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Historic Hoosier Gyms - Discovering Bygone Basketball Landmarks (Hardcover): Kyle Neddenriep Historic Hoosier Gyms - Discovering Bygone Basketball Landmarks (Hardcover)
Kyle Neddenriep; Foreword by Angelo Pizzo
R885 R687 Discovery Miles 6 870 Save R198 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Originals the New York Celtics (Paperback): Originals the New York Celtics (Paperback)
R400 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R74 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Was there really professional basketball before the NBA? Indeed there was. It was a rugged game but one that continued to evolve swiftly from its invention in 1891. The original Celtics were at the vanguard of this creation and development. The team began as a local group of young Irishmen from the Hell's Kitchen area of New York City in 1914. Through shrewd acquisitions of top players, they were transformed into the most powerful basketball team of their time. In the period from 1919 to 1928 the Celtics won over seven hundred games with fewer than sixty losses. This book chronicles the team, the players, the league seasons and the early era of professional basketball.

Stuff Good Players Should Know (Hardcover): Dick De Venzio Stuff Good Players Should Know (Hardcover)
Dick De Venzio
R705 R556 Discovery Miles 5 560 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"Stuff Good Players Should Know" may very well be the best book ever written for basketball players. 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 cannot be found anywhere else. "Stuff" is like having a coach right beside you, in your room, discussing the fine points of the game. Basketball fans will enjoy it, but players shouldn't be without it.

To the Hoop - Basketball and Contemporary Art (Paperback): Emily Stamey, Wes Miller To the Hoop - Basketball and Contemporary Art (Paperback)
Emily Stamey, Wes Miller
R666 Discovery Miles 6 660 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Basketball in America - From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond (Paperback, New): Frank Hoffmann, Robert P... Basketball in America - From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond (Paperback, New)
Frank Hoffmann, Robert P Batchelor, Martin J. Manning
R1,513 Discovery Miles 15 130 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Examine the social and cultural impact of basketball on America at the amateur and professional levels! Basketball in America: From the Playgrounds to Jordan's Game and Beyond is a pioneering analysis of the history of basketball and its effect on popular culture from the 1970s to today. The popularity of basketball is undeniable, and the subject allows for such a broad range of interpretations in popular culture. It cuts across economic, racial, and social boundaries, and its major stars cross over into other forms of popular entertainment more than any other professional sport. This book examines the entire scope of modern basketball history, from the playgrounds, where people first learn the fundamentals, to the college and professional levels. Basketball in America is a collection of essays that explores the intersection of basketball and popular culture in America. The contributors are an eclectic mix of writers, scholars, journalists, former players, coaches, and sports enthusiasts who all share an undying love for the game of basketball. The authors analyze the sport from a cross-cultural and historical perspective digging deep into the profound popular cultural influences of basketball and exploring the scope and depth of its influence. This is the first book that examines the social and cultural impact of basketball on American society to reveal how tightly it is woven into America's cultural fabric. Also included are photographs and tables to enhance your understanding of the material. Topics covered in Basketball in America include: Elgin Baylor the first "modern" basketball player Chocolate Thunder and Short Shorts: The NBA in the 1970s Dr. J, Bird, Magic, Jordan, and the Bad Boys: The NBA in the 1980s The Jordan Era: The NBA in the 1990s LeBron James and the future of the NBA the Nike brand and popular culture lessons learned from legendary UNC coach Dean Smith professional women's basketball and much more! Basketball in America is a comprehensive analysis that will appeal to anyone interested in understanding how the sport has become an integral part of our national culture. It is an insightful read for sports fans as well as for sports historians. In addition, this book can be used as a textbook in sports history or sociology of sports classes. It will entertain and inform those who treasure basketball and the role it plays in the American consciousness. Make it part of your collection today!

