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Relentless

46 ratings

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An all-new production of the phenomenal best seller, now featuring exclusive new conversations with the authors! For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greats - Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds of relentless competitors in sports, business, and every walk of life - and 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. Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, 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 “The Relentless 13”, he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life. Relentless 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’s weakness and attack.  Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clients - “don’t think” - and 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, Relentless shows you how even the best get better...and how you can too.

©2020 Relentless Publishing, LLC. “A Note from Tim Grover” ©2014 Relentless Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Narrator: Pete Simonelli
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
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Seven Seconds or Less

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Sports Illustrated's chief NBA writer, Jack McCallum, only planned to spend the preseason with the Phoenix Suns as an "assistant coach" - and then write a story about his experiences. Instead, he stayed on with the Suns throughout their exciting and controversial 2005-2006 season. Gaining access to everything from locker-room chats with superstar point guard Steve Nash, to coaches' meetings with maverick coach Mike D'Antoni, McCallum learned what makes this wildly popular, innovative, and international assemblage of talented players and brilliant coaches tick - making Seven Seconds or Less an all-access look at one of the greatest shows in sports.

©2006 Jack McCallum (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: B. Jay Kaplan
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
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The Sixth Man

49 ratings

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The instant national best seller  The standout memoir from NBA powerhouse Andre Iguodala, the indomitable sixth man of the champion Golden State Warriors. Andre Iguodala is one of the most admired players in the NBA. And fresh off the Warriors’ third NBA championship in the last four years, his game has never been stronger.  Off the court, Iguodala has earned respect, too - for 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.  The Sixth Man traces Andre’s 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’s most glorious championship teams. And of what motivates an athlete to keep striving for more once they’ve already achieved the highest level of play they could have dreamed.  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.

©2019 Andre Iguodala (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
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The Victory Machine

19 ratings

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How money, guts, and greed built the Warriors dynasty - and then took it apart The Golden State Warriors dominated the NBA for the better part of a decade. Since the arrival of owner Joe Lacob, they won more championships and sold more merchandise than any other franchise in the sport. And in 2019, they opened the doors on a lavish new stadium. Yet all this success contained some of the seeds of decline. Ethan Sherwood Strauss' clear-eyed exposé reveals the team's culture, its financial ambitions and struggles, and the price that its players and managers have paid for all their winning. From Lacob's unlikely acquisition of the team to Kevin Durant's controversial departure, Strauss shows how the smallest moments can define success or failure for years. And, looking ahead, Strauss ponders whether this organization can rebuild after its abrupt fall from the top, and how a relentless business wears down its players and executives. The Victory Machine is a defining book on the modern NBA: it not only rewrites the story of the Warriors, but shows how the Darwinian business of pro basketball really works.

©2020 Ethan Sherwood Strauss (P)2020 Hachette Audio

Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
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Return of the King

8 ratings

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In this New York Times best seller, get the inside scoop into LeBron James's return - and ultimate triumph - in Cleveland.  What really happened when LeBron James stunned the NBA by leaving a potential dynasty in Miami to come home to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers? How did the Cavs use secret meetings to put together the deal to add star Kevin Love? Who really made the controversial decision to fire coach David Blatt when the team was in first place? Where did the greatest comeback in NBA history truly begin - and end?  Return of the King takes you onto the private planes, inside the locker room conversations, and into the middle of the intense huddles where one of the greatest stories in basketball history took place, resulting in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title after trailing the Golden State Warriors three games to one.  You'll hear from all the characters involved - the players, the executives, the agents, and the owners - as they reveal stories never before told. Get the background on all the controversies, the rivalries, and the bad blood from two reporters who were there for every day, plot twist, and social media snafu as they take you through the fascinating ride that culminated in a heart-stopping game seven. 

©2017 Brian Windhorst (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
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My Life, My Fight

1 rating

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The OKC Thunder's big man shares the unlikely story behind his indomitable sense of determination and his journey from Rotorua, New Zealand to stardom in the NBA. Steven Adams overcame extreme odds to become a first-round prospect in the 2013 NBA draft. From there he signed a major contract with the Oklahoma City Thunder - making him New Zealand's highest-paid athlete ever - and went on to forge a reputation for his intense, physical style of basketball. Adams takes you inside the draft process from the fascinating whirlwind tour of pre-draft workouts with dozens of teams to the draft itself where dreams are made or dashed and the Gatorade bottles on every table are glued shut. He reveals what it's like to be a rookie in the league, getting pushed around and elbowed - or worse. He takes the court alongside superstars like Russell Westbrook, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, and Kevin Durant; and matches up against legendary big men like Tim Duncan, DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard, and Draymond Green. Adams recounts the Thunder's rise through the victories and the heartbreaks and how the resilient team has a bright future ahead.  In this intimate account of his life story so far, the seven-foot center also reflects on his humble upbringing as one of 14 children, the impact of his father's death when he was just 13, the multiple challenges and setbacks he has faced, and what basketball means to him.  Told with warmth, humor, and humility, My Life, My Fight is a gripping account from an emerging superstar. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2018 Steven Adams (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Chris Hobbs
Author: Steven Adams
Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
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Kobe Bryant and the Mamba Mentality

1 rating

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Do you want to know the history and career of Kobe Bryant or absorb his winning mentality? Then keep listening… After retiring from professional basketball, Kobe "The Black Mamba" Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take fans on an unprecedented journey into the heart of the legendary Mamba mentality. With an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans and dedicated students of the game how to play it "the right way", The Mamba Mentality takes us into the spirit of one of the most intelligent basketballs, analytical and creative players ever. In his own words, Bryant reveals his detailed approach and the steps he has taken to prepare himself mentally and physically, not only for a successful game but also for excellence. Listeners will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played against injuries. They will also get fascinating grainy details if he breaks down specific games and competitions during his career. What is the book about: Summary of the Mamba mentality Biography of Kobe Bryant The Mamba Mentality The Kobe routine Time management Kobe obstacles Diversion control The Mamba mentality quotes About mamba mentality About winning mentality  NBA career and relationship with teammate Bryant's detailed accounts are combined with beautiful photos from Andrew or Bernstein, Hall of Fame photographer. Bernstein, for many years an official photographer for the Lakers and NBA, made Bryant's first NBA photo in 1996 and his last in 2016 - and hundreds of thousands in between, the record for a unique twenty-year relationship between an athlete and photographer. Ready to get started? Click “Buy Now”!

©2020 Robert Lee (P)2020 Robert Lee

Narrator: Damon Knox
Author: Robert Lee
Length: 2 hrs and 29 mins
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Playing for Keeps

5 ratings

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New York Times best seller From a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist comes “the best Jordan book so far” (The Washington Post), the story of Michael Jordan’s legendary years with the Chicago Bulls, capped by the 1998 NBA Finals and the team’s second three-peat.  From The Breaks of the Game to Summer of '49, David Halberstam has brought the perspective of a great historian, the insider knowledge of a dogged sportswriter, and the love of a fan to bear on some of the most mythic players and teams in the annals of American sports. With Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, he has given himself the greatest challenge and produced his greatest triumph.  In Playing for Keeps, David Halberstam takes the first full measure of Michael Jordan's epic career, one of the great American stories of our time. A narrative of astonishing power and human drama, brimming with revealing anecdotes and penetrating insights, the audiobook chronicles the forces in Jordan's life that have shaped him in to history's greatest basketball player and the larger forces that have converged to make him the most famous living human being in the world.

©2012 David Halberstam (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: JD Jackson
Length: 20 hrs and 1 min
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From the Outside

5 ratings

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The record-holding two-time National Basketball Association champion reflects on his work ethic, his on-the-court friendships and rivalries, the great teams he's played for, and what it takes to have a long and successful career in this thoughtful, in-depth memoir.  Playing in the NBA for 18 years, Ray Allen won championships with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat and entered the record books as the original king of the three-point shot. Known as one of the hardest-working and highest-achieving players in NBA history, this most dedicated competitor was legendary for his sharp shooting. From the Outside, complete with a foreword by Spike Lee, is his story in his words: a no-holds-barred look at his life and career, filled with behind-the-scenes stories and surprising revelations about the game he has always cherished.  Allen talks openly about his fellow players, coaches, owners, and friends, including LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. He reveals how, as a kid growing up in a military family, he learned about responsibility and respect - the key to making those perfect free throws and critical three-point shots.  From the Outside is the portrait of a gifted athlete and a serious man with a strongly defined philosophy about the game and the right way it should be played - a philosophy that, at times, set him apart from colleagues and coaches, while inspiring so many others, and lead to the most pivotal shot of his career: the unforgettable three-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6 of the 2013 NBA finals against the San Antonio Spurs. Throughout, Allen makes clear that success in basketball is as much about what happens off the court as on, that devotion and commitment are the true essence of the game - and of life itself. 

©2018 Walter Ray Allen Jr. (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
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The Truth About Overseas Basketball Exposure Camps

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Attention all professional basketball players who want to know which camps are worth it versus which camps are scams and wastes of time, get exposure to the team managers and owners who can offer you a contract and the agents who have connections to them, and even take a huge step toward signing a professional basketball contract ASAP. If you're looking to succeed with overseas basketball, then this brand new book by overseas basketball expert, Dre Baldwin, is for you. Dre Baldwin reveals how every professional basketball player can understand how to choose the right exposure camp for you that will give you the highest return on investment and give you your best chance to be seen by the people who will help advance your career. In fact, here's just a sample of you'll discover in the pages of this insightful new book:  "The Truth About Overseas Exposure Camps" (an interview with overseas basketball expert, Dre Baldwin) The number-one rule pro basketball players need to follow for overseas exposure camp success The most important rule for how to choose the right pro basketball exposure camps - and what mistakes to avoid (no matter what your current level of achievement) The cardinal overseas exposure camps rule pro basketball players need to follow when it comes to leveraging exposure camps to further your basketball career Several other critical rules about overseas exposure camps every pro basketball player needs to know about Specific overseas exposure camps tools and resources Dre Baldwin thinks are the most important in today's world (and how you can get access to them fast) Specific rules to help pro basketball players save a lot of time with overseas exposure camps (and avoid a lot of wasted effort) The biggest rule Dre Baldwin ever broke as a pro basketball player when it came to overseas exposure camps (and how you can learn from that experience)  ...and much, much more!

©2020 Work On Your Game Inc (P)2020 Work On Your Game Inc

Narrator: Dre Baldwin
Author: Dre Baldwin
Length: 1 hr and 34 mins
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Basketball (and Other Things)

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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 listeners 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?). 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.

©2017, 2020 Shea Serrano (P)2021 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Crisden
Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
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Inside the NBA Bubble

2 ratings

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A single-sitting, pause-resisting, behind-the-scenes account of the NBA lockdown at Disney World by Jared Dudley of the world champion Los Angeles Lakers. Omens in China. The tragic passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. A novel coronavirus and the protests honoring George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. For Jared Dudley and the Los Angeles Lakers, the suspended 2019-2020 NBA season was, from the beginning, about more than winning basketball games. But what now?  This is the year of the Bubble, a vacated Disney World, and the nearly one hundred days that 350 players and personnel from twenty-two NBA teams isolated from their friends and family, testing their patience for a dorm-style solution to America’s lost pandemic sports season - but also inspiring them. In a country violently divided by more than COVID-19, the Lakers rise to the occasion. From initial quarantine to the best basketball ever played by LeBron James and Anthony Davis to transitioning again to the real world, Jared Dudley shares his winning memories of a personal and professional victory from inside the NBA Bubble.

©2021 by Jared Dudley. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Narrator: Jared Dudley
Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Dream Team

4 ratings

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How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the greatest team of all time conquered the world and changed the game of basketball forever. They were the Beatles of basketball, the Mercury Seven in sneakers.... In Dream Team, acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic men's basketball team that captivated the world, kindled the hoop dreams of countless children around the planet, and remade the NBA into a global sensation. As a senior staff writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. For the duration of the Olympics, he lived with, golfed with, and - most importantly - drank with some of the greatest players of the NBA's Golden Age: Magic Johnson, the ebullient showman who shrugged off his recent diagnosis of HIV to become the team's unquestioned captain and leader; Michael Jordan, the transcendent talent at the height of his powers as a player - and a marketing juggernaut; and Charles Barkley, the outspoken iconoclast whose utterances on and off the court threatened to ignite an international incident. Presiding over the entire traveling circus was the Dream Team's beloved coach, Chuck Daly, whose laissez-faire approach proved instrumental in getting the most out of such disparate personalities and superstars as Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Scottie Pippen. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team's Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where the players debate both the finer points of basketball and their respective places in the NBA pantheon. And he narrates a riveting possession-by-possession account of the legendary July 1992 intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game - and the greatest exhibition of trash talk - in history. In the 20 years since the Dream Team first captivated the world's attention, its mystique has only grown - and so has its influence. The NBA is now flush with international stars, many of them inspired by the exuberant spirit of '92. Dream Team vividly recreates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together, outperformed the hype, and changed the future of sports - one perfectly executed fast break at a time.

©2012 Jack McCallum (P)2012 Tantor

Narrator: Dick Hill
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
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Michael Jordan

75 ratings

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The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time. When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: The Shrug, The Shot, The Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there's also a dark side to Jordan: A ruthless competitor, a gambler. There's never been a biography that balanced these personas-until now. Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: The player, the icon, and the man. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2014 Roland Lazenby (P)2014 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Bob Souer
Length: 21 hrs and 8 mins
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Betaball

8 ratings

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Moneyball meets The City Game in this compelling look at how the NBA champion Golden State Warriors embraced savvy business practices, next-gen science, and the corporate culture of Silicon Valley to not only produce one of the greatest basketball teams in history but also revolutionize the NBA. Discover the definitive inside account of how the Warriors, under the leadership of venture capitalist Joe Lacob and Hollywood producer Peter Guber, quickly became one of the most remarkable success stories ever, both in sports and in business. In just five years, they turned a declining franchise with no immediate hope into one of the greatest teams in basketball, a period that included the rise of All-Star point guard Stephen Curry and two NBA championships in the past three years. By operating in "beta" - always innovating, unafraid to embrace change, encouraging risk - the Warriors have become a model organization for American professional sports, instituting the best workplace principles found inside the world's most successful corporations and instilling a top-down organizational ethos that allows their employees to thrive, from the front office to the free-throw line. With in-depth access and meticulous reporting on and off the court, acclaimed journalist Erik Malinowski recounts a gripping tale of worlds colliding, a team's reinvention, ordinary people being pushed to extraordinary heights, and the Golden State Warriors' unending quest to remain the best.

