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1. Tiger in a Lion's Den: Adventures
2. Practical Modern Basketball (3rd
3. The Tao of the Jump Shot: An Eastern
4. How to Be Like Coach Wooden: Life
5. Nothing but Net: Just Give Me
6. Power Basics of Basketball
7. Walton, Bill (1952): An entry
8. Sports Illustrated October 15
9. Bill Walton, Super Center
10. Superstars: Walton, Thompson,
11. Bill Walton: An entry from Gale's
12. Bill Walton (Boston Celtics)
13. Bill Walton, Star of the Blazers
14. Ucla Bruins Men's Basketball Players:
15. Covert: My Years Infiltrating
16. Blazermania: This is Our Story
17. You Haven't Taught Until They

1. Tiger in a Lion's Den: Adventures in LSU Basketball
by Dale Brown, Don Yaeger
Hardcover: 179 Pages (1994-10-01)
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Asin: 0786860448
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great lessons of life but better basketball stories
WOW!Great, fast, informative and fun.

Dale Brown beats to a different drummer and this book let's you see the world from his perspective.My respect for him goes up immensely.But the highlight of the book is thebasketball stories.My favorite subjects were 1.his relationship with JohnWooden, 2. recruiting top-notch players, 3. Shaq and how he met him, 4.dirty recruiting, 5. why he hates the NCAA, 6. the role of media and fansand 7. Bobby Knight and their feud.

Dale admits his faults and explainshis logic.He never bent his principals and I respect him for that.A 200page, quick read and worth every minute.Whether you like Dale or not,read this book and you will have more respect for him and enjoy yourselfalong the way.

5-0 out of 5 stars It tells about the real Dale Brown
I loved this book. I knew Dale Brown as a friend of my familyfor as long as I can remember. In this book it shows everybody what Dale is really about. He is a person who is strong on his morals, a loving family member,and will do anything for anybody. I wish everybody had a little bit of DaleBrown in them it would make this world a better place.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent story about LSU Basketball.
This is a very good book about the man who put LSU basketball on the map.(excluding Pistol Pete) Coach Brown is very straightforward about every aspect of his coaching and the players he coached. This is an excellentbook for young coaches.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting insight to an outspoken man.
Watching Coach Brown from the stands as a fan of another SEC school I never knew the "real" Dale Brown. After reading his book I have a newfound respect for Dale Brown the man.The emphasis on his humbleupbringing gives insight into the character of one of college basketball'sgreatest coaches.It was easy to dislike him when his teams were winnningin the SEC, but this book strips away the game face to reveal a truegentleman and warrior.Fans of basketball should read this book. ... Read more

2. Practical Modern Basketball (3rd Edition)
by John R. Wooden
Paperback: 452 Pages (1998-12-18)
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Asin: 0205291252
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This book is a must-have for every coach and player!

  • Covers the fundamentals and style of team play, emphasizing the delicate balance between the simplistic reality and incredibly demanding effort of the game
  • Includes a new introduction by Bill Walton
  • Includes new, updated photos
Coach Wooden, more than anything else, is a teacher.Basketball just happens to be his subject.This book outlines a pattern, a theory, a strategy, and a course for how to develop as a basketball player and as a person.It organizes and dispenses the knowledge that Coach Wooden has accumulated over a lifetime in the game of basketball.It gives the reader an understanding of the delicate balance of the simple reality of the game and the incredibly demanding effort and dedication needed to master basketball. This timeless book will help everyone who is interested in improving their life and their basketball game.This book is so well thought out, well planned, well organized, and well written that it is perfectly applicable thirty-two years after its first publication.Reading it will make you feel like a member of the team.

John Wooden was a teacher and coach at UCLA for 27 years. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The timeless wisdom of the Wizard of Westwood
One reviewer of this book stated some of the information contained might be outdated because the book was written over 30 years ago.Wooden's UCLA teams played before the shot clock and the three point line so on the surface this statement might seem correct.Until you realize that Wooden played an up tempo style of play and played a full court pressing defense falling back to a pressure man-to-man defense.Teams still run his high post offense.Wooden's system is still just as valid today as it was when he was coaching.

But don't buy this book for his big picture offense and defense concepts, although they are very useful.It is the tiny details that go overlooked that Coach Wooden covers in this book that are priceless.

For example, how many coaches teach their players today how to put on their socks and shoes in such a way that the players do not get blisters?

