Branch

Branch
Author: Bill Murphy
Publsiher: Author House
Total Pages: 226
Release: 2013-11-18
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781491834589

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Many Indiana University fans have heard the name Branch McCracken, after whom the hallowed court at Assembly Hall is named, but how many of them know about the legendary coach himself? Before Tom Crean, before Bob Knight, IU basketball relied on this man to make the school famous for its hoops stars. And boy did he--with two national titles, four Big Ten titles, and numerous other accolades, McCracken defined Hoosier Hysteria for a generation. However, his greatest legacy remains the example of good character he set and the way he touched the lives of everyone around him. Fans remember him as the coach who helped IU break the color barrier in Big Ten basketball, and players remember him as a second father. If, as McCracken once wrote, "A coach is not paid in money or winning teams, but in the men his players become," he was a rich man, indeed. Branch McCracken made Indiana University basketball a force to be reckoned with, and this is his story.

When Nothing Else Matters

When Nothing Else Matters
Author: Michael Leahy
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2004-11-09
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9780743276481

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As one of the greatest, most celebrated athletes in history, Michael Jordan conquered professional basketball as no one had before. Powered by a potent mix of charisma, nearly superhuman abilities, and a ferocious need to dominate the game, he won six NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and captured every basketball award and accolade conceivable before retiring and taking a top executive post with the Washington Wizards. But retirement didn't suit the man who was once king, and at the advanced age of thirty-eight Michael Jordan set out to reclaim the court that had been his dominion. When Nothing Else Matters is the definitive account of Jordan's equally spectacular and disastrous return to basketball. Having gone on the road to chronicle Jordan's final two seasons, award-winning Washington Post writer Michael Leahy draws a riveting portrait of a deeply complex man waylaid by his impulses and impatience, frequently hampered by injuries, assaulted by younger players eager to usurp his throne, and ultimately done in by his presumption. Encouraged for two decades by his sport's magnates to believe that he had no limits or superiors, Jordan could not see his influence and power fading as his Wizards days ticked down and his team's losses and dissension grew. For teammates and outsiders alike, the star emerged as a relentlessly driven, at times unapproachable personality. Leahy reveals the striking contrast between Jordan's public image and the man who couldn't stand not "bein' it." Hell-bent on transforming the mediocre Wizards into championship contenders, Jordan controlled every facet of his new team, dispensing orders behind the scenes to coaches and players. As his anger and bitterness over Washington's on-court setbacks became increasingly public, his teammates' resentment of him stoked already burgeoning tensions between Jordan and the Wizards' top brass. Leahy unmasks the myths and unravels the deeper lessons behind the highs and lows of the two seasons, illuminating the excruciating reality Jordan was forced to accept after the Wizards' failed playoff bid in his final season. When Nothing Else Matters is about nothing less than a man struggling to come to grips with the end of a career, and the uncertainty of his life ahead.

Mindgames

Mindgames
Author: Roland Lazenby
Publsiher: U of Nebraska Press
Total Pages: 449
Release: 2007-04-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 0803259980

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Mindgames follows the journey of Phil Jackson to the top of basketball?s coaching hierarchy, a rise that took him from obscurity in the Continental Basketball Association to nine championship rings in the NBA. Along the way he turned multimillionaire players on to meditation, transformed the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls from a one-man show to a five-man team of domination, and after battling with Bulls management, ended one dynasty to start another on the West Coast. ø Sportswriter Roland Lazenby, author of the bestselling Blood on the Horns, reveals the fascinating story of Jackson's life, from his years with the New York Knicks under the legendary Red Holzman to his remarkable nine championships coaching first the Chicago Bulls and then the Los Angeles Lakers. ø In Mindgames Lazenby compellingly portrays a man with a unique determination to control the competitive environment he inhabits. A clear picture of the Jackson mystique emerges: philosopher, teacher, manipulator, counselor, psychologist, shaman, champion, master of mind games.