©2017 Erik Malinowski (P)2017 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: George Newbern
Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
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Chasing Perfection

3 ratings

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Basketball team building is the ultimate challenge at the NBA level, and the last few years have seen a massive change in the amount of money, technology, and approaches to finding and evaluating players. This process starts at the high school level, goes through college, and culminates in the NBA, where the ability to identify and cultivate talent is at an absolute premium. Media and fans like to talk about "busts" when a player doesn't work out, but in truth it takes a complete team/franchise culture beyond any evaluation system to ensure the greatest chance of player success. Spanning the entire amateur and pro basketball landscape and using the 2014-2015 NBA season as a prism to a much larger story, Chasing Perfection is a fascinating, all-access spin through the inner workings of the smartest minds at every level of the game. It is about the ongoing relentless, high-stakes quest to find what national sportswriter Andy Glockner calls "perfected players" and what ultimately happens to them at the highest (pro) level. Every team knows they want to find the next Jordan or LeBron. Rather, the resources teams are pouring into various kinds of research and analysis is intended to turn less-expensive supporting players into crucial extra wins and, hopefully, championships. Chasing Perfection explores those players who, by the end of their run through high school and college and into the NBA, hit as many qualitative and quantitative predictors of future success as possible. Molded and then unearthed by years-long processes, they theoretically should be very strong contributors, but there are a ton of external factors that can affect individual success. Sometimes, though, they bomb, and the stories of why they do are as interesting and illustrative as those who actually succeed. Maybe more so. Chasing Perfection will generate a lot of conversation, as fans of both basketball and Moneyball-style performance analytics, people in the industry, and fans/outsiders will then discuss further and expand their understanding and approaches. It answers questions such as: How do the San Antonio Spurs continue to get enormous production above normal from their complementary rotation players? What is behind the quiet rise of the Atlanta Hawks? What is the philosophy behind the so-called "tanking" employed by the Philadelphia 76ers? Where do perfected players come from? How are NBA teams using Big Data? Who are the top 10 current perfected players and the most perfected player?

©2017 Andy Glockner (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Graham Corrigan
Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
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The Rebounders

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Unlike the stories of most visible division I college athletes, Amanda Ottaway’s story has more in common with those of the 80 percent of college athletes who are never seen on TV. The Rebounders follows the college career of an average NCAA Division I women’s basketball player in the 21st century. It begins with the recruiting process when Ottaway is an eager, naive teenager and ends when she’s a more contemplative 20-something alumna. Ottaway’s story, along with the journeys of her dynamic Wildcat teammates at Davidson College in North Carolina, covers - in engaging detail - the life of a mid-major athlete: recruitment, the preseason, body image and eating disorders, schoolwork, family relationships, practice, love life, team travel, game day, injuries, drug and alcohol use, coaching changes, and what comes after the very last game. Most college athletes, famous or not, play hard, get hurt, fail, and triumph together in a profound love of their sport and one another, and then their careers end, and they figure out how to move on. From concussions and minor injuries to classrooms, parties, and relationships, Ottaway understands the experience of a Division I women’s basketball player firsthand. The Rebounders is, at its core, a feminist coming-of-age story, an exploration of what it means to be a young woman who loves a sport and is on a course of self-discovery through that medium. The book is published by University of Nebraska Press. The audiobook is published by University Press Audiobooks. Praise for the book: "A must for anyone interested in college athletics." (Book and Film Globe) “Captures the spirit of collegiate sport with both candor and joy.” (Madeleine Blais, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of In These Girls, Hope Is a Muscle) "Captures the feel of the game, literally, in the swoosh of the ball through the net, and figuratively, as a metaphor for love itself." (BookMark)

©2018 Amanda Ottaway (P)2020 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
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John Wooden: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball's Greatest Coaches

1 rating

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Learn the inspiring story of the UCLA Bruins' legendary coach, John Wooden! In John Wooden: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball's Greatest Coaches, you will learn the inspirational story of arguably the greatest coach of the 20th century, John Wooden. Few coaches carry the same esteem as Wooden, known for not only being a highly effective coach, but also a mentor and friend to his players. Wooden consistently led by example by inspiring his players to build strong habits both on and off the court. The influence Wooden had on the players he coached is evident, as many of his disciples have gone on to achieve great feats in their own respective careers. Coach Wooden was able to lead his teams to 10 national championships, including one run that spanned seven consecutive years. There are a number of key leadership principles that can be learned from Wooden, such as his Seven-Point Creed and Pyramid of Success. Here is a preview of what is inside this audiobook: Background story Wooden’s coaching career What made John Wooden a good leader? The Seven-Point Creed, two sets of three, wisdom, and Pyramid of Success How John Wooden maximizes player talent The John Wooden system Key takeaways Conclusion and John Wooden's legacy

©2018 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2018 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Mark Rossman
Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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Michael Jordan: A Unique Insight into the Career and Mindset of Michael Jordan

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Do your hoop dreams seem out of reach? Discover insider secrets from a legendary NBA pro to take your game to new heights. Are you tired of warming the bench? Do daily drills and practice make no difference in your game? Does a career in basketball seem impossible? Steve James has made a lifetime study of Michael Jordan’s rise from repeated failure to NBA legend. And now he’s here to share the secrets behind Michael Jordan’s winning record so you can follow in his footsteps.  Michael Jordan: A Unique Insight into the Career and Mindset of Michael Jordan is an incredible account of the many trials and tribulations the legendary baller overcame so he could dominate the courts. Through Steve James’ step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn to apply the same unique techniques and training systems that made Michael Jordan a household name. Whether you’re a newbie or semi-pro, you’ll discover the secrets to awaken your inner Air Jordan. In Michael Jordan, you'll discover: Detailed daily workouts and training regimes to bring your game into the next league Daily inspiration from His Highness’ one-of-a-kind rituals and superstitions The steps MJ used to overcome his greatest failures and how you can leap your own hurdles Little-known facts about the NBA superstar to inspire your own personal journey The motivational lesson behind the number 23 and much, much more! Michael Jordan is a practical handbook and inspirational biography that’s perfect for any fan of the game. If you like expert advice, easy-to-follow illustrated techniques, and practical success principles, then you'll love Steve James’ buzzer-beating biography.  PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Steve James (P)2018 Steve James

Narrator: Sherry Granader
Author: Steve James
Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Kobe Bryant

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Do you want to learn more about Kobe Bryant's life while being inspired?  If the answer is yes, then let me invite you in a beautiful journey. Welcome to the life of Kobe Bryant! Kobe lives and breathes basketball. While other basketball legends faded into obscurity after retirement, Kobe is out there pursuing new endeavors and building a business empire. It’s a testament to his relentless thirst for knowledge and never-ending quest to be better. This book is a front row ticket to Kobe’s journey through life as he reveals how he used the "mamba mentality" as a blueprint to his success, whether on-court or off-court. It offers an insight into how his mind works and provides an opportunity to replicate his success and achievements.  The book teaches about the value of hard work and commitment to the craft. Kobe’s rise to greatness is an inspiration to a new generation of young people who dream of making it big in their chosen fields. Here's a sneak preview of the chapters you find this audiobook: Laying the Groundwork Work Ethic Mamba Mentality Basketball Muses Feuds and Controversies The Storyteller Kobe, Inc. The Future Life-Changing Lessons from the Black Mamba Buy the audiobook today and be inspired now!

©2019 Patrick Thompson (P)2020 Patrick Thompson

Narrator: Zac Aleman
Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
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Shaq Uncut

3 ratings

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Superman. Diesel. The Big Aristotle. Shaq Fu. The Big Daddy. The Big Shaqtus. Wilt Chamberneezy. The Real Deal. The Big Shamrock. Shaq. You know him by any number of names, and chances are you know all about his legendary basketball career: Shaquille "Shaq" O'Neal is a four-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA Finals MVP. After being an All-American at Louisiana State University, he was the overall number one draft pick in the NBA in 1992.  In his 19-year career, Shaq racked up 28,596 career points (including 5,935 free throws!), 13,099 rebounds, 3,026 assists, 2,732 blocks, and 15 All-Star appearances. These are statistics that are almost as massive as the man himself. His presence - both physically and psychologically - made him a dominant force in the game for two decades. But if you follow the game, you also know that there's a lot more to Shaquille O'Neal than just basketball. Shaq is famous for his playful, and at times, provocative personality. He is, literally, outsize in both scale and persona.  Whether rapping on any of his five albums, challenging celebrities on his hit television show Shaq Vs., studying for his PhD or serving as a reserve police officer, there's no question that Shaq has led a unique and multi-dimensional life. And in this rollicking new autobiography, Shaq discusses his remarkable journey, including his candid thoughts on teammates and coaches like Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley.  From growing up in difficult circumstances and getting cut from his high school basketball team to his larger-than-life basketball career, Shaq lays it all out in Shaq Uncut: My Story. 

©2011 Shaquille O'Neal (P)2011 Hachette

Narrator: Dion Graham
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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LeBron, Inc.

20 ratings

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From the New York Times best-selling author of Return of the King comes the story of LeBron James' incredible transformation from basketball star to sports and business mogul. With eight straight trips to the NBA Finals, LeBron James has proven himself one of the greatest basketball players of all time. And like Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan before him, LeBron has also become a global brand and businessman who has altered the way professional athletes think about their value, maximize their leverage, and use their voice.  LeBron, Inc. tells the story of James' journey down the path to becoming a billionaire sports icon - his successes, his failures, and the lessons both have taught him along the way. With plenty of newsmaking tidbits about his roller coaster last season in Cleveland and high-profile move to the Lakers, LeBron, Inc. shows how James has changed the way most elite athletes manage their careers and how he launched a movement among his peers that may last decades beyond his playing days.

©2019 Brian Windhorst (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Chris Abell
Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
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More Than a Game

2 ratings

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When legendary NBA coach Phil Jackson took over the beleaguered Los Angeles Lakers in 1999, the sports world was watching closely. Would Jackson's famous "Zen" approach to basketball work in the klieg-light atmosphere of L.A.? As it turned out, Jackson was observing himself and his new team closely too, collaborating with his good friend Charley Rosen to record the resoundingly successful 1999-2000 season - which culminated in the Lakers wining the NBA title. Together they documented everything from the challenges of bringing discipline and focus to a talented Lakers team that had failed to achieve its potential, to their views on the state of the NBA. This is a fascinating insider's story about the founding of a new Lakers dynasty and the triumph of Phil Jackson's hardwood metaphysics.

©2000 Phil Jackson and Charley Rosen (P)2001 HighBridge Company; 16 9

Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
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Bad as I Wanna Be

5 ratings

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When Sports Illustrated put him on their cover, they sold more issues than any other in a decade (except the swimsuit edition). Why? Because Dennis Rodman is not just the NBA's greatest rebounder - he's America's most outrageous, outspoken, and provocative athlete. With his body-covering tattoos and ever-changing fluorescent hair, Rodman's off-the-court antics have captivated sports fans as much as his record-breaking performances. In Bad as I Wanna Be, Rodman shares his candid opinions on everything from fame, money, and race relations to sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. He discusses his NBA championships with the Pistons and Bulls, his relationships with teammate Michael Jordan and old flame Madonna, his troubled adolescence, and all the controversies that have enthralled the public. Shocking yet sensitive, Rodman tells it like it is in this compelling, no-holds-barred memoir.

©1996 by Dennis Rodman (P)1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.

Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
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Gregg Popovich

4 ratings

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Learn the inspiring story of the San Antonio Spurs' legendary coach Gregg Popovich! In Gregg Popovich: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball's Greatest Coaches, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's premier coaches, Gregg Popovich. Popovich has steered the ship for the San Antonio Spurs franchise to multiple championships and perennial playoff contention. Despite having to navigate several key personnel changes over the years, Pop has demonstrated a truly unique ability to adapt to the direction of the game. When he retires from coaching, Pop will go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time. There are a number of key leadership lessons that can be learned from Pop, such as getting the right players on your team, maximizing the potential of each individual player, and remaining a stern disciplinarian to earn the trust and respect of your team. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Background story NBA coaching career Building the Spurs dynasty The Gregg Popovich system How Gregg Popovich maximizes player talent Gregg Popovich, the leader Key takeaways Conclusion and Gregg Popovich's legacy

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2017 Calvintir Books, LLC

Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
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The Hoops Whisperer

1 rating

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Basketball’s most unlikely - and most sought-after - training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he’s helped transform. Where do the best basketball players in the world turn when they want to improve their game? Whom does a future NBA Hall of Famer thank at his press conference when he’s named Rookie of the Year? Who is it that Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Journal all call the "Hoops Whisperer" because of his ability to engage, inspire, and challenge the players he trains? The answer to all of these questions is Idan Ravin. Ravin never played or coached in college or the pros, yet a virtual NBA All-Star team relies on him to better their game and reach their full potential. A soft-spoken former lawyer, Ravin has become professional basketball’s hottest trainer. In The Hoops Whisperer, Ravin shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and many more. He offers a rare unguarded glimpse inside the lives of these great athletes, drawn from his intimate connection with them that is the basis of his success. Showcasing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, Ravin reveals how faith, effort, dedication, and passion can make a player into a superstar - and anyone into a success. Combined with his own inspiring journey, Ravin’s insights make The Hoops Whisperer a must-listen for anyone who loves the game.

©2014 Idan Ravin (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Narrator: Sean Pratt
Author: Idan Ravin
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
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Staying Ahead of the Posse

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Highlighted by the ESPN basketball documentary Black Magic, Ben Jobe's life and philosophy are captured in Staying Ahead of the Posse. This is history in the flesh, the history of basketball and the Civil Rights Movement, of desegregation and economic exploitation, of African independence and the modern-day plantation that is the American sports industry in general and the NCAA in particular. Ben's 40-plus years of coaching, teaching, nurturing, and mentoring intersected with and was influenced by all those factors. One generation removed from slavery, born in Little Hope, Tennessee, he was a 1956 graduate of Fisk University and coached at more than a dozen schools and across two continents, including leading the Southern University Jaguars to a historic upset in the 1993 NCAA basketball tournament.

