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1. Lute!: The Seasons of My Life
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2. Driven from Within
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3. Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons
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4. My Losing Season
5. For the Love of the Game : My
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6. My Losing Season
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7. They Call Me Coach
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8. Maravich
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9. Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey
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10. Trial by Basketball: The Life
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11. Knight: My Story
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12. Allen Iverson: Fear no One
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13. David Thompson: Skywalker
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14. The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt
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15. Glory Road: My Story of the 1966
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16. The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas
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17. The Vern Mikkelsen Story
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18. I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It
19. Larry Legend
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20. Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich

1. Lute!: The Seasons of My Life
by Thomas Dunne Books
Hardcover (03 October, 2006)
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Subjects:  1. Basketball - General    2. Basketball coaches    3. Biography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Olson, Lute    6. Personal Memoirs    7. Sports    8. Sports & Recreation    9. Sports - Basketball    10. United States    11. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


2. Driven from Within
by Atria
Hardcover (24 October, 2005)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Too much detail about the design of his shoe.
BUT, if you take anything out of this book, it's the fact that Jordan works harder than his peers, whether it was basketball or business.His inner drive and desire to succeed and give it his all is what I took away from the book.I would skim the parts on shoe design and focus mainly on his words and advice, especially on work ethic.
4-0 out of 5 stars DRIVEN FROM WITHIN
THIS WAS A GIFT.RECEIPIENT WAS SATISFIED.HE IS A 19 YEAR OLD INTO SPORTS AND MICHAEL JORDAN IS SOMEONE WHO HE ADMIRES AND WOULD RECOMMEND TO OTHERS.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Michael Jordan Book!!!
I am a big fan of basketball as well as Michael Jordan and this book is just awesome! It gives a very good description of Michael Jordan's life, and how his life is put into his shoes.
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Subjects:  1. 1963-    2. Basketball    3. Basketball players    4. Biography    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. Jordan, Michael,    9. Photoessays & Documentaries    10. Rich & Famous    11. Sports - Basketball    12. Sports - General    13. United States    14. Biography & Autobiography / General   


3. Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
by Hyperion
Paperback (07 November, 1996)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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An inside look at the higher wisdom of teamwork from Chicago Bulls' head coach Phil Jackson.At the heart of the book is Jackson'sphilosophy 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".Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Not just for basketball fans
As a yoga instructor and athletic trainer who works with professional athletes, I wish I had found this book sooner. I just read it and plan to reread it again. Amazing. Absolutely thought-provoking.You'll find yourself thinking about this one in the shower, just contemplating Phil's wisdom and how you can apply it to your own life. Anyone considering or presently on a path to spirituality and self awareness--no basketball interest or experience required--should read this book. If you want to gain a better understanding of the value of staying present in the moment, I urge you to pick up this book and let Phil Jackson enlighten you. If I ever decide to lead yoga teacher trainings in the future, this will be required reading! --Dana Edison, author and creator of "Dana Edison's Yoga Is Not One Size Fits All Custom Practice Journal" and audio instruction series.

5-0 out of 5 stars It brought me peace.
When I was going through a very hard time in my life, my boxing trainer recommended I read this book.I'm not a basketball fan and am not normally into self-help books either.Phil Jackson takes the reader down a spiritual road that overlaps with his career as a professional basketball coach.I've found some of his techniques and philosophies have brought great mental peace to me, while the stories of the professional sports business were interesting and entertaining.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brutally honest
If you like a teaspoon of New Age mumbo jumbo combined with a mustachioed author's psycho-babble, I suggest you check out Star Jones new book. Phil Jackson has had greatness thrust upon him. Michael Jordan, Stacey King, Kobe Bryant, and Shaq are the reason we know his name. Not his Jerry Garcia, Phoenix University degree, dimestore analysis of the spiritual side of coaching and people management. Make him the coach of the Trailblazers and see how great he is. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Basketball - General    2. Basketball coaches    3. Biography    4. Biography / Autobiography    5. Biography/Autobiography    6. Chicago Bulls (Basketball team)    7. Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Spirituality    8. General    9. Jackson, Phil    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Sports - Basketball    12. United States    13. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


