that already featured superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. But instead of producing another ring, the Lakers were crushed in the finals by the Detroit Pistons. That the Lakers even reached the last round of the playoffs was a feat given the turmoil that surrounded the team (involving the animosity between Shaq and Bryant, and Bryant’s rape charge). Jackson briefly critiques the Lakers’ biggest games of the...


Official NBA Guide: Every Player, Every Stat 2005-2006
Sporting News (Editor)
0892047976
September 2005
Paperback
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The Sixth Man : A Season Inside the NBA Playground
Chris Palmer
1933060085
April 25, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
In this astonishingly intimate portrait of the 2004–2005 NBA season, ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Palmer steps inside the closely guarded inner circles of five NBA stars to reveal the soul of the modern athlete. Like a teammate without a jersey, he sets off on the ultimate road trip, exploring the spoils of wealth and fame with flashy champion Rip Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons, uncrowned superstar Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets, starryeyed rookie Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, charismatic utility man Damon Jones of the Miami Heat, and straight-laced veteran Elton Brand of the Los Angeles Clippers. By examining their lives on and off the court, Palmer reveals not only the private sides of the gods of the game -- Shaq, LeBron, Kobe -- but also the joys and fears, triumphs and failures inherent to...


Official NBA Register
Sporting News
0892047984
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Let Me Tell You a Story: A Lifetime in the Game
Red Auerbach
0316010723
October 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Every Tuesday for four years, Feinstein, the author of two of the bestselling sports books of all time, A Good Walk Spoiled and A Season on the Brink, played story collector, gathering tales for this, his 16th offering. During those four years, Feinstein lived for the Monday-night phone call that delivered five words to him every week: "Tuesday. Eleven o’clock. China Doll." Those words invited him to the most exclusive lunch club in sports, led by legendary Boston Celtics coach Auerbach and frequented by coaches, secret service agents, close friends and Auerbach relatives, as well as by anyone in D.C. lucky enough to receive an invitation. Between bites of Mu-Shu pork and chicken-fried rice, Auerbach and his crew chewed on subjects from politics to women’s basketball to today’s coaches, and...


Quotable Michael Jordan: Words of Wit, Wisdom, and Inspiration by and about Michael Jordan, Basketball's Greatest Superstar
Pat Williams
193124930X
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Jordan's quotability is incredible, as are the dozens of compelling anecdotes contained in this special keepsake.


Pete Maravich
Mike Towle
1581823746
Nov 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Pete Maravich might not have been the greatest basketball player of his generation, but he was unquestionably the most exciting and entertaining. A magician at handling or shooting the ball and the most prolific scorer in college basketball history, "Pistol Pete" was as recognizable as he was flashy. If the mop of brown hair and floppy gray socks didn’t give him away, the behind-the-back dribbling and between-the-legs passes did. Maravich first captured the nation’s attention while playing basketball for his father at Louisiana State University, averaging an incredible 44.2 points per game over three years and earning college player-of-the-year honors in 1970. He went on to play for ten years in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans Jazz, and Boston Celtics, garnering NBA First Team honors twice and...


Loose Balls
Terry Pluto
0671749218
December 15, 1991
Paperback
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Book Description
The American Basketball Association (1967-1976) gave birth to Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Bob Costas, the Indiana Pacers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Slam Dunk contest, flashy moves, and the three-point basket. During its nine seasons, the ABA generated scorn and laughter--and made a lasting impact on how the game is played. 24 pages of photographs.


Hoops
Walter Dean Myers
0440938848
March 1983
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Description
All eyes are on seventeen-year-old Lonnie Jackson while he practices with his team for a city-wide basketball Tournament of Champions. His coach, Cal, knows Lonnie has what it takes to be a pro-basketball player, but warns him about giving in to the pressure. Cal knows because he, too, once had the chance--but sold out.



As the Tournament nears, Lonnie learns that some heavy bettors want Cal to keep him on the bench so that the team will lose the championship. As the last seconds of the game tick away Lonnie and Cal must make a decision. Are they eilling to blow the chance of a lifetime?

Card catalog description
A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal,...


Basketball For Dummies
Digger Phelps
0764552481
January 2000
Paperback
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Book Review
Basketball for Dummies is another slam dunk in the Dummies series. Former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps begins with the fundamentals and quickly moves up court from there. By the final buzzer, you'll have pulled down pointers on how to play the game, how to look good on the court, how to coach it, how to watch it, how to strategize, and even how to talk trash on the playground. From H-O-R-S-E to Hoosier hysteria to the signature moves--Grant Hill's between-the-legs hesitation, Michael Jordan's fadaeway--of the greats of the NBA, Phelps has come up with a game plan that takes the game seriously, and teaches its nuances a helluva lot less painfully than running wind sprints between the foul lines.

Jeff Nix, Assistant Coach, New York Knicks
A must-have book for all...