©2016 Joe Formichella (P)2021 Joe Formichella

Narrator: Bo Sheldon
Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
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Steve Nash

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Learn the incredible story of basketball superstar Steve Nash! In Steve Nash: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards, you'll hear about the inspirational story of one of basketball's premier point guards, Steve Nash. Steve Nash has had a storied career playing in the National Basketball Association. In this short audiobook, we will learn about how Steve became the storied point guard that he is today. Starting first with his childhood and early life, we'll learn about Steve prior to entering the NBA, his time in the NBA, along with his impact on the communities of the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers. Regardless of how Steve Nash's career will end, he will go down in the NBA records as one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game, among the other greats like John Stockton, Jason Kidd, and Gary Payton. Former commissioner David Stern perhaps said it best at the award ceremony for Steve's Most Valuable Player award when he stated, “You demonstrate the best of our sport, a passion for our game, a commitment to your community, and an engagement with our fans. What more could we say?” Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and Early Life Fondness Towards Soccer The High School and College Years High School Dominance in British Columbia Next Stop on the Road to Greatness: Santa Clara Junior Year: A Breakthrough Season Senior Year: On Top of the College Basketball World The Rookie Campaign Trade to the Dallas Mavericks The Return to Phoenix Leaving Phoenix for Los Angeles Steve Nash's Personal Life Philanthropic Efforts Soccer’s Influence on Steve Steve Nash's Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Length: 50 mins
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Beyond The Last Dance

1 rating

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You know their names. Michael Jordan. Scottie Pippen. Dennis Rodman. Steve Kerr. Phil Jackson. Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls championship teams were arguably the greatest in NBA history. Maybe the greatest teams in any sport ever. Jackson named what would ultimately be their final season together “The Last Dance.” Their last run at an NBA championship. But “The Last Dance” was just the beginning. These are the stories you don’t know about. These are the recordings no one has heard before. These are the secrets about what it takes to win--on the court and in life. This is Beyond The Last Dance. Beyond The Last Dance is a 10-part podcast series hosted by acclaimed sports journalist J.A. Adande, who covered the Bulls and Jordan during their championship years, and co-hosted by B.J. Armstrong, the All-Star guard who played alongside Jordan for three of the Bulls’ six championships. The Last Dance documentary gave fans a taste of the history, the heartbreak and the hard work that forged a dynasty. In this podcast, we’ll go even deeper into the stories behind the success of Jordan and the Bulls. We’ll reveal how those Bulls teams tie into today’s NBA, and we’ll explore what it takes to make a winner, the sacrifices it takes to unite as a team, and lots more. This series isn’t just about basketball - it’s about life. Beyond the Last Dance also features great guests (like former “Last Dance” Bulls guard and current Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr), and exclusive interview clips from the hundreds of hours of interviews conducted for The Last Dance that were locked away (until now). So - what time is it? Game time! This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. This series has 10 episodes - a new episode will arrive in your library weekly, on a Thursday.

©2020 NBA Entertainment (P)2020 NBA Entertainment

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Blood on the Horns

1 rating

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How big was the pressure? How deep was the division? Those were the questions that would beg answering long after the Chicago Bulls had completed their strife-ridden 1997-98 season in the National Basketball Association. Blood on the Horns details the infighting and conflict between Jordan, coach Phil Jackson, teammate Scottie Pippen and the team's general manager, Jerry Krause, and managing partner, Jerry Reinsdorf. Through exclusive interviews with the team and staff, Lazenby expertly recreates the drama of 1997-98 and the Bulls' struggle to remain a team.

©1998 Roland Lazenby (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Brandon Massey
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
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West by West

1 rating

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He is one of basketball's towering figures: "Mr. Clutch," who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers' resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring "Showtime" to Los Angeles, creating a championship-winning force that continues to this day. Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story-from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his relationships with NBA legends like Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O'Neal, and Kobe Bryant. Unsparing in its self-assessment and honesty, West by West is far more than a sports memoir: it is a profound confession and a magnificent inspiration.

©2011 Jerry West, Jonathan Coleman (P)2011 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Ryan West
Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
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Back from the Dead

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This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead. In February 2007, Bill Walton suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse - the culmination of a lifetime of injuries - that left him unable to move. He spent three years on the floor of his house, eating his meals there and crawling to the bathroom, where he could barely hoist himself up onto the toilet. The excruciating pain and slow recovery tested Walton to the fullest. But with extraordinary patience, fortitude, determination, and sacrifice - and pioneering surgery - he recovered and now shares his life story in this remarkable and unique memoir. Walton grew up in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of that period. Although he strongly identified with the cool people, particularly in music and politics, his greatest role model outside his family was super-straight UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, rigorous mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Although there was always tension and conflict between them, the two men would speak nearly every day for 43 years, until Wooden's death at age 99. Despite a lifelong stuttering affliction, Walton chose a career in broadcasting after his playing days ended. He eventually won an Emmy Award and other accolades for broadcasting and was recognized as a leading media pundit. John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice. Nothing better illustrates this saying than the real story of Walton's life. In his own words, Back from the Dead shares this dramatic story, including his basketball and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds, and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions.

©2016 Bill Walton (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Narrator: Bill Walton
Author: Bill Walton
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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DeMar DeRozan: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Star Shooting Guards

1 rating

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Learn the inspiring story of the Toronto Raptors' star shooting guard, DeMar DeRozan! In DeMar DeRozan: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Star Shooting Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's greatest offensive players, DeMar DeRozan. DeMar DeRozan has quickly emerged as one of the premier scorers in the NBA, with a ruthless ability to score that reminds many of none other than a combination of Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady. Since being drafted as the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, DeMar has played a significant role in the Raptors' emergence as a force in the Eastern Conference. Paired with Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors are a formidable team in the East and will likely remain so for years to come. In this unauthorized biography, we'll explore DeMar's incredible life story and impact on the game of basketball. Here is a preview of what is in this audiobook: Childhood and early life High school career College career NBA career Getting drafted, the rookie campaign, the development years Teaming up with Kyle Lowry, the Rudy Gay experiment, first all-star season, playoff debut, injury struggles, Lowry's evolution into an all-star Breaking through to the conference finals, road to becoming elite International career Personal life and impact on basketball Legacy and future

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2018 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Brick Knight
Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
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Sir Charles

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Noted "Most Quotable Player" of 1993 by 72 sportswriters, hailed "impossible to guard or muzzle" by The New York Times, Charles Barkley is known as much for his outrageous observations about life as his talent on the basketball court. In this audio program, the living American sports legend goes one-on-one with himself, commenting on the quips and quotes that have made him a newsmaker. Aside from his wit and wisdom, you'll hear an exclusive (and outrageous) audio interview with sportswriter Rick Reilly - a pro at banter with the superstar. Barkley may be predictable in his high scores on the court, but in person, he's a live wire who can - and does - explode in any direction.

©1994 Charles Barkley Enterprises, Inc., All Rights Reserved (P)16 9; 1994 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Joint Venture of The Atlantic Group and Time Warner Trade Publishing

Narrator: Charles Barkley
Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
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Not a Game

3 ratings

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Through extensive research and interviews with those closest to Iverson, acclaimed Washington Post sportswriter Kent Babb gets behind the familiar, sanitized, and heroic version of the hard-changing, hard-partying athlete who played every game as if it were his last. Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson was once one of America's most famous athletes: a trendsetter who transcended race, celebrity, and pop culture and emerged from a troubled past to become one of the most successful and highly compensated athletes in the world. Now, his life and career come vividly to light in this “searingly honest” (Baxter Holmes) biography. Babb brings to life a private, loyal, and often generous Allen Iverson who rarely made the headlines, revealing the backstory behind some of Iverson's most memorable moments, such as his infamous "Practice" rant, delving even deeper to discover where Iverson's demons lurked. He drank too much, stayed out too late, spent more money than most people could spend in a dozen lifetimes - blowing more than $150 million of his NBA earnings alone. His then-wife Tawanna, seen often as the mild-mannered woman who tamed the bad boy, tried to keep her husband and family on the rails. But, as so many others learned on basketball courts, she was no match for the force of nature that was Iverson.

©2015 Kent Babb (P)2020 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

Author: Kent Babb
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
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Kobe Bryant: A League of His Own

2 ratings

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"Winning takes precedence over all. There’s no gray area. No almosts." (Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant) As the youngest NBA and All-Star game player, the youngest to reach 10,000, 20,000, and 30,000 points and ranked third in NBA’s all-time scoring and postseason list, few can deny that Kobe is one of the greats of basketball. Have you ever wondered what makes Kobe great and sets him apart? In this biography of Kobe Bryant, James doesn’t just reveal the inspirational life story behind the world-famous athlete as he was catapulted from the courts of high school to the professional world of NBA. Listeners will also get insight into the core of his success: a mindset and training regimen that honed him into the perfect ball-playing machine, gifting him with a technique that put him head and shoulders above his opponents. With a bonus top eight motivational lessons to be learned from Bryant’s rise to fame and success, this candid Kobe Bryant biography also reveals hidden secrets that no other book has yet revealed. Like any superstar, Kobe Bryant has not risen to the top without his fair share of setbacks, and learning how he overcame his own challenges can help you surmount challenges in your own life, both on and off the court. Whether you’re an aspiring athlete seeking to take inspiration from one of basketballs greats and discover how to overcome challenges while training to be the best or simply a fan wanting to know more, this inspiring audiobook lays out the full Kobe Bryant story as it has never been told before! Listeners will benefit from this audiobook by learning: The rituals and superstitions that Kobe abides by Which stage of his life was the hardest and how he overcame it His philosophy towards basketball and what techniques he uses to train How Kobe became such a good defensive player What workouts and training regimens does he use How many shots a day does Kobe make? Who are some famous people that have been inspired by him The mysterious story of his number Lots of other Kobe Bryant life and game secrets you cannot find anywhere else! Kobe’s character and mindset have led to him smashing world records time after time. The slam-dunk hero’s inspirational career comes from a discipline that anyone can apply to their own approach for a successful life - and they are all exposed in this Kobe Bryant biography! Would you like to know more? Download now and discover the sporting secrets of the Black Mamba, and take some of those secrets to apply to your own life! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Steve James (P)2018 Steve James

Narrator: Sherry Granader
Author: Steve James
Length: 1 hr and 31 mins
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Worthy

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Worthy is a positive, uplifting story based on the real life of Worthy Reginald Patterson.  Worthy was raised in Greenwich, CT, and while attending college, he was chosen to play basketball for the Boston Celtics. However, he was denied the opportunity due to the 1950’s NBA policy of "only one black per team". The story will intertwine black history, while taking you through Worthy’s upbringing, professional basketball career, the military stint, and his final career position as an executive in the record music business.

©2019 Michael J. Chase (P)2019 Michael J. Chase

Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
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KG: A to Z

3 ratings

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A unique, unfiltered memoir from the NBA champion and 15-time all-star ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame. Kevin Garnett was one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen. He was also one of its most outspoken. Over the course of his illustrious 21-year NBA career, he elevated trash talk to an art form and never shied away from sharing his thoughts on controversial subjects.  In KG: A to Z, published ahead of Garnett’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he looks back on his life and career with the same raw candor. Garnett describes the adversity he faced growing up in South Carolina before ultimately relocating to Chicago, where he became one of the top prospects in the nation. He details his headline-making decision to skip college and become the first player in two decades to enter the draft directly from high school, starting a trend that would be followed by future superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He shares stories of playing with and against Bryant, James, Michael Jordan, and other NBA greats, and he chronicles his professional ups and downs, including winning a championship with the Boston Celtics. He also speaks his mind on a range of topics beyond basketball, such as fame, family, racism, spirituality, and music. Garnett’s draft decision wasn’t the only way he’d forever change the game. His ability to play on the perimeter as a big man foreshadowed the winning strategy now universally adopted by the league. He applies this same innovative spirit here, organizing the contents alphabetically as an encyclopedia. If you thought Kevin Garnett was exciting, inspiring, and unfiltered on the court, just wait until you hear what he has to say in this audiobook. 

©2021 Garnett Enterprises LLC. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Dr. J Unabridged

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With startling honesty and an unmistakable voice, Dr. J is a historic self-portrait of an American legend, Julius "The Doctor" Erving. With his flights of improvisation around the basket and his towering afro, Julius Erving became one of the most charismatic (and revolutionary) players basketball has ever known. But while the public has long revered this cultural icon, few have ever known of the double life of Julius Erving. Dr. J traces the inner lives of the nearly perfect player and the imperfect man - and how he has come to terms with both.

©2013 Julius Erving (P)2013 HarperCollinsPublishers

Narrator: Julius Erving
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
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The AAU Basketball Bible: Everything You'd Better Know About Playing Youth Basketball and College Recruiting

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Do You Want To Know The Best To Do AAU Basketball? This book holds the answers to all of your questions about the new world of AAU basketball. Inside its chapters are step-by-step directions on how to navigate the AAU basketball landscape successfully for you and your young player. The writings in this book are based off of over 40 interviews with: Youth basketball leaders D1 Coaches Nationally Ranked High School Players Euroleague Basketball Players College Basketball Players Basketball Parents NBA Veterans.  This is a must-listen for any young basketball player and their family! This book will save you and your family from needless stress and thousands of dollars. Listen to this book if you are serious about helping your young player understand and succeed in the world of AAU basketball. Author Troy Horne is a dad who knew nothing about the sport of basketball except that his son wanted to grow up to play the sport professionally.  About The Author: As a former professional musician, Broadway star and television actor he had an hypothesis. That hypothesis was that there were certain truths that held fast in all professional industries. He believed that the staples of work hard, master your skills, meet the right people, and put yourself in the right places were not only essential for the music business, but essential for all professions. So he went in search of the information that he thought that he would need to help his son Moses reach his basketball goals and dreams.  The AAU Basketball Bible is a collection of that research. Want to know everything that you better know about AAU basketball in 2020 and beyond?  Order this book now!

©2018 Buggily Group Inc (P)2018 Buggily Group Inc

Narrator: Troy Horne
Author: Troy Horne
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Carmelo Anthony: An Unauthorized Biography

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Carmelo Anthony is one of the best basketball players in the world. He is a perennial NBA All-Star, an Olympic champion, and one of the greatest scorers in the game. Most fans are aware of his amazing talents, but in order to truly understand Carmelo Anthony, you must first understand where he came from. Carmelo Anthony: An Unauthorized Biography explores Anthony's upbringing, his high school and college careers, and details his breakthrough into the NBA, all the way through the onset of the 2013-2014 season. Anthony's exceptional skills have fans and critics alike wondering where his career will take him next. Inside, you will discover where it all started and learn why fans both love and hate Anthony so much. From family to basketball to the future, all you need to know about Carmelo Anthony is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of his life. This audiobook also includes all of Carmelo Anthony's collegiate and NBA statistics.

