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The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
by Kobe Bryant

Language

English

Pages

206

Publication Date

October 23, 2018

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<p><b><i>The Mamba Mentality: How I Play</i></b><b> is Kobe Bryant鈥檚 personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the game鈥攁 fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar.</b></p><p>In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe 鈥淭he Black Mamba鈥?Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary 鈥淢amba mentality.鈥?Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it 鈥渢he right way,鈥?<i>The Mamba Mentality</i> takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.</p><p>In his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries. They鈥檒l also get fascinating granular detail as he breaks down specific plays and match-ups from throughout his career.</p><p>Bryant鈥檚 detailed accounts are paired with stunning photographs by the Hall of Fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. Bernstein, long the Lakers and NBA official photographer, captured Bryant鈥檚 very first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016鈥攁nd hundreds of thousands in between, the record of a unique, twenty-year relationship between one athlete and one photographer.</p><p>The combination of Bryant鈥檚 narrative and Bernstein鈥檚 photos make <i>The Mamba Mentality</i> an unprecedented look behind the curtain at the career of one of the world鈥檚 most celebrated and fascinating athletes.</p>
Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable
by Tim S. Grover

Language

English

Pages

272

Publication Date

April 16, 2013

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<b>For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats鈥擬ichael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds of relentless competitors in sports, business, and every walk of life鈥攁nd made them greater. Now, for the first time ever, he reveals what it takes to achieve total mental and physical dominance, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire.</b><br /><br />Direct, blunt, and brutally honest,<b> </b>Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In 鈥淭he Relentless 13,鈥?he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. <i>Relentless </i>shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent鈥檚 weakness and attack. Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients鈥斺€渄on鈥檛 think鈥濃€攁nd shows you that anything is possible. Packed with previously untold stories and unparalleled insight into the psyches of the most successful and accomplished athletes of our time, <i>Relentless </i>shows you how even the best get better . . . and how you can too.
The City Game: Triumph, Scandal, and a Legendary Basketball Team
by Matthew Goodman

Language

English

Pages

420

Publication Date

November 05, 2019

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<b>The powerful story of a college basketball team who carried an era鈥檚 brightest hopes鈥攔acial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog鈥攂ut whose success was soon followed by a shocking downfall</b><br /> <br /><b>鈥淎 masterpiece of American storytelling.鈥濃€擥ilbert King, Pulitzer Prize鈥搘inning author of<i>聽Devil in the Grove</i></b><br /><br /><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST SPORTS BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <i>THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW</i></b><br /><br />The unlikeliest of champions, the 1949鈥?0 City College Beavers were extraordinary by every measure. New York鈥檚聽City College was a tuition-free, merit-based college in Harlem known far more for its intellectual achievements and political radicalism than its athletic prowess. Only two years after Jackie Robinson broke the Major League Baseball color barrier鈥攁nd at a time when the National Basketball Association was still segregated鈥攅very single member of the Beavers was either Jewish or African American. But during that remarkable season, under the guidance of the legendary former player Nat Holman, this unheralded group of city kids would stun the basketball world by becoming the only team in history to win the NIT and NCAA tournaments in the same year.<br /><br /> This team, though, proved to be extraordinary in another way: During the following season, all of the team鈥檚 starting five were arrested by New York City detectives, charged with conspiring with gamblers to shave points. Almost overnight these beloved heroes turned into fallen idols. The story centers on two teammates and close friends, Eddie Roman and Floyd Layne, one white, one black, each caught up in the scandal, each searching for a path to personal redemption. Though banned from the NBA, Layne continued to devote himself to basketball, teaching the game to young people in his Bronx neighborhood and, ultimately, with Roman鈥檚 help, finding another kind of triumph鈥攐ne that no one could have anticipated.<br /><br /> Drawing on interviews with the surviving members of that championship team, Matthew Goodman has created an indelible portrait of an era of smoke-filled arenas and Borscht Belt hotels, when college basketball was far more popular than the professional game. It was a time when gangsters controlled illegal sports betting, the police were on their payroll, and everyone, it seemed, was getting rich鈥攅xcept for the young men who actually played the games.聽<br /><br />Tautly paced and rich with period detail, <i>The City Game</i> tells a story both dramatic and poignant: of political corruption, duplicity in big-time college sports, and the deeper meaning of athletic success.
2019-20 NFHS Basketball Rules Book
by NFHS

Language

English

Pages

184

Publication Date

September 01, 2019

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Contains the official rules for basketball and are designed to explain all aspects of the sport.
Showboat: The Life of Kobe Bryant
by Roland Lazenby