Wooden's approach to teaching fundamentals is timeless as well and the sections in the book on this aspect of teaching and coaching are also what the reader will find most helpful.

My copy is well worn even though I don't run Coach Wooden's "system" on offense and defense.The sections on fundamentals is well worn though.

This book should be a required item for every individual who enters the basketball coaching profession.

Kevin Sivils - author of Game Strategy and Tactics for Basketball
Game Strategies and Tactics for Basketball: Bench Coaching for Success

5-0 out of 5 stars Definitive text book for coaches
This book is a fantastic text book for coaching.As one might expect from coach Wooden, it is incredibly thorough covering aspects of coaching from practice organization, to game preparation, tactics, fundementals, selecting and working with assistant coaches, as well as coaching philosophy and theory.If you only have one book on coaching basketball this should be it.I review it every year prior to the start of the season.

5-0 out of 5 stars Could use an update
I have a ton of books on various aspects of coaching basketball, and this is by far the most comprehensive resource I own. I particularly appreciate Coach Wooden's attention to detail and his down-to-earth, methodical approach.

I'd give it 4.5 stars if that were possible, just because this edition looks like it was run off on a photocopy machine, particularly the photos, but in terms of content, it's almost certain to be the most valuable book in a basketball coach's library.

5-0 out of 5 stars Basketball Book
I found this book to be very informative.This was purchased for my grandson who is a basketball fan and player (age 14) and I am sure that he will be delighted with the book (a Christmas present for him)

5-0 out of 5 stars Practical Modern Basketball
Great fundamentals for life and basketball.From overviews to extreme detail. ... Read more

3. The Tao of the Jump Shot: An Eastern Approach to Life and Basketball
by John Fitzsimmons Mahony
Paperback: 128 Pages (2000-09-30)
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Isbn: 1569752281
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The Tao of the Jump Shot takes the reader on a journey through inner and outer mastery of the jump shot. But it is much more than a book about basketball. It describes how to move with grace, prize every action, and experience the beauty of life through the simple act of getting a ball through a hoop. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Jumpshooting into Eastern Philosophy
Now, I have to admit I have a pretty poor jump shot.Additionally, I consider myself a follower of the Tao - a walker who attempts to find the Way.Thus, this book seemed like a good fit for me.

It has some good ideas:The idea of centering oneself in the flow of a game, the practice of mechanics to the effect that you can do it without knowing your doing it.Finally the idea that effort is a thief in disguise (almost any basketball player over 30 will attest to this fact).

The problem stems from two things.Mahoney is not a very good writer and he tries to pack too much information into this slim volume.You may say that its longer the Tao Te Ching, which effectively provides larger amounts of information; but, Lao Tzu, Mahoney is not!At times he then tries to further connect the Tao and the jump shot with modern physics but comes off sounding like those John Gribbin grumbles about in "In Search of Schrodinger's Cat": "Fritjof Capra's `Tao of Physics' having spawned imitators who understood neither the physics nor the Tao."

If you are looking for a work to help you learn to shoot or understand Eastern philosophy, this isn't it!But, if you are looking for an easy read that can give you some information on either, this might be it.And, for better or worse, I played basketball yesterday and shot around 40%.

5-0 out of 5 stars the book is a path to the sublime
well thought-out and well written...the author merely designates the jump shot but it is really an implicit comparison to a way of life. with the aid of cohesive metaphors and illuminating paradoxes the book allows thewestern mind to comprehend the art of "letting go".a conceptwhich is not only difficult to learn, but also it is all too oftenmisinterpreted as a form of inactivity. the author explains the shootershould be absorbed in what he (she) is doing, and not how he (she) isdoing.the book serves to counterbalance our culture often relies solely on rational thinking. i'm buying a second book because i highlighted somany things in the first. i own a dozen or so books on taoism this one isby far the best at communicated to the western mind that inherent ineverything is the natural tendency to act harmoniously with the rest of theuniverse. this is one introspective and intelligent author that justhappens to also coach basketball. my only wish is that he would coach myson. ... Read more

4. How to Be Like Coach Wooden: Life Lessons from Basketball's Greatest Leader
by Pat Williams
Paperback: 288 Pages (2006-03-07)
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Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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John Wooden is an American icon. Since he announced his retirement thirty years ago, “Coach” remains one of our country's most popular and heroic figures. What John Wooden accomplished as basketball coach at UCLA will never be repeated—eighty-eight victories in a row, ten national championships—but what makes his legacy even more amazing is how he
did it: with honor, integrity and grace.

