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The Best Basketball Books, Vol 1

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You are what you read. Ranking books is different for everyone, and every fan has his own ranking and has his own style. Someone would like to read about Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan, and someone would like to read about Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and the history of the NBA league. You have a great selection, find a book and enjoy.

You should know this: "Knowledge is power, train your mind." 

Take a journey through the Blue Library. Every week we'll announce the different kind of books.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” - Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Training yourself with the knowledge full of inspiration. Imagination is everything and you can develop your imagination through the books and video games. Read and play. Every day.

FadeawayWorld: The Best Basketball Books, Vol 1

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"Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior" by Phil Jackson

Quotes: "Always keep an open mind and a compassionate heart." - Phil Jackson

Phil Jackson is a legendary coach in the NBA. He won 11 rings, and each of his books is a piece of his mastermind. Zen Master talks with players using a different way of philosophy and psychology. But, in this book you can read how Phil Jackon uses fundamentals of Zen Buddhism to teach his players to play on the court as a team. This book was written in 1995, after Michael Jordan’s first return to basketball.

Zen Master’s Lessons:

If you want to win, you must clear your mind.

If you want to win, you must stay focused.

If you aren't calm, relaxed, and focused then you won't be at your best.

The team is stronger than any player, and if you want a win, play like a team.

"It takes a lot of people to make a winning team. Everybody's contribution is important." - Gary David Goldberg

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5.0

"When the Game Was Ours" by Larry Bird

Quotes: "A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals." - Larry Bird 

Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson. The begin of rivalry. Boston Celtics vs Los Angeles Lakers. East vs West. Old school vs Showtime. Magic Johnson vs Larry Bird.

They pushed each other to the greatness.

And...while you are reading this, imagine Bird doing the step back move, slowly dribbling to the left and fast to the right, you can't defend that, and now you’re just watching...he stops on the line, another dribbling and easy dunk with the left hand. . I will advise you: read this awesome book, wear your old school or showtime jersey, take the ball and play like a Bird or assist like a Magic.

Did you know that Larry Bird is one of the best trash talkers of all time?

Amazon Rating: 4.4/5.0

"Wooden: A Coach's Life" by Seth Davis

Quotes: "Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are." - John Wooden

A provocative and revelatory new biography of the legendary UCLA coach John Wooden, by Seth Davis, the author of the New York Times bestseller ‘When March Went Mad: The Game That Transformed Basketball’. Davis has written the definitive biography of Wooden, a portrait that draws on archival research and more than two hundred interviews with players, opponents, coaches, and even Wooden himself. The book shows how hard Wooden strove for success, from his All-American playing days at Purdue through his early years as a high school and college coach to the glory days with UCLA Bruins.

"Be true to yourself. Make each day a masterpiece. Help others. Drink deeply from good books. Make friendship a fine art. Build a shelter against a rainy day." - John Wooden

Amazon Rating: 4.5/5.0

"Sports Illustrated Basketball's Greatest" by Editors of Sport Illustrated

Quotes: "Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them." - William Shakespeare

Guys from the Sports Illustrated discuss who the greatest point guard is, where Julius Erving ranks among forwards, which NBA center was the most dominant big man ever and a lot of other things. Sports Illustrated has polled its basketball experts, including Jack McCallum, Chris Ballard, Alexander Wolff, Lee Jenkins, Ian Thomsen, Chris Mannix, and Mark Bechtel, to determine the Top 10 in more than 20 categories. The rankings appear alongside stunning photography and classic stories from SI's archives.

This is the best of the best in the NBA, or, more simply, Basketball's Greatest.

Amazon Rating: 4.8/5.0

"The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to The Sports Guy" by Bill Simmons

Quotes: "Our favorite teams bring people together, keep family members close, bond people from different generations. Some of the happiest moments of my life involve something that happened with one of my teams. Some of the best relationships I ever had were with Boston athletes that I never even met." - Bill Simmons

‘The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy’ is the second book by ESPN columnist and die hard Celtics fan Bill Simmons. Excluding the gigantic size and length of the book (736 pages), this is one of the most influential studies and works about NBA history and basketball fundamentals, a lecture of the game’s greatest competitors. Simmons’ book offers every Hardwood fan a courtside seat beside the game’s finest, funniest, and fiercest chronicler.

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Basketball Fans Rating: Read this book.

"I Can't Accept Not Trying: Michael Jordan on the Pursuit of Excellence" by Michael Jordan

Quotes: "I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take thegame winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." - Michael Jordan

This is a short inspirational book, written by the greatest player of all time. Every young athlete must read about Jordan's leadership, commitment, fears, teamwork, fundamentals and goals. If there is anyone who has achieved great things in life it's Michael Jordan.

