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The Story Of The 1980s NBA Champions
by Dan Flaherty

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English

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Publication Date

March 23, 2017

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It was the time of Bird and Magic. It was the time of Dr. J at the outset and the Bad Boys at the end. It was a time when the Houston Rockets teased and fell and it was a decade-long feast for Showtime. It was the 1980s in the NBA.<br /><br />This blog compilation takes you into the season-long narrative of each year’s championship team. You’ll look at the key players from each team and then watch how their regular season narrative unfolded. Finally, you’ll read about each game in a playoff run that ended with champagne and the Larry O’Brien Trophy. You’ll read about the following…<br /><br />*The arrival of Magic Johnson was the lynchpin for a new era of Los Angeles Lakers basketball. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in place as the anchor, the Lakers immediately won a title in 1980. Watch them continue to come back throughout the 1980s, as Pat Riley replaced Paul Westhead on the bench, James Worthy replaced Jamaal Wilkes and Byron Scott took the spot of Norm Nixon. The beat just kept rolling on, with championships in 1982, 1985, 1987 and 19888.<br /><br />*Larry Bird came into the league at the same time as Magic and by Bird’s second season, he was the one with a ring. Bird joined forces with Tiny Archibald and Cornbread Maxwell, who later gave way to Danny Ainge, Dennis Johnson and Kevin McHale. With Larry Legend as the constant, the Celtics added 1984 and 1986 championships to their 1981 banner.<br /><br />*Julius Erving spent a long time knocking on the door. His Philadelphia 76ers were consistently among the league’s best, but following a disappointing Finals loss in 1977, they kept getting stopped—mostly by the Lakers and occasionally by the Celtics. Dr. J needed a big man to help him and he got one of the all-time greats in Moses Malone. The result was a championship in 1983.<br /><br />*By the end of the 1980s, there was a rising power in Detroit. Isiah Thomas was the best player, but more than other elite teams in this decade, the Pistons were about depth. They were also about physicality, earned the nickname “The Bad Boys” and they reveled in it. They challenged the Celtics and just missed in 1987. They reached the Finals in 1988, challenged the Lakers and just missed. In 1989, they brought the championship to the Motor City.<br /><br />The format of this book is that of a compilation of articles. Each one appears individually on TheSportsNotebook.com and has been edited for the compilation. Taken collectively, they tell the story of the 1980s NBA champions. <br />
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>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.<BR>  </div>
Little Lessons on Basketball Conditioning: A Research-based Guide...
by Helgi Gudfinnsson

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English

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March 22, 2017

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<b>Little Lessons on Basketball Conditioning</b> presents 43 short lessons, all based on scientific literature, so that basketball coaches can gain greater insight into basketball conditioning. With this book’s specialized instruction coaches can totally prepare their players more effectively. The book’s opening section addresses short history on basketball. The second section focuses on need analysis. A needs analysis will provide the information necessary for you to create an effective conditioning program. It will detail the most important abilities and skill areas that you specifically need to train and develop to strengthen your team’s basketball game. Section three focuses why we need to include agility and change of direction into our conditioning. The fourth section is where we dive into program design, the body’s physiological adaptations, and responses to our conditioning program. That knowledge will give you the ability to adjust different training variables, and protocols, to create different adaptations and responses in your players. It covers HIIT training variables, how the variables will affect the human body, and the particular adaptations that will result. When you have completed this section, you will be able to manipulate the variables to create effective workouts. The final section puts all the concepts into practice. It covers different training phases and when is the optimal time to incorporate them. By reading this book, you are giving yourself the gift of deeper insight into basketball conditioning so that you are fully equipped to lead people on rewarding fitness journeys.
Stephen Curry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Sharpes...
by Clayton Geoffreys

