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Values of the Game [Library Binding]

Bill Bradley , Phil Jackson
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April 9 2009
As the Presidential run heats up with the start of the primary season in New Hampshire on February 2, the attention to the candidates and their issues will become even more intense.  Values of the Game is an ideal book to understand Bill Bradley, the man and the candidate.  The values that Bill speaks of so frequently during his campaign speeches are reflected in Values of the Game--responsibility, discipline, passion, selflessness and respect.

Bill Bradley, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination for 2000, former U.S. senator from New Jersey from 1979 to 1997, and a member of two championship New York Knicks teams, returns to the scene of his first career and his first great passion, basketball.

Things have changed since Bradley's championship days, but what separates winners and losers remains very much the same: No collection of players, no matter how good, can win unless they form a team. And no team can succeed unless it shares common values, among them courage, discipline, resilience, respect, and an unmitigated passion for the game. In this highly acclaimed and bestselling book, Bill Bradley offers his vision for how the principles he developed playing basketball can be applied to everyday life, be it at the office, at home, in public life--indeed, in any situation where values matter.

In ten essays, filled with intensely personal observations and reflections, Bradley revisits the basketball court with the fire of the competitor and the eye of the writer and explores these qualities in action: the dynamics of teammates on the court and off, the individual courage to risk the last-second shot, the responsibility to teammates, coaches, and fans to stay in shape, play hard, and honor the game. Values of the Game is one man's vision for a better world, and is a lasting statement of principle and commitment from one of our country's finest leaders.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Forget for a moment the hype, the overmarketing, the exorbitant ticket prices and salaries, the bad behavior, and the greed. Instead, return to the simple basics of basketball: a court, a hoop, a ball, and a young shooter, sweating to make certain that no one is ever more prepared or confident when the game is on the line. Strip all else away, and you come to the core of the game. It's something of a sacred place for Bill Bradley, and after a decade in the NBA and three terms in the United States Senate, it's a place he revisits with real ardor and reverence in 10 gracefully illustrated essays that cohere into a marvelous reflection on essentials and values.