4. My Losing Season
by The Dial Press
Paperback (26 August, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars My Losing Season is no loser...
Okay, I admit it, I'm not a big basketball fan. Still,I would read anything Pat Conroy penned--including the owner's manual to my DVD player. My Losing Season shows a more mature author reminicsing about a magical time in a young man's life. Not magical because it was perfect, but because it wasn't. Conroy's writing is not only about college ball, it reflects all that life offers in a clearer, deeper stye and tone than in his previous novels. Conroy's work resonates more than ever.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wisdom for Writers in My Losing Season
There are many reasons why people write. It's cathartic, for one. You can get off your chest whatever's been eating at you. You can be the hand of justice and dish out rewards and penalties like the gods of ancient Greece. Some people write simply to tell a good story. They have imaginations that cannot stop. There are stories in their heads, relentless, begging to get out. And then others write because they have learned something, and they have something to say. They have wisdom that can only truly be learned the hard way, through painful experience.
5-0 out of 5 stars My favorite read this year
Maybe even my favorite read ever. This book was a pleasant surprise to me even with my wife's endorsement. She thought I would like it because she did and she couldn't even follow the details of the many basketball games that the author describes. Having played some basketball, I was captivated by Pat Conroy's account of his games and I found myself re-reading some of those passages. This is one of those books that make you feel that you are sharing some of the same feelings that the author is feeling- the joy of winning, the disappointment of losing, and the fear of his father's reactions.
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Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Basketball    3. Basketball - College    4. Basketball players    5. Biography    6. Biography & Autobiography    7. Biography / Autobiography    8. Biography/Autobiography    9. Charleston    10. College sports    11. Conroy, Pat - Prose & Criticism    12. Literary    13. Novelists, American    14. Personal Memoirs    15. South Carolina    16. Sports - Basketball    17. Sports - General    18. Sports & Recreation / General   


5. For the Love of the Game : My Story
by Crown
Hardcover (27 October, 1998)
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Isbn: 0609602063
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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It's not easy imagining a volume capable of capturing the grace, the joy, the flamboyance, and the wizardry of Michael Jordan, but this hybrid--melding autobiography, celebration, spectacular photography, and cutting-edge graphics--comes awfully close. Like Jordan driving the lane, it's a thing of beauty; harder to analyze than it is to admire, accept, gaze at, and enjoy.Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars For the Love of the Game
This book tells about Micjaels jordans life all the way from his college life in north Carolina to the nab playing on the Bulls. He led them to 6 nab championships. Then he went on to win the gold in the summer olympics. He is the best!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars For The Love Of The Game : My Story
In the book For The Love Of The Game. One thing that I learned about this book is that you should never give up and always keep on trying. Even if you are not good at something at first then you should not give up and keep on trying untill you get good at the thing. And that you should not just stick with one thing but, try other things. You might be good at it. And that things just do not come to you, you have to work at it. That is what I learned about the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Stats and Pics
The book is full of great photos. I especially liked the one of Jordan and Dr. J! It also has great statistics from Michael Jordan's career. The layout is very different. I did not like it all that much. I was also a little disappointed that we did not really get to see more of the real Jordan. For a brief moment, we saw his humanity when he wrote about his father. Briefly, he mentioned his family. But mostly, he wrote about himself on the court. I guess I was hoping for more humility from this superstar. I believe he has it in him but the book doesn't show it. He certainly has much to brag about, but I thought he always let his bragging be seen through his play on the court. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1963-    2. Basketball    3. Basketball - General    4. Basketball players    5. Biography    6. Biography & Autobiography    7. Biography / Autobiography    8. Biography/Autobiography    9. Jordan, Michael,    10. People of Color    11. Sports - Basketball    12. Sports - General    13. United States    14. Biography & Autobiography / Sports    15. Biography: sport    16. Jordan, Michael   