In his research for How to Be Like Coach Wooden, Pat Williams recounts well over 800 interviews. The result is an inspiring motivational biography about a great hero of basketball and one of the most amazing leaders in history. How to Be Like Coach Wooden is the next dynamic book in the How to Be Like "character biography" series, which focuses on drawing out important lessons from the lives of great men and women. In this book, readers will learn from Coach Wooden, a beacon of honesty, goodness and faith. Wooden cared about winning in basketball, but he cared more about winning in life.

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4-0 out of 5 stars John - always a good read
We have been friends with John Wooden for years, my husband for decades, and were sad to say goodbye to him a few weeks ago. He knew he was going to leave us and KNEW he was going to be with his Nell and with his Lord. That is what made him so special! He was the first to say that it had nothing to do with basketball! He said he was "just" a teacher. Yes he was - and what a teacher! This and any book that speaks of the character of John Wooden is an imperative, necessary read for all, not just athletes, because John exemplified - he did NOT just talk about - character, loyalty, love, and commitment. If you have sons, they can learn from John's example how to become men; for your daughters, they can also learn about character, and also learn what to look for in a spouse someday. While no one can be like John in so many ways - and so the title at first put me off - the qualities of this wonderful man, who never felt himself better than anyone else, just blessed, are a blueprint for our next generation, who are subjected these days to arrogance, self-centeredness, and disloyalty. John is the epitome of what I believe God intended us to be, not perfect, he would say with a sly grin - just staying within the Master's Hand. If you knew John, you will see him in the character in this book. Good read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Leadership
Everyone needs a mentor, and there is no better hero than Coach John Wooden.Lays out the many principles and applications of Coach Wooden, and tells us how we can all take the simplest of principles to be succesful in life.

5-0 out of 5 stars This Coach Wooden Primer is the Real McKoy
I was introduced to this amazing book when Pat Williams talked about Coach Wooden at the end of a day long product seminar for Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors. If you ever have a chance to see Pat, he is one of the most intelligent, to-the-point and engaging motivational speakers I've ever seen. My only criticism of his inspiring book is the title: it would have been much simpler to call it "The Coach Wooden Catechism."

For Pat Williams fans, this is one of seven books in his "How To Be Like" series, which profile the virtuous characteristics of winners. A scholar and a gentleman, Coach Wooden himself got it right when he humbly stated, "I'm just an English teacher. Shouldn't I be writing a book about Pat Williams?"

Each chapter expands on the virtues that made Wooden the greatest basketball coach of the 20th Century. So, `if you want to be like Coach Wooden,' be a person of character, love God, love your family and other people. If you want to build knowledge and wisdom like Coach did, strive to be a teacher, learn from the good example of others, and read good books, lots of them. If you want to build winner teams like Coach, work hard to be a team player, be a leader, be disciplined and patient. If you want to be happy in life, strive for humility, master the `little things', keep things simple, be honest with yourself, and remember that in life, we reap what we sow.