"The game is still full of joy and the lessons learned from it stay with you," he insists, "even though the game has changed, the old values still flow through it." The values he writes about may indeed seem antique beside the frenzied glitz of the NBA, but antiques like passion, discipline, selflessness, and responsibility continue to form the basis of character on and off the court. Of course, Bradley, with possible eyes on the White House, is writing about much more than basketball here. In some ways, this is a clear statement of his political philosophy: a country that can understand, instill, and pursue the values he's praising is a country that can work together. It's in these values that he finds the antidote to the tawdriness and partisanship that's managed to sully the level of the national debate. --Jeff Silverman --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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As nearly everyone knows, former Senator from New Jersey Bradley used to play professional basketball in the NBA. In Values of the Game, he reminisces about the lessons of commitment, courage, and integrity he learned through his participation in sports. Bradley is careful to spend the majority of his time sharing insights learned from others, and, as a result, this work is more than a typical sports biography. The book speaks both to the love of sports and to sportsmanship. It would be a good recommendation for youth collections if Bradley were better known to this audience. Perhaps his candidacy for U.S. President will draw some young readers to this work. The narration by John Randolph Jones is pleasant but no more than adequate. Recommended where interest warrants.
-Ray Vignovich, West Des Moines P.L., IA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational, With Great Anecdotes and Photos Feb. 23 2003
My father, a great fan of basketball, decided that I should read "Values of the Game" by Bill Bradley to learn a few lessons in life. In fact, he thought so much of the book, he passed around a half dozen copies that year to close relatives as Christmas gifts.
I, far less a student of the game, felt I might be at a disadvantage. Not so. Bradley's expertise of basketball is lucid, and his writing illuminates with clarity the salient aspects beyond my ignorance.
This is an inspirational book. It isn't the kind of inspiration found in a John Maxwell book, which is layered in points and subpoints. This is all much simpler than that.
It sums up to: "Play hard, practice often, have goals and never give up." Bradley does this with great photos, powerful anecdotes and a consistent message.
His examples are right on, with memories of great players of old, like Cousy and Chamberlain, as well as current stars like Iverson and Pippen. He even brings in a few Muggsy Bogues stories, and incorporates several pages highlighting WNBA players.
Occasionally, it comes off forced. Not every player he uses for his parables are squeaky clean, even though, as Phil Jackson cites in the introduction, Bradley himself is a committed Christian. This makes for carefully worded analyses of the situation like when referring to Dennis Rodman's famous get-the-ball-even-if-it-hurts rebounding attitude. Bradley merely acknowledges Rodman "isn't everyone's cup of tea" while he admires his tenacity.
Check this one out. The photos alone are worth the price, and you might feel the need to get out and shoot some ball.
Anthony Trendl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lessons for Life May 30 2001
I own the paperback edition of this book and feel it is an excellent value. The book, made up of ten essays on such topics as "passion", "discipline", "responsibility", "resilience", and more, is a great gift for young and old alike. For the young it will teach them the tradition values of the game and the lessons we can take from it. For the old it reaffirms our belief system that this game of basketball is very special and can prepare you to deal with many of life's challenges. The book begins with an essay on passion. The pure pleasure, pure joy of basketball. Lets face it, there is something special for those of us who love the game. The squeak of the sneakers, the bounce of the ball, the swish of the net. It is something that keeps many of us playing in over thirty (over forty?) pick up leagues or taking backyard jump shots well beyond our prime. And as you work on your game, work to get better, your practice builds confidence, and confidence builds success. What a valuable lesson! As Bradley points out "winning was fun, but so was the struggle to improve. This is one of the lessons you learned from the game:basketball was a clear example of virtue rewarded."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Values of the Game March 28 2000
I think this book is very good for people or children who like to play basketball. The book is written by Bill Bradley, who is one of the most famous players and is forwarded by Phil Jackson, who is one of the best choaches in the NBA today. The book does not only cover the surface of the game of basketball; the book also breaks down into few critical attitudes toward the game of basketball. The book starts by letting the readers know how passion is required in a player in order to play a good game of basketball. Then bhe book covers discipline, selflessness, respect, perspective, courage, leadership, responsibility, resilience, and imagination, which are all very important factors and attitudes that a player requires. Another good thing about this book is that, in each one of th ecritical attitudes that the book covers, it provides the readers a few well-known NBA players as examples, both current players and legends. And the author also puts in his own experience, so that the readers can understand deep down the meaning of the point the book points out. Overall, I think the book is very good for people who really likes to play basketball. It tells the reader that the game of basketball is not only scoring, there're a few very important factors which affect whom or which team gets the victory.
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In this inspiring book, Bradley demonstrates the values that have helped shape him as a person, and enabled him to achieve excellence. The book is a colorful and creative collection of eye-catching basketball photos interlaced with chapters on values of the game.
In describing ideals that have helped him and other champions to succeed both on and off the court, he encourages us all to pursue excellence in our own lives- whatever our life circumstances may be.
He names ten core values that he has found meaningful in his development as a player and a person. They are: passion, discipline, selflessness, respect, perspective, courage, leadership, responsibility, resilience and imagination.
Bill Bradley has demonstrated here that he is truly a man of the people. He wants to encourage every American to celebrate the gifts, abilities and values that give them meaning and hope in their lives.
I highly recommend this book to everyone with the courage to reach beyond their grasp and strive for excellence in their lives. The pictures and stories are great, and the essays are even better. Pick it up today, and also, be sure to make your vote count in November- your opinion matters and deserves to be heard!
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5.0 out of 5 stars LESSONS FOR LIFE
Published on April 24 2004 by Joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book about a basketball legend
This book is about the values of basketball, and is divided into chapters with titles of values. There is a chapter called discipline, for example. Read more
Published on July 1 2003 by Adelknight Seven
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not quite a book
All the positive things the other reviewers have said are true. This book is inspirational and uplifting, and it gives good insight into what makes Bill Bradley Bill Bradley. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2000 by "lector_voraz"
3.0 out of 5 stars Great, but too short
All the positive things the other reviewers have said are true. This is an inspiring book filled with positive values, and it gives valuable insight into how Bill Bradley thinks... Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2000 by "lector_voraz"
1.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bradley in NOT the "reader" on this audiotape!
Contrary to what it says at the top of Amazon's page for the audiotape version of this book, Bill Bradley is NOT the "reader. Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2000 by Steven G. Brant
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about basketball . . . and enduring values
Terrific stories, sensational photos. Buying it for my brother's B-Da
Published on Aug. 10 1999
4.0 out of 5 stars Values of the Game extend life beyond the hardwood.
There is complete silence in Madison Square Garden; suddenly "swish" Bradley leads the Knicks to another victory and the crowd is in complete... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars This book is all about respect.
I loved this book because it really made you think about respect, to the other players, to the coaches, and to everyone involved. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Values that everyone remembers learning through sports
I received this book from my future father-in-law for Christmas, whose only request was that I loan it to him when I finished. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 1999 by Graham L.
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