Best Basketball Books
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1. The Mamba Mentality: How I Play
Author: by Kobe Bryant
Published at: MCD; Illustrated edition (October 23, 2018)
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play is Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective of his life and career on the basketball court and his exceptional, insightful style of playing the gamea fitting legacy from the late Los Angeles Laker superstar. In the wake of his retirement from professional basketball, Kobe The Black Mamba Bryant decided to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary Mamba mentality.
Citing an obligation and an opportunity to teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to play it the right way, The Mamba Mentality takes us inside the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, and creative basketball players ever.
In his own words, Bryant reveals his famously detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare mentally and physically to not just succeed at the game, but to excel. Readers will learn how Bryant studied an opponent, how he channeled his passion for the game, how he played through injuries.
2. KG: A to Z: An Uncensored Encyclopedia of Life, Basketball, and Everything in Between
Author: by Kevin Garnett
Published at: Simon & Schuster (February 23, 2021)
A unique, unfiltered memoir from the NBA champion and fifteen-time all-star ahead of his induction into the Hall of Fame. Kevin Garnett was one of the most dominant players the game of basketball has ever seen. He was also one of its most outspoken.
Over the course of his illustrious twenty-one-year NBA career, he elevated trash talk to an art form and never shied away from sharing his thoughts on controversial subjects. In KG A to Z, published ahead of Garnett’s induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame, he looks back on his life and career with the same raw candor.
Garnett describes the adversity he faced growing up in South Carolina before ultimately relocating to Chicago, where he became one of the top prospects in the nation. He details his headline-making decision to skip college and become the first player in two decades to enter the draft directly from high school, starting a trend that would be followed by future superstars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.
3. Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable (Tim Grover Winning Series)
Author: by Tim S. Grover
Published at: Scribner; 3/17/13 edition (March 11, 2014)
For more than two decades, legendary trainer Tim Grover has taken the greatsMichael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, and hundreds of relentless competitors in sports, business, and every walk of lifeand made them greater. Now, for the first time ever, he reveals what it takes to achieve total mental and physical dominance, showing you how to be relentless and achieve whatever you desire.
Direct, blunt, and brutally honest, Grover breaks down what it takes to be unstoppable: you keep going when everyone else is giving up, you thrive under pressure, you never let your emotions make you weak. In The Relentless 13, he details the essential traits shared by the most intense competitors and achievers in sports, business, and all walks of life.
Relentless shows you how to trust your instincts and get in the Zone; how to control and adapt to any situation; how to find your opponent’s weakness and attack. Grover gives you the same advice he gives his world-class clientsdon’t thinkand shows you that anything is possible.
4. I Came As a Shadow: An Autobiography
Author: by John Thompson
Published at: Henry Holt and Co. (December 15, 2020)
The long-awaited autobiography from Georgetown University’s legendary coach, whose life on and off the basketball court threw America’s unresolved struggle with racial justice into sharp relief. John Thompson was never just a basketball coach and I Came As A Shadow is categorically not just a basketball autobiography.
After three decades at the center of race and sports in America, the first Black head coach to win an NCAA championship makes the private public at last. Chockful of stories and moving beyond mere stats (and what stats! Three Final Fours, four times national coach of the year, seven Big East championships, 97 percent graduation rate), Thompson’s book drives us through his childhood under Jim Crow segregation to our current moment of racial reckoning.
We experience riding shotgun with Celtics icon Red Auerbach, and coaching NBA Hall of Famers like Patrick Ewing and Allen Iverson. How did he inspire the phrase Hoya Paranoia?You’ll see. And thawing his historically glacial stare, Thompson brings us into his negotiation with a DC drug kingpin in his players’ orbit in the 1980s, as well as behind the scenes of his years on the Nike board.
5. Shoot Your Shot: A Sport-Inspired Guide To Living Your Best Life
Author: by Vernon Brundage Jr.
Published at: Independently published (October 13, 2018)
Michael Jordan.Kobe Bryant.LeBron James.Stephen Curry.Kawhi Leonard. Giannis Antetokounmpo.James Harden.Kevin Durant.Russell Westbrook. These are some of the most high profile names in one of the world’s most popular sports-basketball. But what steps did they take to elevate themselves to superstardom?
What principles did they follow in order to become the best of the best? More importantly, how can you use their example to attain success in all of your endeavors?’Shoot Your Shot’ identifies the key principles that the world’s most elite basketball players have applied to their lives and explains in detail how you can can use those same exact principles to help you navigate through life, accomplish your goals, and realize your dreams.
