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The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy
by Bill Simmons
Paperback from ESPN
Media Published: 2010-
ISBN: 0345520106

Foreword by Malcolm Gladwell

Newly updated with fresh takes on LeBron, Kobe, the Celtics & more*

*Including even more footnotes!
Bill Simmons, the wildly opinionated and thoroughly entertaining hoops addict known to millions as's Sports Guy, has written the definitive book on the past, present, and future of the NBA. From the age-old question of who actually won the rivalry between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to the one about which team was truly the best of all time, Simmons opens--and then closes, once and for all--every major pro basketball debate. Then he takes it further by completely reevaluating not only how NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen but how the institution must be reshaped from the ground up, the result being the Pyramid: Simmons's one-of-a-kind five-level shrine to the ninety-six greatest players in the history of pro basketball. And ultimately he takes fans to the heart of it all, as he uses a conversation with one NBA great to uncover that coveted thing: The Secret of Basketball.
Comprehensive, authoritative, controversial, hilarious, and impossible to put down (even for Celtic-haters), The Book of Basketball offers every hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game's finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

Amazon Best of the Month, October 2009: The Book of Basketball is a 700-page work of hoops genius that would make Dr. James Naismith beam proudly - and probably blush. Author Bill Simmons, best known as's "The Sports Guy," explores the NBA with hilarious insight, brilliant analysis, and a bevy of irreverent footnotes. Simmons is a fan first - a fact best explained in an entertaining foreword by Malcolm Gladwell - and writes from the stands, not the press room. His knowledge and passion for the game provide him with few peers, yet his voice represents those who stick by their teams through thick and thin. As a result, The Book of Basketball is not just a tribute to hardwood heroes, but also a celebration of yelling at TV sets, revering lucky jerseys, and holding our breath until the final buzzer sounds. Throw in pages of nearly-insane statistical breakdowns (including a projected boxscore from the movie Teen Wolf), and it's easy to see why fans of all levels should clear shelf space for this instant classic. --Dave Callanan

Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book
Sports Illustrated: The Basketball Book
by Editors of Sports Illustrated
Hardcover from Sports Illustrated

Continuing Sports Illustrated's tradition of producing best-selling coffee-table books for the holiday season, SI presents The Basketball Book, a lavish celebration of the athleticism and pageantry of both the college and professional game. With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that propelled The Baseball Book, The Football Book and The Anniversary Book to The New York Times best-seller list over the past three years, this volume brings to life the legendary players, the classic action and the great rivalries of the court. In 294 oversized pages, The Basketball Book commemorates the epic teams and characters, the personalities and performances and artifacts that have created legions of passionate fans since Dr. James Naismith nailed up a peach basket and devised the Original 13 Rules of the game more than 100 years ago.

The Everything Kids Basketball Book: The all-time greats, legendary teams, today s superstars - and tips on playing like a pro (Everything Kids Series)
The Everything Kids' Basketball Book: The all-time greats, legendary teams, today's superstars - and tips on playing like a pro (Everything Kids Series)
by Bob Schaller, Coach Dave Harnish
Paperback from Adams Media
ISBN: 1605501654

Kids can dribble, shoot, and swish with hours of gaming fun in this new guide! Featuring thirty puzzles, this fun and educational book is a must-have for basketball players and fans. Children will learn the rules of basketball, the history of this popular sport, and tips for enhancing their game, as well as:
  • The inspirational stories of basketball stars of yesterday and today
  • Various offensive and defensive plays
  • Up-to-date statistics and records of NBA teams
  • The scoop on the NCAA, WNBA, and Olympic basketball
  • Fun basketball alternatives like ?Around the World,? ?Street Ball,? and ?H-O-R-S-E?
Most importantly, this guide shows kids the importance of teamwork and motivates them to stay active and healthy. This book will score points with kids and parents alike!
Basketball Skills and Drills - 3rd Edition
Basketball Skills & Drills - 3rd Edition
by Jerry Krause, Don Meyer, Jerry Meyer
Paperback from Human Kinetics
ISBN: 0736067078

Great basketball players like Tim Duncan and Dwyane Wade draw oohs and aahs with their spectacular moves. But before those players developed their superstar flair, they built a solid base of fundamental skills in all phases of the game.

Basketball Skills & Drills provides a perfect blueprint for building the foundation that every well-rounded player needs. This special book and DVD package demonstrates each key skill:

-Player positioning

-Moving without the ball


-Passing, catching, and dribbling

-Perimeter moves

-Post moves



The skills and 90 drills, coaching tips, and DVD reinforce the skill instruction, emphasize key points, and explain how to correct common errors. And since individual skills are effective only when used within the team concept, the book also covers key team principles for both ends of the court. Tactics for offense, including special situations such as out-of-bounds plays, will improve spacing, ball and player movement, shot selection, and scoring. Defensive tactics emphasize positioning, pressure, and various systems to apply in each area or level of the court.