Interspersed under each of these chapters are the testimonials of hundreds of sports legends offering their personal observations of the greatness Coach Wooden exemplifies. Where Williams and his co-author David Wimbish deserve great credit is the skill they demonstrate in weaving together these accolades and facts. Williams spoke to over 800 people to prepare this book. In spite of mountain of source material he accumulated, this book is a quick and impressive read.There are dozens of books about Coach Wooden, and many of them are excellent. As the parent of four basketball crazy boys, I strongly recommend this inspiring book for young adults and athletes in any sport.
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5. Nothing but Net: Just Give Me the Ball and Get Out of the Way
by Bill Walton, Gene Wojciechowski
 Paperback: 272 Pages (1995-02)
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For more than 20 years, Bill Walton has been one of the National Basketball Association's greatest and most outspoken players and commentators. Now, the NBA Showtime host sounds off on his own turbulent career, other players, and the cutthroat world of the NBA. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Incoherant rambling.Not a book.
Wow.I finished reading this book last night and I'm still in shock and awe that such a worthless piece of crap was published.The book isn't an autobiography.It's merely a bunch of rambling opinions given by Bill on a variety of basketball-related topics.There is no mention of Bill's early life, his high school career, or his family.The book isn't organized in any obvious way, and contained several typos and grammatical errors, which wouldn't be found in a serious publication.I found myself glossing over many parts of this book, simply because Bill repeats himself over and over.What was especially annoying was that he constantly refers to John Wooden as "John Wooden," when everyone else is referred to by their first name.For example, Larry Bird is referred to as Larry, after first mention, which is normal in an informal book like this.But, after being mentioned five thousand times, John Wooden is still John Wooden, as if readers would confuse the legendary coach with a different John who coached at UCLA for over 30 years.What a freaking retard Bill is!I got this at the library. I refuse to spend any more time on this.Have fun with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars 50 greatest player ever!!! NOT LOSER!!! JUST GIVE HIM A SEAT ON THE BENCH???LOL loser!!!!
Just give this Crippled, RedHead,Orphan annie, Eric Stolz ROCKY DENNIS LOOKALIKE idiot a place on the bench!!!What a bunch of MORON loser PORTLAND,BOSTON and SAN DIEGO clippers fans their are in this world??? What MORONIC Sports writer in his right-mind would pick this SORRY CRIPPLED IDIOT to be 1 of the 50 best players of all-time just because he won 2 NBA Titles WOW Big F#@$in Deal.When Real Talent gets passed up LIKE A 9 time ALL-STAR like D.Wilkins Over 25,000 points no nba titles But Won a title over SEAS and then came back to the UNITED STATES and play for the SPURS and MAGIC and could still DUNK at 35 plus years of age.Its like KAREEM told the kid in AIRPLANE (Kid you try DRAGGING Walton up and down the floor for 48 mins EVERYnight??????LOL (BECAUSE thats the ownly way he could get his CRIPPLED A$$ on and off the bench was to DRAG his ASS with his CRUTCHES)LOL This book SUCKS A$$

3-0 out of 5 stars Maybe more like 3.5 stars
Bill Walton has lead an interesting life, an ideal life for autobiographical purposes.He has always been reflective and opinionated.He has always marched to the beat of his own drum.He was also one of the greatest collegiate basketball players.He very well could have become one of the greatest pro players, too, if not for continual foot problems.Still, he managed to win 2 NBA titles.
Walton discusses all of these things in his book.Unfortunately, he also leaves a lot out of this book.Not much is said about his private life.Not enough is said about the Patty Hearst incident.Perhaps most important for a basketball autobiography, not enough basketball stories are told.
Walton discusses his love and admiration for legendary coach John Wooden.He also talks about Larry Bird and Kevin McHale.Still, Walton played with so many great players and characters, I expected more interesting stories.Walton is known for doing his own thing, yet at too many points in this book, he comes off as restrained.That is the real shame of this book.
Overall, basketball fans will enjoy the book.To be honest, I ended up being a bigger fan of Walton after reading it.You will probably gain a bit of respect for him along the way as well or at least you will enjoy the journey.

4-0 out of 5 stars THE RED HEAD SCORES

I still remember Bill Walton's 44 point performance in the NCAA Championship game in 1973, maybe the greatest NCAA final performance ever.Walton followed his collegiate career at UCLA at the end of the 1974 college basketball season with an injury filled NBA career with just three full seasons, hischampionship year with the Portland Trailblazers in 1977 in his first full pro season (he was hurt most of the 1974-75 season and the 195-76 season)--still Portland's only championship--1985 with the LA Clippers (he missed all of the Clippers' 1981-82 and 1982-83 seasons), and an unusual season as Sixth Man of the Year in 1986 as he won a championship with the Boston Celtics.

After more injuries Walton retired and started a new career as a basketball announcer for NBC, and I've been impressed:he's good, he's honest, and he's funny!And he's parlayed the broadcasting into a career as an entertaining writer, too, as his articles are a blend of former New York sportswriter Dick Young and every ultraliberal who ever played a guitar, protested, or smoked marijuana.So I was expecting a lot from NOTHING BUT NET, but as much as I hate to admit it except for the stories about his 3 seasons with the Boston Celtics--particularly a one on one game with Kevin McHale and his thoughts about Larry Bird--Walton leaves out too much of the obvious, like what happened to his wife, the mother of his 4 sons?And what about all the controversies involving drugs, the Draft, and Patty Hearst that he got into at UCLA?And what about the feud between him and John Salley at NBC?