Living through the Hoop - High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (Paperback): Reuben A. Buford May Living through the Hoop - High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (Paperback)
Reuben A. Buford May
R607 R515 Discovery Miles 5 150 Save R92 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Visit the author's YouTube channel! When high school basketball player LeBron James was selected as the top pick in the National Basketball Association draft of 2003, the hopes of a half-million high school basketball players soared. If LeBron could go straight from high school to the NBA, why couldn't they? Such is the allure of basketball for so many young African American men. Unfortunately, the reality is that their chances of ever playing basketball at the professional, or even college, level are infinitesimal. In Living Through the Hoop, Reuben A. Buford May tells the absorbing story of the hopes and struggles of one high school basketball team. With a clear passion for the game, May grabs readers with both hands and pulls them onto the hardwood, going under the hoop and inside the locker room. May spent seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Northeast High School Knights in Northeast, Georgia. We meet players like Larique and Pooty Cat, hard-working and energetic young men, willing to play and practice basketball seven days a week and banking on the unlimited promise of the game. And we meet Coach Benson, their unorthodox, out-spoken, and fierce leader, who regularly coached them to winning seasons, twice going to the state tournaments Elite Eight championships. Beyond the wins and losses, May provides a portrait of the players' hopes and aspirations, their home lives, and the difficulties they face in living in a poor and urban area - namely, the temptations of drugs and alcohol, violence in their communities, run-ins with the police, and unstable family lives. We learn what it means to become a man when you live in places that define manhood by how tough you can be, how many women you can have, and how much money you can hustle. May shows the powerful role that the basketball team can play in keeping these kids straight, away from street-life, focused on completing high school, and possibly even attending college. Their stories, and the double-edged sword of hoop dreams, is at the heart of this compelling story about young African American men's struggle to find their way in an often grim world. Visit the author's YouTube channel! When high school basketball player LeBron James was selected as the top pick in the National Basketball Association draft of 2003, the hopes of a half-million high school basketball players soared. If LeBron could go straight from high school to the NBA, why couldn't they? Such is the allure of basketball for so many young African American men. Unfortunately, the reality is that their chances of ever playing basketball at the professional, or even college, level are infinitesimal. In Living Through the Hoop, Reuben A. Buford May tells the absorbing story of the hopes and struggles of one high school basketball team. With a clear passion for the game, May grabs readers with both hands and pulls them onto the hardwood, going under the hoop and inside the locker room. May spent seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Northeast High School Knights in Northeast, Georgia. We meet players like Larique and Pooty Cat, hard-working and energetic young men, willing to play and practice basketball seven days a week and banking on the unlimited promise of the game. And we meet Coach Benson, their unorthodox, out-spoken, and fierce leader, who regularly coached them to winning seasons, twice going to the state tournaments Elite Eight championships. Beyond the wins and losses, May provides a portrait of the players' hopes and aspirations, their home lives, and the difficulties they face in living in a poor and urban area - namely, the temptations of drugs and alcohol, violence in their communities, run-ins with the police, and unstable family lives. We learn what it means to become a man when you live in places that define manhood by how tough you can be, how many women you can have, and how much money you can hustle. May shows the powerful role that the basketball team can play in keeping these kids straight, away from street-life, focused on completing high school, and possibly even attending college. Their stories, and the double-edged sword of hoop dreams, is at the heart of this compelling story about young African American men's struggle to find their way in an often grim world.

2018 NBA Champions (Western Conference Lower Seed) (Paperback): Triumph Books 2018 NBA Champions (Western Conference Lower Seed) (Paperback)
Triumph Books
R336 R312 Discovery Miles 3 120 Save R24 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Basketball (and Other Things) - A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated (Paperback): Shea Serrano Basketball (and Other Things) - A Collection of Questions Asked, Answered, Illustrated (Paperback)
Shea Serrano; Illustrated by Arturo Torres; Foreword by Reggie Miller 1
R500 R310 Discovery Miles 3 100 Save R190 (38%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

#1 New York Times bestseller 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? Basketball (and Other Things) 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.