Stockton to Malone

Stockton to Malone
Author: Roland Lazenby
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield
Total Pages: 94
Release: 1998
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781886110434

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Looks at the history of the Utah Jazz during the Stockton-Malone era, and describes the impact of their Coach Jerry Sloan and Utah's hard-working style of basketball

How to Win 21 Poker Dice Races Roulette

How to Win 21   Poker  Dice  Races  Roulette
Author: Mike Goodman
Publsiher: Pickle Partners Publishing
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2016-11-11
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781787202856

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THE ONE IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW ABOUT GAMBLING is that there is no guaranteed way to win all the time. But there is a guaranteed way to lose constantly, and that is when you don’t understand the basic rules of playing and betting. It is appalling how many people, even big-money gamblers, lose consistently and don’t know why. There are only two types of gamblers-those who really know the game and suckers. Mike Goodman, a veteran professional gambler, gives you an amazing, easy-to-understand insight on how to gamble and win. HORSE RACING...watch those second favorites; let the suckers play the favorites, they’re usually overplayed! DICE...you’re a sucker if you don’t take advantage of the odds, but the real pay-off comes when you know how to bet! SLOTS...there’s only one way to beat those “one-arm bandits,” but, unfortunately, it’s against the law! ROULETTE...it’s tough to beat the house percentage, but there are ways to lose less, keep you in the game, and then, who knows? BLACKJACK “21”...here’s a game you can win at consistently if you learn the tricks and how to put “lady luck” on your side! POKER...you get real help here; tips that’ll open your eyes, make you play a better game and win! This book gives solid advice on how you can become a tough player and helps tilt the odds more in your direction. I’m just plain sick of “experts” who promise the moon but peddle virtually worthless advice. Somewhere in their pitch you’re told that they’re not multi-millionaires because they are not allowed in gambling casinos and I challenge any one of them to use this system at “craps”, “21” or roulette at my casino. If they haven’t got the guts to back up their system with hard cash, I challenge them to meet me face to face in public to debate any phase of gambling on which they claim to be an authority. Mike Goodman

Swagger

Swagger
Author: Carl Deuker
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2013
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9780547974590

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High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

New York Knicks

New York Knicks
Author: Alan Hahn
Publsiher: MVP Books
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-11-03
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 9781610586849

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Playing in the “Basketball Mecca” of Madison Square Garden, the New York Knickerbockers are a team steeped in history. With origins dating back to 1946 in the Basketball Association of America, the Knicks were a charter member of the NBA and have boasted a long list of all-time great players, from Harry “The Horse” Gallatin to Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Bill Bradley, Patrick Ewing and John Starks, to current stars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, as well as such legendary coaches as Red Holtzman and Pat Riley. The legend of the New York Knicks has been enhanced by several heated rivalries over the course of the team’s history: from Bill Russell and the Boston Celtics in the late 1960s, to 1990s battles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls, Reggie Miller and the Indiana Pacers, and Alonzo Mourning’s Miami Heat. Today, as the Knicks emerge as a team on the rise, these Eastern Conference rivalries are fierce once again. New York Knicks: The Complete Illustrated History presents the full history of this storied franchise, with all the on-court feats and off-court exploits of the orange and blue. Profiles of the top players and coaches from the team’s history, along with a rich collection of photography and memorabilia, create the ultimate, authoritative celebration of a beloved basketball team.

Point Guard

Point Guard
Author: Mike Lupica
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2017-04-04
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
ISBN: 9781481410069

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Gus and Cassie have always been on the same team off the field, but in this third novel in New York Times bestselling author Mike Lupica’s Home Team series can they stay friends when they’re on the same court? Everyone assumes that Gus, whose family is from the Dominican Republic, is a baseball guy. But this year Gus is even more excited about basketball than any other sport he’s ever played. He’s been practicing some new moves and lately he’s more surprised when he misses his shot than when he scores. Plus now that he’s convinced his friend Teddy to try out for the team and Jack’s shoulder is healed, it looks like Walton’s home team will be unstoppable. But this isn’t going to be the season Gus expected, because their team is getting a new player—and she just happens to be one of his best friends. Gus knows Cassie is more than good enough to compete on the boys’ team, and besides they really do need a point guard, so why isn’t he able to shake the feeling that she belongs on their bleachers rather than their bench? And to make matters worse, with their center Steve Kerrigan constantly making comments about his Dominican heritage, and Steve’s dad voicing his views on immigration as he runs for office, Gus is starting to wonder if he really belongs in Walton after all. Can Gus find a way to bring the home team together both on and off the court, or will all these prejudices block their shot at a winning season?