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English

Pages

194

Publication Date

April 10, 2014

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<h2>Learn the Incredible Story of the Golden State Warriors' Basketball Superstar Stephen Curry!</h2><br /><p><strong>Read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet or Kindle device!</strong></p><br /><p>An Amazon Best Seller, <i>Stephen Curry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Sharpest Shooters</i>, outlines the inspirational story of one of basketball's premier point guards, Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry has had an electrifying basketball career playing in the National Basketball Association. In this Stephen Curry biography, we will learn about how Steph became the star point guard that he is today. Starting first with his childhood and early life, we'll learn about Steph Curry prior to entering the NBA, his time in the NBA, along with his impact on the communities of Davidson College and Golden State. Steph Curry's success is not an accident.</p><br /><p>It is hard to believe that a player who once was overlooked at every point in his career has made himself such an impactful and influential player to the game of basketball today. </p><br /><p>Steph Curry has transformed the Golden State Warriors franchise from a lottery-bound team to a perennial contender, spearheading the Warriors to a 2015 NBA Championship over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Following an MVP season with extraordinary numbers early into the 2015-2016 NBA season, the future is bright for young Curry as he works to lead the Warriors to a back-to-back championship this year alongside his supporting cast of Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut.</p><br /><p><strong>Here is a preview of what is inside this book:</strong><br /></p><ul><br /><li>Early Life and Childhood</li><br /><li>High School Years of Steph Curry</li><br /><li>Steph's Davidson College Years</li><br /><li>Curry's NBA Career</li><br /><li>2009 NBA Draft</li><br /><li>Rookie Season</li><br /><li>Sophomore Season</li><br /><li>Injury-Plagued Third Year in NBA</li><br /><li>Rise to Stardom</li><br /><li>2013-14 Season</li><br /><li>Steph's Selection to the 2014 All-Star Game</li><br /><li>2014-15 Offseason and Early Season</li><br /><li>The 2015 All-Star Weekend</li><br /><li>Best Record in the NBA</li><br /><li>The MVP</li><br /><li>2015 NBA Playoffs</li><br /><li>2016 Season – Being the Best</li><br /><li>2016 NBA All-Star Weekend</li><br /><li>Looking Ahead in 2016</li><br /><li>Steph Curry's Personal Life</li><br /><li>Impact on Basketball and Beyond</li><br /><li>Steph Curry's Legacy</li><br /></ul><p></p><br /><p>An excerpt from the book:</p><br /><p><i>We were all taught that children inherit the genes of their parents. Their physical appearance and sometimes even their disease history becomes part of who we are. Most of the time, we also copy their attitudes and mannerisms. In the case of Wardell “Steph” Curry, one couldn’t help but wonder if he also inherited his NBA father Dell Curry’s shooting touch. An NBA pundit said that great shooters are not made, they are born. <br /> </i></p><br /><p><i>Fans of the league have been very privileged to watch some of the greatest shooters that ever played the game. From the likes of Pete Maravich, Larry Bird, former three-point record holder Reggie Miller, and the one who unseated him, Ray Allen, we have witnessed the greatest shooting displays on the planet. However, some scribes rate Steph Curry, even in the early stages of his career, as the greatest shooter in history. Although this is still debatable, some of Curry’s performances have backed up this somewhat outrageous statement, especially to loyal Miller or Allen fans. On February 27, 2013, Curry lit up Madison Square Garden, scoring a career-best 54 points, including 11 of 13 from deep. He also owns the league record for three-pointers made in a single season with 272, set during the 2012-13 season, breaking Allen’s record. <br /></i></p><br /><p>Tags: stephen curry bio, stephen curry basketball, steph curry draft, steph curry dad, davidson college, facts about stephen curry, sf warriors, stephanie curry, draymond green, dell curry, klay thompson</p>
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.
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<B>FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, LEGENDARY TRAINER TIM GROVER HAS TAKEN THE GREATS—MICHAEL JORDAN, KOBE BRYANT, DWYANE WADE, AND DOZENS MORE—AND MADE THEM GREATER. NOW, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, HE REVEALSWHAT IT TAKES TO GET THOSE RESULTS,SHOWING YOU HOW TO BE RELENTLESS ANDACHIEVE WHATEVER YOU DESIRE.</B> <BR><BR><B>DIRECT, BLUNT, AND BRUTALLY HONEST, </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.
Dean Smith: A Basketball Life
by Jeff Davis

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English

Pages

272

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

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<p>Former University of North Carolina men's basketball coach Dean Smith was one of the most successful coaches ever to hold a whistle. In his 36 years at North Carolina, his teams won a record 879 games. They also captured 17 conference championships and two NCAA championships, claimed 30 seasons with at least 20 wins, and made 11 Final Four appearances. Coach Smith developed 26 consensus All-Americans, five NBA rookies of the year (including the great Michael Jordan), and 25 first-round draft picks.</p><p>But Smith's basketball accomplishments tell only part of his story. You may not know that Smith worked to abolish the death penalty in North Carolina and openly supported gay rights. As a high school senior in 1949, five years before the Supreme Court's historic ruling in <i>Brown vs. Board of Education,</i> he pleaded in vain with officials to include African-American players on the school's basketball team. Sixteen years later, after completing his fourth season as the head coach at North Carolina, Smith ventured to New York City and came back to Chapel Hill with Charlie Scott, the most significant recruit of his tenure. Scott became the school's first African-American scholarship recipient. Smith had successfully integrated major college basketball in the South.</p><p>Smith passed away in February 2015, and <i>Dean Smith: A Basketball Life</i> takes stock of this extraordinary man whose ideas and philosophies have shaped the best of what college basketball has been and should aspire to be in the future. In this revealing biography, author Jeff Davis calls on the reminiscences of Coach Smith's closest friends and associates, former players, coaches, and rivals, and a wealth of secondary sources, to render a rich and vivid portrait of this towering figure of 20th-century American sports.</p>
Basketball is Jazz: Stories and Lessons From a Basketball Lifer
by David B. Thorpe