The Hot Hand - The Mystery and Science of Winning Streaks (Paperback): Ben Cohen The Hot Hand - The Mystery and Science of Winning Streaks (Paperback)
Ben Cohen 1
R380 R304 Discovery Miles 3 040 Save R76 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'A feast for anyone interested in the secrets of excellence.' Andre Agassi, winner of eight Grand Slam titles and bestselling author of Open For fans of Charles Duhig, Malcolm Gladwell and Nate Silver, a brilliant and buoyant investigation into the existence (or not) of hot streaks. For decades, psychologists and economists have studied the science of streaks to determine whether the 'hot hand' exists. Is there such a thing as being in the zone? Or it simply a case of seeing patterns in randomness? Genius scholars and Nobel Prize winners have dedicated years to answering this question. A substantial number of the decisions we make each day are rooted in two opposing beliefs: that if something happened before, it will happen again - or if it happened before, it probably won't happen again. The Hot Hand is an incredibly entertaining and provocative investigation into the seductive idea that streaks not only exist but can be created. Every day we look for patterns in coincidence, and coincidence in patterns. Is there a hidden logic that defies our basic understanding of probability? If we recognize someone has a hot hand, can we adjust to take advantage? If we mistakenly assume they have the hot hand, what are the costs? What happens when we're wrong - and what happens when maybe we were right all along? To answer these questions, Ben Cohen embarks on a kaleidoscopic investigation that ranges from the magical night that forever changed NBA's superstar Stephen Curry's life to a billionaire investor who made a fortune betting against streaks; the mystery of a missing World War II hero to the authentication of a lost Van Gogh painting; how Shakespeare's success was abetted by a flea to how Spotify had to make its shuffle feature less random to feel more random. The Hot Hand takes us to the jungles of the Amazon, a sugar-beet farm in the northern United States, and strip mall arcades to show us how recognition of patterns can be both fruitful - and disastrous.

Nebrasketball - Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise (Hardcover): Scott Winter Nebrasketball - Coach Tim Miles and a Big Ten Team on the Rise (Hardcover)
Scott Winter; Foreword by Tom Izzo
R621 R504 Discovery Miles 5 040 Save R117 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

When fall rolls into winter, most sports fans in Nebraska long for spring football. But Coach Tim Miles has given hibernating fans a reason to cheer through winter for the first time in twenty years. Since taking over the men's basketball program in 2012, Miles has gone from being relatively unknown outside college coaching circles to a big name on the national stage as an up-and-coming, funny, and fan-friendly college coach. Miles scores big with Nebraska's fans with his social media acumen-he tweets during halftime-and his fan interaction-he applied (and failed) to become the leader of the student section at Pinnacle Bank Arena. But on the court and in practice, Miles is all about winning. His combination of toughness, togetherness, and humor has rejuvenated Nebraska basketball. Nebrasketball provides a full-access account of Tim Miles's path to Nebraska and his team's inaugural season in the $186 million Pinnacle Bank Arena. With full access to Miles and the team, Scott Winter provides basketball fans with an intimate look at a rising star in college basketball, detailing what it's like to coach an NCAA men's program today with all of its triumphs and struggles, along with Miles's larger story as a transformational coach who has made Nebraska basketball, and other college programs, relevant. The book also shows the small-town legacy and tenacity that created Miles, including his mother's prodding, his benching as a college player, and his significant history of losing, which he claims was his most important mentor.

The Assist - Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives (Paperback): Neil Swidey The Assist - Hoops, Hope, and the Game of Their Lives (Paperback)
Neil Swidey
R409 R335 Discovery Miles 3 350 Save R74 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Jack O'Brien is a high school basketball coach extreme in both his demands and his devotion. With monastic discipline, he has built a powerhouse program that wins state championships year after year while helping propel players to college. He does this as a white suburban guy working exclusively with black city boys who make the daily trek across Boston to attend Charlestown High School, where the last battles of the city's school desegregation wars were fought a generation ago. The Assist is a gripping, surprising story about fathers, sons, and surrogates, all confronting the narrow margins of urban life. The book follows the players on their hunt for a state title. But it also stays with them, to see how young men who seldom get second chances survive without their coach hovering over them,and how he survives without them.

LeBron James vs. the NBA - The Case for the NBA's Greatest Player (Paperback): Brendan Bowers LeBron James vs. the NBA - The Case for the NBA's Greatest Player (Paperback)
Brendan Bowers; Foreword by Ryan Jones
R346 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R23 (7%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Outside Shot - Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness (Paperback): Keith O'Brien Outside Shot - Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness (Paperback)
Keith O'Brien
R381 R358 Discovery Miles 3 580 Save R23 (6%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

"A reporting tour de force and an utterly gripping account... "Outside Shot" unmistakably triumphs, with the reader rooting hard for the Cardinals--and delighted that O'Brien has brought his considerable skills to telling their story." --Wayne Coffey, "New York Times Book Review"

The Cardinals of Scott County High School were beloved once---and with good reason. For years, the boys and their legendary coach gave fans in central Kentucky, deep in the heart of basketball country, just what they wanted: state titles, national rankings, and countless trips to Kentucky's one-of-a-kind state tournament, where winning and losing can change a young man's life.

