Values of the Game
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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.
From Library Journal
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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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.
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!
Most recent customer reviews
PUTTING NATURAL ABILITY ASIDE, BRILLIANT BILL BRADLEY DIPLAYS FOR US WHY HE WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYERS AND TEAMMATES THAT EVER EXISTED, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by Joyce
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 morePublished on July 1 2003 by Adelknight Seven
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 morePublished on Feb. 18 2000
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 morePublished on Jan. 24 2000
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I loved this book because it really made you think about respect, to the other players, to the coaches, and to everyone involved. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 1999