©2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books

Narrator: Nick Hahn
Length: 59 mins
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Pistol

1 rating

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Pistol is more than the biography of a ballplayer. It's the stuff of classic novels: the story of a boy transformed by his father's dream and the cost of that dream. Even as Pete Maravich became Pistol Pete, a basketball icon for baby boomers, all the Maraviches paid a price. Now acclaimed author Mark Kriegel has brilliantly captured the saga of an American family: its rise, its apparent ruin, and, finally, its redemption. Almost four decades have passed since Maravich entered the national consciousness as basketball's boy wizard. No one had ever played the game like the kid with the floppy socks and shaggy hair. And all these years later, no one else ever has. The idea of Pistol Pete continues to resonate with young people today just as powerfully as it did with their fathers. In averaging 44.2 points a game at Louisiana State University, he established records that will never be broken. But even more enduring than the numbers was the sense of ecstasy and artistry with which he played. With the ball in his hands, Maravich had a singular power to inspire awe, inflict embarrassment, or even tell a joke. But he wasn't merely a mesmerizing showman. He was basketball's answer to Elvis, a white Southerner who sold Middle America on a black man's game. Like Elvis, he paid a terrible price, becoming a prisoner of his own fame. Set largely in the South, Kriegel's Pistol - a tale of obsession and basketball, fathers and sons - merges several archetypal characters. Maravich was a child prodigy, a prodigal son, his father's ransom in a Faustian bargain, and a Great White Hope. But he was also a creature of contradictions: always the outsider but a virtuoso in a team sport, an exuberant showman who wouldn't look you in the eye, a vegetarian boozer, an athlete who lived like a rock star, a suicidal genius saved by Jesus Christ.

©2007 Mark Kriegel (P)2007 Tantor Media Inc.

Narrator: Lloyd James
Author: Mark Kriegel
Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
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Russell Westbrook: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Premier Point Guards

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Learn the inspirational story of basketball's rising superstar point guard: Russell Westbrook. Russell Westbrook's ascent into the top 10 point guards in the NBA amongst the likes of Chris Paul, Steve Nash, and Rajan Rondo has definitely been a surprise. From once struggling to make his high school varsity team (he did not make it until his junior year) to spending his freshman year at UCLA as a benchwarmer, few would have predicted that Russell Westbrook would be selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. The rest is history as the Oklahoma City Thunder continue their quest for a championship. Russell Westbrook is easily one of the most exciting point guards to play the game of basketball. From flashy crossovers to high-flying dunks, Russell Westbrook has a bright basketball career ahead of him. It will be exciting to see how Westbrook and the Thunder do in this year's 2013-2014 NBA playoffs. Here is a preview of the contents of this audiobook: Early life and childhood College years at UCLA Westbrook's NBA career Russell Westbrook's personal life Russell's impact on basketball and beyond Westbrook's legacy

©2015 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2015 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Dave Wright
Length: 54 mins
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Bradley Beal: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Most Prolific Shooting Guards

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Learn the inspiring story of the Washington Wizards' star shooting guard Bradley Beal! In Bradley Beal: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Most Prolific Shooting Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's most promising young stars, Bradley Beal. Since being drafted with the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Bradley Beal has played an instrumental role in the resurgence of the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference. Paired with fellow star John Wall, Beal and Wall have taken a once forgotten franchise back to the playoffs in recent years. There is still much to be unveiled in the career of Bradley Beal. At the time of this writing, Beal is just twenty-four years old. In this book, we'll learn more about Beal's journey into the NBA, his impact on the game, and his growing legacy as one of the best up and coming stars to make his presence known in basketball. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and Early Life High School Career College Career at the University of Florida NBA Career: Getting Drafted, Rookie Season, First Playoff Season, Injury Seasons, Breakout Season International Career Personal Life Beal's Impact, Legacy and Future

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2017 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Trevor Clinger
Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
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I'll Show You

4 ratings

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In 2012, Derrick Rose was on top of the world. After growing up in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, Rose achieved an improbable childhood dream: being selected first overall in the NBA draft by his hometown Chicago Bulls.  The point guard, known to his family as "Pooh", was a phenom, winning the Rookie of the Year award and electrifying fans around the world. In 2011, he became the youngest MVP in league history. He and the Bulls believed the city's first berth in the NBA Finals since the Jordan era was on the horizon. Rarely had a bond between a player and fans been so strong, as the city wrapped its arms around the homegrown hero. Six years and four knee surgeries later, he was waived by the Utah Jazz, a once surefire Hall of Fame career seemingly on the brink of collapse. Many speculated his days in the NBA were over. But Derrick Rose never doubted himself, never believed his struggles on and off the court were anything other than temporary setbacks. Rather than telling the world he had more to give, he decided to show them.

©2019 Derrick Rose and Sam Smith (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: David Sadzin
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
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Hard Work

1 rating

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Coach Roy Williams, one of the most respected, successful, and dominant basketball coaches in the nation, had an unlikely rise to the Hall of Fame and a career that boasts the highest winning percentage among all active college coaches. Now, for the first time, Williams tells the story of his life that few people know, from his turbulent family life as a child to the North Carolina Tar Heels' National Championship victory in 2009. He speaks candidly of his past, his passions, his inspirations, and the coaching philosphy behind one of college basketball's most successful programs. And he recounts the determination that took him from a small home in the mountains of North Carolina to the very pinacle of coaching success.

©2009 Roy Williams (P)2009 HighBridge

Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
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Basketball (and Other Things)

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Summary

This book is made up of 33 chapters. Each chapter is a different basketball question that needs to be answered. Some of them are obviously crucial (example: what's the most important NBA championship?) and some of them are secretly crucial (example: was Kobe Bryant a dork?). But all of them are approached in ways that (I hope you think) are smart and fun and nuanced. Also, you should know ahead of time that some of the pieces go a bit sideways sometimes, like the chapter that ends up just being the script of an action movie, or the other chapter that's actually just a bunch of lists and nothing else. Basketball is fun. - Shea

©2017 Shea Serrano (P)2017 Tantor

Narrator: Sean Crisden
Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
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One Great Shoe

Summary

The last American company to truly compete with Nike in the billion-dollar basketball sneaker market was And1, a rags-to-riches enterprise founded by three friends in Philadelphia who used grassroots marketing and an audacious approach to connect with young consumers. That was nearly 20 years ago. Can And1 possibly catch lightning in a bottle again? Zach Schonbrun inspects the rise, fall, and current relaunch of one of the most fascinating American brands of the 1990s, led by Cape Capener, an eccentric executive enchanted by the pursuit of simply developing "one great shoe". With it, Schonbrun peels back the curtain on "sneakerhead" culture, this country's haywire enthrallment with basketball shoes, and how a company like And1 can hope to compete again in a $4.5 billion industry.

©2015 Zach Schonbrun (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Narrator: Eric Pollins
Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
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Grant Hill

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Learn the incredible story of basketball’s seasoned veteran Grant Hill! In Grant Hill: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Most Resilient Forwards, you'll hear about the inspirational story of basketball's star, Grant Hill. Grant Hill was once the go-to man as a member of the Detroit Pistons. Despite several potentially career-ending injuries, Grant persevered through countless surgeries and evolved his style of playing basketball to become a consistent contributing member of the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers in the latter half of his career. While he never truly panned out to the contract expectations of Orlando Magic fans, his recovery from injury is an awe-inspiring one of perseverance and grit. Many never thought he would ever grace the courts with his play after his first major injury as a member of the Pistons. Here is a preview of what is inside this audiobook: Early Life and Childhood High School Years College Years at Duke Grant’s Personal Life Grant Hill’s Impact on Basketball and Beyond Grant Hill’s Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Length: 56 mins
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Gaming the Game

Summary

In June 2007, the FBI informed the NBA that one of its referees, Tim Donaghy, was the subject of a probe into illegal gambling. Within months, the public knew the broad outlines of a scheme involving Donaghy betting on games he officiated with a coconspirator, longtime Donaghy acquaintance and professional gambler Jimmy "Baba" Battista. They were joined in the scandal by a mutual childhood friend, Tommy Martino. By November 2008, each man had pleaded guilty to charges relating to the conspiracy and was in federal prison.  Author Sean Patrick Griffin, PhD, a former Philadelphia police officer turned university professor and best-selling author, conducted dozens of interviews and obtained betting records, referee statistics, court documents, and unique access to witness statements and confidential law-enforcement files. Years of research are presented in Gaming the Game, which looks inside the FBI's investigation and beyond to provide the definitive account of the scandal. Jimmy Battista's remarkable decades-long bookmaking and betting career is examined, including and especially his role as architect of the widely publicized scandal. Battista, who - unlike his coconspirators - never spoke with federal authorities, reveals for the first time the intricate details of the scheme, most of which only he knows.

©2011 Sean Patrick Griffin (P)2020 Tantor

Narrator: Joe Barrett
Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
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My Losing Season

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New York Times best seller A deeply affecting coming-of-age memoir about family, love, loss, basketball - and life itself - by the beloved author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini During one unforgettable season as a Citadel cadet, Pat Conroy becomes part of a basketball team that is ultimately destined to fail. And yet for a military kid who grew up on the move, the Bulldogs provide a sanctuary from the cold, abrasive father who dominates his life- and a crucible for becoming his own man. With all the drama and incandescence of his best-selling fiction, Conroy re-creates his pivotal senior year as captain of the Citadel Bulldogs. He chronicles the highs and lows of that fateful 1966-67 season, his tough disciplinarian coach, the joys of winning, and the hard-won lessons of losing. Most of all, he recounts how a group of boys came together as a team, playing a sport that would become a metaphor for a man whose spirit could never be defeated.

©2002 Pat Conroy (P)2002 Random House Inc., Random House Audio, a Division of Random House Inc.

Author: Pat Conroy
Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
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Last Dance

Summary

When college basketball teams make it to the NCAA tournament, they say they're "going to the dance". John Feinstein's riveting new book is the story of the last dance: the Final Four. There is no event in sports quite like it. The Final Four draws millions to their televisions and thousands to a chosen city; attendance is topped only by the Super Bowl. It is the epicenter of sports madness, a circus of media, coaches, and fans swirling around the four teams talented enough to have made it to the end. Tracking the four teams in 2005's Final Four, Michigan State's Spartans, the University of Louisville's Cardinals, the University of Illinois's Fighting Illini, and the University of North Carolina's Tar Heels, John Feinstein tells the story of a definitive and dramatic tournament. Here are the stories of UCLA's John Wooden, UNC's Dean Smith, and Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, telling of Final Four dynasties that defined the sport. Here are great players like Bill Bradley, Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner, and Sean May, who thought they'd never make it to college basketball's final weekend. Here are the late nights at the coaches' hotel, where careers are advanced (or not). Here are the players in the 2005 Final Four trying to practice, eat, rest, and play, knowing that they will be remembered by these games for the rest of their lives.

©2006 John Feinstein. All Rights Reserved (P)2006 Time Warner AudioBooks. A division of Time Warner Book Group. All Rights Reserved.

Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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The City Game

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The powerful story of a college basketball team who carried an era's brightest hopes - racial harmony, social mobility, and the triumph of the underdog - but whose success was soon followed by a shocking downfall "A masterpiece of American storytelling." (Gilbert King, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Devil in the Grove) Named One of the Best Sports Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review The unlikeliest of champions, the 1949-50 City College Beavers were extraordinary by every measure. New York's 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 - and at a time when the National Basketball Association was still segregated - every 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.  This team, though, proved to be extraordinary in another way: During the following season, all of the team’s 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’s help, finding another kind of triumph - one that no one could have anticipated.  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 - except for the young men who actually played the games.  Tautly paced and rich with period detail, The City Game tells a story both dramatic and poignant: of political corruption, duplicity in big-time college sports, and the deeper meaning of athletic success.

©2019 Matthew Goodman (P)2019 Random House Audio

Narrator: Joe Ochman
Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
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KD

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Golden State Warriors insider and best-selling author Marcus Thompson delivers the definitive biography of one of the most extraordinary basketball players in NBA history - Kevin Durant.  The NBA has never seen a player quite like Kevin Durant. Larry Bird wasn’t as quick, Magic Johnson didn’t have such a range, and Michael Jordan wasn’t seven feet tall. Durant handles the ball like Allen Iverson, shoots like Dirk Nowitzki, and has the scoring instincts of Kobe Bryant. He does it in a body that’s about as big as Hakeem Olajuwon. But ultimately, Kevin Durant is like no one but himself.  After an incredible first season with Golden State, Kevin Durant earned the coveted NBA Finals MVP award: He was the Warriors’ top scorer in every game of the 2017 Finals, helping the team snatch the title from LeBron James and the defending-champion Cleveland Cavaliers. As a sports columnist for The Athletic Bay Area and longtime beat reporter covering the Golden State Warriors, Marcus Thompson is perfectly positioned to trace Durant’s inspirational journey. KD follows Durant’s underdog story from his childhood spent in poverty outside DC; to his rise playing on AAU teams with future NBA players; to becoming a star and hometown hero for the Oklahoma City Thunder; to his controversial decision to play for the NBA rival Golden State Warriors; to his growth from prodigy into a man, in the first true inside account of this superstar player. KD is a powerful, moving biography of a modern-day legend and an essential listen for all sports fans - or anyone who wants to know: What’s it like to shoot for greatness? 

©2019 Marcus Thompson (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

Narrator: David Sadzin
Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
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Kobe Bryant

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Learn the Incredible Story of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant! In Kobe Bryant: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Shooting Guards, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's star, Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant has been the face of the Lakers dynasty for the past two decades and for good reason. Few players have commanded a basketball court as much as Kobe in historical performances such as his notable 81-point performance in just under 42 minutes of playing time in 2006 against the Toronto Raptors. Whenever Kobe Bryant decides to retire, he is not going to do so on his own terms as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Few players can parallel with Kobe Bryant in terms of competitive fire and will to win. His polarizing figure defines him and makes even those who do not like him at the very least respect him. Read on to learn about the days of when Kobe played alongside Shaquille O'Neal, Robert Horry, Metta World Peace, Derek Fisher, and Pau Gasol in some of the greatest times of Los Angeles Lakers' basketball history. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood High School Years Kobe Personal Life Kobe's Impact on Basketball and Beyond The Black Mamba's Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Scott Clem
Length: 56 mins
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10 Content Marketing Ideas: Basketball Enthusiast

Summary

Dre Baldwin shares content marketing ideas for basketball enthusiasts who want to get their name known.

©2018 Work On Your Game Inc. (P)2018 Work On Your Game Inc.