But in 2009, with the economy sputtering, anger rising, and Scott County mired in a two-year drought, fans had begun to lose faith in the boys. They weren't the heroes of Scott County anymore; they were "mini-athlete gods," haunted by dreams, burdened by expectations, and desperate to escape through the only means they knew: basketball.

In "Outside Shot," Keith O'Brien takes us on an epic journey, from the bluegrass hills and broken homes of rural America, to inner-city Lexington, to Kentucky's most hallowed hall: Rupp Arena, where high school tournament games are known to draw twenty-thousand people, and where, for the players and their fans, it feels like anything is possible.

The narrative follows four of the team's top seniors and their coach as they struggle to redeem themselves in the face of impossible odds: once-loyal fans now turned against them, parents who demand athletic greatness, and scouts who weigh their every move. It delves deep inside the lives of the boys, their families, and their community---divided along lines of race, politics, religion, and sports. And it chronicles not only the high-stakes world of Kentucky basketball, but the battle for the soul of small-town America.

A story of inspiration and poignancy, filled with moments of drama on and off the court, "Outside Shot" shows that if it's hard to win basketball games, it can be even harder to win at life itself.

Hoop - A Basketball Life in Ninety-five Essays (Hardcover): Brian Doyle Hoop - A Basketball Life in Ninety-five Essays (Hardcover)
Brian Doyle
R674 R532 Discovery Miles 5 320 Save R142 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Brian Doyle himself explains it best: "A few years ago I was moaning to my wry gentle dad that basketball, which seems to me inarguably the most graceful and generous and swift and fluid and ferociously-competitive-without-being-sociopathic of sports, has not produced rafts of good books, like baseball and golf and cricket and surfing have . . . Where are the great basketball novels to rival The Natural and the glorious Mark Harris baseball quartet and the great Bernard Darwin's golf stories? Where are the annual anthologies of terrific basketball essays? How can a game full of such wit and creativity and magic not spark more great books?"" "'Why don't you write one?' said my dad, who is great at cutting politely to the chase."" And so he has. In this collection of short essays, Brian Doyle presents a compelling account of a life lived playing, watching, loving, and coaching basketball. He recounts his passion for the gyms, the playgrounds, the sounds and scents, the camaraderie, the fierce competition, the anticipation and exhaustion, and even some of the injuries.

Dirk Nowitzki - The German Giant (English, German, Hardcover): Dino Reisner Dirk Nowitzki - The German Giant (English, German, Hardcover)
Dino Reisner
R552 R517 Discovery Miles 5 170 Save R35 (6%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

What do Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? They are all basketball legends, and the only five NBA players ranked higher on the all-time points list than Dirk Nowitzki. The giant man from Unterfranken is the only non-American in this elite group. And then came March 7th, 2017: in the second period of a game against the LA Lakers, Nowitzki fires off his patented one-legged fadeaway shot and scores. This basket allows him to break the 30,000-point mark! On his way to becoming a cult figure in the sport, Nowitzki has long since reached the highest level. This photo volume shows how it all happened. The boy from Wurzburg became a Bundesliga and national team player, then made the leap to the NBA, made a name for himself there, won a championship, broke records, and proved himself to be a top-level player, game after game, for nearly 20 years. Dino Reisner describes not only the big picture behind this stellar career, but also the little anecdotes and important people who have crossed Nowitzki's path over the years. An attractive and dynamic layout with 125 spectacular and emotional photographs makes this book a true pleasure and treasure for basketball fans.

Lebron James: The Rise of a Star (Paperback): David Morgan Lebron James: The Rise of a Star (Paperback)
David Morgan
R373 R303 Discovery Miles 3 030 Save R70 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

He was featured on the covers of both Sports Illustrated and ESPN The Magazine. He has the scouts of every pro basketball team drooling. He has been touted wildly on national TV by basketball experts from Dick Vitale to Bill Walton. He has a reported $20 million dollar shoe contract pending.