To be an all-star, you must be fundamentally sound. Basketball Skills & Drills is your guide to becoming a complete player--one who can change the game with great moves and smart play.

Stuff Good Players Should Know: Intelligent Basketball from A to Z
Stuff Good Players Should Know: Intelligent Basketball from A to Z
by Dick DeVenzio
Hardcover from Bridgeway Books
ISBN: 1933538511

STUFF Good Players Should Know may very well be the best book ever written for basketball players and fans. It is conversational and easy to understand, yet filled with subtle insights into the game of basketball. STUFF is page after page of creative concepts, common sense, and special tips that can not be found anywhere else.

My Basketball Book
My Basketball Book
by Gail Gibbons
Hardcover from HarperCollins
Media Published: 2000-
ISBN: 0688171400

Basketballs fun--let's play!

Find all the basics ion this lively guide.

  • The markings on a basketball court
  • What basketball players wear
  • The three team positions
  • The excitement of passing the ball
  • The thrill of making a basket
All these and more are included, with a useful glossary at the end.
The Game of Basketball: Basketball Fundamentals, Intangibles and Finer Points of the Game for Coaches, Players and Fans
The Game of Basketball: Basketball Fundamentals, Intangibles and Finer Points of the Game for Coaches, Players and Fans
by Kevin Sivils
Paperback from A Southern Family Publishing
ISBN: 0615345263

Coaches: Win more games by teaching your players the fundamental skills, intangibles and finer points of the game that other coaches don't know. Help your players eliminate costly turnovers by learning to read the defense, score more points by fine tuning your fast break and improve your offensive attack skills. Players: Take your game to another level by learning the skills and details of the game the elite players know. Learn how character issues can impact a player either positively or negatively. Gain insight into the minds of coaches and learn to think like a coach on the court. Fans: Have a deeper appreciation of the game beyond just recognizing the type of defense or offense being used. Impress your fellow basketball fans with your knowledge of the finer points of the sport and become a true connoisseur of the game of basketball. "There has never been a book before for coaches, players and fans like The Game of Basketball. For the coach, this book is about moving a player's game to a higher level. For the player, the information in this book can make the difference between being an average player and a good player or even a great player. For the fan who wants to appreciate the sport and the nuances of the game, this book provides many of tiny details the average fan is never aware of." Rusty Rogers - 2 Time NAIA Div. II National Championship Coach and 2 Time National NAIA Coach of the Year "Once again Kevin Sivils has produced a book that ought to be in every coach's library. Too often, we fall into the trap of thinking that Xs and Os are the holy grail, but Coach Sivils reminds us of the truth articulated by John Wooden over 50 years ago, "It's not what you do, it's how well you do it." I've never seen a better compilation of the little things that can turn a basketball player into a "Player". Coach Doug Porter - Head Coach Olivet Nazarene University Women's Basketball - 8 Time Coach of the Year
Five-Star Basketball Drills
Five-Star Basketball Drills
by Howard Garfinkle, Will Klein
Paperback from McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 0940279223

Over 5,000 talented players have completed the Five-Star program and received scholarships. Distinguished alumni include Isiah Thomas, Moses Malone, Dominique Wilkins, Michael Jordan, Mark Aguirre, John Paxson, Jim Paxson, Jeff Ruland, Darnell Valentine, and Mike O'Koren. Here, in print for the first time, is a compilation of 131 drills they practiced at the nation's premier basketball camp. The book includes the following:

  • 131 of the best drills used at the Five-Star camp
  • Conditioning, one, two, and three player drills for men and women
  • Proven regimens from a star-studded galaxy of NCAA and NBA coaches
  • Step by step instructions with pictures and diagrams to maximize your potential and practice time 
    • "Howard Garfinkel and Will Klein are as well organized in their presentation of drills as they are in their camp. This book is a great contribution to your basketball library." -- Bob Knight

      "Owning one of the most varied sports libraries in the country, I consider myself an expert on sports books. Nowhere on my shelves is there anything approaching the value of these drills for youngsters and young coaches. It's the best drill book in America." -- George Raveling

      "With the advent of the three-point shot, there's now a high priority on the skill parts of the game. This book will help the dedicated user become a fundamentally sound player." -- Mike Fratello

      "A must for all young players and coaches who want to learn the game the way it should be taught." -- Rick Pitino

      "Five-Star has done a great job helping kids. I admire the way they've emphasized teaching the concepts and maintained the personal touch in dealing with youngsters. This book carries on that great tradition." -- Mike Krzyzewski

Basketball For Dummies
Basketball For Dummies
by Richard Phelps
Paperback from For Dummies
ISBN: 0764552481

Basketball is the most popular participatory sport in the United States. As simple as the game often seems--throwing a ball through a hoop--there are many aspects of the game that go unnoticed. But with Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition, you'll get the inside scoop on hoops.

