A Good Man: The Pete Newell Story

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Pete Newell is considered one of the finest basketball minds in the sport’s history. His death in 2008 spawned tributes from around the country, including legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and Bob Knight, who considered Newell his mentor. Newell, Knight, and Dean Smith are the only men to coach championships at the Olympics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), and of the three, only Newell won the NIT at a time when it was considered the nation’s most ...
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Lincoln 2010 Softcover 352 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. SPORTS. Pete Newell is considered one of the finest basketball minds in the sport's history. His death in 2008 ... spawned tributes from around the country, including legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and Bob Knight, who considered Newell his mentor. Newell, Knight, and Dean Smith are the only men to coach championships at the Olympics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), and of the three, only Newell won the NIT at a time when it was considered the nation's most prestigious tournament. He had a fiercely competitive rivalry with Wooden and won his last eight meetings against Wooden's UCLA teams before retiring in 1960. Although he retired for health reasons, he continued to teach the game, notably at the famed Big Man's Camp, for the rest of his life. Based on hundreds of interviews of veterans of the game, A Good Man is Bruce Jenkins's complete biography of Pete Newell. (Key Words: Sports, B Read more Show Less

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Overview

Pete Newell is considered one of the finest basketball minds in the sport’s history. His death in 2008 spawned tributes from around the country, including legendary UCLA coach John Wooden and Bob Knight, who considered Newell his mentor. Newell, Knight, and Dean Smith are the only men to coach championships at the Olympics, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Invitational Tournament (NIT), and of the three, only Newell won the NIT at a time when it was considered the nation’s most prestigious tournament. He had a fiercely competitive rivalry with Wooden and won his last eight meetings against Wooden’s UCLA teams before retiring in 1960. Although he retired for health reasons, he continued to teach the game, notably at the famed Big Man’s Camp, for the rest of his life. Based on hundreds of interviews of veterans of the game, A Good Man is Bruce Jenkins’s complete biography of Pete Newell.
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Editorial Reviews

New York Times

“The Pete Newell story, told with great detail and affection by Bruce Jenkins, is a portrayal of a great man who just happens to be a basketball lifer. It is about a coach from a much simpler time whose wisdom is as contemporary as it is old. . . . Get to know Pete Newell. He truly has had an amazing life.”—Mike Wise, New York Times

— Mike Wise

Sports Illustrated

“Every fan of hoops and hoops history should get this book.”—Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated

— Jack McCallum

Chicago Tribune

“Enlightening and interesting on every page. . . . [Newell] has a wonderful basketball mind, and his story has been told by a wonderful writer.”—Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune

— Dan McGrath

Boston Globe

“James Naismith invented basketball. He did so in order that Pete Newell would come along a few years later to perfect it. Newell operates what is called a ’Big Man’s Camp’ each year, but the biggest man of all runs it. Count me among the embarrassed legions who only now realize that the greatest unwritten story in basketball was Pete Newell’s. Thanks to Bruce Jenkins, it is unwritten no longer.”—Bob Ryan, Boston Globe

— Bob Ryan

Los Angeles Times

“An insightful look at one of the game’s most renowned coaches.”—Mal Florence, Los Angeles Times

— Mal Florence

Oakland Tribune

“Pete Newell is a basketball treasure, the game’s guru, and he is needed now more than ever to educate a fundamentally deficient generation of basketball players. Bruce Jenkins has captured the man and the coach perfectly.”—Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune

— Dave Newhouse

New York Times - Mike Wise
“The Pete Newell story, told with great detail and affection by Bruce Jenkins, is a portrayal of a great man who just happens to be a basketball lifer. It is about a coach from a much simpler time whose wisdom is as contemporary as it is old. . . . Get to know Pete Newell. He truly has had an amazing life.”—Mike Wise, New York Times
Sports Illustrated - Jack McCallum
“Every fan of hoops and hoops history should get this book.”—Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated
Chicago Tribune - Dan McGrath
“Enlightening and interesting on every page. . . . [Newell] has a wonderful basketball mind, and his story has been told by a wonderful writer.”—Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune
Boston Globe - Bob Ryan
“James Naismith invented basketball. He did so in order that Pete Newell would come along a few years later to perfect it. Newell operates what is called a 'Big Man's Camp' each year, but the biggest man of all runs it. Count me among the embarrassed legions who only now realize that the greatest unwritten story in basketball was Pete Newell’s. Thanks to Bruce Jenkins, it is unwritten no longer.”—Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
Los Angeles Times - Mal Florence
“An insightful look at one of the game’s most renowned coaches.”—Mal Florence, Los Angeles Times
Oakland Tribune - Dave Newhouse
“Pete Newell is a basketball treasure, the game’s guru, and he is needed now more than ever to educate a fundamentally deficient generation of basketball players. Bruce Jenkins has captured the man and the coach perfectly.”—Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune
Sports Illustrated
"Every fan of hoops and hoops history should get this book."

— Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated

New York Times
"The Pete Newell story, told with great detail and affection by Bruce Jenkins, is a portrayal of a great man who just happens to be a basketball lifer. It is about a coach from a much simpler time whose wisdom is as contemporary as it is old. . . . Get to know Pete Newell. He truly has had an amazing life."

— Mike Wise, New York Times

Chicago Tribune
"Enlightening and interesting on every page. . . . [Newell] has a wonderful basketball mind, and his story has been told by a wonderful writer."

— Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune

Los Angeles Times
"An insightful look at one of the game's most renowned coaches."

—Mal Florence, Los Angeles Times

Boston Globe
"James Naismith invented basketball. He did so in order that Pete Newell would come along a few years later to perfect it. Newell operates what is called a ''Big Man's Camp'' each year, but the biggest man of all runs it. Count me among the embarrassed legions who only now realize that the greatest unwritten story in basketball was Pete Newell's. Thanks to Bruce Jenkins, it is unwritten no longer."

— Bob Ryan, Boston Globe

Oakland Tribune
"Pete Newell is a basketball treasure, the game's guru, and he is needed now more than ever to educate a fundamentally deficient generation of basketball players. Bruce Jenkins has captured the man and the coach perfectly."

— Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803228184
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Bruce Jenkins is a sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins, North Shore Chronicles, and Inside Maverick’s. Ron Fimrite is a sportswriter, enjoying a thirty-four-year career with Sports Illustrated, and the author or editor of several books, including Golden Bears: The History of Football at the U.C. Berkeley and  Birth of a Fan.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Ron Fimrite ix

Introduction xiii

Chapter 1 Allie's Boardinghouse 1

Chapter 2 This Pier is Condemned 7

Chapter 3 Florence 19

Chapter 4 The USF Years 29

Chapter 5 The Michigan State Years 65

Chapter 6 Berkeley, Before the Storm 77

Chapter 7 Cursing the Hills 107

Chapter 8 Mr. Newell and Mr. Wooden 117

Chapter 9 The Ref Was Crooked 133

Chapter 10 My Name's Dalton, What's Yours? 145

Chapter 11 Smoke from the Hallways 181

Chapter 12 The Original Dream Team 195

Chapter 13 Tear Gas on Campus 207

Chapter 14 Two Really Bad Drivers 221

Chapter 15 In Search of Kareem 249

Chapter 16 The Big Man's Camp 261

Chapter 17 Dissecting the NBA 279

Chapter 18 Loose Ends 293

Chapter 19 An Afternoon at Kapp's 309

Pete Newell's Coaching Record: Scores and Statistics 315

Index 329

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