And he's still in high school.
Why the big deal about LeBron James?
The odds were against LeBron from the start. Born in poverty to a 16-year-old, drug-addicted single mom, without a father, raised by various family and neighbors . . . he could have become just another scarred product of a rough childhood in the projects.
Instead, he's the darling of the sports world--and he plays the part well.
Sportswriter David Lee Morgan has covered the LeBron phenomenon for the Akron Beacon Journal since the kid's freshman year and has been granted unequaled access to LeBron, his family, and his close friends. He's seen the exceptional play on the basketball court. But he's also seen how surprisingly well LeBron has handled the pressure, the scrutiny, the criticism that arrived with the early onset of stardom. (Just imagine how most of us would have handled that as a teenager )
An unusual inside look at the rise of sport's hottest young prospect, now poised at the brink of superstardom.

Basketball Records (Paperback): Mark Weakland Basketball Records (Paperback)
Mark Weakland
R280 Discovery Miles 2 800 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Road to Madness - How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball (Hardcover): J. Samuel Walker, Randy Roberts The Road to Madness - How the 1973-1974 Season Transformed College Basketball (Hardcover)
J. Samuel Walker, Randy Roberts
R585 R467 Discovery Miles 4 670 Save R118 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the iconic events in American sports. In this fast-paced, in-depth account, J. Samuel Walker and Randy Roberts identify the 1973-74 season as pivotal in the making of this now legendary postseason tournament. In an era when only one team per conference could compete, the dramatic defeat of coach John Wooden's UCLA Bruins by the North Carolina State Wolfpack ended a decade of the Bruins' dominance, fuelled unprecedented national attention, and prompted the NCAA to expand the tournament field to a wider range of teams. Walker and Roberts provide a richly detailed chronicle of the games that made the season so memorable and uncover the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that set the stage for the celebrated spectacle that now fixes the nation's attention every March.

Dr. J - The Autobiography (Paperback): Julius Erving Dr. J - The Autobiography (Paperback)
Julius Erving; As told to Karl Taro Greenfeld
R340 R272 Discovery Miles 2 720 Save R68 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

An honest, unflinching self-portrait of the basketball legend whose classy public image as a superstar and a gentleman masked his personal failings and painful losses, which he describes here--from his own point of view--for the very first time. For most of his life, Julius Erving has been two men in one. There is Julius, the bright, inquisitive son of a Long Island domestic worker who has always wanted to be respected for more than just his athletic ability, and there is Dr. J, the cool, acrobatic showman whose flamboyant dunks sent him to the Hall of Fame and turned the act of jamming a basketball through a hoop into an art form. In many ways, Erving's life has been about the push and pull of Julius and The Doctor. It is Dr. J who has stories to tell of the wild days and nights of the ABA in the 1970s, and of being the seminal figure who transformed basketball from an earthbound and rigid game into the creative, free-flowing aerial display it is today. He has a long list of signature plays - he's famous for winning the first dunk contest in 1976 with a jam on which he lifted off from the foul line, and he made a miraculous layup against the Lakers on which he soared behind the backboard before reaching back in to flip the ball in on the other side, with one hand. He inspired a generation of dunkers, including Michael Jordan, to express their improvisational talents. But Julius wasn't always as graceful and in control as Dr. J. Erving had a pristine image throughout his career and early retirement, but he was far from a perfect man. Here he gives detailed accounts of some of the personal problems he faced -- or created -- behind the scenes, including the adulterous affair with sports writer Samantha Stephenson, which led to the birth of his daughter, professional tennis player Alexandra Stephenson. Though his marriage survived that infidelity, the death of Erving's 20-year-old son Cory in 2000 in a tragic accident proved too much for the union to bear. Erving paints a raw, heartbreaking picture of the dissolution of his marriage, as his wife Turquoise began to blame him for his refusal to be paralyzed by grief for as long as she was. Their intense arguments came to a head when Erving stepped out of the shower one day to find his wife holding a lamp in one hand and a vase in the other, ready for a physical confrontation. "I knew somebody was going to get hurt, and it wasn't going to be me," he says. He packed a suitcase and he and Turquoise never lived under the same roof again. Erving's story is a tale of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man, and how he has come to terms with both of them. It will appeal to readers on a sports level and on a human one. --Kirkus Reviews

