Basketball For Dummies

Basketball For Dummies


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118073742
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/11/2011
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 127,255
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Richard "Digger" Phelps is the former coach of the NotreDame Fighting Irish men's basketball team. Today, he's a collegebasketball analyst for ESPN.

John Walters is a writer at The Daily, aniPad-only national publication. He was a reporter and staff writerat Sports Illustrated for 14 years.

Tim Bourret is the sports information director at ClemsonUniversity.

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Table of Contents

Prologue: Digger the Player, to Digger the Coach, to Digger theFan xxiii

Introduction 1

Part I: Basketball 101 5

Chapter 1: Bare-Bones Basketball 7

Chapter 2: The Wear and Where of Basketball 17

Chapter 3: The Rules 29

Chapter 4: Statistics 45

Part II: The Fundamentals of Basketball 65

Chapter 5: Shooting 67

Chapter 6: Offense 87

Chapter 7: Defense 109

Chapter 8: Rebounding 145

Chapter 9: Moves, Plays, and Strategies 161

Part III: The Game 179

Chapter 10: Pickup Basketball 181

Chapter 11: High School Basketball 199

Chapter 12: College Basketball 213

Chapter 13: Professional Basketball 233

Chapter 14: International Basketball 257

Part IV: And You Don’t Have to Pick Up a Ball277

Chapter 15: You Don’t Need to Play to Be a Fan 279

Chapter 16: Filling Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket 295

Part V: The Part of Tens 317

Chapter 17: Ten Games That Changed the Course of BasketballHistory 319

Chapter 18: Ten Best Basketball Websites 327

Chapter 19: Ten NBA Legends 331

Chapter 20: Ten Important Dates in Basketball History 337

Part VI: Appendixes 345

Appendix A: Glossary of Basketball Terms 347

Appendix B: Drilling the Basics 357

Index 373

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Basketball for Dummies 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Forget kobe LONG LIVE LEBRON and his shoe brand DopechicSquadm.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best player ever. By the way this book is great if you are new to learning the game of basketball.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a tall black man who doesnt know how to play baskeball and i also dont know nothing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LONG LIVE LEBRON JAMES best basketball player ever!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awsomwsomest sport ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
U know who ;) bobo
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Bad ass
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!