Narrator: Dre Baldwin
Author: Dre Baldwin
Length: 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Chris Paul

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In Chris Paul: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's premier point guard, Chris Paul. Chris Paul has emerged as a top five point guard in the NBA amongst the likes of Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, and Rajan Rondo. From once struggling to make the varsity team of his high school team, Chris Paul has come a long way since being drafted as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The rest is history as the Los Angeles Clippers have emerged to become one of the elite teams in the West. This year, the Clippers defeated the Golden State Warriors in seven games. Chris Paul is easily one of the most dynamic point guards to play the game of basketball. From flashy crossovers to speedy races down the court on the fastbreak to lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, John Wall has had an illustrious basketball career. It will be exciting to see how Chris Paul and the Clippers do in this year's 2013-2014 NBA playoffs. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Wake Forest Chris Paul's NBA Career CP3's Personal Life Paul's Impact on Basketball and Beyond Chris Paul's Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Length: 59 mins
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The Overseas Basketball Blueprint

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Since I started my website DreAllDay.com, along with all the YouTube videos, I have received many requests from players on playing pro basketball. And since the NBA has only so many positions, most of you know that overseas ball is a stronger possibility for you to continue your playing career, and it is: the NBA has 450 job positions while there are 10,000 players employed internationally (which includes Canada and Central and South America, which technically do not require going "over a sea" to get to, in case you cared). Over the years I have compiled several guides and tips for players on how to get their careers started, what to expect on the way and once they are in the door, and how to handle themselves with the on- and off-court situations that come with it. Every guide comes from questions that players frequently ask me. This guidebook is a compilation of all of those guides and tips in one place for your quick and easy reference. It should be noted that several, though not all, of the chapters of this book are based on the posts on the Guides & Tips page of my website, edited and updated for this guidebook. If you take only one thing from this guidebook, know that professional basketball is a buyer's market: There are more candidates than there are jobs, so the people who do the hiring - the teams themselves - have the power. What this means for you is you need to make yourself stand out.

©2015 Dre Baldwin (P)2015 Dre Baldwin

Narrator: Dre Baldwin
Author: Dre Baldwin
Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
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Kevin Love

Summary

Learn the incredible story of Cleveland Cavalier Kevin Love! Read on your PC, Mac, smartphone, tablet, or Kindle device! In Kevin Love: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Dominant Power Forwards, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's star, Kevin Love. Newly acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers to join forces with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love was all the trade chatter in the summer of 2014. After finally being acquired in return for Andrew Wiggins, Thaddeus Young, Anthony Bennett, and a $6.3 million trade exception, Kevin Love teamed up in Cleveland to create one of the most hyped trios in the Eastern Conference for this upcoming year. Yet despite this news, Kevin Love left a legacy in his six years in Minnesota. This book largely focuses on that legacy and how Kevin reached where he is today. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood High School Years College Years at UCLA Kevin's Personal Life Kevin Love's Impact on Basketball and Beyond Love's Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Length: 53 mins
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Bird Watching

Summary

Even if you thought you knew everything about basketball legend Larry Bird, this audiobook is full of surprises. Bird speaks with amazing candor, offering a personal and honest look at his career with the Celtics, his experience with the ’92 Olympics Dream Team, and his transition from superstar player to respected coach. Bird offers striking revelations about his health problems and how they shaped the man and his game. He shows how the things he learned as a player formed his thinking as a coach. He also shares his insight into the Pacers' disastrous 1999 playoff loss. Fans will be thrilled with the game talk, intimate anecdotes, and reminiscences with which Bird colors his stirring story. Overall, this is a compelling self-portrait of an uncomplicated man of humble beginnings who has achieved a great deal through hard work and integrity. Narrator Tom Stechschulte lends a strong, rich voice to Bird’s revealing memoir. His perfectly paced delivery enhances the sense of play-by-play action and the feeling that the Bird Man himself is telling you his personal story.

©1999 Larry Bird (P)2000 Recorded Books

Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
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Blake Griffin: An Unauthorized Biography

Summary

In just a few short years, Blake Griffin has transcended the game of basketball. He has accomplished more in his first few seasons in the NBA than most players achieve in their careers. Most fans are aware of his amazing skills and fantastic dunks, but in order to truly understand Blake Griffin, you must first understand where he came from. This audiobook explores Griffin's upbringing, his high school and college careers, and details his breakthrough into the NBA, all the way through the end of the 2012-13 season. Griffin's exceptional talents and general popularity have many people wondering where his career will take him next. Inside, you will discover where it all started and learn why so many fans love Griffin so much. From family to basketball to the future, all you need to know about Blake Griffin is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of his life. This book also includes all of Blake Griffin's college and NBA statistics.

©2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books

Narrator: Melissa Carey
Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
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Hakeem Olajuwon: The Remarkable Story of One of 90s Basketball's Greatest Centers

Summary

Learn the Incredible Story of '90s Basketball Superstar Hakeem Olajuwon! In Hakeem Olajuwon: The Remarkable Story of One of '90s Basketball's Greatest Centers, you'll read about the inspirational story of basketball's premier center, Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem Olajuwon broke the record books during his incredible NBA career. In an age filled with greats like Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing, Reggie Miller and John Stockton, Hakeem played in one of the most exciting eras of modern basketball. The Houston Rockets won two championships during Hakeem's time with the Rockets. A hall of famer, Hakeem Olajuwon had one of the most infamous signature moves that basketball has ever seen. The 'Dream Shake' was equally as deadly a shot as Tim Duncan's bank shot that we have all grown up watching. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at University of Houston Hakeem's NBA Career Olajuwon's Personal Life Impact on Basketball and Beyond Hakeem Olajuwon's Legacy

©2014 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2014 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Scott Clem
Length: 54 mins
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Lebron James

Summary

“You can’t be afraid to fail. It’s the only way you succeed - you’re not gonna succeed all the time, and I know that.” (LeBron “King” James) Have you ever wanted to know what makes Lebron James such a successful player? From the high school courts in Akron, Ohio, to the height of his career in the NBA, LeBron James has consistently dazzled and amazed opponents and spectators with his own playing style. There are some great athletes in the NBA, but LeBron is on another level: How did he achieve so much? In this comprehensive LeBron James biography, you’ll discover the real secrets and philosophy behind the man, covering the earliest days of his career and the moments of failure that shaped him into the inspirational presence that he became later. You’ll also get a sneak peek into how the mind of athletic genius works: Discover the superstitious rituals and mental preparation that goes on before taking on a challenge, and how to turn even the most abject failure into a victory down the road. You’ll also get the complete low-down into the rigorous training routine including workouts that LeBron uses daily to hone his game and fine-tune his body for maximized performance on and off the court! Listeners will benefit from this book by learning: How to develop the Lebron James mindset Information about each stage of Lebron James’ life Little known facts about James that true fans will want to know Rituals and superstitions, philosophies, mental preparation, and techniques that make him the player he is today Top five motivational lessons learned from James’ life Insider secrets that can be found nowhere else And much more! This book is a look at his life through the lens of how what LeBron does can be used to improve what you do on the court. You’ll learn about who he is, both on the court and off the court, and how those things affect him as a player. Most of all, you’ll be motivated to actually get out on the court yourself! If you have ever wondered why LeBron proudly wears the number 23, and what made him choose basketball over his other great sport, football, you’ll find all the answers in this book - along with the powerful motivational secrets that have driven this NBA great to enduring success! Would You Like To Know More? Download now and discover the man behind the legend and how you can apply his philosophy to your own life with successful results. Scroll to the top of the page and select the buy button now to get motivated with the guidance of a true champion! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Steve James (P)2018 Steve James

Narrator: Sherry Granader
Author: Steve James
Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
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Kyle Lowry

Summary

Learn the inspiring story of the Toronto Raptors' star point-guard Kyle Lowry! In Kyle Lowry: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's All-Star Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's all-star guards, Kyle Lowry. The Toronto Raptors' rise in the NBA in recent years has been largely attributed to Kyle Lowry's leadership as he helped guide the Raptors to their first Atlantic Division title in several years. Aside from fellow star guards Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, few point guards in the NBA can score as easily as Kyle Lowry. It's no surprise Lowry was often compared to Tim Hardaway when he entered the league, as Lowry has the unique ability to not only score at will, but also make smart decisions on the floor. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Childhood and early life High school career College career Kyle Lowry's NBA career Getting drafted and rookie campaign Bounce back from injury Final season in Memphis First full season with the Houston Rockets Becoming a starter Trade to Toronto Rising with the Raptors, return to the playoffs First all-star season Slimming down, improved conditioning, breaking through to the eastern conference finals Kyle Lowry's personal life Lowry's legacy and future

©2016 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2016 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Eddie Caiazzo
Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
Available on Audible
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Charles Barkley

Summary

Learn the incredible story of the basketball great Charles Barkley! One of many riveting listens in the basketball biography books series. In Charles Barkley: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Power Forwards, you'll learn the inspirational story of basketball's legendary power forward Charles Barkley. Barkley was one of the most popular big men throughout 1980's and 1990's basketball due to his dominance on both sides of the court. He remains one of the greatest examples of how to overcome obstacles to become a great, as he went through his entire career as "undersized" compared to traditional power forwards. Charles Barkley is easily one of the greatest to ever play the game. Get this basketball book on Charles Barkley today if you're looking for an inspiring basketball biography book to listen to or a gift for a basketball fan! Here is a preview of the chapters inside this Charles Barkley book:   Childhood and Early Life High School Career  College Career  Charles Barkley’s NBA Career Getting Drafted, Rookie Season, the Rise to Stardom, Becoming the Sixers’ Best Player The Franchise Player, Clashes with Team Management and Ownership, End of the Run in Philly MVP Season in Phoenix, Trip to the Finals The Slow and Steady Decline, Final Three Seasons in Phoenix, on His Last Leg in Houston, Retirement International Career Barkley’s Personal Life Charles Barkley’s Legacy and Future

©2020 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2020 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Steve Krumlauf
Length: 2 hrs and 33 mins
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Bill Russell: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Legendary Centers

Summary

Learn the Inspiring story of the Boston Celtics' legendary Center, Bill Russell! In Bill Russell: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Legendary Centers, you will learn the incredible story of one of basketball's greatest players of all time, Bill Russell. In his 13-year career, Bill Russell accomplished what many NBA players today would dream of. He was an 11-time champion, 12-time All-Star, and five-time Most Valuable Player. He won the MVP award so many times that the league renamed the trophy after him in 2009! Even today, his accomplishments stand among the basketball elite in pedigree. It'd be difficult to envision another player achieving the stat sheet that Bill Russell was able to when he played the game. Pick up this unauthorized biography today to learn the inspiring story behind Bill Russell. Here is a preview of what is inside this audiobook:  Childhood and Early Life High School and College Career Getting Drafted, Rookie Season, First NBA Championship First MVP Season, the Calm Before the Dynasty The Dawn of a Dynasty, Wilt Chamberlain's Arrival, Dominating the NBA Championship Meeting Wilt in the Finals, Winning Eight Straight Titles, The Playing Coach, Losing to Wilt, The End of the Streak Return to the Top of the NBA, Bill Russell's Final Seasons, After Retirement Bill Russell's Personal Life Impact on Basketball Legacy and Future

©2019 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2019 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Steve Krumlauf
Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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Rudy Gobert: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Rising Star Centers

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Learn the Inspiring Story of the Utah Jazz's Star Center, Rudy Gobert!   In Rudy Gobert: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball’s Rising Star Centers, you'll learn the incredible story of one of basketball's centers, Rudy Gobert. In the last few years, Gobert has quickly emerged as a prominent big man in the league due to the significant impact he brings to the defensive end of the floor. At the time of this writing, Gobert is just 25 years old, with many more years to go in his career. Don't be surprised if at the end of his career we are calling Gobert one of the best French players to ever play the game. With Gordon Hayward having left the Utah Jazz franchise for the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2017, it will be exciting to see how Gobert rises to the occasion of being one of the key leaders for the Jazz. If you're a fan of Rudy Gobert, don't delay in picking up this book. Start learning his inspiring story today. Here's a preview of what you'll learn about: Childhood and Early Life Cholet Basket Career NBA Career Getting Drafted Rookie Season The Rise of the French Rejection A Tower Reaching Stardom, First Playoff Appearance International Career Rudy Gobert's Personal Life Gobert's Impact on Basketball and Legacy

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2018 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Roger Wood
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Shooting Stars

Summary

From the ultimate team - basketball superstar LeBron James and Buzz Bissinger, Pulitzer Prize - winning author of Friday Night Lights and Three Nights in August - a poignant, thrilling tale of the power of teamwork to transform young lives, including James's own. The Shooting Stars were a bunch of kids - LeBron James and his best friends - from Akron, Ohio, who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were 10 and 11 years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond that would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to a national championship in their senior year of high school. They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of 10. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad was ever present; he would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. In the summer after seventh grade, the Shooting Stars tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus and had to go home early. They promised one another they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title.They had no idea how hard it would be to pursue that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequences of their own overconfidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together they became men, and together they claimed the prize they had fought for all those years - a national championship.

©2009 LeBron James (P)2009 Penguin

Narrator: Moe Irvin
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
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John Wall

Summary

Learn the incredible story of basketball superstar John Wall! In John Wall: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Fastest Point Guards, you'll hear about the inspirational story of basketball's rising superstar point guard, John Wall. John Wall has emerged as a top-ten point guard in the NBA amongst the likes of Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook, and Rajan Rondo. From once struggling to behave in school and on the basketball court to being benched by his high school basketball coach, John Wall has come a long way since being drafted as the first overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. The rest is history as the Washington Wizards have emerged to become one of the top teams in the East. This year, the Wizards won their first playoff series in six years, defeating the Chicago Bulls in five games. John Wall is easily one of the most dynamic point guards to play the game of basketball. From flashy crossovers to speedy races down the court on the fastbreak, John Wall has a bright basketball career ahead of him. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Kentucky John Wall's NBA Career Wall's Personal Life Wall's Impact on Basketball and Beyond John Wall's Legacy

©2015 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2015 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Bob Johnson
Length: 55 mins
Available on Audible
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Brad Stevens

Summary

Since joining the Celtics organization in the summer of 2013, Brad Stevens has led the resurgence of the Celtics in the Eastern Conference. Stevens has demonstrated impressive leadership in his ability to quickly build rapport with many different personalities and to create a sustainable system of success. While he is still early in his coaching career, Stevens has quickly become one of the most sought-after coaches in the NBA. There are a number of key leadership lessons that can be learned from Stevens, such as instilling a strong work ethic, believing in your organizational philosophy, and fostering a growth mindset. Whether you're a basketball player or a coach looking for inspiration, this audiobook will help you discover the incredible story of Stevens and the many leadership lessons that can be learned from studying his success. Here is a preview of what is included in this audiobook: Background and history Coaching at Butler What makes Brad Stevens a good leader How Brad Stevens maximizes player talent Brad Stevens' system Key takeaways regarding his work ethic, belief in his organizational philosophy, and growth mindset Conclusion

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2017 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Todd Mansfield
Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
Available on Audible
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Derrick Rose

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Derrick Rose is one of the best basketball players on the planet. Most people know that he is a dominating guard on the Chicago Bulls out of the University of Memphis but, in order to truly understand Derrick Rose, you must first understand where he came from. Derrick Rose: An Unauthorized Biography explores Rose's upbringing, his high school and college basketball careers, and details his breakthrough into the NBA, all the way through his 2012 playoff injury against Philadelphia. Derrick Rose's popularity has soared around the world. Inside this book you will discover where it all started and learn why so many fans love him so much. From family to basketball to the future, all you need to know about Derrick Rose is right here, right now, in the most up-to-date coverage of his life. This book also includes all of Derrick Rose's college and professional statistics.