Divided into Quarters and making you feel like you are in an actual basketball game, ‘Shoot Your Shot’ provides an entertaining and unique reading experience while equipping you with proven tools for success. More than just a book about sports, ‘Shoot Your Shoot’ is suitable for everyone-regardless of age, gender, background, or standing in life.
6. Bracketology: March Madness, College Basketball, and the Creation of a National Obsession
Author: by Joe Lunardi
Published at: Triumph Books (March 2, 2021)
Lunardi delves into the early days of Bracketology, details its growth, and dispels the myths of the process The NCAA Tournament has become one of the most popular sports events in the country, consuming fans for weeks with the run to the Final Four and ultimately the crowning of the champion of college hoops.
Each March, millions of Americans fill out their bracket in the hopes of correctly predicting the future. Yet, there is no true Madness without the oft-debated question about what teams should be seeded wherefrom the Power-5 Blue Blood with some early season stumbles on their resume to the mid-major that rampaged through their less competitive conference seasonand the inventor of Bracketology himself, Joe Lunardi, now reveals the mystery and science behind the legend.
While going in depth on his ever-evolving predictive formula, Lunardi compares great teams from different eras with intriguing results, talks to the biggest names in college basketball about their perception of Bracketology (both good and bad), and looks ahead to the future of the sport and how Bracketology will help shape the conversation.
7. Sid and the Boys: Playing Ball in the Face of Race and Big Business
Author: by Carl McCullough
Published at: Man to Man Press, LLC (March 2, 2021)
This is a true story about a small town, big oil, an undersized high school basketball team, a coach with a huge heart, and how a season was nearly undone by well-intentioned corporate interference and racism. Big oil and basketball both grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma in the first half of the twentieth century.
The eleven-time national AAU champion Phillips 66ers and their corporate sponsor gained international fame together in the 1940s and 50s. Due in large part to Phillips Petroleum Company, Bartlesville had a highly educated and affluent population. Thanks also to Phillips, there was a stockpile of All-American basketball stars who lived there and served as coaches and mentors to youth throughout the community.
In the late fall of 1966, just as the high school basketball season was getting underway, one of those former players was dispatched by Phillips to assist the local team, only to learn that the help was unwelcome. What Phillips failed to understand was the loyalty between the coach and his team.
8. LeBron James: The Children's Book: The Boy Who Became King
Author: by Anthony Curcio
Published at: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 18, 2016)
The Boy Who Became King is the inspiring true story of NBA superstar LeBron James. This Fully illustrated picture book biography tells the story of a young boy and his loving, single mother and their struggle to make it on their own.
With the help of a coach and his family, LeBron is introduced to the game of basketball. Against all odds, the kid from Akron not only makes it to the NBA but becomes a basketball legend who now helps others who are struggling like he and his mother once were.
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9. Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success
Author: by Phil Jackson
Published at: Penguin Books; Illustrated edition (April 29, 2014)
The inside story of one of basketball’s most legendary and game-changing figures A New York Times bestseller During his storied career as head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports.
Even more important, he succeeded in never wavering from coaching his way, from a place of deep values. Jackson was tagged as the Zen master half in jest by sportswriters, but the nickname speaks to an important truth: this is a coach who inspired, not goaded; who led by awakening and challenging the better angels of his players’ nature, not their egos, fear, or greed.
This is the story of a preacher’s kid from North Dakota who grew up to be one of the most innovative leaders of our time. In his quest to reinvent himself, Jackson explored everything from humanistic psychology and Native American philosophy to Zen meditation.
In the process, he developed a new approach to leadership based on freedom, authenticity, and selfless teamwork that turned the hypercompetitive world of professional sports on its head. In Eleven Rings, Jackson candidly describes how he: Learned the secrets of mindfulness and team chemistry while playing for the champion New York Knicks in the 1970s Managed Michael Jordan, the greatest player in the world, and got him to embrace selflessness, even if it meant losing a scoring title Forged successful teams out of players of varying abilities by getting them to trust one another and perform in sync Inspired Dennis Rodman and other uncoachable personalities to devote themselves to something larger than themselves Transformed Kobe Bryant from a rebellious teenager into a mature leader of a championship team.
10. Rebound: From Pain to Passion – Leadership Lessons Learned
Author: by Matt Doherty
Published at: Sports Publishing Group (March 2, 2021)
“Matt is everything you could ask for in a friend and leader.” Jay Bilas, ESPN Matt Doherty played and coached basketball at the University of North Carolina. He started on the 1982 National Championship team coached by Dean Smith while playing alongside NBA stars Michael Jordan and James Worthy.