Whether you're a player, a fan, or a coach, Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition will get you better acquainted to the game, so you can play it better, coach it smarter, or appreciate it more as a spectator.

Former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps begins with the fundamentals and quickly moves up court from there. From playing a pick-up game to watching March Madness on TV to the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, Phelps has come up with a game plan that shows you how to have fun with the game, while you become familiar with it. 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, ho w to strategize, and even how to talk trash on the playground.

Within these pages, you'll also discover how to:

  • Suit up for the court
  • Get into basketball shape
  • Play effective offense and defense
  • Use signature moves from NBA greats
  • Shoot quality free-throws
  • Join fantasy leagues and get great stuff online
From the basics to the latest coaching drills and techniques, this friendly reference offers you expert advice on the plays, strategies, and moves on and off the court--from high school to college hoops, to the WNBA, and beyond.

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.

The Art of Basketball : A Guide to Self-Improvement in the Fundamentals of the Game
by Oscar Robertson
Special Order

Be Quick But Don't Hurry
by Andrew Hill, John R. Wooden (Introduction)

Asphalt Gods : An Oral History of the Rucker Tournament
Asphalt Gods : An Oral History of the Rucker Tournament
by Vincent M. Mallozzi
Book Description: The real basketball deal"the inside story of Harlem's legendary tournament and the pros and playground legends who have made it world famous.

Earl "The Goat" Manigault. Herman "Helicopter" Knowings. Joe "The Destroyer" Hammond. Richard "Pee Wee" Kirkland. These and dozens of other colorfully nicknamed men are the "Asphalt Gods," whose astounding exploits in the Rucker Tournament, often against multimillionaire NBA superstars, have made them playground divinity. First established in the 1950s by Holcombe Rucker, a New York City Parks Department employee, the tournament has grown to become a Harlem institution, an annual summer event of major proportions. On that fabled patch of concrete, unknown players have been lighting it up for decades as they express basketball as a freestyle art among their peers and against such pro immortals as Julius Erving and Wilt Chamberlain. X's and O's are exchanged for oohs and aahs in one of the great examples of street theater to be found in urban America.

Asphalt Gods is a streetwise, supremely entertaining oral history of a tournament that has influenced everything from NBA playing style to hip-hop culture. Now, legends transmitted by word of mouth find a home and the achievements of basketball's greatest unknowns a permanent place in the game's record.
Hardcover from Doubleday

Basketball: Multiple Offense and Defense
by Dean Smith, et al
Listed under Coaching

Basketball Skills & Drills
by Jerry V. Krause(Editor), et al.
Paperback (April )

Coaching Team Defense
by Fritz Shurmur.
Listed under Coaching

A Century of Jayhawk Triumphs: The 100 Greatest Victories in the History of Kansas Basketball
by Blair Kerkhoff, Jeff Bollig
Hardcover from Addax Pub Group

Comeback Cagers (Chip Hilton Sports Series, 21)
by Clair Bee, et al

Counting Coup : A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn
by Larry Colton

Danger Zone (Point Signature)
by David Klass
Fiction - Young Adult
Paperback (March )

Full Court Press
by Mike Lupica
An entertaining novel about Dee Gerard, the NBA's first woman player.

Home and Away : Memoir of a Fan
by Scott Simon.

Wooden : A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and Off the Court
by John R. Wooden, et al.
Listed under Coaching

Leading with the Heart: Coach K's Successful Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life
by Mike Krzyzewski, Donald T. Phillips.
Paperback: 291 pages
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446676780; (March )
by Walter Dean Myers.
Paperback (April 1, 1983)

The Gospel According to Phil : The Words and Wisdom of Chicago Bulls Coach Phil Jackson : An Unauthorized Collection
by Phil Jackson, et al.
Listed under Chicago Bulls

Loose Balls : Easy Money, Hard Fouls, Cheap Laughs & True Love in the NBA
by Jayson Williams, Steve Friedman (Contributor).
Paperback: 276 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.95 x 8.02 x 5.22
Broadway Books (March 13, ) ISBN: 0767905695

They Call Me Coach
by Jack Tobin
Listed under Coaching

by Walter Dean Myers.
Paperback (November )
Fiction - Young Adult

In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle
by Madeleine Blais. Paperback
The Amherst Lady Hurricanes
They were a talented team with a near-perfect record but a reputation for choking in the crunch of the state playoffs. Finally, after five straight years of disappointments, the Amherst Lady Hurricanes found they just might have what it took to go all the way. This is a fierce, funny, and intimate look into their minds and hearts during one very special season. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction.
Paperback - 272 pages Reissue edition
Warner Books; ISBN: 0446672106

The Moves Make the Man (Newbery Honor Book)
by Bruce Brooks. Paperback

Russell Rules : 11 Lessons on Leadership from the Twentieth Century's Greatest Winner
by Bill Russell, David Falkner (Contributor)

Sole Influence : Basketball, Corporate Greed, and the Corruption of America's Youth
by Dan Wetzel, Don Yaeger.
Sneaky Sneakers!