6. My Losing Season
by Nan A. Talese
Hardcover (15 October, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Memoir
Conroy's fiction has always been a biography of sorts (Great Santini in particular) but I think his choice to chronicle his life through his final basketball season at the Citadel was brilliant.It brings together all the elements of his fictional life that we have come to love and respect:His overbearing father, the south in the 1950s and 1960s, and the one character common to all his books: Sports.
1-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, overrated
As a memoir of a relatively prolific and popular author, this book is a very disappointing.Ardent fans of Pat Conroy obviously love this book, but then again, they love everything with his name on it irrespective of content (a cook book?)Conroy revisits his early experiences that provided the repetivive themes in his fiction as psuedo-non-fiction.(The dialogue in the book reads more like fiction, and it is simply not credible that he could recount exact conversations from childhood to college.)He gives the reader minimal insight into his experience as a writer.Rather, the book reads like an exercise in self-therapy that does explore his well known issues rather deeply (although losing is not one of them.)Conroy may have provided all that he can in terms of describing his process and how he approaches his craft.If that is the case, then this book should serve as inspiration for aspiring writers.Publishing fiction is not necessarily about literary excellence.It's a business.
5-0 out of 5 stars Another 3 Pointer For Pat
Pat Conroy is a national tresure. His writing is sublime, he is one of the few writers who can capably place the reader into almost any situation and paint such a realistic portrait that the reader feels he is actually there.
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Subjects:  1. 20th century    2. Basketball players    3. Biography    4. Biography & Autobiography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Biography/Autobiography    7. Charleston    8. Childhood and youth    9. College sports    10. Conroy, Pat    11. Conroy, Pat - Prose & Criticism    12. Literary    13. Novelists, American    14. Personal Memoirs    15. South Carolina    16. Sports - Basketball    17. Biography & Autobiography / Literary   


7. They Call Me Coach
by McGraw-Hill
Paperback (26 September, 2003)
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Sales Rank: 11768
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great advice from a Greater man
You can't miss with Wooden's thoughts, words and advice.If you're coaching yong people, he hits home lessons that every player and coach should know and understand.Even if you're just a parent or someone's business supervisor, read this book to learn how to better deal with and motivate those who rely on you for leadership.Don't let the coach down and pass these wonerful skills on to the next generation.Wooden's vision will live long past his coaching days.Find out all about it right here.
4-0 out of 5 stars A good text for leadership
I purchased this book as part of a Ph.D. level class as a lesson in leadership.Coach Wooden shows his ability to lead and educate through his expertise in the fundamentals and the basics.He demonstrates his ability to change tactics and styles with different individuals, which is essential in good,effective leaders.I would recommend this book on several levels.At face value, it is an exceptional story about an exceptional coach and man.At a deeper level, I think it portrays a good example of how to lead and and how to set an example for those you are trying to lead.

5-0 out of 5 stars Of Broad Value
I coach volleyball and am not even particularly fond of basketball, but I found this book to be incredibly worth reading.Wooden may have coached athletics, but the lessons he shares from his own experiences trancend sports and touch on any undertaking.This book will be a permanent fixture in my library. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. Basketball    2. Basketball - College    3. Basketball - General    4. Basketball coaches    5. Biography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Coaching    8. Sports    9. Sports & Recreation    10. Sports - Basketball    11. United States    12. University of California, Los    13. Wooden, John R    14. Biography: sport    15. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