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English

Pages

285

Publication Date

February 28, 2017

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Harvey Penick wrote “The Little Red Book” to teach golf enthusiasts the world over, fans and players, the nuances of the game. He succeeded brilliantly, and in the process he inspired David Thorpe to do the same thing for the sport he has spent a lifetime coaching. Coach Thorpe, an ESPN NBA Analyst for the past ten years, has spent a lifetime coaching thousands of players the game of basketball, while mentoring hundreds of coaches, NBA executives, and even a few owners. He is credited with being the first “basketball skills trainer”, doing for players what golf and tennis pro’s have been doing for years. “BASKETBALL IS JAZZ: Stories and Lessons From a Basketball Lifer” is a glimpse inside how the game is best taught, played, coached, and enjoyed. Thorpe’s stories, about his NBA clients or his high school players from earlier in his career, will help the reader see the game better and appreciate it more. Parents looking for guidance will gain valuable insights into how they can better serve their children, just as coaches and players will learn better methods to improve their performances. And NBA fans will catch a long glimpse behind the curtain separating them from the players they love, seeing firsthand what these men do each day to make this incredibly difficult game look so easy to play.
Calisthenics for Beginners: 50 Bodyweight Exercises | The #1 Body...
by Pure Calisthenics

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English

Pages

186

Publication Date

November 07, 2016

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<h1>Calisthenics for Beginners: The #1 Bodyweight Training Starter Guide</h1><br /><h2>► On Sale + FREE Training Program for a Limited Time! ◄</h2><br /><b>Bored of the same old workout plan? Hit a brick wall in your progress? Want to SHOCK your body with something NEW? Keep reading!<br /></b><br />Welcome to the world's most effective training system. This is a beginner's guide to bodyweight exercises designed to get you to intermediate level FAST. Let's take a closer look.<br /><br /><h2>The #1 Starter Guide</h2><br />When we say we're #1 we really mean it! This is the most complete calisthenics starter guide available today. Here's a sneak peak of what's inside:<br /><br /><ul><li>How calisthenics works</li><li>What calisthenics can do for YOU</li><li>50+ bodyweight exercises you can learn + photo demonstrations</li><li>Expert advice on sets, reps and form</li><li>Nutritional advice to maximize your results</li><li>Guide to warming up and preparing for calisthenics</li><li>Core lessons in flexibility</li><li>Cardio and conditioning drills to blast body fat and get shredded</li><li>How to transition from beginner > intermediate level FAST</li></ul><h2>Every Exercise Explained with HD Photos</h2><br />Calisthenics experts break down every exercise into simple to follow steps with tutorial pictures. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!<br /><br />Also included are precise recommendations for numbers of sets, reps and hold times for every exercise. It's like having a personal trainer in your pocket!<br /><br /><h2>Packed with EPIC Extras</h2><br />When you purchase this book you will receive our calisthenics bumper pack to help you on your journey. Here's what's inside:<br /><br /><b>BONUS #1<br /></b><br />Get your very own beginners bodyweight training program FREE with this book! Features a full week of exercises to help you master the fundamentals of calisthenics.<br /><br /><b>BONUS #2<br /></b><br />Get our exclusive 'Six Pack Secrets' guide FREE with this book to help you build a rock solid core in double quick time!<br /><br /><b>BONUS #3<br /></b><br />Free expert calisthenics advice and support! Inside this book is your invitation to join our community and mix it with the pros.<br /><br /><h2>Start the Road to SUPERHUMAN Today!</h2><br />There is simply no better way to build a superhuman body than with calisthenics. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get started!<br /><br /><b>Download now and read on your kindle, tablet, smartphone or computer.<br /></b><br />Tags: calisthenics, calisthenics for beginners, bodyweight exercises, calisthenics routines, calisthenics workout, calisthenics book, calisthenics exercises<br /><br />
Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
by Phil Jackson

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English

Pages

242

Publication Date

October 09, 2012

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<strong>With a new introduction, Phil Jackson's modern classic of motivation, teamwork, and Zen insight is updated for a whole new readership</strong><br /><br /><em>"Not only is there more to life than basketball, there's a lot more to basketball than basketball."</em> --Phil Jackson<br /><br />Eleven years ago, when Phil Jackson first wrote these words in <em>Sacred Hoops</em>, he was the triumphant head coach of the Chicago Bulls, known for his Zen approach to the game. He hadnt yet moved to the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he would bring his total to an astounding nine NBA titles. In his thought-provoking memoir, he revealed how he directs his players to act with a clear mind--not thinking, just doing; to respect the enemy and be aggressive without anger or violence; to live in the moment and stay calmly focused in the midst of chaos; to put the "me" in service of the "we"--all lessons applicable to any person's life, not just a professional basketball player's. This inspiring book went on to sell more than 400,000 copies.<br /><br />In his new introduction, Jackson explains how the concepts in <em>Sacred Hoops</em> are relevant to the issues facing his current team--and today's reader.

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