It was love at first sight . . . One day I picked up a basketball, and it never let me go.
For fifty seasons Lute Olson has been teaching young athletes the skills of basketball-and life. Starting as a high school coach, he worked his way to the top of the basketball world-winning more than a thousand games, a national championship and world championship, producing some of the NBA's biggest stars, and eventually being enshrined in the basketball Hall of Fame.
But Lute is far more than a basketball story. His partner for forty-seven years in building championship programs was his high school sweetheart; his story is also a love story of a couple who together built a sports legend. Lute and Bobbi Olson were a team. Their almost half-century love affair ended with Bobbi's death from cancer. Lute explores how he dealt with her death and how he moved forward to find a new love.
This is the chronicle of one American boy's dream to become a great basketball coach-his achievements, his coaching strategies, and how he dealt with his beloved wife's death-the wins and losses he faced as boy, man, and coach. But always with one constant in his life, the game of basketball. This is the story of fifty seasons in the life of Lute Olson.
Praise for Lute!
"Lute Olson's story is the true American dream. He is a legendary coach who has shared his vision of winning with all his players-now we are given the chance to learn too. It's inspirational and downright heartwarming." -Jim Nantz, CBS Sports
". . . it is exactly what you would expect from Olson-intelligent, first-class, sprinkled with dry wit-personal in ways you might not anticipate."
"This is not a basketball book. It is not a book about a coach. It is the most unexpected of all things from the inscrutable Olson: the story of his personal life." -Arizona Daily Star
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.78(d)|
About the Author
Lute Olson has been a college head coach for the last thirty years. In 2002 he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
David Fisher has collaborated on more than a dozen New York Times bestsellers.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book follows Lute from growing up in North Dakota to his future success at Iowa and Arizona. This book contains all the basketball information your looking for: great info on the motion offense, thoughts on the problems facing basketball today, and a take on the east coast bias. Where this book stands out though is the relationship between Lute and his wife Bobbi and how their relationship impacted his teams. The family style environment they created was not only a great read but sentimental. Lute is one of the best coaches hands down. I never thought a book would top "The Carolina Way" by Dean Smith, but this one did and will forever be in my library. Highly recommend it to any basketball fan or anyone who aspires to coach one day....
"Lute! Seasons of My Life," by Lute Olson was a great memoir. Olson goes over his career as a basketball coach through high school to collegiate. He goes though his ups and downs not just his love for basketball, but the love for his family and wife. He shows the impact basketball can have on an individual’s life and how important it was to him. Lute Olson is one of the best coaches in NCAA basketball history and his teams’ successes on the court prove just that. This book is juiced with information and anecdotes of Lute's career and it could not have been any better. On the other hand, it does not just focus on his love for basketball. In addition, it provides the importance of family on someone’s career. It shows that no matter who you are, without a supportive family, it is hard to reach your dreams, but with a supportive family the possibilities are endless. Lute’s wife Bobbi plays such a vital role in his entire career and without her it would have made his life that much harder. She also played a big part in all of his jobs as well. Overall, this was a fantastic novel and I would not just recommend it to all basketball fans, but also to anyone interested in a story of success and love for family. -Shane Perlin