8. Maravich
by SportClassic Books
Hardcover (15 October, 2006)
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9. Paddy on the Hardwood: A Journey in Irish Hoops
by University of New Mexico Press
Hardcover (16 August, 2006)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Paddy's Magic
All good writers have a story to tell. Rus Bradburd does just that and brings you with him on this journey to Ireland.It is here that a universal story unfolds as you meet the people of Tralee, and where Bradburd has come to a crossroads in his own life:career, music, writing and a special romance.
5-0 out of 5 stars A Journey Worth Accompaniment
The book is an engaging, compelling, highly readable account full of the sights and sounds of Tralee, Ireland. Bradburd decides to leave his well-paying jobs as a college basketball coach in the U.S., for the relative obscurity and monetary scraps as a head coach in the Irish Super League.
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10. Trial by Basketball: The Life and Times of Tex Winter
by Addax
Hardcover (25 March, 2002)
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5-0 out of 5 stars A Winner!
Bender's succinct, edgy style carries the reader through Winter's life while racing down the court with Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, and other NBA giants.Bender tells it like it was--no holds barred. Winter'scoaching philosophy of discipline, hard work, fairness and individualintergrity comes alive as we watch him lead individual players to becomenot only the best players they can be, but also the best men that they canbe.Bender brings basketball personalities to life as we watch themstruggle to learn Winter's famous "triangle offence" and tobalance their individual desires for achievement and glory with Winter'semphasis on the ultimate good of the whole team.5-0 out of 5 stars MY LATE NIGHT REVIEW, AFTER EXPERIENCING TRIANGLE FEVER!
Trial by Basketball is the Slaughterhouse Five sports book. It's a fascinating history into Laker coach Tex Winters rise from garage band gymnasium roots, college sucess, the amazing Bull Run to current Los Angeles Laker status.As a Long Beach State 49er booster and renewed Laker backer, I recommend TRIAL strongly to fans from N.Y. to L.A.The authors unique style is a keenly accurate flashback account of Tex Winters classic career with insights into the world of sports and life as it is!A humorously intriguing One of A Kind Biography.The book equally satisfies the golden age Wilt Chamberlain transition era as well as the Rodman, Kobe X'er generation.ONCE YOUR IN TO IT, YOU CAN'T GET OUT OF IT--- MARK BENDER CLEANLY RUNS THE TABLE!------------------------ Linda Fallico-Coto De Caza, Ca.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must Read for Triangle Offense and Tex Winter Fans
I started the book on Friday and finished it on Saturday (a real page turner).Bender does an outstanding job covering Tex Winter's Life up to and including his joining the LA Lakers in 99. The book covers the life of a 78 year oldbasketball guru (the Master of the Triangle Offense) and spans his 50+coaching years at the college and professional level.
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Subjects:  1. 1922-    2. Basketball - General    3. Basketball coaches    4. Biography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. Sports    7. Sports & Recreation    8. Sports - Basketball    9. United States    10. Winter, Tex,    11. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


11. Knight: My Story
by St. Martin's Griffin
Paperback (01 March, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Indiana Basketball at its Finest
Coach Bob Knight is a colorful figure who ranks among the all- time greats in college basketball. Known by many people all over the nation for his outspoken personality and occasional temper tantrums, Knight has taken advantage of his skill at playing, recruiting, and coaching to reach the apex of his profession at every level through and including college.
1-0 out of 5 stars only for knights when you can't sleep
With Coach Knight's long-time antipathy toward writers, often commenting how simple their job is compared to coaching, he left himself wide-open for criticism with his autobiography. Unfortunately, it reminds me of waking up a hibernating bear and jotting down his every yawn and gripe. A few moments of insight amid the tedium.

5-0 out of 5 stars America, America, God shed His grace on thee
I truly believe there is only one way to judge a college basketball coach.League titles, NCAA appearances, total wins, Final Fours and National Championships are the norm in measuring success.And, of course, prowess in these areas will secure the legacy of anyone.However, the way I quantify coaching greatness is much more important than wins and losses.It's something you can't tangibly gauge.Simply stated, it's the relationships he or she cultivates with players.And the loyalty they show after they graduate.
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Subjects:  1. Basketball    2. Basketball - General    3. Basketball coaches    4. Biography    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. Coaching    9. Knight, Bobby    10. Personal Memoirs    11. Sports - Basketball    12. Sports - General    13. United States    14. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


12. Allen Iverson: Fear no One
by Pocket
Mass Market Paperback (02 October, 2001)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Allen Iverson Fears No One
This is a book a bout a young man who is born into poverty but overcomes all challenges he is faced with. Allen practices all his life and is able to make it to the NBA.This book is great because it tells you about alot of basketball games that Allen played in. The author really gets you into the game it feels like you are in the fans watching the game. There was nothing about this book that I didnt like. A part that I really liked was when Allen said "This was a perfect ending to a day" I liked it because i could get excactly what he was saying. If you love basketball you should get this book as soon as possible!