The Baron and the Bear - Rupp's Runts, Haskins's Miners, and the Season That Changed Basketball Forever (Hardcover):... The Baron and the Bear - Rupp's Runts, Haskins's Miners, and the Season That Changed Basketball Forever (Hardcover)
David Kingsley Snell; Foreword by Nolan Richardson
R711 R562 Discovery Miles 5 620 Save R149 (21%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In the 1966 NCAA basketball championship game, an all-white University of Kentucky team was beaten by a team from Texas Western College (now UTEP) that fielded only black players. The game, played in the middle of the racially turbulent 1960s-part David and Goliath in short pants, part emancipation proclamation of college basketball-helped destroy stereotypes about black athletes. Filled with revealing anecdotes, The Baron and the Bear is the story of two intensely passionate coaches and the teams they led through the ups and downs of a college basketball season. In the twilight of his legendary career, Kentucky's Adolph Rupp ("The Baron of the Bluegrass") was seeking his fifth NCAA championship. Texas Western's Don Haskins ("The Bear" to his players) had been coaching at a small West Texas high school just five years before the championship. After this history-making game, conventional wisdom that black players lacked the discipline to win without a white player to lead began to dissolve. Northern schools began to abandon unwritten quotas limiting the number of blacks on the court at one time. Southern schools, where athletics had always been a whites-only activity, began a gradual move toward integration. David Kingsley Snell brings the season to life, offering fresh insights on the teams, the coaches, and the impact of the game on race relations in America.

'twas the Night Before Tipoff - The University of Kansas Jayhawks (Hardcover): Chris Meggs 'twas the Night Before Tipoff - The University of Kansas Jayhawks (Hardcover)
Chris Meggs; Illustrated by Rob Peters
R431 R353 Discovery Miles 3 530 Save R78 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Living through the Hoop - High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (Hardcover): Reuben A. Buford May Living through the Hoop - High School Basketball, Race, and the American Dream (Hardcover)
Reuben A. Buford May
R2,415 Discovery Miles 24 150 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

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aMayas commitment to these boys is clear, as he becomes convinced that even though their fantasies of living the American dream are for the most part a adirty trick, a it still remains about the best thing going in their sadly limited lives.a
--"Publishers Weekly"

aA powerful and sober analysis of the lives of poor young people and coaches who sustain themselves with meaningful relationships and impossible dreams. May is an outstanding participant observer and interviewer who takes his reader into a social world, unpacks its meaning, and shows off the power of a vivid sociological imagination.a
--Mitchell Duneier, author of "Sidewalk" and "Slimas Table"

aMoving and memorable, Living Through the Hoop offers an unflinching account of black male ballplayersa lives. Immersing himself in the lives of players on a high school basketball team, leading ethnographer May eloquently describes the impact of their ahoop dreams.a Mayas profound analysis shows basketball playing can often lead to success in not so flamboyant ways, as young men learn to avoid lures of mean streets, develop teamwork and fairness values, and counter omnipresent barriers of a racist society.a
--Joe R. Feagin, author of "Systemic Racism"

When high school basketball player LeBron James was selected as the top pick in the National Basketball Association draft of 2003, the hopes of a half-million high school basketball players soared. If LeBron could go straight from high school to the NBA, why couldnat they? Such is the allure of basketball for so many young African American men. Unfortunately, the reality is that their chances of ever playingbasketball at the professional, or even college, level are infinitesimal. In Living Through the Hoop, Reuben A. Buford May tells the absorbing story of the hopes and struggles of one high school basketball team.

With a clear passion for the game, May grabs readers with both hands and pulls them onto the hardwood, going under the hoop and inside the locker room. May spent seven seasons as an assistant coach of the Northeast High School Knights in aNortheast, a Georgia. We meet players like Larique and Pooty Cat, hard-working and energetic young men, willing to play and practice basketball seven days a week and banking on the unlimited promise of the game. And we meet Coach Benson, their unorthodox, out-spoken, and fierce leader, who regularly coached them to winning seasons, twice going to the state tournamentas Elite Eight championships.

