The Hoops Whisperer

Author: Idan Ravin

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0698157036

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 256

View: 5632

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-read for anyone who loves the game.

The Art of a Beautiful Game

Author: Chris Ballard

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439141175

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 240

View: 341

In The Art of a Beautiful Game, Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even die-hard fans. An inveterate hoops junkie who played some college ball, Ballard sits down with the NBA's most passionate, cerebral players to find out their tricks of the trade and to learn what drives them, taking readers away from the usual sports talk radio fodder and deep into the heart of the game. Ballard talks to Dwight Howard, a prolific shot-blocker, about the enervating feeling of meeting another man at the height of his leap; challenges Steve Kerr to a game of H-O-R-S-E to understand the mentality of a pure shooter; reveals the roots of Kobe Bryant's unmatched killer instinct; and spends time with LeBron James to better understand both his mental game and his seemingly unlimited physical skills. He tracks down renowned dunkers from Dominique to Shaq to explore the impact of the dunk on the modern game, shadows Shane Battier during his preparations to defend LeBron, takes lessons from a freethrow shooting guru who once hit 2,750 in a row, and attends an elite NBA training camp to feel the pain that turns a prospect into a pro. Packed with lively characters and basketball history, and grounded in superb writing and the reportage that is the hallmark of Sports Illustrated, The Art of a Beautiful Game is an often witty, always insightful look at the men like Steve Nash, Yao Ming, and Alonzo Mourning who devote themselves to this elegant and complicated sport. It ultimately provides basketball fans what they all want: an inside read on the game they love.

The Hoop

Author: John Burnside

Publisher: Carcanet Press


Category: English poetry

Page: 79

View: 3607

In 'The Hoop', his first book of poems, John Burnside takes his bearings from Celtic mythology and from landscape, especially that of Gloucestershire. 'The things that contribute to how I work are botanical texts and drawings, fairy stories, Celtic and Romance literature.' The originality of his work lies in its themes - stewardship of the land, a sense that landscape by being described is valued and preserved - and in his disciplined eye and ear.

To the Hoop

Author: Ira Berkow

Publisher: Ivan R Dee

ISBN: 9781566635486

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 4494

Ira Berkow steps out from behind his New York Times reporter's notebook to spin the tales of his life as a pickup basketball player--running the court with Oscar Robertson, talking strategy with Walt Frazier, and finding fellowship and good humor across the country on playgrounds, in gyms, even in some of the world's famous arenas. Mr. Berkow shares his enduring passion for the hardwood, which began in his boyhood in Chicago in the 1940s and '50s and has continued with the same vigor and competitive fire of his youth, often against opponents half his age. To the Hoop tells the story of a year in his basketball life, as he resolves to enhance his game and stave off the ravages of time. It's a wonderful and moving tale of love--for the game, for his friends and family, and for life itself. "An extraordinary look into the art of pickup basketball. Who would have guessed that, along with his writing talents, Ira knows how to play the game!"--Bill Bradley "A wonderful book--not just for basketball fans but for everyone."--Earvin "Magic" Johnson "Ira Berkow is one of the best sportswriters around, so it is no surprise that his basketball odyssey is one of the best sports books of this or any other year."--George Plimpton

Venus to the Hoop

Author: Sara Corbett

Publisher: Doubleday Books


Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 376

View: 8190

Presents the behind-the-scenes story of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's basketball team and tells how a diverse group of eleven young women bonded together, both on and off the court, to win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics

Through the Hoop

Author: Michel Del Castillo

Publisher: N.A



Page: 351

View: 9030

Whispers of the Dead

Author: Norma Seely

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

ISBN: 9780803496392

Category: Fiction

Page: 184

View: 3185

A desperate late night phone call from Trilby Watkins embroils Annie Kirk in a fifty-year-old disappearance. Trilby, a friend from her college days, is trying to rejuvenate a health spa located in Oregon s High Cascade Mountains.Yet someone is determined to scare her off and she calls on Annie for help. When Annie, a successful mystery author, agrees to conduct a series of writing workshops at the resort, she is confronted by a maelstrom of the unexplained.What s behind chilling screams in the night and strange lights in the sky? Most perplexing of all, what s the connection between a mysterious rock sculpture in the backwoods and the decades old disappearance? Annie merges the past with the present to find answers.