4-0 out of 5 stars Allen Iverson: The Feared One
If you like sports books then this is the book for you.The book about Allen Iverson tells about a young man who grew up in the flums.He became a great basketball player,and retires and has a great life and family.This book attracted me because there was tons of basketball, and it's always interesting to find out about someone's life from when they grew up in a tough neighborhood. One thing that i didnt like about this book was that it talked to much about his college carrier instead of his more interesting pro carrier. Allen Iverson was obviously my favorite character because of what he had to go through in his though neighborhood with all that violence and drugs and how he stayed away from it and became one of the NBA's greatest players.My favorite line was when Iverson said "This is a great ending to a day!" He said that after he hit the winning buzzer beating shot on page 132. It just made me feel good inside because you know that anything could happen.If you like basketball then you will love this book!One question i have is that why did he do some of those foolish things as a child?I recomend this book to everyone because it teaches that if you try your hardest you can suceed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Allen Iverson Fear no One
This story is about a famous basketball player named Allen Iverson. He was born in Virginia Hampton. He lived in a bad neighborhood where people sold drugs and killed people for no reason.Iverson had two sisters.He was the oldest one. he went to Georgetown when he was in college and was a point guard. In college he was the mvp on his team and is the mvp on his team right now in the NBA.Allen Iverson plays for the Philidelphia Sixers.In the 2001-2002 Allstar game Iverson was the mvp.He led his team to the playoffs and then to the championship to play against the L.a. Lakers who was number one on the western cenference.Although the Sixers lost the championship Allen Iverson and the other players on the Sixers Played a heck of a game.The Lakers were impressed to see how good Allen Iverson was and how a little man like Iverson played with sush a big heart. Even though the Sixers had a chance to win the championship in a long time they still kept there head up and waited until next year.I recomend this book people who like Allen Iverson. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. African Americans    2. Basketball - General    3. Basketball players    4. Biography    5. Biography & Autobiography    6. Biography / Autobiography    7. Biography/Autobiography    8. Juvenile literature    9. People of Color    10. Sports - Basketball    11. Sports - General    12. United States    13. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


13. David Thompson: Skywalker
by Sports Publishing
Hardcover (01 September, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars Skywalker soars
David Thompson was a great basketball player in college and had a great start in his pro career.Unfortunately, David gave in to the lure of drugs and his career and life suffered.Somehow, through his belief in God and his love of family, David was able to eventually overcome his demons.His rebound was too late for his basketball career, but not too late to save his marriage.
5-0 out of 5 stars David Thompson: Skywalker
Enjoyed this look into the life of David Thompson, both the good, the bad the really bad and the good again. The chapter recalling the 1974 NC State/UCLA semi-final game was so detailed, it was like watching it all over again. Additionally, the book did not shy away from the dark side of David Thompson's life and although he may have not fulfilled his full professional basketball potential, it is gratifying to see his life is now at peace. Not just for hoops fans, but hoops fans will throughly enjoy !