Language

English

Pages

641

Publication Date

October 25, 2016

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<b>The definitive portrait of Kobe Bryant, from the author of <i>Michael Jordan</i>. "Lazenby's detailed research and fantastic writing paint a complex, engaging picture of one of the NBA's greats" (Kurt Helin, NBC Sports).</b> <br /><br /> Eighteen-time All-Star, scorer of 81 points in a single game, MVP, and one of the best shooting guards in NBA league history: Kobe Bryant is among basketball's absolute greatest players, and his importance to the sport is undeniable. Third on the NBA career scoring list and owner of five championship rings, he is an undisputed all-time great, one deserving of this deep and definitive biography. <br /><br /> Even within the flashiest franchise in all of sports -- the Los Angeles Lakers, where he played his entire career -- Bryant always took center stage, and his final game captivated the basketball world, indeed the country. Roland Lazenby delves deep to look behind this public image, using classic basketball reporting and dozens of new interviews to reveal the whole picture, from Bryant's childhood through his playing years. <br /><br /> <i><b>Showboat</b> </i>is filled with large personalities and provocative stories, including details of Bryant's complicated personal life and explosive relationships on the court, and is a riveting and essential read for every hoops fan.
The Sixth Man: A Memoir
by Andre Iguodala

Language

English

Pages

255

Publication Date

June 25, 2019

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<b>**The Instant National Bestseller**<br /><br />The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the Golden State Warriors.<br /><br /> </b>Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors鈥?fifth Finals appearance in five years, his game has never been stronger.聽<br /><br />Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too鈥攆or his successful tech investments, his philanthropy, and increasingly for his contributions to the conversation about race in America. It is no surprise, then, that in his first book, Andre, with his cowriter Carvell Wallace, has pushed himself to go further than he ever has before about his life, not only as an athlete but about what makes him who he is at his core.<br /><br /><i>The Sixth Man </i>traces Andre鈥檚 journey from childhood in his Illinois hometown to his Bay Area home court today. Basketball has always been there. But this is the story, too, of his experience of the conflict and racial tension always at hand in a professional league made up largely of African American men; of whether and why the athlete owes the total sacrifice of his body; of the relationship between competition and brotherhood among the players of one of history鈥檚 most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they鈥檝e already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed.聽<br /><br />On drive, on leadership, on pain, on accomplishment, on the shame of being given a role, and the glory of taking a role on: This is a powerful memoir of life and basketball that reveals new depths to the superstar athlete, and offers tremendous insight into most urgent stories being told in American society today.
You Are the Team: 6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Gre...
by Michael Rogers

Language

English

Pages

128

Publication Date

June 05, 2017

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Finally, a book to help members of your team(s) and/or organization(s) to become stronger and more connected and committed team players. A must read for every member of your team if you are serious about upping the level of teamwork. <br /><br />You Are the Team鈥? Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great is both engaging and practical. Author Michael Rogers uses a variety of inspiring and entertaining stories to highlight each concept in the book. Thought-provoking introspective questions are found at the end of each section to help readers reflect on how they are currently applying each team concept. The end of the book includes an eye-opening assessment with 32 questions to gauge the overall effectiveness of each member of your team.<br /><br />After reading You Are the Team, members of your team and/or in your organization will think differently about how they personally contribute to teamwork. <br /><br />Inspire and move members of your team to:<br />鈥ork more selflessly by focusing on the team first <br />鈥onor commitments by doing what they say they will do<br />鈥e more honest, bold and direct in discussions, including meetings<br />鈥ake accountability for their performance<br />鈥roactively seek and embrace feedback from teammates <br />鈥mprove personal gratitude for leaders and teammates<br />鈥ring more positive energy to the team <br />鈥efrain from negativity and gossip<br />鈥ompliment more regularly and celebrate successes more frequently<br />鈥e more respectful and kinder<br />鈥emonstrate greater empathy and improve understanding <br />鈥o the extra mile for the team<br />鈥mprove personal focus on goals<br />鈥ring solutions, not problems<br />鈥nspire and lead<br /><br />Would you agree that team members committing and acting on just a few of these concepts would improve connection, collaboration and ultimately teamwork?<br /><br />This is a book for you, your team and entire organization. <br /><br />You Are the Team--6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great dramatically improves the way your team works together by changing the heart and mind of every member of your team. <br /><br />Many leaders struggle with getting members of their team to help and assist each other; to be direct, candid and respectful in their communication; to actively participate in meetings--providing ideas and passionately discussing important topics; to trust each other; to stop their team from engaging in negative talk and even gossip; and to have members of their team take accountability for their job and performance... to name just a few. <br /><br />You Are the Team--6 Simple Ways Teammates Can Go from Good to Great combats each of these team issues, which stem from what author Michael Rogers calls the "Teammate Me Culture," which is when members of the team care more about their own needs than the team's needs and where teamwork fails as a result. <br /><br />Everyone knows that remarkable teamwork equals remarkable results. That's why organizations spend so much time and money on team-building and team-development activities. However, few teams succeed in actually improving their teamwork because team members have little commitment to the team or its outcomes. <br /><br />The sad reality is that many team members are performing far below what they are capable of achieving, and consequently, they hold their teams back from being extraordinary. <br />Order a copy for you, for your entire team, and for your entire organization.<br /><br />Author Michael G. Rogers is a former Director of Learning, Performance & Quality for a Fortune 50 company and is currently an adjunct professor at Southern Utah University in the School of Business. He has over 20 years of experience consulting and working with a wide variety of teams.
Dust Bowl Girls: The Inspiring Story of the Team that Barnstormed...
by Lydia Reeder