He is the former head coach at the University of Notre Dame and UNC. He was named 2001 National Coach of the Year.In 2003. He was forced to resign! Have you ever fallen off the top of the mountain? Have you ever doubted yourself?
How do you prepare for your next opportunity?You Rebound! Rebound will help you become a better leader. Leadership is a learned behavior. It can be studied and developed. Not everyone is a born leader, but EVERYONE can become a better leader!
Coach Doherty provides a game plan to help you navigate the rough terrain of leadership. He shares his journey in an authentic manner that will engage you with riveting stories of tremendous successes andfailures! Coach Doherty chose to turn his Pain into Passion.
11. Secret Warrior: A Coach and Fighter, On and Off the Court
Author: by Joanne P McCallie
Published at: Koehler Books (February 16, 2021)
Secret Warrior is a compelling memoir following Joanne McCallie’s mental health journey through the realities and challenges within the sports world. Using the recurring theme of “faith over fear” to reduce the stigma associated with impaired mental health and encourage those suffering from mental health issues to reach out-to coaches, student-athletes, and to all people across the world-Joanne offers real direction, experiences, and personal stories to teach and reassure those adversely affected by the dynamics of the mind and body experience.
Motivational and heartfelt, Secret Warrior drives home the need for more education, stories, action, and an overall change to the narrative about brain health.
12. Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court
Author: by John Wooden
Published at: Contemporary Books; 1st edition (April 22, 1997)
National bestseller “I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs.”-John Wooden Evoking days gone by when coaches were respected as much for their off-court performances as for their success on the court, Wooden presents the timeless wisdom of legendary basketball coach John Wooden.
In honest and telling passages about virtually every aspect of life, Coach shares his personal philosophy on family, achievement, success, and excellence. Raised on a small farm in south-central Indiana, he offers lessons and wisdom learned throughout his career at UCLA, and life as a dedicated husband, father, and teacher.
These lessons, along with personal letters from Bill Walton, Denny Crum, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bob Costas, among others, have made Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections on and off the Court an inspirational classic.
13. How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius
Author: by Nick Greene
Published at: Harry N. Abrams (March 2, 2021)
A brilliant, entertaining deconstruction of basketball, drawing on the expertise of board-game creators, magicians, therapists, and more Basketball is the second-most popular sport in the worldan insanely complicated game built on a combination of athleticism, craftiness, rules, intangibles, and superstardom.
However, while it’s enjoyable to watch, the real reason it works is because it’s a game of culture, art, and all the things that make us human. How to Watch Basketball Like a Genius deconstructs the sport from top to bottom and then puts it back together again, detailing its intricacies through reporting and dozens of interviews with experts.
These experts, however, are a diverse group: wine critics weighing in on LeBron’s ability to delegate on the fly, magicians analyzing Chris Paul’s mystifying dribbling techniques, cartographers breaking down Steph Curry’s deadeye three-point shooting. Every chapter treats basketball to a multi-disciplined study that adventures far beyond the lines of the court, examining key elements of the sport from some surprising and revealing angles.
14. Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty
Author: by Jeff Pearlman
Published at: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2020)
The story of the Lakers dynasty from 1996 through 2004, when Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal combinedand collidedto help bring the Lakers three straight championships and restore the franchise as a powerhouseIn the history of modern sport, there have never been two high-level teammates who loathed each other the way Shaquille O’Neal loathed Kobe Bryant, and Kobe Bryant loathed Shaquille O’Neal.
From public sniping and sparring, to physical altercations and the repeated threats of trade, it was warfare. And yet, despite eight years of infighting and hostility, by turns mediated and encouraged by coach Phil Jackson, the Shaq-Kobe duo resulted in one of the greatest dynasties in NBA history.
Together, the two led the Lakers to three straight championships and returned glory and excitement to Los Angeles. In the tradition of Jeff Pearlman’s bestsellers Showtime, Boys Will Be Boys, and The Bad Guys Won, Three-Ring Circus is a rollicking deep dive into one of sports’ most fraught yet successful pairings.
15. Beckett Basketball Price Guide #28 (Beckett Basketball Card Price Guide)
Author: by Beckett Media
Published at: Beckett Media (October 16, 2020)
More than 300,000 cards from over 6,000 sets are listed in this popular book- the biggest basketball price guide in the world! It’s the most comprehensive basketball card source ever produced, and includes complete coverage of modern and oddball hoops cards and collectibles from 1910 to present, including college, international leauges, figurines and WNBA!