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See below for a selection of the latest books from Basketball category. Presented with a red border are the Basketball books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Basketball books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

City/Game Basketball in New York

City/Game Basketball in New York

Author: William C. Rhoden, Walt Clyde Frazier Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2020

From the playgrounds to the NBA, New York has invented a way of playing basketball, and City/Game is not only about the three renowned NBA teams--the Knicks, the Nets, and the Liberty--and their predecessors, but also the many high-school and college basketball teams with legendary rivalries. Through art and testimonials from the fans, coaches, and players, we learn about Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Kenny Anderson, and Chris Mullin, all birthed on the city blacktop and who took their skills to the NBA hardwood. Explore the famous street-ball courts on a map of the five boroughs, including Rucker Park and the Cage on West 4th Street, home to Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, and Kyrie Irving; read about New York's style of play--like the infamous one-handed jump shot--and glossary of NYC-style trash talk and slang; see celebrity row photographs courtside at the Garden and Barclay's Center; revel in the images, headlines, and objects related to the 1970 and 1973 championship Knicks. Packed with new and archival images, this book brings the energy of the sport through original essays by noted writers and highlights from players, fans, and rising stars of the New York scene and features interviews with NBA greats including Queens-born Kenny Smith and Bronx-born former Knick Rod Strickland. A great book for any basketball fan to relive old memories and learn new details.

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon A Leader on the Court and in Life

The Legacy of Maggie Dixon A Leader on the Court and in Life

Author: Jack Grubbs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2020

Maggie Dixon, a 28-year-old women's basketball coach at the United States Military Academy, led the West Point team to its first appearance in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Four weeks later, Maggie died suddenly, leaving behind a devastated family and a group of heartbroken players. Despite their tragic loss, friends, family, and team members took comfort in knowing that the values Maggie instilled in themselves and others would live on. In The Legacy of Maggie Dixon: A Leader on the Court and in Life, Jack Grubbs looks at the remarkable accomplishments of this young woman. Drawing on interviews with Maggie's brother, friends, colleagues, and student players, Grubbs provides an engaging portrait of a woman who achieved the pinnacle in her sport through hard work, determination, and enthusiasm, attributes that continue to inspire those who knew her. In addition to chronicling the events surrounding her golden season at West Point, the book offers a study in the power of inspirational leadership that Maggie embodied. The Legacy of Maggie Dixon captures the wonderful impact she had on those around her in such a short amount of time.

Raider Power Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four

Raider Power Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four

Author: Texas Tech Athletics, Andy Katz Format: Leather / fine binding Release Date: 30/11/2019

The 2018-2019 Texas Tech men's basketball team began the season unranked and ended it playing on Monday night for the National Championship. Raider Power gives every fan a fully immersive experience with the story of a group of stone-faced dreamers and their historic journey from unranked to Big 12 Champions to the Final Four. Raider Power offers a showcase of the Red Raiders' individual players, spotlighting and providing insider information on this unexpected group of winners, all while focusing on the bond that transformed a group of underdogs into a world-class team with the best defense in the country. Follow the team from the earliest parts of the season all the way to the Championship game on Monday night. Relive every highlight, locker room celebration, and trophy ceremony. Learn the ins and outs of head coach Chris Beard's vision for the team. The ultimate effect of the Red Raiders' amazing run was to establish a culture of excellence and community: this was a group of guys who cared for each other personally, in addition to complementing each other on the court. Raider Power is the official insider companion to an incredible season-it is a must-read for all Red Raiders.

Mercer's Moment Mercer Beats Duke!

Mercer's Moment Mercer Beats Duke!

Author: Daniel Shirley, Jeremy Timmerman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

For years, the Mercer University men's basketball team had been building toward the NCAA Tournament only to come up short in agonizing fashion several times. But the Bears finally got over the hump to reach the tournament and take part in March Madness in 2014, and in doing so, they put their previous close calls behind them. When Mercer did get to college basketball's biggest stage, one of basketball's proudest programs--Duke--was standing in their way. Plenty of attention was on the matchup because it was DUKE and everything that comes with facing the Blue Devils. The Bears, however, were up to the task. Ready for their moment, they came through with one of the NCAA Tournament's biggest upsets, which changed their program and the university forever. How did they get there? What did they overcome for their big moment against Duke? And what did it mean for the players, coaches, and fans to pull off the historic upset? Head coach Bob Hoffman, the team's seven special seniors, and others look back through those times, the tough ones and the ones they cherish, and that memorable day when the Bears took down the Blue Devils.

Buzzer Beaters and Memorial Magic A Memoir of the Vanderbilt Commodores, 1987-1989

Buzzer Beaters and Memorial Magic A Memoir of the Vanderbilt Commodores, 1987-1989

Author: Barry Goheen, Buster Olney Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The late 1980s were a boom time for college basketball, and the Vanderbilt Commodores were right in the middle of it. Led by Hall of Fame Coach C.M. Newton, All-America center Will Perdue, and a group of three-point shooters known as The Bomb Squad, the Commodores made their mark in the Southeastern Conference and challenged for the conference title in 1988 and 1989. Along the way, they played-and, often, beat-many of the game's national powers, including Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Duke, Notre Dame, Indiana, Michigan, and Kansas. Here is the inside story of those Commodore teams as told by Barry Goheen, the Vanderbilt guard and Bomb Squad member who became nationally known for his numerous clutch shots and buzzer beaters that lifted the 'Dores to victory. Goheen and his Commodore teammates encountered many of the greatest players and coaches of the era--Bob Knight, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Danny Manning, Chris Jackson, Digger Phelps, Denny Crum, Steve Alford, Rex Chapman, Glen Rice, and many more. They captured thrilling wins, endured painful losses, and achieved several firsts for the Vanderbilt basketball program. This is a story centered in Nashville, Tennessee, particularly Vanderbilt's venerable Memorial Gym, with stops in Hawaii and Taipei; Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina; Bloomington and South Bend, Indiana; and Lincoln, Nebraska. Even the casual basketball fan will enjoy Buzzer Beaters and Memorial Magic.