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English

Pages

303

Publication Date

January 24, 2017

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<b>鈥淭hrilling, cinematic聽.聽.聽. I loved every minute I spent with the bold, daring women of the Cardinals basketball team聽.聽.聽. The stuff of American legend鈥?(Karen Abbott, <i>New York Times</i>鈥揵estselling author).</b><br /><br /><i>The Boys in the Boat</i> meets <i>A League of Their Own</i> in this true story of a Depression-era championship women鈥檚 team.<br /><br />During the drought and financial crisis of the 1930s, Oklahoma basketball coach Sam Babb traveled from farm to farm recruiting talented, hardworking young women and offering them a chance at a better life: a free college education in exchange for playing on his basketball team, the Cardinals. And as Babb coached the Cardinals, something extraordinary happened. These remarkable athletes found a passion for the game and a heartfelt loyalty to one another and their coach鈥攁nd they began to win.<br /><br />Combining exhilarating sports writing and exceptional storytelling, <i>Dust Bowl Girls</i> takes readers on the Cardinals鈥?intense, improbable journey all the way to an epic showdown with the prevailing national champions, helmed by the legendary Babe Didrikson. Lydia Reeder captures a moment in history when female athletes faced intense scrutiny from influential figures in politics, education, and medicine who denounced women鈥檚 sports as unhealthy and unladylike. At a time when a struggling nation was hungry for inspiration, this unlikely group of trailblazers achieved much more than a championship season.<br /><br />鈥淎 compelling, heartwarming story of a group of college students determined to accomplish the impossible. This is a book you can鈥檛 put down.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Denver Post</i><br /><br />鈥淸A] great sports story about an underdog whose triumphs inspired a community that badly needed a lift in the midst of hard economic times. I can鈥檛 wait for the movie.鈥?鈥?lt;i>The Oklahoman</i>
Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the...
by John Wooden

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English

Pages

238

Publication Date

April 22, 1997

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<p><b>NATIONAL BESTSELLER</b></p> <p><b>"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs."--John Wooden </b></p> <p>Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, <i>Wooden</i> presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.</p> <p>In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.</p> <p>These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made <i>Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court</i> an inspirational classic.</p>
Boom Town: The Fantastical Saga of Oklahoma City, Its Chaotic Fou...
by Sam Anderson

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English

Pages

435

Publication Date

August 21, 2018

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<b>A <i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> NOTABLE BOOK OF 2018<br /><br />NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR,聽<i>CHICAGO TRIBUNE</i>, <i>SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE</i>,聽<i>THE ECONOMIST </i>AND<i> DEADSPIN</i><br /><br />Award-winning journalist Sam Anderson鈥檚 long-awaited debut is a brilliant, kaleidoscopic narrative of Oklahoma City鈥攁 great American story of civics, basketball, and destiny.</b><br /><br />Oklahoma City was born from chaos. It was founded in a bizarre but momentous 鈥淟and Run鈥?in 1889, when thousands of people lined up along the borders of Oklahoma Territory and rushed in at noon to stake their claims. Since then, it has been a city torn between the wild energy that drives its outsized ambitions, and the forces of order that seek sustainable progress. Nowhere was this dynamic better realized than in the drama of the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team鈥檚 2012-13 season, when the Thunder鈥檚 brilliant general manager, Sam Presti, ignited a firestorm by trading future superstar James Harden just days before the first game. Presti鈥檚 all-in gamble on 鈥渢he Process鈥濃€攖he patient, methodical management style that dictated the trade as the team鈥檚 best hope for long-term greatness鈥攌icked off a pivotal year in the city鈥檚 history, one that would include pitched battles over urban planning, a series of cataclysmic tornadoes, and the frenzied hope that an NBA championship might finally deliver the glory of which the city had always dreamed.<br /><i><br />Boom Town</i>聽announces the arrival of an exciting literary voice. Sam Anderson, former book critic for聽<i>New York</i>聽magazine and now a staff聽writer at the聽<i>New York Times</i>聽magazine, unfolds an idiosyncratic mix of American history, sports reporting, urban studies, gonzo memoir, and much more to tell the strange but compelling story of an American city whose unique mix of geography and history make it a fascinating microcosm of the democratic experiment. Filled with characters ranging from NBA superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook; to Flaming Lips oddball frontman Wayne Coyne; to legendary Great Plains meteorologist Gary England; to Stanley Draper, Oklahoma City's would-be Robert Moses<b>; </b>to<b> </b>civil rights activist Clara Luper; to the citizens and public servants who survived the notorious 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building,聽<i>Boom Town聽</i>offers a remarkable look at the urban tapestry woven from control and chaos, sports and civics.

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