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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inside Basketball: 101 Great Hoop Stories from Players, Coaches, and Fans [Paperback]

Jack Canfield , Mark Victor Hansen , Pat Williams

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Book Description

Feb. 10 2009 Chicken Soup for the Soul
1. Will come out well before March Madness.

2. Great Father’s Day gift too.

3. Pat Williams is very well known – active author and public speaker – well respected in basketball industry –high visibility.

Pat Williams has drawn on his basketball industry connections to compile great stories from on and off the court.  Fans will be inspired, surprised, and even amused, by inside stories from well-known coaches and players, fascinating looks behind the scenes, and anecdotes from the people who make it all possible – the fans.  Includes first person stories from 21 basketball celebrities, plus Pat Williams:

Caron Butler – current NBA all-star for the Washington Wizards

Dolph Schayes – former NBA great; one of the top 50 players in NBA history

Jim Les – former NBA player and current college coach (Bradley University)

Matt Doherty – former UNC player and head coach; current head coach at SMU

Ron Hunter – head coach at IUPUI

Sam Smith – well-known sports writer/basketball columnist

Gregg Popovich – head coach of the San Antonio Spurs

Donn Nelson – general manager of the Dallas Mavericks

Bob Love – former NBA all-star

Ed O’Bannon – collegiate basketball player of the year in 1995 for UCLA

Ann Meyers-Drysdale – first woman to play in the NBA; current GM of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)

Grant Hill – current NBA all-star with the Phoenix Suns

Sheila Johnson – president of the Washington Mystics (WNBA) and former wife of Bob Johnson (BET)

Adonal Foyle – current NBA player

Charlie Villanueva – current NBA player

Chuck Daly – Basketball Hall of Fame coach; won two championships with the Detroit Pistons; coached the 1992 Dream Team

Chris Paul – current NBA all-star and USA Basketball Olympian

Greg Kite – former NBA player

Skip Caray – former well-known sports broadcaster

Pat Riley – Miami Heat president; former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat

John Gabriel – NBA scout and former Orlando Magic general manager

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul (Feb. 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193509629X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935096290
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #450,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chicken Soup for the Soul is revitalized, with up-to-date content and fresh new look on its fifteen anniversary. Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen are co-founders of Chicken Soup for the Soul.

Co-author Pat Williams is Sr. VP and one of the founders of the Orlando Magic, and a well known sports and motivational author and speaker.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled Contributor and Reader March 9 2009
By Marc Balara - Published on
As a contributor to this wonderful book, I cannot recommend it enough. As a reader of this wonderful book, I cannot recommend it enough. My contribution to this book is "The Coach from Iona," (my story of a brief encounter with Jim Valvano at a basketball camp when I was a kid) and I am thrilled that Pat Williams included it in a book filled with so many inspirational, captivating and heart-warming stories. Each gifted writer weaves a gift in the form of words, wrapping your emotions in a world of hope, dreams and possibilities. Even if basketball is not a past time for you, the message of this book is a past time for everyone. If you love basketball (as I do), then this book is a powerhouse of passionate richness, that I will read again and again, cherish always, and share energetically with all who are dear to me. I am honored to be part of a team that is so much bigger than myself...and I hope you read these stories with all your heart, your mind and your soul.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short stories for a smile July 15 2013
By Cody V. - Published on
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I have three kids in basketball and have been a coach for nearly twenty years. I enjoy the book. If your looking for something to make you smile with a basketball theme, this is your book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book for all FANS--- July 17 2012
By Jim Serger - Published on
I really enjoyed this book for two reasons. 1. I learned that on and off the court remarkable people still find time to make a difference. 2. ALL people: athletes, or not have a choice to work through adversity or can be eaten alive. The stories in this book range from coaches, players, Div 1,2,3, high school, parents, press, and so on. This book enabled me to better grasp the heart felt side of the basketball industry--people of all walks of life famous or not still can have a positive influence on anyone at any given moment. Chicken Soup was very well written, beautiful stories and tons of eye openers of the ones I never thought could have an effect on others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup for the Soul - Inside Basketball 101 July 7 2011
By Darlene - Published on
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A great collection of short stories about life and basketball players, coaches and people involved with the sport. Every story is inspiring with a nice "life lesson" message with it. A great reference for teens who love basketball. Inspiring messages to remind them character is observed both on and off the court.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Substantial, highly relevant, moving March 22 2010
By JAMES L KARUSTIS Phd - Published on
To only a minor degree do I agree with another reviewer, who regretted a certain light tone and self-serving characteristics in some of the chapters. However, overall I found this book to be excellent and WELL worth reading. Honestly, I wasn't expecting to be blown away like I was - Marc Balara is my 'oldest' friend, and I was mostly interested in his chapter. Dare I say that Marc's chapter also happens to be THE most substantial. Prepare yourself for a few tears as well when you get there, because I predict you WILL get there. Any human being who tries to remain conscious on this planet can relate to Marc and some of the other writers in this book - it is ALWAYS the so-called 'little' things that make all the difference. And I get it - youngsters will especially be shaped by the moments of kindness, the attention that so-called adults take for granted, that can alter the entire course of one's life or experiences. Thanks, folks, and thanks for no tawdry "slam dunk" analogies.

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