Take a break from your brackets and explore the other side of basketball with these insightful audiobooks. From college to pro, player to coach, these inspirational stories will remind you why you love the game.
By Mike Krzyzewski
For Mike Krzyzewski, head coach of the Duke University men’s basketball team, certain words have special importance and force. Coach K uses them every day to energize, motivate, and teach his players how to be winners on the court and in every aspect of their lives. Now, in BEYOND BASKETBALL, he offers 40 short, hard-hitting essays-each centered on an important keyword and illustrated with anecdotes from his personal experiences-that educate and inspire.
By Dean Smith & Gerald D. Bell
For almost forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina basketball team with unsurpassed success, both in victories won and in shaping the lives of the players he led. Well known are the Michael Jordans, Kenny Smiths, and George Karls, but overall more than 96 percent of Dean Smith’s players earned their undergraduate degrees, and more than 33 percent earned graduate or professional degrees. Now, in The Carolina Way , Coach Smith fully explains his entire coaching philosophy and shows readers how to apply it to the leadership and team-building challenges in their own lives.
By Roy Williams
Roy Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina men’s basketball team, the Tar Heels, has the highest winning percentage in NCAA history. Over the last seven years, the 58-year-old Asheville, N.C., native-who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007-has won 205 games, including 24 in the NCAA Tournament. That’s more Final Fours, more wins, and more NCAA Tournament victories than any basketball coach in the nation. Hard Work tells the story of Roy Williams’ life that few people know, in Williams’ own distinct and colorful way-his troubled upbringing, his college years, his years of trying to make ends meet before becoming a head coach.
By Bobby Knight
A Season on the Brink –a book about Bob Knight–is the bestselling sports book of all time. Here is the only book that can surpass it–a book about Bob Knight by Bob Knight. In college basketball, the name Bob Knight is synonymous with greatness and winning. Just take a glance at the Knight file. The numbers and achievements that prove what he has done, not only for Indiana University, but for the game itself, are there in black and white. In this riveting memoir, Coach Knight talks about his extraordinary basketball career, addressing both the public triumphs and the highly publicized controversies, often providing his side of the story for the first time.
By Bill Russell
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 thirteen 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 short, brash Jew from Brooklyn, the other a tall, intense African-American from Louisiana and Oakland– were far more than just coach and player.
By LeBron James & Buzz Bissinger
A leading NBA star presents the story of his inner-city Ohio youth basketball team on which players overcame challenging hardships to qualify for a national championship while learning key lessons about teamwork.
By Larry Bird & Earvin Magic Johnson
From the moment these two legendary players took the court on opposing sides, they engaged in a fierce physical and psychological battle. In Celtic green was Larry Bird, the hick from French Lick with laser-beam focus, relentless determination, and a deadly jump shot, a player who demanded excellence from everyone around him. Magic Johnson was Mr. Showtime, a magnetic personality with all the right moves. Young, indomitable, he was a pied piper in purple and gold. Their uncommonly competitive relationship came to symbolize the most thrilling rivalry in the NBA—East vs. West, physical vs. finesse, old school vs. Showtime, even white vs. black. Each pushed the other to greatness, and together Bird and Johnson collected eight NBA Championships and six MVP awards, helping to save a floundering NBA.ends here