©2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont & Belcourt Books

Narrator: Ken Z.
Length: 50 mins
Available on Audible
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Basketball Primer AudioLearn: The Essential Basketball Audio Guide!

Summary

Are you a basketball fan who wants to learn more about the game? Do you want to coach a basketball team or perhaps get your child into this sport? Or perhaps you just want to learn about this sport so that you can play yourself? If so, then you need a tutorial on basic basketball principals from youth leagues to the NBA. Basketball has been around for well over 100 years. Although it is a game that is associated with the United States, it was not invented by an American. A Canadian fitness professor invented the game as a way for young men to keep fit in the cool weather. Although it is played outside on basketball courts, the sport is an indoor sport. If you've been following basketball leagues today, you will see that there are many leagues all over the world. Indeed, basketball has become a global sport. The rules and regulations are pretty much the same for this sport in Argentina as they are in the professional teams of the NBA in the United States. And the rules of basketball, although slightly modified from the late 19th century, have not changed all that much. What if you could find out all there is to know about basketball inside one easy to listen audiobook? Do you think this would work for you? Imagine being able to shoot, score and win the basketball game in your local neighborhood! Imagine being able to ace your school's basketball tryouts and become their most knowledgeable and dependable player! Imagine learning what you need to know now to begin a career in professional basketball! Here is what you will learn inside this guide.... A Brief History On Basketball The Different Basketball Positions Skills Needed For Basketball Basketball Equipment The Rules and Regulations Of Basketball Basic maneuvers to get you started And Much More! With Basketball Primer, you can be confident that you're learning the best of what basketball has to offer. You can be confident that this is information that only a few people have, and they've chosen to share their basketball secrets with you! It's time to be confident about your basketball skills! It's time to learn the basics about basketball so you can be on your way to becoming the star of your team, the best in the neighborhood or even on your way to becoming a professional basketball player! With Basketball Primeryou'll learn exactly what you need to know about basketball to get you started, perfect your moves and even teach you secrets that most people have no clue about!

©2014 AudioLearn (P)2014 AudioLearn

Narrator: Teg Gray
Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
Available on Audible
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The NBA Story

Summary

What can you learn from the most successful companies in the world? The NBA Story will help you understand and adopt the competitive strategies, workplace culture, and daily business practices that enabled the exciting basketball league to become the powerhouse it is today. Today’s NBA is filled with larger-than-life figures, like LeBron James, James Harden and Stephen Curry, who effortlessly dominate the courts. But it wasn’t always so glamorous.  The multi-billion-dollar league has grown from humble roots into a sports powerhouse that is loved around the world due to savvy digital marketing and a global focus. Thanks to the popularity of individual players and team rivalries, the NBA has survived league mergers and financial crisis. Teams have earned the respect of millions of loyal fans who are dedicated to the success of each and every organization within the league.  Through the story of the NBA, you’ll learn: How to keep a dream alive when it seems like no one wants to see it come true. How a company can find their way out of a financial crisis. How presentation is the secret sauce to the success of any show. And how a company can build a loyal fan base who will do anything to keep them on top.

©2020 Rich Mintzer (P)2020 HarperCollins Leadership

Author: Rich Mintzer
Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Be Quick - But Don't Hurry!

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Perhaps the least controversial sports honor in living memory was the selection of John Wooden as "Coach of the Century" by ESPN. Wooden presided over college sports' most famous dynasty, winning 10 NCAA basketball championships in 12 years. His UCLA teams won with quickness, and always with class. Wooden was a teacher first and foremost, and his lessons - taught on the basketball court, but applicable throughout one's life - are summarized in his famed Pyramid of Success. An all-city high school player in Los Angeles, Andrew Hill played - a little - in three national championships, from 1970 to 1972. At that time, Hill was upset at how unequally Wooden treated his starting players, and clashed with Wooden over a variety of social and political issues. Hill went on to a successful career in television, rising to the presidency of CBS Productions. And one day, some 25 years after graduating from UCLA, he realized that everything he knows about getting the best out of his people he had learned directly from Coach John Wooden. Be Quick - But Don't Hurry! tells the story of their renewed friendship, while sharing the lessons and secrets that hold the key to managing creativity in the idea-driven economy of the 21st century. Full of sound advice and warm reminiscence, this is the management audiobook of a lifetime.

©2001 Andrew Hill, All Rights Reserved (P)2001 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved, SOUND IDEAS Is an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
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Tim Duncan: The Inspiring Story of Basketball's Greatest Power Forward

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Learn the incredible story of basketball superstar Tim Duncan! In Tim Duncan: The Inspiring Story of Basketball's Greatest Power Forward, you'll listen to the inspirational story of basketball's greatest power forward Tim Duncan. Tim Duncan has kept the San Antonio Spurs relevant in the NBA for every year of his long NBA career. In this short book, we will learn about how Duncan became the incredible power forward that he is today. Starting first with a look into his childhood and early life, we'll learn about Tim Duncan prior to entering the NBA, along with his time in the NBA playing alongside David Robinson to his time playing with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili leading the San Antonio Spurs. Tim Duncan is easily one of the greatest, if not the greatest power forward to play the game of basketball. For a man who once was just a kid fulfilling a promise to his parents to earn a college degree at Wake Forest, Tim Duncan has come a long way over the course of his basketball career. It will be exciting to see how Duncan and the Spurs do in this year's 2013-2014 NBA playoffs. Here is a preview of what is inside this book: Early Life and Childhood College Years at Wake Forest Duncan's NBA Career Tim Duncan's Personal Life Tim's Impact on Basketball and Beyond Duncan's Legacy

©2015 Clayton Geoffreys (P)2015 Clayton Geoffreys

Narrator: Colin Robinson
Length: 56 mins
Available on Audible
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A Father First

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Dwyane Wade, the eight-time All-Star for the Miami Heat, has miraculously defied the odds throughout his career and his life. In 2006, in just his third season in the NBA, Dwyane was named the Finals' MVP, after leading the Miami Heat to the Championship title, basketball's ultimate prize. Two years later, after possible career-ending injuries, he again rose from the ashes of doubt to help win a gold medal for the United States at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As co-captain, he helped lead the Heat to triumph in the 2012 NBA Championship. Little wonder that legendary coach Pat Riley has called Dwyane "B.I.W." - Best In the World. As incredible as those achievements have been, it's off the court where Dwyane has sought his most cherished goal: being a good dad to his sons, Zaire and Zion, by playing a meaningful role in their lives. Recounting his fatherhood journey, Dwyane begins his story in March 2011 with the news that after a long, bitter custody battle, he has been awarded sole custody of his sons in a virtually unprecedented court decision. A Father First chronicles the lessons Dwyane has learned as a single dad from the moment of the judge's ruling that instantly changed his life and the lives of his boys, and then back to the events in the past that shaped his dreams, prayers, and promises. As the son of divorced parents determined to get along so that he and his sister Tragil could have loving relationships with both of them, Dwyane's early years were spent on Chicago's South Side. With poverty, violence, and drugs consuming the streets and their mom descending into addiction, Tragil made the heroic decision to take her younger brother to live with their father. After moving his household to suburban Robbins, Illinois, Dwyane Wade Sr. became Dwyane's first basketball coach. While this period laid the groundwork for Dwyane's later mission for fathers to take greater responsibility for their kids, he was also inspired by his mother's miraculous victory over addiction and her gift for healing others. Both his mother and his father showed him that the unconditional love between parents and children is a powerful guiding force. In A Father First, we meet the coaches, mentors, and teammates who played pivotal roles in Dwyane's stunning basketball career—from his early days shooting hoops on the neighborhood courts in Chicago, to his rising stardom at Marquette University in Milwaukee, to his emergence as an unheralded draft pick by the Miami Heat. This book is a revealing, personal story of one of America's top athletes, but it is also a call to action - from a man who had to fight to be in his children's lives - that will show mothers and fathers how to step up and be parents themselves.

©2012 Dwyane Wade (P)2012 HarperCollins Publishers

Author: Dwayne Wade
Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
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Stephen Curry: The Inspirational Story of One of the Greatest Basketball Players of All Time!

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They called him: "the greatest all-around shooter".  Do you want to learn more about the life of Stephen Curry while being inspired?   One of today’s most sought-after NBA superstars was once a young boy who was perceived as weak. Despite this negative impression, he has managed to rise from his simple life in North Carolina into becoming one of the sharpest shooters in the history of the NBA. Stephen Curry’s journey to become one of the NBA’s legends has been tough and rocky. He might be the son of an NBA veteran, yet his journey towards his dreams was not smooth. He also had his fair share of rejections and doubts - both from his own self and others. However, years of diligent practice helped him perfect his dazzling and surprising moves on the court. It allowed him to step up and lead his team, the Golden State Warriors, to numerous wins. This audiobook will allow you to take a peek into Stephen Curry’s personal life. Get to know the superstar better. Beyond the basketball accolades, the baby-faced assassin is a loving husband and father. He also has his own stories of fear, trials, and touching moments.  With this book you'll learn: Who is Stephen Curry  His childhood years  His teenage years  How he made the dream come true  His married life  The off-the-court issues he supports His philosophies and beliefs  How he went beyond the limelight   Scroll to the top of the page and buy this audiobook today and be inspired now!

©2018 Patrick Thompson (P)2018 Patrick Thompson

Length: 1 hr and 20 mins
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Kobe Bryant

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Are you interested in discovering more about the beginnings, career, and milestones of Kobe Bryant? Do you want to know about the romantic tale between Kobe and Vanessa Bryant?  Do you want to know what Bryant said about marriage after a prominent outrage almost broke them?  If these are the kinds of questions running through your mind, this book is perfect for you!  Hello! Welcome to the biography of Kobe Bryant. Kobe Bryant is an elite NBA basketball player who plays shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. He has helped lead the Lakers to win five championships, which ranks Bryant among the basketball players with the most championship rings in NBA history. Kobe lives and breathes basketball. While other basketball legends fade into obscurity after retirement, Kobe is out there pursuing new endeavors and building a business empire. It's a testament to his relentless thirst for knowledge and never-ending quest to be better.  In this book, we'll explore Kobe Bryant's journey to the national basketball league along with the impact that he has had on the game. Whether you are a fan of the Lakers, or simply a fan of the game of basketball, Kobe Bryant's story is an inspiring one of how one person with a dream beat all the odds to ultimately became one of the best players in the history of the game.  In this book, we will explore where Bryant grew up, what he was like as a child, how his NBA career panned out, and where he is headed now.  In this book, you will find:  Childhood and early life high school years Bryant, in his last Cleveland game, protecting LeBron James National team career of Kobe Bryant NBA finals with Kobe or Le-Bron Since 2000 Individual life and connections Kobe Bryant and his significant other, Vanessa, have a two-decade romantic tale. Shaquille O'Neal depicts Kobe as a "family man". Much, much more! Get this book today, and be inspired by the basketball legend, Kobe Bryant!    So, what are you waiting for? Scroll up, click the Buy Now button and get started.  

©2020 Ronald James (P)2020 Ronald James

Narrator: Al Remington
Author: Ronald James
Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
Available on Audible
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Stephen Curry: Rise of the Star

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"I've never been afraid of big moments. I get butterflies. I get nervous and anxious, but I think those are all good signs that I'm ready for the moment." - Stephen Curry. Stephen Curry was intent in showing the world that he was not just "lucky" - he wanted to show that he deserved to be playing in the Finals. He deserved to be the MVP. He deserved to win a championship. He deserved to be recognized as one of the greatest players to ever play the game. From humble beginnings, as the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft that went relatively unnoticed, from having the one of worst records in the NBA in his first year as a Warrior, from being cast aside by critics for being always riddled with injury, he was now on the verge of ending all speculation once and for all as to whether his name deserved to be mentioned amongst the NBA greats. All it took was just 12 more minutes, just one more quarter of basketball - with the Cleveland Cavalier fans booing him, the critics doubting him, and the whole world watching him - he would show them just what he's capable of to succeed under pressure, a skill he has picked up and honed over all the years of his basketball life. After 12 minutes, the world would come to know of the legend of Stephen Curry - being one of the greatest shooters to ever play the game of basketball. After 12 more minutes, Stephen Curry would be deemed a bonafide superstar. After 12 more minutes, Stephen Curry wouldn't be known as the guy who got "lucky" to be MVP - he would go from being just another all-star, to being an NBA Champion and solidifying his status as an absolute force to be reckoned with in the league. Interesting, engaging, and easy, this book is about the rise of Stephen Curry, the "Long-Shot", the MVP, and the champion. Listen now to enjoy the journey of this great superstar!

©2016 John Emerson (P)2016 John Emerson

Narrator: Jack de Golia
Author: John Emerson
Length: 59 mins
Available on Audible
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Tigerland

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Against the backdrop of one of the most tumultuous periods in recent American history, as riots and demonstrations spread across the nation, the Tigers of poor, segregated East High School in Columbus, Ohio, did something no team from one school had ever done before: They won the state basketball and baseball championships in the same year. They defeated bigger, richer, whiter teams across the state and along the way brought blacks and whites together, eased a painful racial divide throughout the state, and overcame extraordinary obstacles on their road to success.  In Tigerland, Wil Haygood gives us a spirited and stirring account of this improbable triumph and takes us deep into the personal lives of these local heroes. At the same time, he places the Tigers’ story in the context of the racially charged '60s, bringing in such national figures as Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King Jr., and Richard Nixon, all of whom had a connection to the teams and a direct effect on their mythical season. 