4-0 out of 5 stars Skywalker comes down-to-earth...
The essence of David Thompson's impact on the NBA and it's fans is captured in the following memory...a playoff game in 1980 with Thompson's Denver Nuggets playing the Seattle Supersonics in the Seattle Kingdome...the game was in it's closing minutes and the outcome was no longer in doubt (Seattle had the game well in hand). Most TV viewers (especially those of us on the East Coast) had already undoubtedly turned off the TV, but I noticed that DT was still in the game. Telling myself to keep watching as Thompson may do something memorable, I kept my attention focused until with about 30 seconds remaining, DT had the ball at the top of the key. Faking left and driving right, he took off from just inside the dotted circle...cuffing the ball in his right hand (at 6' 4" his hands were too small to palm the ball), he sailed in and threw down a one-handed windmill tomahawk slam over two amazed Sonics that brought me and the remaining crowd in the Kingdome to it's feet. My mission then complete, I felt it was safe to then turn off the TV and go to bed.
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14. The Rivalry: Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, and the Golden Age of Basketball
by Random House
Hardcover (11 October, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars The Rivalry's Got Game
No two players in NBA history better epitomize the dichotomy between individual excellence and a willingness to blend their talent for the collective success of the team than William Felton Russell and Norman Wilton Chamberlain.
5-0 out of 5 stars good for anyone who enjoys nonfiction or basketball
A lot of times, these nonfiction books about games and scores and statistics and so on are packed full of information but are dense and not very compelling. John Taylor, however, does an excellent job of presenting a ton of information in a fun and interesting way. The book is easy and entertaining to read, and you'll probably learn a lot about Russell, Chamberlain, and the period during which they played basketball. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys well-written nonfiction, whether or not he is a basketball fan.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great topic-poorly written
The Chamberlain-Russell "rivalry" is one of the more interesting stories in sport history over the past 40 years, which makes just about any account of it at least halfway intersting. Unfortunately, this book is just that-halfway interesting. It seems as if the author doesn't really understand basketball, and in many places the book reads like a sports bio written for adolescents. His use of supposed direct quotes is laughable, and the sources are poorly documented. ... Read more

Subjects:  1. 1934-    2. 1936-    3. 20th century    4. Basketball    5. Basketball - General    6. Basketball - Professional    7. Basketball players    8. Biography    9. Biography / Autobiography    10. Chamberlain, Wilt,    11. History    12. Russell, Bill,    13. Sports    14. Sports & Recreation    15. Sports - Basketball    16. Sports rivalries    17. United States    18. Sports & Recreation / Basketball   


15. Glory Road: My Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Championship and How One Team Triumphed Against the Odds
by Hyperion
Paperback (30 November, 2005)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Glory Road
I had great service arrived just in time for fathers day and my father went to UTEP during the duration of the book so it made for a great fathers day present and the service from amazon was awsome thanks alot amazon.

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5-0 out of 5 stars At a bar in El Paso
Don Haskins recalls his coaching days with Texas Western/UTEP as if he were having a conversation with you at a local bar in El Paso. Though Haskins is very modest (almost to a point of lying), Dan Wetzel keeps the man and his story in perspective. ... Read more

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16. The Wizard of Odds: How Jack Molinas Nearly Destroyed the Game of Basketball
by Seven Stories Press
Paperback (January, 2003)
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4-0 out of 5 stars A cautionary tale of misused talents.....
Besides being well over six feet tall, Jack Molinas stood above the basketball competition he faced in other ways. His I.Q. was a whopping 175 and he used his native itelligence and skills on the court to fix college games for Columbia during the 50's. Later on, he was suspended from the N.B.A in his rookie season for working the same scams there. The culmination came with the basketball scandals of the early 60's and his arrest and subsequent five-year prison sentence. After leaving the 'big house' he turned his talents to upholding the law by becoming a renowned lawyer. He had spent his life manipulating and lying to people so it seemed a natural fit that he eventually moved to California with a girl friend and became a porn producer. Ultimately, his mob ties from his fix days and shady connections caught up with him however. Apparently, he had welshed on sports bets to bookies connected with La Cosa Nostra. Obviously, a very dumb thing to do for someone gifted with his level of intelligence. He was shot by unknown assailents in his home in 1974. Clearly, out of all the people he cheated in his life, the author of this book makes very clear that the person he ultimately short-changed the most was himself.

