What are your favorite books
Kent Chezem and I list and discuss our favorite hoops books in this episode of the Torg Stories Podcast, March 8, 2020 edition.
In preparing for this pod, I realized that I have read a lot more basketball books than I previously thought, probably at least 100.
I came up with nineteen books I thought were worth mentioning.
First, a commercial. My book, The Coach’s Wife has a lot of basketball in it and is on sale via Amazon for less than ten bucks.
- Season on the Brink by John Feinstein. 1986.
- The Losing Season by Pat Conroy
- Born to Coach by Rick Pitino
- The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith
- Sprawlball by Kirk Goldsberry
- Wooden, A Coach’s Life by Seth Davis
- The 21st Century Basketball Practice by Brian McCormick
- Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem (I met Kareem in the St. John’s locker room at Madison Square Garden) AND Becoming Kareem by Obstfeld
- When the Game was Ours by Larry Bird and Magic Johnson with Jackie MacMullan (appears on ESPN’s show Around the Horn)
- The Legends Club by Feinstein
- The Last Amateurs by Feinstein
- My Life on a Napkin by Rick Majerus
- Sum it Up by Sally Jenkins
- The Last Seasonby Phil Jackson
- I just bought Seven Seconds or Less about the Suns by Jack McCallum.
- Lebron INCby Brian Windhorst. He also wrote Return of the King.
- Showtime by Jeff Pearlman
- Basketball, A Love Story.
- The Book of Basketballby Bill Simmons
In doing this work, here are the books I’m going to look into reading:
- Geno: In Pursuit of Perfection
- Assisted by John Stockton
- How Lucky Can You Be (Meyer) by Buster Olney
- Bleed Orange about Boheim
- The Pistol
- Fab Five
- Boys Among Men by Abrams
- Seven Seconds or Less Jack MaCullum
- Basketball on Paper Dean Oliver
- A Coach’s Life by Dean Smith with John Kilgo and Sally Jenkins
Questions for Discussion:
- Which of my favs overlaps with yours?
- How did you rank these books?
- What do we get out of reading these books?
- What are these books about that we can talk about? Three point line. 21st Century Basketball. How would we describe our college basketball practices? How have we departed?
- Which of these coaches have we met? How at all, have these books or the coaches influenced us?
- I mostly left out technical X and O books like these:
- Knight and Newell’s pair of books, Tex Winter’s Triangle Offense, Wooten’s Coaching Basketball Successfully, Dean Smith’s Multiple Offenses and Defenses, Tim Grover’s Jump Attack
I counted 42 books on Amazon written by John Feinstein:
- The Back Roads to March, Where Nobody Knows Your Name (baseball), The First Major, A Good Walk Spoiled, The Legends Club, Season on the Brink, Quarterback, The Last Amateurs, A Season Inside, The Last Dance, The Punch (about the Rockets), Forever’s Team about Duke 78, A March to Madness about ACC
What are your favorites? Which ones are we wrong about? We hope you’ll join the conversation!