©2018 Wil Haygood (P)2018 Random House Audio

Narrator: Dominic Hoffman
Author: Wil Haygood
Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
Available on Audible
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Stephen Curry

Summary

Do you wish you could shoot a basketball like a future Hall of Fame superstar? Discover the insider secrets, training techniques, and daily workouts of one of the NBA's sharpest shooters. Are you embarrassed to show off your shot on the basketball court? Are you fed up with time-consuming drills that haven't improved your game? Author Steve James spent his youth analyzing professional athletes and documenting the practices of successful players. In this comprehensive biography, James reveals all of Stephen Curry's incredible shooting methods, training workouts, and specific practice programs. In Stephen Curry: A Sharpshooter's Journey to the NBA & Beyond, you’ll discover the exact methods used by NBA superstar Stephen Curry that will show you how to shoot with deadly accuracy. James’ insightful basketball biography dives deep into Curry’s workouts and drills, setting out a blueprint for you to follow and get incredible results. In Stephen Curry, you’ll discover: A comprehensive analysis of Curry's life and disciplines including his motivational rituals Exactly how many shots you need to take per day to develop pro skills Curry's secret training regimens he uses to continue improving his game The famous dribbling method that sets Curry apart from all others The insider secrets that have allowed Curry to dominate the game and much, much more! Stephen Curry is a comprehensive unpacking of the daily disciplines, workout secrets, and basketball sharpshooting skills that make Curry the NBA showstopper he is today. If you like practical techniques, easy-to-understand instructions, and following the exact training methods used by professional athletes, then you'll love James’ brilliant biography. Listen to Stephen Curry to start draining more threes today! PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2016 Steve James (P)2018 Steve James

Narrator: Sherry Granader
Author: Steve James
Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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Walk-On Warrior: Drive, Discipline, and the Will to Win

Summary

A season at Marquette. A summer with Rick Majerus. An inspiring quest to stay connected to the game.   Small town. Undersized. Not enough talent. John Willkom heard it all as a young basketball player growing up in rural Wisconsin. Despite the odds, John dedicated his life to the game, an arduous journey that challenged the very core of even the most disciplined. As John's hard work lands him amongst basketball's elite, it is the workouts, the people, and the behind-the-scenes interactions that not only change his skill set but how he lives his life. Both heartfelt and funny, Walk-On Warrior takes you into the mind of an athlete from John's perspective. Take a journey that will reignite your passion for life, challenge your perspectives on toughness and fear, and ultimately, inspire you to maximize your talent.

©2018 John Willkom (P)2019 John Willkom

Narrator: Cameron Sharp
Author: John Willkom
Length: 5 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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James Naismith

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It seems unlikely that James Naismith, who grew up playing "Duck on the Rock" in the rural community of Almonte, Canada, would invent one of America's most popular sports. But Rob Rains and Hellen Carpenter's fascinating, in-depth biography James Naismith: The Man Who Invented Basketball shows how this young man - who wanted to be a medical doctor, or if not that, a minister (in fact, he was both) - came to create a game that has endured for over a century. James Naismith reveals how Naismith invented basketball in part to find an indoor activity to occupy students in the winter months. When he realized that the key to his game was that men could not run with the ball, and that throwing and jumping would eliminate the roughness of force, he was on to something. And while Naismith thought that other sports provided better exercise, he was pleased to create a game that "anyone could play". With unprecedented access to the Naismith archives and documents, Rains and Carpenter chronicle how Naismith developed the 13 rules of basketball, coached the game at the University of Kansas - establishing college basketball in the process - and was honored for his work at the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin.

©2009 Temple University (P)2014 Redwood Audiobooks

Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Go Up for Glory

Summary

Back in print for the first time in decades, Go Up for Glory is the classic 1968 basketball memoir by NBA legend Bill Russell, with a new foreword from the author. From NBA legend Bill Russell, Go Up for Glory is a basketball memoir that transcends time. First published in 1965, this narrative traces Russell's childhood in segregated America and details the challenges he faced as a Black man, even when he was a celebrated NBA star. And while some progress has been made, this book serves as an urgent reminder of how far we still have to go in the fight for human rights and equality.

©1965 Bill Russell and William Mcsweeny (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: JD Jackson
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
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Luka Doncic

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From the second he entered a basketball gym at seven years old, people knew Luka Doncic was going to be special. He was so dominant in his age group that he was moved up multiple age groups just so people would have a chance to compete with him. The Wonderboy of the Euroleague has been taking the NBA by storm and leaving a wake of stunned critics in his path. For the first time, hear the complete story about Luka Doncic's rise to the NBA. From early days shooting at halftimes of his dad's games to becoming the NBA's most promising star, you'll get the full story.

©2019 Broad Base LLC (P)2020 Broad Base LLC

Narrator: Seth Char
Length: 49 mins
Available on Audible
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Russell Rules

1 rating

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Bill Russell has been hailed as the greatest team player of the 20th century. As a five-time NBA Most Valuable Player, he is one of the most important basketball players ever, and with 11 championships as player and coach of the Boston Celtics, he is one of basketball's greatest winners. In Russell Rules, he shares the insights, humor, memories, and, most important, the 11 essential "rules of success" that made him and his team perennial champions. In addition, he shares his personal thoughts on his legendary battles with Wilt Chamberlain, his views on how other players (Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) would have fared with him in head-to-head play, and stories from his days playing with such Celtics greats as Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn, and coach Red Auerbach. Russell Rules offers inspiring lessons on commitment, personal integrity, team ego, and craftsmanship that are as relevant to the entrepreneur or parent as they are to the athlete.

©2001 Bill Russell. Recorded by arrangement with Dutton Plume, a division of Penguin Putnam Inc. (P)2001 HighBridge Company

Narrator: Rif Hutton
Length: 4 hrs and 43 mins
Available on Audible
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Our Last Season

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The moving story of a bond between sportswriter and fan that was forged in a shared love of basketball and grew over several decades into an extraordinary friendship "This is a story about friendship, sports, aging, and ultimately time itself - the things it strips away and the things it cannot touch. I loved it." (Wright Thompson, author of Pappyland) Harvey Araton is one of New York's - and the nation's - best-known sports journalists, having covered thousands of Knicks games over the course of a long and distinguished career. But the person at the heart of Our Last Season, Michelle Musler, is largely anonymous - except, that is, to the players, coaches, and writers who have passed through Madison Square Garden, where she held season tickets behind the Knicks bench for 45 years. In that time, as she juggled a successful career as a corporate executive and single parenthood of five children, she missed only a handful of home games. The Garden was her second home - and the place where an extraordinary friendship between fan and sportswriter was forged. That relationship soon grew into something much bigger than basketball, with Michelle serving as a cherished mentor and friend to Harvey as he weathered life's inevitable storms: illness, aging, and professional challenges and transitions. During the 2017-18 NBA season, as Michelle faces serious illness that prevents her from attending more than a few Knicks games, Harvey finally has the chance to give back to Michelle everything she has given him: reminders of all she's accomplished, the blessings she's enjoyed, and the devoted friend she has been to him. Chock-full of anecdotes from behind the scenes and cameos from Knicks legends - from Frazier, King, and Ewing to Riley, Van Gundy, and many more - the story of Harvey and Michelle's nearly four decades of friendship is a delight for basketball fans. But at its core, Our Last Season is a book for all of us, offering a poignant and inspiring message about how to live with passion, commitment, and optimism.

©2020 Harvey Araton (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Fred Berman
Length: 6 hrs and 32 mins
Available on Audible
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The Capital of Basketball

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The celebration of Washington, DC basketball is long overdue. The DC metro area stands second to none in its contributions to the game. Countless figures who have had a significant impact on the sport over the years have roots in the region, including E. B. Henderson, the first African American certified to teach public school physical education, and Earl Lloyd, the first African American to take the court in an actual NBA game. The city's Spingarn High School produced two players - Elgin Baylor and Dave Bing - recognized among the NBA’s 50 greatest at the league’s 50th anniversary celebration. No other high school in the country can make that claim. These figures and many others are chronicled in this book, the first-ever comprehensive look at the great high school players, teams, and coaches in the DC metropolitan area. Based on more than 150 interviews, The Capital of Basketball is first and foremost a book about basketball. But in discussing the trends and evolution of the game, McNamara also uncovers the turmoil in the lives of the players and area residents as they dealt with prejudice, educational inequities, politics, and the ways the area has changed through the years.

©2019 Andrea Chamblee (P)2019 Andrea Chamblee

Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
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Red and Me

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Red Auerbach, one of the greatest coaches in sports history, died on October 28, 2006. Bill Russell, the five-time MVP and star center on the Auerbach teams that won eleven championships in 13 years, said little in public at the time. His relationship with his coach had been so deeply personal that he could not express it with a brief comment. In fact, little known to the public, Auerbach and Russell - one a short, brash Jew from Brooklyn, the other a tall, intense African-American from Louisiana and Oakland - were far more than just coach and player. Through 13 years of building a sports dynasty together, one that remains among the greatest of all time, their relationship evolved into a rare, telling example of deep male friendship: confident, supportive, understanding, founded in common goals, even as their feelings remained largely unspoken. They stayed close for the rest of Auerbach's life, despite physical distance and far fewer chances to be together. True male friends are always there for each other, whenever the need or occasion arises. Red and Me is an extraordinary book: an homage to a peerless coach, showing how he produced results unlike any other; an inspiring story of mutual success, in which each man gave his all, and gained back even more; above all, it may be the best depiction of male friendship ever put on the page. Who would have guessed that such different men could have become such a tightly bonded pair? Few did guess it. Now Russell tells it.

©2009 Bill Russell (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

Length: 5 hrs and 1 min
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The Big Three

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New York Times best-selling sportswriter Michael Holley tells the inside story of how Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett joined together to form the most dominant team in basketball and lead the Boston Celtics to their first championship in more than two decades. The first of "The Big Three" was Paul Pierce. As Boston Celtics fans watched the team retire Pierce's jersey in a ceremony on February 11, 2018, they remembered again the incredible performances Pierce put on in the city for 15 years, helping the Celtics escape the bottom of their conference to become champions and perennial championship contenders. But Pierce's time in the city wasn't always so smooth. In 2000, he was stabbed in a downtown nightclub 11 times in a seemingly random attack. Six years later, remaining the sole star on a struggling team, he asked to be traded and briefly became a lightning rod among fans. Then, in 2007, the Boston Celtics general manager made two monumental trades, bringing Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston. A press conference on July 31, 2007 was a sight to behold: Pierce, KG, and Ray Allen holding up Celtics jerseys for the flood of media. Coach Doc Rivers made sure the team bonded over the thought of winning a title and living by a Bantu term called Ubuntu, which translates as "I am because we are". Rivers wanted to make it clear that togetherness and brotherhood would help them maximize their talent and win. What came next - the synthesis of the Celtics' "The Big Three" and their dominant championship run - cemented their standing as one of great teams in NBA history, a rival to Kobe Bryant's Lakers and LeBron James' Cavaliers. This is the team that brought excitement back to the Garden, and therefore to one of the most storied franchises in all of sports. They met their historic rivals, the Lakers, in the 2008 NBA Finals, winning the series in game six, in a rout on their home court with a raucous, concert-like atmosphere. Along the victory parade route, Paul Pierce smoked a cigar - as a tribute to legendary former Celtics Coach Red Auerbach. In a city now defined by a wealth of championships, "The Big Three" joined the club. Michael Holley, the premier chronicler of Boston sports, brings their story to life with countless untold stories and behind-the-scenes details in another best-selling tome for New England and sports fans across the country.

©2020 Michael Holley (P)2021 Hachette Books

Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
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How to Coach Girls' High School Basketball

1 rating

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If you want to learn how to coach girls' high school basketball, then learn from Shane Reinhard who has real-life experience coaching girls' basketball at the high school level. Here's what you will learn inside the book: Illuminates the positive and negative realities of coaching girls' basketball at the high school level Discusses a variety of ways to improve basketball skill development on your team Includes ideas to work on ball-handling, shooting, defense, strategy, and much, much more Shares the importance of bonding with your team Explains why hierarchies are not always a good thing when coaching high school girls Talks about how your team should spend time not just on the court, but off court together, too Speaks to the value a coaching staff, the administration, and parents can have on your team Reiterates trust in a team dynamic to create healthy relationships amongst your players, staff, etc. Gives insight on the expectations that a girls' high school basketball team should have Ideas on using a covenant with your team, coaches, and parents Communicates the significance of staying consistent with all your players, if problems ever arise Recommends that coaches look at all angles when dealing with issues involving the team Gives ideas for how to deal with confrontation Describes the importance of constant learning as a coach Illustrates the impact you could have as a coach teaching life lessons to your team Listen today! About the expert: Shane Reinhard graduated from Weber State University with a BA in Education, majoring in English and dual minoring in Physical Education and Coaching. Since 2011, Shane has been teaching and coaching at Saint Joseph Catholic High School.

©2017 HowExpert (P)2017 HowExpert

Narrator: Campy
Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
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Gehrig & the Babe

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Gehrig & The Babe: The Friendship and the Feud is the emotionally gripping, electrifying account of the relationship of legendary New York Yankee icons Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth and the tragic behind-the-scenes fight that bitterly tore them apart until Gehrig was dying of a horrific disease. Written by historian and best-selling author Tony Castro, this critically acclaimed book tells their remarkable story that has often been lost between the pages of individual biographies of the American icons but here is explored in such scope and detail that the Wall Street Journal called Gehrig & the Babe "...the 'Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid' of baseball." ESPN's Jeremy Schaap called Gehrig & the Babe "a fascinating story told in full really for the first time, seventy-plus years after their death." Tony Castro, whose Mickey Mantle: America's Prodigal Son has been hailed by the New York Times as the definitive biography of the Hall of Fame legend, worked almost a decade on Gehrig & the Babe, interviewing hundreds of their surviving former teammates, associates, and friends while also extensively researching their lives in New York, Baltimore, Boston, and Los Angeles as well as studying years of newspaper accounts of the era in which they played.

©2018 Tony Castro (P)2019 Tantor

Narrator: Barry Abrams
Author: Tony Castro
Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
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Kevin Durant

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Kevin Durant is a superstar on the rise. A six-foot, nine-inch small forward, Durant has worked his way into an elite class of NBA all-stars. The 2008 Rookie of the Year was the youngest player ever to win the NBA scoring title and continues to be the NBA's best scorer. This biography explores Durant's upbringing, his high school and college basketball careers, and details his breakthrough into the NBA, all the way through April 2013. From family to basketball to the future, all you need to know about Kevin Durant is right here, right now, in the most up to date coverage of Kevin Durant's life. This book also includes all of Kevin Durant's college and professional statistics.

©2014 Belmont and Belcourt Books (P)2014 Belmont and Belcourt Books

Narrator: Ken Z.
Length: 55 mins
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Mastering Life after Athletics

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A wonderful how to book that focuses on motivation of a young man in American basketball: Everyone has had a failure, or two or even three.... We often equate failures with negative connotations that the person is lazy, they didn't try hard enough, they aren't educated and so on.... Motivation is not usually the outcome in this situation. Could you imagine a young man that has made fatherhood a priority, released as an author from a lucrative publishing contract prior to the release date, traveled the world as a professional bodyguard for Eminem, rubbed elbows with the elite (Trump Enterprises, former presidential elect John Kerry), played collegiate and pro basketball, self published his own books, and lastly escaped a life of teenage crime. He has not only mastered life but helps others to succeed. This phenomenal book will transform, shape, and inspire youth, athletes, and entrepreneurs in 10 simple tips based on true-life events through pure honesty.

