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Basketball is the most popular participatory sport in the United States. As simple as the game often seems—throwing a ball through a hoop—there are many aspects of the game that go unnoticed. But with Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition, you’ll get the inside scoop on hoops.

Whether you’re a player, a fan, or a coach, Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition will get you better acquainted to the game, so you can play it better, coach it ...

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Overview

Basketball is the most popular participatory sport in the United States. As simple as the game often seems—throwing a ball through a hoop—there are many aspects of the game that go unnoticed. But with Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition, you’ll get the inside scoop on hoops.

Whether you’re a player, a fan, or a coach, Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition will get you better acquainted to the game, so you can play it better, coach it smarter, or appreciate it more as a spectator.

Former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps begins with the fundamentals and quickly moves up court from there. From playing a pick-up game to watching March Madness on TV to the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, Phelps has come up with a game plan that shows you how to have fun with the game, while you become familiar with it. By the final buzzer, you’ll have pulled down pointers on how to play the game, how to look good on the court, how to coach it, how to watch it, ho w to strategize, and even how to talk trash on the playground.

Within these pages, you’ll also discover how to:

  • Suit up for the court
  • Get into basketball shape
  • Play effective offense and defense
  • Use signature moves from NBA greats
  • Shoot quality free-throws
  • Join fantasy leagues and get great stuff online
From the basics to the latest coaching drills and techniques, this friendly reference offers you expert advice on the plays, strategies, and moves on and off the court—from high school to college hoops, to the WNBA, and beyond.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764550423
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/13/1997
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard "Digger" Phelps coached the University of Notre Dame to more wins than any basketball coach in the school's history. John Walters is a writer for Sports Illustrated. Tim Bourret is the Sports Information Director at Clemson University.
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Table of Contents

Introduction.

PART I: Basketball 101.

Chapter 1: Bare-Bones Basketball.

Chapter 2: The Wear and Where of Basketball.

Chapter 3: The Rules.

Chapter 4: Statistics.

PART II: The Fundamentals of Basketball.

Chapter 5: Shooting.

Chapter 6: Offense.

Chapter 7: Defense.

Chapter 8: Rebounding.

Chapter 9: Moves, Plays, and Strategies.

PART III: The Fanfare of Basketball.

Chapter 10: You Don't Need to Play to Be a Fan.

Chapter 11: Basketball and the Internet.

Chapter 12: Pickup Basketball.

Chapter 13: High School Basketball.

Chapter 14: College Basketball.

Chapter 15: Professional Basketball.

Chapter 16: International Basketball.

Chapter 17: Filling Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket.

PART IV: Coaching Teams and Yourself.

Chapter 18: Coaching Philosophy and Motivation.

Chapter 19: Coaching Kids.

Chapter 20: Getting into Basketball Shape.

PART V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 21: Ten Games That Changed the Course of Basketball History.

Chapter 22: Ten NBA Greats.

Appendix A: Glossary of Basketball Terms.

Appendix B: Drilling the Basics.

Index.

Book Registration Information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2004

    This is hardly a 'for dummies' book

    Years ago I read 'football for dummies' by Howie Long and today consider myself an avid and knowledgeable football fan. This book, however, comes nowhere close to accomplishing that task. The only worthwhile reason to buy this book is if you know absolutely Nothing about basketball and can't find any other resources. Digger does cover (lightly) subjects like the jobs of the different positions, but doesn't spend nearly enough time on subjects like the foul rules. I still don't completely understand team/personal fouls, and that's after reading the book and watching the season this year. He spends altogether too much time on meaningless anecdotes about college games that occurred years ago, drills for coaches to run, and other topics that are of little use to someone who simply wants to understand what's happening during a telecast. I would honestly say that about 15% of this book was worth reading. If you can't find another book and think that that 15% is worth paying for, fine, but I'd recommend you seek out other resources first. Very disappointing.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    KOBE

    Forget kobe LONG LIVE LEBRON and his shoe brand
    DopechicSquadm.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Lol

    That's not how you spell Kobe or Michael... but nice try "Kobey Bryant, best basketball player in the world". LMAO.
    LONG LIVE LEBRON JAMES!!<3 #6

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    KOBEY BRYANT

    This book has made me who i am today the best NBA player in the world number 24 playing in the lakers and yes kobey bryant is me thats better than michele jordan he RETIRED he sucks and im better this book is the best if you want to play like me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2013

    Basket ball is awsome

    Awsomwsomest sport ever

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Hahahahahaha very funny

    John

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Hahaha

    U know who ;) xx....im bobo

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    Posted July 14, 2012

    Hashim

    Botrrrrrrrrrring

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Sweet

    Bad ass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2005

    worst book ever

    This is the worst book I have ever read. My grandmother could give better information about basketball than this book. It barely covers the basics. I saved money for a piece of trash.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2003

    awesome book!!!

    i thought i knew everything there was to know about basketball, but i learned a few things in here!! it was really good, and i have passed it on to my friends, the aspiring basketball players!!! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2002

    This a great book

    Basketball for Dummies is a great guide for beginning basketball players to pro players. It gives great tips that will help your game improve a lot. Buy this book for all your basketball needs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2000

    Wow!

    This book is great and I learned a lot even though I am already a baller for life. I just bought it to freshen up. I thought maybe I could learn something else that I didn't already know. It is a good book. I reccommend it to anyone who likes basketball and likes to learn about basketball.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2000

    A players review

    I am 14 and I love this book. It has taught me so much about the game and its rules. it has made me i feel a better player. It taught me much needed fundamentals and has gotten my shooting percentage up. I would recommend this book to any player or coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    Basketball for Dummies - A Must Have!

    This book is a necessity for anyone who doesn't understand the game of basketball, or for a player/fan of basketball. No matter what position you play, Basketball for Dummies list moves and strategies for playing more effectively. Part II of Basketball For Dummies (Fundamentals) is very in-depth, and the diagrams throughout are concise. Also, if you are a coach, this book lists some drills and procedures to utilize for your players. In addition, Basketball For Dummies has sections on strength training and stretching. This will help you for preperation in the off/pre-season. In these sections, the majority of the the exercises have pictues to show you how to perform them correctly. Basketball For Dummies also contains basketball related web-sites. Overall, Basketball for Dummies is an excellent and informative book to purchase. I recommend this book to anyone interested in the sport of basketball!

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