Raider Power Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four

Raider Power Texas Tech's Journey from Unranked to the Final Four

Author: Texas Tech Athletics, Andy Katz Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2019

The 2018-2019 Texas Tech men's basketball team began the season unranked and ended it playing on Monday night for the National Championship. Raider Power gives every fan a fully immersive experience with the story of a group of stone-faced dreamers and their historic journey from unranked to Big 12 Champions to the Final Four. Raider Power offers a showcase of the Red Raiders' individual players, spotlighting and providing insider information on this unexpected group of winners, all while focusing on the bond that transformed a group of underdogs into a world-class team with the best defense in the country. Follow the team from the earliest parts of the season all the way to the Championship game on Monday night. Relive every highlight, locker room celebration, and trophy ceremony. Learn the ins and outs of head coach Chris Beard's vision for the team. The ultimate effect of the Red Raiders' amazing run was to establish a culture of excellence and community: this was a group of guys who cared for each other personally, in addition to complementing each other on the court. Raider Power is the official insider companion to an incredible season-it is a must-read for all Red Raiders.

Hot Tickets Crimes, Championships and Big Time Sports at the University of Kansas

Hot Tickets Crimes, Championships and Big Time Sports at the University of Kansas

Author: H. George Frederickson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/11/2019

In 2010, University of Kansas officials were shocked to learn that the FBI and IRS were on campus investigating Rodney Jones, former head of the Athletics Ticket Office, for stealing Jayhawks basketball tickets and selling them to brokers. Investigators found that for more than five years Jones and a small ring of university officials had conspired to loot the university of $2 million in tickets, reselling them for $3-5 million. In what was perhaps the biggest scandal in college sports history, all seven members of the Kansas Ticket Gang plead guilty to RICO Act indictments. Five went to prison-two were given probation for turning state's evidence.

NC State Basketball 100 Years of Innovation

NC State Basketball 100 Years of Innovation

Author: Roger Winstead Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

In this fascinating official history of the first 100 years of the North Carolina State University men's basketball program, Tim Peeler and Roger Winstead recount the traditions and innovations that have shaped Wolfpack basketball as well as the history and customs of college basketball itself. In a nation once dominated by football and baseball, visionary coaches from NC State--Gus Tebell, Everett Case, Norm Sloan, and Jim Valvano--helped push basketball to the forefront of the national imagination, igniting a passion and excitement for the game that made the Atlantic Coast Conference the center of the college sports universe. This book, with 230 captivating photographs, showcases the many college basketball traditions made famous at NC State, including cutting down the nets, spotlighting players during introductions, and even the alley oop. All the legendary players and unique personalities that have passed through the doors of Thompson Gymnasium, Reynolds Coliseum, and the RBC Center are here, from Ronnie Shavlik and David Thompson to Sidney Lowe and Julius Hodge. With two national championships, 17 conference championships, and countless memorable moments, NC State Basketball remains one of college basketball's proudest programs. Wolfpack fans and college basketball lovers alike will find much to celebrate in this enthralling history.

Charles Lefty Driesell A Basketball Legend

Charles Lefty Driesell A Basketball Legend

Author: F. Martin Harmon Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/11/2019

Termed the greatest program builder in the history of college basketball after winning more than a hundred games at four different Division I schools, all of which had fallen on hard times or never enjoyed hoops success, Charles Lefty Driesell was a transcendent figure in his sport for more than forty years. Despite never coaching at one of the college game's traditional powers, and despite losing two seasons in the middle of his career due to the tragic actions of another, Driesell still ended his career as the fourth winningest college coach at the time he retired in 2003 with 786 victories, coaching at Davidson, Maryland, James Madison, and Georgia State. Included in his legacy is the traditional start of preseason practice called Midnight Madness, assistant coaches who would later accumulate more than 2,500 Division I wins as head coaches, incentive for the expansion of the NCAA Tournament to more than just conference champions, recruitment of the first African-American players at previously all-white schools in the South, and revolutionary recruiting tactics that would prompt NCAA legislation. Thirty-three of his players were drafted by the NBA. Among his ten First Team All-Americans were nine NBA first-round draft picks, while two of the best recruits he ever signed never played a minute for him. This is the story of a legitimate basketball legend known simply as Lefty.

Play Better Basketball

Play Better Basketball

Author: Kathy Brook, Dawn Smyth Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/11/2019

The definitive guide to taking hardcourt skills to the next level. Coaches Dawn Smyth and Kathy Brook break down the complicated game of basketball into its core elements and offer aspiring hoop stars clear and practical tips and techniques to help transform their individual and team game. With the strong foundation of core skills presented here, basketball players can engage in exciting team systems while continuing to learn the intermediate and advanced individual skills that will propel them to elite-level scoring threats and never-back-down defenders. Play Better Basketball focuses on individual skills as executed in a team environment. It introduces seldom taught mental drills that will teach players how to read opponents in order to react in a way that will put the odds of success in their favour. With step-by-step photography, Play Better Basketball shows players and coaches how to blend sublime skills with cutting-edge team systems to create smart, skilled, consistent and all-around effective players.