Let Me Tell You a Story : A Lifetime in the Game
Red Auerbach, John Feinstein
0316738239
October 26, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Every Tuesday for four years, Feinstein, the author of two of the bestselling sports books of all time, A Good Walk Spoiled and A Season on the Brink, played story collector, gathering tales for this, his 16th offering. During those four years, Feinstein lived for the Monday-night phone call that delivered five words to him every week: "Tuesday. Eleven o’clock. China Doll." Those words invited him to the most exclusive lunch club in sports, led by legendary Boston Celtics coach Auerbach and frequented by coaches, secret service agents, close friends and Auerbach relatives, as well as by anyone in D.C. lucky enough to receive an invitation. Between bites of Mu-Shu pork and chicken-fried rice, Auerbach and his crew chewed on subjects from politics to women’s basketball to today’s coaches, and...


NBA's Greatest
John Hareas
0789499770
Nov 2003
Hardcover
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Book Description
Filled with over 300 action-packed photographs, this volume is a fascinating and in-depth look at basketball's greatest players, teams, coaches, and moments -- including great upsets, virtuoso performances, clutch shots, great duels, and greatest games. From Wilt Chamberlin's 100-point game to Michael Jordan's 1989 last-minute miracle shot against Cleveland, every stunning event in basketball history is included in this important book -- a must for any sports fan.

About the Author
Hall of Famer John Havlicek personified greatness as he helped lead the Boston Celtics to 8 NBA titles in 14 seasons. He is the Celtics all-time leading scorer.


Hoops
Walter Looss
0810959216
Nov 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
A four-decade-long NBA highlight reel as never before published-that's what hoops fans have in store when they open this spectacular full-color volume. Sports Illustrated veteran Walter Iooss has raided his unsurpassed personal archive and come up with 175 sensational color photographs of every decade from 1960 to the present, documenting the sport's electrifying athleticism, historic rivalries, and larger-than-life stars. Sportswriter Mark Jacobson, a self-described hoops junkie, contributes a witty, insightful commentary that is as much a mirror of social change in America as it is a venue for some of the greatest athletes of all time. Relive the 1960s, when Wilt Chamberlain and the Philadelphia Warriors battled Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics in $19 Converse sneakers; the 1970s, when Dr. J redefined gravity,...


Coaching Basketball Successfully
Morgan Wootten
0736047905
August 2003
Textbook Paperback
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Book Description
Guide to developing a high school basketball team and program. Shares experiences, teaching points, insights, instructions, and drills helpful in managing a program, team, and players on and off the court every season. Softcover. DLC: Basketball--Coaching.

Book Info
Guide to developing a high school basketball team and program. Shares experiences, teaching points, insights, instructions, and drills helpful in managing a program, team, and players on and off the court every season. Softcover. DLC: Basketball--Coaching.

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The Pivotal Season : How the 1971--72 Los Angeles Lakers Changed the NBA
Charley Rosen (Foreword), Phil Jackson
0312325096
February 1, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Now a basketball mecca, Los Angeles was once anything but. In the 1960s, the Lakers lost the NBA championship to Boston six times and again in 1970 to New York. By 1971, Laker fans had grown tired of being perennial bride's maids, so much so that, despite a star-studded lineup featuring Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich, the Lakers' first home game attendance was 2,500 short of capacity. It wasn't until well into "the streak," during which the Lakers won a record 33 straight games, that fans began paying closer attention. Rosen, a columnist for ESPN.com, writes, "The scoop around the league was that the Lakers' 1970-71 season had marked the team's last chance for glory....The Lakers were the over-the-hill gang and ready for the glue factory." And yet their new coach, Bill Sharman, "the best...


Values of the Game
Bill Bradley
0767904494
January 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
Forget for a moment the hype, the overmarketing, the exorbitant ticket prices and salaries, the bad behavior, and the greed. Instead, return to the simple basics of basketball: a court, a hoop, a ball, and a young shooter, sweating to make certain that no one is ever more prepared or confident when the game is on the line. Strip all else away, and you come to the core of the game. It's something of a sacred place for Bill Bradley, and after a decade in the NBA and three terms in the United States Senate, it's a place he revisits with real ardor and reverence in 10 gracefully illustrated essays that cohere into a marvelous reflection on essentials and values.

"The game is still full of joy and the lessons learned from it stay with you," he insists, "even though the game has changed, the old values still flow through it."...



The Punch: One Night, Two Lives, and the Fight That Changed Basketball Forever
John Feinstein
0316279722


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Book Review
In 1977, Rudy Tomjanovich and Kermit Washington became entwined in a single punch that would change not only their lives, but how professional basketball is played today. Because the punch dislodged Tomjanovich's skull and nearly destroyed both men's careers, the scuffle never settled as a dusty bit of NBA trivia. Instead, it nearly superseded both men's notable achievements. The history of that punch (it could not, by any standards, be considered a fight) and the fate of the two men are the subjects of John Feinstein's The Punch.

In the early days of the NBA, teams had their stars and their "enforcers." Enforcers such as Washington protected star players on the court with their willingness to mix it up. With concise prose, Feinstein reports on this era, following strings of trades, drafts, and personal relationships to...


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