2-0 out of 5 stars BORING
This is probly the most boring book I have ever read. I have read alot of basketball books and by far this is one of the worst. It seemed interesting so I bought it. Then it started out all right but by page 100 I could not keep reading it I just lost interest. I would not reccomend this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars A terrific read.
Once I started this book, I could not put it down.Jack was a person with a great deal of athletic and intellectual talent.However, I thought he blurred the line between life and the game of basketball.Read more

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17. The Vern Mikkelsen Story
by Nodin Press
Hardcover (30 September, 2006)
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18. I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It
by Random House Trade Paperbacks
Paperback (14 October, 2003)
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3-0 out of 5 stars A little more Charles, please, and a little less editing
You never know what to expect when you tune in to Charles Barkley or begin reading one of his books, but it's safe to assume that it's going to be interesting and most likely controversial.This book lives up to those expectations.In it, Barkley covers a wide range of topics, many dealing with race or race relations in one way or another, and mostly in a sports setting.
5-0 out of 5 stars I May Be Wrongbut I Doubt It
After being born in a poor Atlanta neighborhood, former NBA star, Charles Barkley shows the reader how a little hope can go a long way. Barkley begins his story growing up and playing basketball in Atlanta; his basketball skills got him a scholarship to the University of Auburn. Fortunately, Charles's mother lived near Auburn and tried to go to all of his games. As you can see, the bond between him and his mother was very strong. After years in Auburn, Charles was then drafted to the Phoenix Suns; from then on he became one of the most renowned basketball players ever. He was traded to the Houston Rockets and retired, being known as one of the best in the NBA. TNT offers Charles as a job as a studio analysis. The question on everyone's lips now is "what will Barkley do next?"
5-0 out of 5 stars This book is so.....Charles
Charles Barkely is truly one of a kind.Most people eather love Charles, or hate Charles.I can't get enough of the man.He is an honest man, who will not hesitate to speak his mind.I admire that about him.
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19. Larry Legend
by Masters Pr
Hardcover (September, 1998)
list price: $23.00
Isbn: 1570282358
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Even without his masterful debut as coach of the 1997-1998 Indiana Pacers, Larry Bird's brilliant, gutsy career with the Boston Celtics--three NBA championship rings and a trio of Most Valuable Player trophies--cries out for celebration and reassessment. He was a dominant player, a thinking player who controlled the game as much with his leadership as his keen passing, tough "D," and the soft touch of his jumper. In Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
I always enjoy reading Books on Larry Bird.He is truly one of the Greatest Basketball Players that I have ever seen play.His Mind for Play&detail is showcased rather well here.

3-0 out of 5 stars legendary journey to the top
Kevin VanSickle W131 "Book Review"Larry Legend is an interesting book about a boy who fell in love with the game of basketball and developed his own self-discipline as he became an adult.Larry Bird's success and consistent team management are his legendary qualities, according to author Shaw.Mark Shaw writes about Larry's roughneck childhood, what led to his triumphs in his high school basketball days, and through his professional career as a player, then a coach.Larry seemed to have gained confidence and self-esteem at a young age and by keeping those positive aspects he became an intimidator and motivator for many.This book will intoxicate your interest if you want to hear about the Legend's journey to the top.In Larry Legend, Mr. Shaw explains how the Legend himself was a role model, not only for young players, but also, his teammates and coaches around the league.

5-0 out of 5 stars I learned a lot more about Larry Bird than I realized.
It was pretty indepth, and is a nice overview of his life from the time he was a legend in Indiana to coming full circle by coaching there. It also mentions his daughter, who has a distant relationship with his father. If you're a Bird fan, even if you're not, but you enjoy reading about basketball, this is worth the price. It paints a very balanced portrait of Bird. I like the fact that it isn't slanted one way or the other. It portrays the good and the bad. I'm a Bird fan, but I like objective journalism, which this seems to be. No schlock hero worship journalism here, nor is there any railing against him. Even though I like Bird, I will not condone his actions if they are perceived as wrong or controversial. ... Read more

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20. Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich
by Free Press
Hardcover (06 February, 2007)
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Isbn: 0743284976
Sales Rank: 178047
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Subjects:  1. 1947-1988    2. Basketball - General    3. Basketball players    4. Biography    5. Biography / Autobiography    6. General    7. Maravich, Pete,    8. Reference    9. Sports    10. Sports & Recreation    11. Sports - Basketball    12. United States    13. Sports & Recreation / General   


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