Just like Walton's career, sometimes in NOTHING BUT NET Walton is there, and sometimes he's not.

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6. Power Basics of Basketball
by James Bryce
 Paperback: 95 Pages (1985-01)
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Text and photos present instructions in playing basketball, and some outstanding players present their own pointers and philosophy of the game. ... Read more

7. Walton, Bill (1952): An entry from SJP's <i>St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture</i>
by Jason George
 Digital: 3 Pages (2000)
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This digital document is an article from St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 813 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Signed essays ranging from 500 to 2,500 words, written by subject experts and edited to form a consistent, readable, and straightforward reference. Entries include subject-specific bibliographies and textual cross-references to related essays. ... Read more

8. Sports Illustrated October 15 1979 Bill Walton/San Diego Clippers on Cover, Pro Basketball '79, New York Giants Beat Tampa Bay Bucanners, Larry Bird/Boston Celtics & Magic Johnson/Los Angeles Lakers
Single Issue Magazine: Pages (1979)

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9. Bill Walton, Super Center
by Irwin. Stambler
 Library Binding: Pages (1976-03)
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A biography of the basketball player whose performance at UCLA twice won him the nation's outstanding amateur athlete award. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Super center, Super guy!
There is probably no greater man in American history than Bill Walton.His incisive NBC/ABC/ESPN commentary over the years has served as a kind of chorus for the complexities of contemporary life; and his pre-game analysis transcends usual sports babble to become biting satire and social commentary.All of this on top of the fact that he was the most gifted athlete of his generation, tragically hampered by knee injuries.This book deals very little with Walton's modern exodus through the world of Grateful Dead shows and volleyball, into the hallowed halls of sports journalism; but it does provide a good introduction to the post-moves and fundamentals that were, in essence, the early education of a genius.If Naismith is his Hegel; then John Wooden was his Marx; and Walton has become the most subversive philosopher of our generation.Just listen to him the next time he comments on a pair of free throws during the NBA finals.It isn't just mindless chatter.It's a call to arms for every thinking man watching the Nets v. the Spurs.All four of us. ... Read more

10. Superstars: Walton, Thompson, Lanier, Collins
by Bill Gutman
 Paperback: 184 Pages (1977)

Asin: B0006X0HV8
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11. Bill Walton: An entry from Gale's <i>Notable Sports Figures</i>
by Don Amerman
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This digital document is an article from Notable Sports Figures, brought to you by Gale®, a part of Cengage Learning, a world leader in e-research and educational publishing for libraries, schools and businesses.The length of the article is 2957 words.The article is delivered in HTML format and is available in your Amazon.com Digital Locker immediately after purchase.You can view it with any web browser.Takes a close look at the people in sports who have captured attention because of success on the playing field, or controversy off the playing field. This work features biographies on more than 600 people from around the world and throughout history who have had an impact not only on their sport, but also on the society and culture of their times. It also includes not only the record-breakers that dominated and changed their sport, but also the controversial figures that made headlines even apart from athletic events. ... Read more

12. Bill Walton (Boston Celtics)
by Jerry Carpenter
 Hardcover: 32 Pages (1987-03)
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13. Bill Walton, Star of the Blazers
by Bob Robinson
 Paperback: 88 Pages (1978)