Most Memorable Moments in Purdue Basketball History

Most Memorable Moments in Purdue Basketball History
Author: Lafayette Journal and Courier
Publsiher: Sports Publishing LLC
Total Pages: 247
Release: 1998
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 1571672567

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Drawn from the archives of the Lafayette Journal and Courier, this officially

Tales of the Dismal Swamp

Tales of the Dismal Swamp
Author: A. Everette James, Jr.
Publsiher: Dorrance Publishing
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2000-02
Genre: Humor
ISBN: 9780805946901

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Ultimate Sports

Ultimate Sports
Author: Donald R. Gallo
Publsiher: Laurel Leaf
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2009-10-14
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
ISBN: 9780307568434

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A knockout collection of 16 original stories featuring young adults playing basketball and football, running track and cross-country, and training for the triathlon. Challenges abound in water sports, racquetball and tennis, boxing and wrestling, and the "ultimate" sport of the future.

Hittin the Jumper

Hittin  the Jumper
Author: Patrick Dowdall
Publsiher: Goosetown Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-07-20
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 0997690208

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Hittin' the Jumper is a nostalgic tale of the key role that the game of basketball has played in the life of an ordinary player-a 60-year journey from the alley hoops and playgrounds of his boyhood hometowns in Montana to the hallowed halls of Notre Dame and Harvard, white-shoe law firms in New York and Chicago, and a variety of urban and suburban courts. Along the way, the author re-discovers fascinating characters and lost worlds in an appreciation of the gifts that playing the sport for a lifetime can bring. Several with whom he has shared the court-teammates and opponents-became famous in politics, business, and academia, and a few were former NBA players. Most, however, were not in the headlines. Their stories are diverse. Some are filled with humor, others are instructive and insightful, particularly in dealing with the challenges of continuing to play as age encroaches, while a few are tragic. All touched the author as they did their fellow hoopsters through the years. The author's basketball life has been shaped by the history, traditions, and ethos of the communities where he played, whether it was the local basketball lore or, even more generally, the prevailing culture of a place. These places include the neighborhood of the birth of our country and the site of the birth of the game of basketball itself. The courts in these communities each possess a distinctive character. Some were inspirational because of their historic connections while others simply provided comfort with their familiarity, intimacy, and charm. Lovers of basketball and the history of sport, of unusual life stories and sentimental journeys, will find this memoir both pleasurable and informative.

The Dusty Jumper

The Dusty Jumper
Author: Jonah Hall
Publsiher: Lulu.com
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
Genre: Electronic Book
ISBN: 9781365701245

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The Smoke Jumper

The Smoke Jumper
Author: Nicholas Evans
Publsiher: Dell Publishing Company
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2002
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9780440235163

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A woman must choose between two men, best friends, that both love her, in a poignant story of love, loyalty, honor, and guilt set against the perilous backdrop of wilderness firefighting. By the author of The Horse Whisperer. Reprint.

Jud

Jud
Author: Jud Heathcote,Jack Ebling
Publsiher: Sagamore Pub Llc
Total Pages: 257
Release: 1995-10-01
Genre: Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 1571670173

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With a career record of 420-273 and an MSU mark of 340-220, Jud Heathcote has more than stood the test of time; upon his retirement, he was the fifth-winningest coach in Big Ten history. He directed the Spartans to the 1979 NCAA championship, three Big Ten titles, and seven 20-win seasons. He was named National Coach of the Year by his peers in 1990 and earned similar honors from national publications, as the "Jud Farewell Tour" swept the Midwest. For the 1994-95 campaign, the Spartans finished 14-4 in the Big Ten and 22-6 overall.