©2011 Byron Williams (P)2012 Byton Wil'liams

Narrator: Mark A. Neely
Length: 1 hr and 54 mins
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Hang Time

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Elgin Baylor's memoir of an epic all-star career in the NBA - during which he transformed basketball from a horizontal game to a vertical one - and his fights against racism during his career as a player and as general manager of the LA Clippers under the infamous Donald Sterling People think of Elgin Baylor as one of the greatest basketball players in the history of the game - and one of the NBA's first black superstars - but the full extent of his legacy stretches beyond his spectacular, game-changing jump shots and dunks. With startling symmetry, Baylor recounts his story: flying back and forth between the US Army and the Lakers, his time as a central figure in the great Celtics-Lakers rivalry and how he helped break down color barriers in the sport, his 1964 All-Star game boycott, his early years as an executive for the New Orleans Jazz, and 22 years as general manager for the notorious LA Clippers and Donald Sterling, spent fighting to draft and sign young, black phenoms - only to be hamstrung by his boss at every turn. No one has seen the league change, and has worked to bring change, more than Baylor. Year after year, he continued to fight and persevere against racism. At the beginning of his career, he was forced to stay in separate hotel rooms. From those days to today's superstardom, he has had a front-row view of the game's elevation to one of America's favorite sports. For the first time, Elgin Baylor tells his full story. He's played with the legends, lived with them, and knows more about the NBA than anyone living, and is finally ready to set the record straight.

©2018 EB Lakes 22 LLC (P)2018 Recorded Books

Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards

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Learn the inspiring story of the Utah Jazz's legendary guard John Stockton!  In John Stockton: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Point Guards, you will learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's greatest point guards of all time, John Stockton. Stockton ran the point for the Utah Jazz through the majority of the '80s and '90s. He holds the NBA record for the most assists and steals of all time.  Playing for the majority of his career alongside Karl Malone, Stockton had a highly illustrious career. By the time he retired, he was a 10-time All-Star and had led the league in assists nine times. He is one of few point guards to ever average a career double-double in points and assists. In this unauthorized biography, you'll relive Stockton's impressive career from his rookie season to his final game. 

©2018 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2018 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Josh Horowitz
Length: 2 hrs and 46 mins
Available on Audible
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Swinging for the Fences

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In 2008, the surviving members of the Crenshaw Post 715 American Legion team gathered in Sedona, Arizona, to honor the memory of Billy Consolo. Stories of their fallen teammate opened a door to cherished memories of time spent together in childhood, learning the game of life through the game of baseball. With no adults to supervise them in the playgrounds and sandlots, Carl Paul Maggio and his friends grew to understand the principles of fair play. As teenagers, they thrived under the eccentric guidance of Benny Lefebvre, a gentle but fiercely determined coach who transformed the untamed boys, including future Hall of Famer Sparky Anderson, into a band of skillful, resourceful ballplayers. And when they competed with more than 16,000 teams for the 1951 American Legion World Baseball Championship, they discovered the greatest prize of all: a lifetime of enduring friendships. Swinging for the Fences will transport you to a simpler place and time in our country's history, when kids were allowed to be kids, and baseball was a game of integrity and simplicity.

©2013, 2014 Carl Paul Maggio (P)2014 Carl Paul Maggio

Narrator: Bob Adrian
Length: 6 hrs and 19 mins
Available on Audible
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NBA Basketball Player Biography 5 Book Bundle

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This five-book bundle contains five separate books, each documenting the life and career of a different NBA legend! Get this audiobook today and learn more about your favorite basketball stars!   Book 1: Kyrie Irving Book 2: Russell Westbrook Book 3: Stephen Curry Book 4: Kobe Bryant Book 5: LeBron James   Suitable for all ages!

©2018 Ingram Publishing (P)2018 Ingram Publishing

Narrator: Rob Hegner
Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
Available on Audible
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The Great Book of Basketball: Interesting Facts and Sports Stories

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Are you looking for one of the NBA's best basketball books? One that is chock full of sports stories, like how the ABA influenced today’s NBA game? Or maybe random facts about the 1992 NBA Dream Team? Well, look no further. Proudly presenting The Great Book of Basketball, full of trivia questions that deal with six decades of stories that will make for fun listening and maybe create a couple of bar bets or two. And hopefully, maybe settle one or two in your favor. This is sure to be one of the best NBA basketball books out there, whether you’re in the mood to learn about how Julius Erving shifted the landscape of the ABA or digging in on the Celtics dynasties of the 1950 and 1960s. This audiobook has a little bit of everything and goes beyond the surface of simply what was popular. And did we mention trivia questions? Of course we did! And they aren’t your run of the mill, everyone knows the answer off the top of their head sports trivia. You’ll be challenged, you’ll kick yourself for not knowing an answer or two, but you definitely won’t be bored by these questions. Whether it’s learning about "The Dunk of Death" or a little more about the early pioneers of the NBA, The Great Book of Basketball has a little something for everyone who is a fan of the orange roundie. From MJ to Magic and from LeBron to Larry Legend, there’s some stories and stats that will make you think and make you laugh. So get your copy of The Great Book of Basketball today!

©2017 LAK Publishing (P)2018 LAK Publishing

Narrator: Scott Miller
Author: Bill O'Neill
Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
Available on Audible
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Game Face

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NBA Hall of Famer Bernard King is one of the most dynamic scorers in basketball history. King was notoriously private as a player and rarely spoke to the press - not about his career and never about his personal life. And even beyond his prolific scoring, King will forever be remembered for the gruesome knee injury he suffered in 1985. Doctors who told him he'd never play again were shocked when he not only became the first player to return to the NBA from a torn ACL but returned at an All Star level. In Game Face, King finally opens up about his life on and off the court. In his book, King's basketball IQ is on full display as he breaks down defenses using his own unique system for taking shots from predetermined spots on the floor. King talks about matching up against some of the all-time NBA greats, from Michael Jordan, Julius Erving, and Charles Barkley to Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and many others. He also tackles issues of race and family off the court as well as breaking a personal cycle of negativity and self-destructiveness with the help of his family. Engaging, shocking, revelatory, yet always positive and upbeat, Bernard King's memoir appeals to multiple generations of basketball fans.

©2017 Bernard King (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Narrator: Bernard King
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
Available on Audible
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Kyrie Irving

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Kyrie Irving has quickly become known as one of the NBA's elite, winning an NBA championship within his first few years of making the league! This book serves as a biography to date of Kyrie Irving and discusses how the NBA star was able to rise through the ranks to finally make the NBA and fulfill his championship dreams. Although he is young, Irving has a very mature head on his shoulders. His childhood wasn't always easy, and he lost his mother at a young age. However, as you'll soon discover through this book, Kyrie grew stronger with every challenge and obstacle he faced. Kyrie Irving is an exciting young NBA player who we can all learn a lot from. This book will teach you all about the incredible player, his life and career to date, and what may be next for the young NBA star!

©2017, 2018 Ingram Publishing PTY LTD (P)2018 Ingram Publishing PTY LTD

Narrator: Shamaan Casey
Author: Jordan Lowe
Length: 36 mins
Available on Audible
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Las aventuras de Sherlock Holmes [The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes]

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Maestro de la lógica, observador preciso y sagaz, de una inteligencia formidable y gran experto en disfraces, regresa en formato de audiolibro. La eterna creación de Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, siempre acompañado de su fiel amigo el Doctor Watson. Las pistas, los malos, la sospecha y la intriga se multiplican. A su vez, las conversaciones entre Holmes y Watson, cargadas tanto de reflexiones coherentemente delirantes, como de un pensamiento profundo y revelador, retratan a la perfección el paradigma del detective. En “La liga de los pelirrojos”, Holmes se topa con un misterio de grandes dimensiones, mientras que en “Un caso de identidad” nos enseña que hasta el mínimo detalle puede ser fundamental; “El aristócrata solterón” devela la aguda inteligencia de Sherlock. Y finalmente, en “Escándalo en Bohemia”, una mujer se gana la admiración del detective. Presentamos un nuevo formato para dar vida a uno de los personajes más excelsos de la literatura universal. Brillantes efectos sonoros, magistrales actuaciones y grandiosa musicalización se unen para brindarnos una nueva lectura del inmortal Sherlock Holmes. Please note: This audiobook is in Spanish

©2013 Mediatek S.A (P)2013 Mediatek S.A

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Kobe Bryant - The Black Mamba

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My hero! Every Lakers fan, every basketball fan, and every sports fan should have this book in their library. Here's what you'll find inside.... Keep listening.... We wanted to retrace step-by-step the life of Kobe, from his childhood in Italy to his last moments in life, from the NBA draft to the five rings passing from Kobe as a father to the victory of the Oscar.   Here are the main themes:  Who is Kobe Bryant?      Childhood high school draft  The five titles  Legacy basketball      Bryant retirement      Personal life  Music, film, and other business      Philanthropy      Bryant's death      The Black Mamba mentality analysis and more      Mamba mentality utilization in your own life      We hope with all our hearts to bring some of our passion for the Lakers, basketball, and our hero into your homes.    Mamba out!

©2020 Gregg Thompson (P)2020 Gregg Thompson

Narrator: Matthew Kinsey
Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
Available on Audible
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Sports Byline: Jerome Williams

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Jerome Williams, former NBA forward who played for Detroit, Toronto, Chicago, and the New York Knicks talks about the importance of academics for kids in sports, and the weight that was placed on basketball as a kid growing up in the Washington D.C. area. Williams talks about starting his college basketball career at Georgetown, what it was like to play at Madison Square Garden, and touches on the Chicago Bulls vs. Detroit Pistons rivalry.

©2018 Happyland (P)2018 Happyland

Narrator: Ron Barr
Author: Ron Barr
Length: 21 mins
Available on Audible
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Dirk Nowitzki

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Discover the Inspirational Story of Basketball Superstar Dirk Nowitzki! You're about to discover the incredibly inspirational story of basketball superstar Dirk Nowitzki. If you're reading this, then you must be a Dirk Nowitzki fan, like so many others. As a fan, you must wonder how this man is so talented and want to know more about him. Dirk Nowitzki is considered as one of the greatest basketball players in the world, and it's been an honor to be able to watch him play throughout his career. This audiobook will reveal to you much about Dirk Nowitzki's story and the many accomplishments throughout his career. Here is a preview of what you'll learn: Youth and Family Life Professional Career Legacy, Charitable Acts and Much More! If you want to learn more about Dirk Nowitzki, then this book is for you. It will reveal to you many things that you did not know about this incredible basketball star!

©2014 Bill Redban (P)2015 Bill Redban

Narrator: Michael Pauley
Author: Bill Redban
Length: 22 mins
Available on Audible
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Jaylen Brown

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Learn the inspiring story of the Boston Celtics' rising star Jaylen Brown! One of the many riveting listens in the Basketball Biography Books series by Clayton Geoffreys. In Jaylen Brown: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Rising Stars, you'll learn the inspirational story of one of basketball's rising star forward guards Jaylen Brown. Brown has quickly emerged as part of the future of leading the Boston Celtics alongside Jayson Tatum. Since joining the league just four years ago from this writing, Jaylen Brown has gone from averaging a little over six points a game to over 20 points a game. It won't be long before he adds more accomplishments to his basketball legacy. This book shares more about Jaylen's journey to playing professional basketball and his ascent in his first few seasons in the league. Get this basketball book on Jaylen Brown today if you're looking for an inspiring basketball biography book to listen to, or as a gift for a basketball fan! It's perfect for listening at home or on the go. Here is a preview of what is inside this Jaylen Brown book:   Childhood and Early Life  High School Career  College Career  NBA Career: Getting Drafted, Growing Pains, Steadily Improving and the Rise  Jaylen Brown's Personal Life  Brown's Impact, Legacy, and Future  Be sure to buy this biography on Jaylen Brown today!

©2020 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2020 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Andrew J. Sholl
Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
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Sports Byline: Ben Braun

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Ben Braun, 37-year college basketball coach of the University of California, Rice, and Eastern Michigan, talks in depth about the recent outbreaks of college basketball scandals being investigated by the FBI involving corruption and bribery. Braun talks about how the corruption has shifted from point shaving and gambling to bribery and taking advantage of players and their families.

©2018 Happyland (P)2018 Happyland

Narrator: Ron Barr
Author: Ron Barr
Length: 37 mins
Available on Audible
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Kyrie Irving: An Inspiring Biography of One of Basketball's Greatest Players!

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This audiobook aims to serve as a biography of the legendary NBA player, Kyrie Irving, and his career so far.  Inside, we will dive into the life and career of Kyrie. You will learn about his childhood, his high school and college experiences, his time in the NBA, and what might be next for the NBA champion! Hopefully you can draw inspiration from the many stories of Irving’s dedication, persistence, and humility shared throughout this audiobook. Kyrie Irving has already achieved a lot in his short career, but there is definitely a lot more to come!

©2018 Ingram Publishing (P)2019 Ingram Publishing

Narrator: David Visscher
Author: David Bowes
Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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Steve Kerr: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball's Greatest Coaches: Basketball Biography & Leadership Books

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In Steve Kerr: The Inspiring Life and Leadership Lessons of One of Basketball's Greatest Coaches, you will learn the story of one of basketball's premier coaches, Steve Kerr. Since joining the Warriors organization in the summer of 2014, Steve Kerr has catapulted the Golden State Warriors to become a perennial championship contender. He has demonstrated admirable leadership in his ability to create a sustainable system where players play like family and have fun. Some could argue the Golden State Warriors' approach to basketball is an evolution of what has made the San Antonio Spurs so successful for two decades. It is disciplined, yet loose at the same time. While he is still early in his coaching career, Steve Kerr will undoubtedly go down as one of the most effective coaches of all time when he retires, mainly because of his ability to relate to his players and maintain their composure in the most clutch in-game moments. There are a number of key leadership lessons that can be learned from Steve Kerr, such as maintaining your humility, maximizing the potential of each individual player, and communicating often with your team. Whether you're a basketball player or a coach looking for inspiration, this book will help you discover the incredible story of Steve Kerr and the many leadership lessons that can be learned from studying his success.

©2017 Calvintir Books, LLC (P)2017 Calvintir Books, LLC

Narrator: Tyler Shaw
Length: 2 hrs and 3 mins
Available on Audible
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Sports Byline: Sam Smith

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Sam Smith, author of the New York Times best seller The Jordan Rules talks about his book, Hard Labor: The Battle That Birthed the Billion-Dollar NBA, which details exactly how and why the NBA, and NBA players, make so much money. Smith explains the significance of the historic Oscar Robertson v. National Basketball Association lawsuit that allowed players free agency for the first time.

©2018 Happyland (P)2018 Happyland

Narrator: Ron Barr
Author: Ron Barr
Length: 15 mins
Available on Audible