Asin: B0006WYL0W
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14. Ucla Bruins Men's Basketball Players: Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Reggie Miller, Bill Walton, Kevin Love, Baron Davis, Denny Crum
 Paperback: 356 Pages (2010-09-15)
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Chapters: Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Reggie Miller, Bill Walton, Kevin Love, Baron Davis, Denny Crum, Jordan Farmar, Brad Holland, Trevor Ariza, Gail Goodrich, Matt Barnes, Arron Afflalo, Jason Kapono, Tracy Murray, Kenny Easley, Ed O'bannon, Jon Crispin, Tyus Edney, Mark Eaton, Don Barksdale, Russell Westbrook, Kiki Vandeweghe, Walt Hazzard, Sidney Wicks, Luc Mbah a Moute, Marques Johnson, Ryan Hollins, Earl Watson, Jamaal Wilkes, Darrick Martin, Darren Collison, Swen Nater, Jelani Mccoy, Michael Warren, Ike Nwankwo, Dijon Thompson, Steve Patterson, Henry Bibby, Jrue Holiday, Dan Gadzuric, Don Maclean, George Zidek, J. R. Sakuragi, Michael Holton, Toby Bailey, Darren Daye, George Stanich, Jérôme Moïso, Ralph Drollinger, Greg Foster, Cameron Dollar, Brett Vroman, Cedric Bozeman, Raymond Townsend, Keith Erickson, Frank Lubin, Corey Gaines, Charles O'bannon, Gerald Madkins, Pete Trgovich, John Vallely, Willie Naulls, Josh Shipp, Travis Reed, Jaron Rush, David Meyers, Pooh Richardson, Jack Haley, Lucius Allen, Sam Balter, Mitchell Butler, Larry Farmer, Tj Cummings, David Greenwood, Richard Washington, Trevor Wilson, Mike Sanders, Stuart Gray, Alfred Aboya, Omm'a Givens, Curtis Rowe, Richard Petruška, Carl Knowles, Kenny Fields, Ralph Jackson, Donald Piper, Carl Shy, Darrell Allums, Rod Foster, James Wilkes. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 355. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Negro leagues Major League Baseball Jack Roosevelt "Jackie" Robinson (January 31, 1919 October 24, 1972) was the first African-American Major League Baseball (MLB) player of the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. As the first black man to openly play in the major leagues since the 1880s, he was instrumental in bringing an end to racial ...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=16193 ... Read more

15. Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob
by Bob Delaney, Dave Scheiber
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In this riveting page-turner, NBA referee, Bob Delaney, reveals for the first time the dangerous life he led before becoming one of basketball’s most respected officials. In 1973, he proudly joined the New Jersey State Troopers, only to walk away from his life and go undercover to infiltrate the Mob. For over three tension-filled years, he helped convict more than 30 members of the Genovese and Bruno crime families. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Heroic Whistle Blower
Bob Delaney is a respected NBA referee whose life journey brought him through some stressful and harrowing events in infiltrating the mob in New Jersey's long shore.

Mr. Delaney describes events that took him into the heart of ruthless operations where he dealt with killers and extortionists on a daily basis, eventually becoming one of them.Although he never crossed the line to actually commit many of the crimes of his associates, he thought, behaved and transacted with men who he eventually worked to rid honest society of.

In the meantime, he subsquently developed post traumatic stress disorder from the experience.

Mr. Delaney is not a professional, seasoned writer.But he has a fascinating and heroic story to tell, and many in the East Coast can now live cleaner, less chaotic and safer lives as a result of his bravery.The part of the story relating to his experience as a "Covert" operator is riveting.

The second career is as an NBA official. To me, this could have been equally interesting to reveal the real colorful side of the game from a referee's perspective.This part was mostly glossed over.This is a shame.Mr. Delaney's life took an equally colorful turn, and I would have enjoyed learning more about it.

All in all a very worthwhile read.

3-0 out of 5 stars Ok, we've seen the MOB story before...
I am usually the first person to love a mystery or a Mob story, but this is textbook.

I was intrigued by the title and the jacket of the book, but by the 4th chapter or so, it was the same ole-same ole. I was getting kind of tired of the "I'm with the MOB, don't you wish you were" attitude and the "I can't get over the MOB attitude" of the book. I realize that the people who really go through this are seriously emotionally disturbed, but we're not interested as readers.

We want to see the insides of the MOB. That's interesting. I like when I find out what happens to the people that he got so attached to. It's human interest. Please do more of that and less of the play-by-play of the MOB interactions.

Liked the book. Just some suggestions for making it better in a future release.

5-0 out of 5 stars a real version of "The Departed" with a happy ending.
Reading Bobby's book was riveting.Quite honestly, if the source had been made anonymous, it would have been too good of a book to be true.Instead, what we get is hard, no nonsense, mob life history.There's nothing I can say here without spoiling the book, but if you liked "The Departed", you'll love this book.One part I enjoyed the most was the story about a brief run-in at an NBA game that Delaney was refereeing.He recognized the old acquaintance as one that went into the witness relocation program, and there the guy was, 20+ years later, sitting in front row seats, in a nationally televised NBA game.Stories like that brought a smile to my face, and are used as breaks to soften the tense undercover work described in the rest of the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bob Delaney's "Covert"
The first part of "Covert: My Years Infiltrating the Mob" is an incredible account of NBA Ref Bob Delaney's life as an undercover state trooper living the life as a wise guy in New Jersey.It was unbelievable, at times poignant and definitely suspenseful. The story transitions to Trooper Delaney's exit from "The Life", his feelings of guilt and betrayal, and how he deals with the specter of violence & retribution that he faces as a public figure.Intriguing.Recommended read.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Page-turner; Bob Delaney is a true role model
Although I haven't seen Bob Delaney in 40 years, I have known him since 1965 when we started high school together.As the star athlete in the school, he was a source of pride for us due to his skills on the basketball court, taking our new, obscure little school to the state championships.This book brought back many fond memories of those days, and his subsequent years in law enforcement makes me even prouder to know him.The word "hero" tends to get bandied about all too often these days, but Bob is the classical, textbook definition of a hero.He put is life on the line to protect the rest of us from some really bad people, and I for one am grateful.It is truly an amazing story and it's difficult to put this book down.I am gratified that Bob now has his dream job (he has certainly earned it through his extraordinary determination and superb skills.)This story is a "must read." ... Read more