"I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." - Michael Jordan

FW Rating: 5.0/5.0

* Must Read

"The Breaks of the Game" by David Halberstam

The New York Times bestseller

A Pulitzer Prize winner for his groundbreaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them being bestsellers. But this one is focused on the 1979/80 Portland Trail Blazers season after trading the injury-prone star center Bill Walton.

From the 1977 championship team, best start in the league next year (50 wins after 60 games), departures od Walton and Maurice Lucas, issues of Kermit Washington after his infamous suspension for landing a punch on the Rocket Rudy Tomjanovich that nearly killed him to coach Jack Ramsey’s efforts to preserve one of the most talented generations in NBA history,

Halberstam’s ‘The Breaks of the Game’ describes all that, and more. The book also puts basketball into a social context and contains extensive discussion on race in the NBA.

FW Rating: 5.0/5.0

* Must Read

"Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association" by Terry Pluto

Quotes: "The key to success is to keep growing in all areas of life - mental, emotional, spiritual, as well as physical." - Julius Erving

This book is the history of the NBA you know. Why? Because if you want to know all about the NBA, you must know all about the ABA league first. Did you know that Julius Erving, George Gervin and Moses Malone played in the ABA league?

San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers are from the ABA. This book is about the art of the NBA basketball. And ABA is now in the museum of basketball.

"Loose Balls is either the great American novel in oral-history sound bites or the definitive book on the 1970s, or both: sex, drugs, platform shoes, sideburns, slam dunks, midnight franchise shifts, million-dollar deferred-payment player contracts, the three-point shot, Dr. J., Marvin (Bad News) Barnes, LaVerne (Jelly) Tart and Pat Boone (yes, Pat Boone). Pro sports, the way they oughta be." - Newsweek

Amazon Rating: 4.6/5.0

"The Last Shot: City Streets, Basketball Dreams" by Darcy Frey

The Last Shot manages to provide a deep connection with its characters and I suppose that is half of Mr. Darcy’s aim in writing The Last Shot. The book takes place in Coney Island, New York and centers around four talented but troubled basketball players that attend Lincoln high school. Three of them -Tchaka, Russell, and Corey, are entering their senior year and are beginning the stressful process of college recruitment. The fourth, a young, prodigious freshman named Stephon Marbury and nicknamed Coney Island Finest, is making a name for himself and awaits four long years of trials and tribulations and the ability to finally make it to the next level (something his three brothers almost did, but…).

"Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." - Desmond Tutu

FW Rating: 5.0/5.0

* Must Read

"Michael Jordan: The Life" by Roland Lazenby

Quotes: 'Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." - Michael Jordan

"It's not every day that I'm blown away by a book about a sports figure. But MICHAEL JORDAN: THE LIFE, by Roland Lazenby, ranks up there with the very best:��The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn, Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger, and Joe DiMaggio by Richard Ben Cramer. The depth of reporting, his frequent ascent into poetry, and his intelligent analysis of the life of this complicated, fascinating American icon deserve Pulitzer Prize consideration. For the first time I understand what makes Michael Jordan tick. I was captivated, fascinated and beguiled from beginning to end." - Peter Golenbock, New York Times-bestselling author of George and In the Country of Brooklyn 

The definitive biography of a legendary athlete.

The Shrug. The Shot. The Flu Game. Michael Jordan is responsible for sublime moments so ingrained in sports history that they have their own names. When most people think of him, they think of his beautiful shots with the game on the line, his body totally in sync with the ball - hitting nothing but net. 

But for all his greatness, this scion of a complex family from North Carolina's Coastal Plain has a darker side: he's a ruthless competitor and a lover of high stakes. There's never been a biography that encompassed the dual nature of his character and looked so deeply at Jordan on and off the court - until now.

Basketball journalist Roland Lazenby spent almost thirty years covering Michael Jordan's career in college and the pros. He witnessed Jordan's growth from a skinny rookie to the instantly recognizable global ambassador for basketball whose business savvy and success have millions of kids still wanting to be just like Mike. Yet Lazenby also witnessed the Michael Jordan whose drive and appetite are more fearsome and more insatiable than any of his fans could begin to know. Michael Jordan: The Life explores both sides of his personality to reveal the fullest, most compelling story of the man who is Michael Jordan.

Lazenby draws on his personal relationships with Jordan's coaches; countless interviews with Jordan's friends, teammates, and family members; and interviews with Jordan himself to provide the first truly definitive study of Michael Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.

If you want to know everything about Michael Jordan, you can find it in this book.

Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and he raised the game of basketball on a level the NBA league and the fans have never seen before. His influence on the game and sport was huge and priceless, and his game and career is what every fan is dreaming about.

"If you look up the definition of greatness in the dictionary, it will say Michael Jordan." - Elgin Baylor

FW Rating: 5.0/5.0

* Must Read