Basketball For Dummies

Basketball For Dummies

by Richard Phelps, John Walters
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Basketball For Dummies by Richard Phelps, John Walters

"In ‘Vitalese’, this book is simply awesome, baby." — Dick Vitale, ESPN/ABC Basketball Analyst "Great reading from a man who knows basketball." — Charles Barkley, Houston Rockets "A must-have book for all basketball coaches and fans!" — Jeff Nix, Assistant Coach, New York Knicks "A great tool to learn more about the game, not only for novices, but also for those who fancy themselves as a basketball expert." — Nancy Lieberman-Cline, TV Analyst, Player for the Phoenix Mercury and WNBA "A useful combination of broad advice and specific tips that should be invaluable to both basketball beginners and veterans." — Chris Fowler, ESPN College Sports Studio Host

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Hit the courts with Basketball For Dummies and you'll discover how to:

  • Uncover the basics — from guarding, blocking, and rebounding to passing, shooting, and scoring
  • Recognize the role of every player on the court — from the coach to the power forward to the point guard
  • Understand the rules and regulations for high school, college, pro, and international hoops
  • "Talk the talk" — from zone defense and screens to the pick-and-roll and boards
  • Polish your skills through conditioning — from free-throw and shooting practice to defensive drills
  • Train for the game with expert tips on diet, conditioning, and mental preparation
  • Get the right gear — from shirts, shorts, and shoes to balls, backboards, and nets
  • Catch all the great plays — whether you're a "couch potato" fan or a die-hard hoopster in the stands
  • Inspire and work with kids via community leagues, summer camps, and local organizations
  • Know what's happening on the court with play diagrams and photos
  • Select the right mix of players for your fantasy basketball team
  • Locate great basketball resources — from books and magazines to Web sites and TV analysts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764550423
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/13/1997
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.48(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About the Authors Richard "Digger" Phelps is the renowned basketball coach from the University of Notre Dame, where he won more games than any coach in the school's history. In 1984, he was a commentator for ABC Sports' coverage at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. He served as basketball analyst for CBS Sports during the 1992 and 1993 NCAA tournament and is now a college basketball analyst for ESPN. John Walters has been writing and reporting on basketball, football, and general interest stories for Sports Illustrated for the past eight years.

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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!
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John
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Botrrrrrrrrrring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!