16. Blazermania: This is Our Story - The Official History of Portland Trailblazers
by Wayne Thompson
Hardcover: 244 Pages (2010-11-01)
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Asin: 160887012X
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With an amazing collection of anecdotes and rare photographs, Blazermania captures the magic moments and behind-the-scenes stories that have unfolded in the four decades since Harry Glickman and his serendipitous raincoat first brought professional basketball to Portland. The book highlights great moments, uncovers photographs from the vast archives of the Trail Blazers and The Oregonian, and takes an in-depth look at an array of topics, including the birth of “Rip City” and the team’s rise to prominence, Dr. Jack Ramsay’s arrival and the road to the 1977 NBA championship, the career and legacy of star-crossed center Bill Walton, Clyde Drexler, Terry Porter, and the beloved two-time Western Conference champions and the team's new tradition of excellence, led by Brandon Roy, Greg Oden, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Learn how one of the NBA’s smallest cities was transformed into one of basketball’s foremost meccas, hosting 814 straight sellouts, 21 straight playoff appearances, and three NBA Finals, as well as the NBA Draft and the historic 1992 Dream Team.
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17. You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and Practices
by Swen Nater, Ronald Gallimore
Paperback: 144 Pages (2005-10)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$4.98
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Asin: 1885693664
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Not only was John Wooden a great basketball coach, he was a master teacher. In fact, he was a great coach because he was a master teacher. What Wooden has learned from others in the classroom and perfected on the practice court are fundamental principles of effective teaching, which are conveyed in You Haven't Taught Until They Have Learned: John Wooden's Teaching Principles and Practices. Co-author Swen Nater, one of Wooden's former players at UCLA, provides insightful first-hand accounts on the many life lessons he learned from Wooden that he has applied to his life since becoming a teacher himself. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars great teachers
Have a child that is a high school teacher and she can use all the help we give her! This is one great man

5-0 out of 5 stars A great book
I believe this book was written for the professional teacher.I am an accountant rather than a teacher, although teaching is a large part of what I do everyday. I found several things in this book that will improve my teaching skills.I read the whole book on an short business trip, but will use it as a resource from now on.This book is more useful than what I expected when I bought the book.I love to center my life on principles, and I felt this book did a good job introducing and supporting each of the principles it teaches.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wooden Has Lessons for Educators
I have read several books about Coach Wooden and I continue to be impressed by his knowledge and character. He was much more than just a basketball coach - he was a true teacher. This book highlights his teaching techniques that led to his success and that can make those who choose to teach look at and improve their own methods. His methods correlate directly with strategies that will make teachers be successful in their classrooms. As a middle school principal, I thought so much of this book that I bought it for my entire faculty and we will be doing a book study this school year. I know it will help my teachers be more successful in their jobs.

5-0 out of 5 stars John Wooden
John Wooden is an amazing coach.he led UCLA for many successful years.So, while I haven't read this book yet, I am assuming it must be the most masterfully written book ever produced.It is going to be a smooth read, almost as smooth and a micheal jordan stride to the hoop and open mouthed slam dunk.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wooden is the master
Any coach should take the philosophies of John Wooden to heart, they work!Using his teachings you can win games and the players have a heck of a lot better experience.After a dismal record in only my 2nd season fresh out of college I started researching his work, and applying it - only to have one losing season over the next 7.Started to get away from his teachings recently making my frustration levels go through the roof so bought this book as a refresher, it helped and recommend it to all coaches. ... Read more

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