The Million Dollar Shot
by Dan Gutman. Paperback
Fiction - Young Adult

Reach for the Summit : The Definite Dozen System for Succeeding at Whatever You Do
by Pat Head Summitt, Sally Jenkins (Contributor).
Paperback (March 2, )

Practical Modern Basketball
by John R. Wooden.
Paperback (December 8, )

Taking Sides
by Gary Soto.
Paperback (October 1992)

Playing for Keeps : Michael Jordan and the World He Made
by David Halberstam
Listed under Michael Jordan

The Basketball Coach's Bible : A Comprehensive and Systematic Guide to Coaching
by Sidney Goldstein, Dale Brown (Designer).
Listed under Coaching

A Season on the Brink : A Year With Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers
by John Feinstein.
Paperback (November 1989)

The Jordan Rules : The Inside Story of a Turbulent Season With Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls
by Sam Smith, Doug Grud (Editor)
Listed under Chicago Bulls

On the Devil's Court
by Carl Deuker
Paperback (September 1991)

Forever Showtime : The Checkered Life of Pistol Pete Maravich
by Phil Berger
Hardcover (November )

The City Game : From the Garden to the Playgrounds
by Pete Axthelm, Rick Telander (Introduction).

The 12 Leadership Principles of Dean Smith
by David Chadwick. Hardcover

Tournament Crisis (Chip Hilton Sports Series, Vol 14)
by Clair Bee, et al. Paperback
(April 15, )

The Last Shot : City Streets, Basketball Dreams
by Darcy Frey
Hardcourt Upset (Chip Hilton Sports Series, Vol 15)
by Clair Bee, et al.
Paperback (May 15, )
Short words, and not too many of them.

She Got Game : My Personal Odyssey
by Cynthia Cooper
Listed under WNBA

Shooting from the Outside : How a Coach and Her Olympic Team Transformed Women's Basketball
Tara Vanderveer, Joan Ryan (Contributor)
Book Description: Never mind Michael, Shaq and the rest, the U.S. Women's Basketball Team was the real "Dream Team" at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. After a remarkable undefeated season, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo and their teammates brought home Olympic gold under the unparalleled leadership of three-time National Coachof the Year, Tara VanDerveer. Shooting from Outside is Tara's riveting, behind-the-scenes chronicle of the excitement, drama and triumph of that unforgettable year, as well as...
Paperback: 259 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 0.74 x 8.03 x 5.27
Publisher: Avon Books (Pap Trd); (November )
ISBN: 0380794985

Five-Star Basketball Drills
by Howard Garfinkel (Editor).
Paperback (October 1988)

Sacred Hoops : Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior
by Phil Jackson, et al.
Listed under Coaching

A Sense of Where You Are
by John McPhee
Listed under New York Knicks

Teamwork : The Cleveland Rockers in Action (Owens, Tom, Women's Professional Basketball.)
by Tom Owens, Diana Star Helmer
(Library Binding)

Venus to the Hoop : A Gold Medal Year in Women's Basketball
Sara Corbett
One of the truly inspiring sagas of the 1996 Olympics was the dominating performance of America's other Dream Team, the women's hoopsters. Led by charismatic coach Tara VanDerveer--she drove her players hard, but no harder than she drove herself--a group of 12 divergent personalities turned into an immensely appealing and cohesive unit. Between its formation and the Olympics, the team won all 51 games it played, then drove through the competition in Atlanta to win the gold medal. They also garnered some powerful intangibles--recognition, respect, and the affection of the fans--that continue to remain more elusive to women's squads than men's. Journalist Sara Corbett was given exclusive access to the team for the duration. Her vivid narrative resonates with the tension and drama of competition in the spotlight, and nicely captures the pressures the team had to shoulder in its media-hyped role.
Paperback: 352 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.00 x 7.97 x 5.21
Publisher: Anchor Books (September 15, )
ISBN: 0385493525

The Winner Within : A Life Plan for Team Players
by Pat Riley

The Boys of Winter: Wisconsin's State Basketball Champions, 1956 & 1957
by John Davis, MD Cantwell
Paperback: 116 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 9.00 x 0.27 x 6.00
Publisher: 1stBooks Library; ;
ISBN: 0759692483

String Music
by Rick Telander

The Smart Take from the Strong : The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril
by Pete Carril, et al.
Hardcover (March )
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