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Basketball (and Other Things): A Collection of Questions Asked, A...
by , Reggie Miller

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English

Pages

240

Publication Date

October 10, 2017

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<DIV><B>#1 <I>New York Times</I> bestseller</B><BR /><BR /> 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? <I>Basketball (and Other Things)</I> 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.</DIV>
This Book Has Balls: Sports Rants from the MVP of Talking Trash
by Michael Rapaport

Language

English

Pages

305

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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Michael Rapaport, actor, Top 50 podcaster, award-winning film maker, and sports fanatic, is here to set the world straight on the greatest and downright worst athletes, players, teams, and jerseys—while refusing to mention statistics, analytics, or anything else that isn’t pure hustle.<BR><BR>In 1979, nine-year-old Michael Rapaport decided he was going to do whatever it took to be a pro baller. He practiced and practiced, but by the time he was fifteen, he realized there was no place for a slow, white Jewish kid in the NBA. So he found another way to channel his obsession with sports: talking trash.<BR> <BR> In <i>This Book Has Balls</i>, Rapaport uses his signature smack-talk style and in-your-face humor to discuss everything from why LeBron will never be like Mike, that Tiger needs the ladies to get his golf game back, and how he once thought Mary Lou Retton was his true love. And, of course, why next year will be the year the New York Knicks win the championship. This book is a series of rants—some controversial, some affectionate, but all incredibly hilarious.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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Fore more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats—Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwayne Wade, and dozens more—and made them greater. Now, for the first time ever, he reveals what it takes to get those results, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire.<BR><BR>Direct, blunt, and brutally honest,<b> </b>Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In “The Relentless 13,” he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. <i>Relentless </i>shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack. Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients—“don’t think”—and shows you that anything is possible. Packed with previously untold stories and unparalleled insight into the psyches of the most successful and accomplished athletes of our time, <i>Relentless </i>shows you how even the best get better . . . and how you can too.
2017-18 NFHS Basketball Rules Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

178

Publication Date

September 18, 2017

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Contains the official rules for basketball and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
Golden Days: West's Lakers, Steph's Warriors, and the California ...
by Jack McCallum

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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<b>The bestselling author of <i>Dream Team</i> tells the interconnected stories of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors and the early-1970s Los Angeles Lakers, two extraordinary teams playing in extraordinary times and linked by one extraordinary man: Jerry West.</b><br /><br /> During their 1971–72 championship season, the L.A. Lakers won thirty-three games in a row, a streak that still stands as the longest and greatest in the history of American professional sports. It was a run of uninterrupted dominance that predated by decades the overwhelming firepower of today’s Warriors, a revolutionary team whose recent seasons include some record-threatening win streaks of their own.<br /><br /> In <i>Golden Days,</i> acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum uses these two teams—the Jerry West/Wilt Chamberlain/Elgin Baylor Lakers and the Stephen Curry/Kevin Durant/Draymond Green Warriors—to trace the dynamic history of the National Basketball Association, which for much of the last half-century has marched memorably through the state of California.<br /><br /> Tying together the two strands of McCallum’s story is Hall of Famer West, the ferociously competitive Laker guard who later became one of the key architects of the Warriors. With “the Logo” as his guide, McCallum takes us deep into the locker rooms and front offices of these two era-defining teams, leveraging the access and authority he has amassed over his forty-year career to create a picture of the cultural juggernaut that the NBA has become.<br /><br /> Featuring up-close-and-personal portraits of some of the biggest names in basketball history, from the larger-than-life Wilt Chamberlain to the innovative Warriors coach Steve Kerr to the transcendent duo of Curry and Durant<i>, Golden Days</i> is a history, not just of a changing sport, but a changing America, as seen through the prism of two teams that ruled the league during times of violence and political turmoil—the Charles Manson murders and the athlete-activist in the age of Trump among the narrative backdrops.<br /><br /> In the end, McCallum’s book leaves an indelible portrait of West, the man who lived, played, and worked through it all—and who remains, on the cusp of his eightieth birthday, one of the most vital, complicated, and compelling figures in all of sports.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>Golden Days</i></b><br /><br /> “With his classic eye for detail and deadpan wit, Jack McCallum connects two of the greatest teams in sports history through the endlessly fascinating persona of Jerry West. McCallum manages to unearth new details about some of the giants of the game, while shining a light on overlooked figures such as Elgin Baylor, delivering an original, fascinating, and breezy read.”<b>—Zach Lowe, senior writer, ESPN</b><br /><br /> “I spent some of the 2016–17 season working as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors, but even I didn’t know every detail of how this championship team came together. <i>Golden Days</i> breaks that all down and shows how the Warriors have revolutionized basketball.”<b>—Steve Nash, two-time MVP</b>
Game Face: A Lifetime of Hard-Earned Lessons On and Off the Baske...
by Bernard King