Beyond the wins and losses, May provides a portrait of the playersa hopes and aspirations, their home lives, and the difficulties they face in living in a poor and urban area -- namely, the temptations of drugs and alcohol, violence in their communities, run-ins with the police, and unstable family lives. We learn what it means to become a man when you live in places that define manhood by how tough you can be, how many women you can have, and how much money you can hustle.

May shows the powerful role that the basketball team can play in keeping these kids astraight, a away from street-life, focused on completing high school, and possibly even attending college. Their stories, and the double-edged sword of ahoop dreams, a is at the heart of this compelling story about young African American menas struggle to find their way in an often grim world.

Lessons From the Legends: Offense - The Authoritative Reference on All Aspects of Offense from the Most Respected Coaches in... Lessons From the Legends: Offense - The Authoritative Reference on All Aspects of Offense from the Most Respected Coaches in America (Paperback)
Jerry Krause, Ralph Pim
R673 R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Save R148 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Written for both coaches and fans who love the game, this extraordinary book features the offensive coaching insights of 33 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaches, including Larry Brown, John Wooden, Jody Conradt, Pete Newell, and Adolph Rupp. Each coach has his own section consisting of his legacy with bullet points highlighting their contributions to the game, followed by their biography, a scouting report, and lessons and instruction accompanied by easy-to-read diagrams.

Wartime Basketball - The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II (Hardcover): Douglas Stark Wartime Basketball - The Emergence of a National Sport during World War II (Hardcover)
Douglas Stark
R829 R650 Discovery Miles 6 500 Save R179 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Wartime Basketball tells the story of basketball's survival and development during World War II and how those years profoundly affected the game's growth after the war. Prior to World War II, basketball-professional and collegiate-was largely a regional game, with different styles played throughout the country. Among its many impacts on home-front life, the war forced pro and amateur leagues to contract and combine rosters to stay competitive. At the same time, the U.S. military created base teams made up of top players who found themselves in uniform. The war created the opportunity for players from different parts of the country to play with and against each other. As a result, a more consistent form of basketball began to take shape. The rising popularity of the professional game led to the formation of the World Professional Basketball Tournament (WPBT) in 1939. The original March Madness, the WPBT was played in Chicago for ten years and allowed professional, amateur, barnstorming, and independent teams to compete in a round-robin tournament. The WPBT included all-black and integrated teams in the first instance where all-black teams could compete for a "world series of basketball" against white teams. Wartime Basketball describes how the WPBT paved the way for the National Basketball League to integrate in December 1942, five years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball. Weaving stories from the court into wartime and home-front culture like a finely threaded bounce pass, Wartime Basketball sheds light on important developments in the sport's history that have been largely overlooked.

The Complete Guide to Coaching Girls' Basketball (Paperback): Sylvia Hatchell, Jeff Thomas The Complete Guide to Coaching Girls' Basketball (Paperback)
Sylvia Hatchell, Jeff Thomas
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"Coach Hatchell's book is a must-read for every girls' basketball coach. She is fantastic in every phase of the game, and I love watching her teams play."Roy Williams, head men's basketball coach, University of North Carolina, and Associated Press Coach of the Year, 2006.

What does it take to turn a good coach into a great one? You need to be a teacher, a motivator, a guru of X's and O's. Coach Sylvia Hatchell shows you how she manages all these roles and gives you her winning advice to creating a team of champions..

Head coach of the University of North Carolina's women's team, Coach Hathcell combines the Tar Heels' longstanding tradition of basketball greatness with her personal dedication to guiding young women as she teaches you how to: . . Communicate effectively to get peak performances from 11- to 18-year-old girls. Teach all the fundamentals of the game and run a productive, high-energy practice. Develop a formidable offense and tenacious defense. Master 75 of her favorite drills, ranging in difficulty from beginner to advanced. .

Sylvia Hatchell, a college coach for 30 years, has accumulated a record of 445187 in 20 seasons at the University of North Carolina. In 2006, her Tar Heels made the Final Four and Hatchell was named the Associated Press Women's Coach of the Year. She was inducted into the Womens Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina..

Jeff Thomas has coached girls' basketball for 16 years at the youth, high school, and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) levels. He lives in Richmond, Virginia..

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