Language

English

Pages

340

Publication Date

November 07, 2017

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<b>A memoir by the NBA Hall of Fame player, active from 1977-1993 and widely regarded as one of the all-time great New York Knicks. </b><br /><br />NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King is one of the most dynamic scorers in basketball history. King was notoriously private as a player, and rarely spoke to the press-not about his career and never about his personal life. And even beyond his prolific scoring, King will forever be remembered for the gruesome knee injury he suffered in 1985. Doctors who told him he'd never play again were shocked when he not only became the first player to return to the NBA from a torn ACL, but returned at an All Star level. In <i>Game Face</i>, King finally opens up about his life on and off the court. In his book, King's basketball I.Q. is on full display as he breaks down defenses using his own unique system for taking shots from predetermined spots on the floor. King talks about matching up against some of the all-time NBA greats, from Michael Jordan, Julius Erving and Charles Barkley to Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing and many others. He also tackles issues of race and family off the court, as well as breaking a personal cycle of negativity and self-destructiveness with the help of his family. Engaging, shocking, revelatory, yet always positive and upbeat, Bernard King's memoir appeals to multiple generations of basketball fans.
The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland's Deliverance, and the Mak...
by Jason Lloyd

Language

English

Pages

304

Publication Date

October 24, 2017

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June 19, 2016: the greatest moment in Cleveland sports history, when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals and broke the Cleveland Curse. It was the triumph fans had been waiting fifty-two years for, and it wasn’t easy to get there—but thanks to LeBron James, an audacious plan to build a winning team, a couple of maverick GMs, and an incredible community of fans, it happened; and 2016 saw the birth of a new Cavaliers dynasty.<br /><br />But how did they get there? It was a roller-coaster ride from tragedy to triumph, one that Jason Lloyd, a longtime Northeast Ohio resident turned reporter for the <i>Akron Beacon Journal</i>, got to see firsthand. He was witness to the Blueprint, as he calls it, which the Cavs put together to win their star player back from Miami and build a team that could win the ultimate championship. It incorporated several losing seasons, some highrisk draft picks, and an entirely new understanding of how to build a championship team.<br /><br />The best part of the plan is that it worked, culminating in the most exciting Finals series in NBA history. And, most important, the end of the Cleveland Curse. Jason Lloyd, a true insider, tells the story of how the NBA really works, and how everyone—from the front office to the stars on the court to the new generation of coaches—worked together to create an unforgettable winning team. <i>The Blueprint</i> is an unputdownable, must-have book for every LeBron, Cavs, and NBA fan.
Betaball: How Silicon Valley and Science Built One of the Greates...
by Erik Malinowski

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English

Pages

401

Publication Date

October 03, 2017

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<div><b>The definitive, inside account of how the Golden State Warriors created a new kind of basketball juggernaut</b></div><div><b></b></div><div><b><br />"Buckle up for the sports book of the year." -- Don Van Natta Jr., ESPN investigative reporter, New York Times bestselling author, and Pulitzer Prize winner</b></div><div><b></b></div><br /><div><b>"Instructive r</b><b>eading for every coach and every player in every sport -- and fun, too." -- Kirkus Reviews</b></div><br /><div><b></b></div><div><i></i></div><div><div><b>"An insightful portrait of one of the all-time great NBA teams." -- Booklist</b></div><br /><div><b></b></div><div><i></i></div><div></div><div><b>"Malinowski describes the on-court action with humorous flair while also capturing the sophistication required to properly run a professional sports team." -- Publishers Weekly</b></div><br /><div><b></b></div><div><i></i></div><div></div><div><i>Moneyball</i> meets <i>The City Game</i> in this compelling look at how the world champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-generation science, and Silicon Valley's technocentric culture to not only produce the most talented basketball team ever assembled but revolutionize the modern NBA.</div><div> </div><div><i>Betaball</i> is the definitive, inside account of how the Warriors -- under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber -- quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever witnessed in sports or business. In just five years, the duo turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into the NBA's dominant force, facilitated the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry, produced the best single-season record in league history, and won two championships over a three-year span.</div><div> </div><div>Lacob and Guber (along with their executives, coaches, and players) did so by urging employees to speak out; encouraging cross-collaboration; investing in bold, new technologies; and never resisting the urge to innovate, no matter how successful they became. In the tech industry, the term for this development stage -- when your product isn't quite fully baked, so you're always in flux and open to change yet focused on the end-goal -- is "beta."</div><div> </div><div>By operating in "beta," the Warriors morphed into a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allowed all of their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line.</div><div> </div><div>With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.</div></div>
2017-18 NFHS Basketball Case Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

146

Publication Date

October 30, 2017

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Contains the official case plays for basketball and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
Unscripted: The Unpredictable Moments That Make Life Extraordinar...
by Ernie Jr. Johnson

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English

Pages

224

Publication Date

April 04, 2017

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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 <i>unscripted </i>moments you never anticipated. <BR><BR>In this heartfelt, gripping autobiography, the three-time Sports Emmy Award-winner and popular host of TNT's <i>Inside the NBA</i> 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--<i>Unscripted </i>is for all of these.

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