Where do the best basketball players in the world turn when they want to improve their game? Whom does a future NBA Hall of Famer thank at his press conference when he’s named Rookie of the Year? Who is it that Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Journal all call the "Hoops Whisperer" because of his ability to engage, inspire, and challenge the players he trains? The answer to all of these questions is Idan Ravin.
Ravin never played or coached in college or the pros, yet a virtual NBA All-Star team relies on him to better their game and reach their full potential. A soft-spoken former lawyer, Ravin has become professional basketball’s hottest trainer.
In The Hoops Whisperer, Ravin shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and many more. He offers a rare unguarded glimpse inside the lives of these great athletes, drawn from his intimate connection with them that is the basis of his success.
Showcasing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, Ravin reveals how faith, effort, dedication, and passion can make a player into a superstar—and anyone into a success. Combined with his own inspiring journey, Ravin’s insights make The Hoops Whisperer a must-read for anyone who loves the game.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Table of Contents
Introduction Becoming Lamar Mundane 1
Chapter 1 The King and Pi 7
Chapter 2 Rituals 17
Chapter 3 Proverbs 10:4 34
Chapter 4 Breaking In 31
Chapter 5 Breaking Out 36
Chapter 6 Free Agent 40
Chapter 7 No Coincidences 43
Chapter 8 Breaking Through 51
Chapter 9 Making Varsity 61
Chapter 10 Training Days 68
Chapter 11 The Point 76
Chapter 12 The Real Carmelo 85
Chapter 13 Stack 95
Chapter 14 A Cry for Help 100
Chapter 15 The Legend of Kevin Durant 104
Chapter 16 Zero 110
Chapter 17 The Emperor 116
Chapter 18 Two Baskets 122
Chapter 19 Steph 134
Chapter 20 Mojo Lost and Found 140
Chapter 21 Amar'e in the Promised Land 151
Chapter 22 A Different Star 157
Chapter 23 Joy in the Streets 163
Chapter 24 Rollin' with the King 168
Chapter 25 Reborn 176
Chapter 26 Words of Wisdom 185
Chapter 27 Little Things 188
Chapter 28 From the Perimeter 193
Chapter 29 Coaches' Suite 201
Chapter 30 Fifteen Minutes 217
Chapter 31 Brand Ambassador 222
Chapter 32 The Work, Not the Job 227
Chapter 33 Out of the Shadows 237
What People are Saying About This
"I never imagined that when I first worked with Idan before my rookie year, our relationship would extend more than a decade. He has influenced me tremendously and I am very grateful for his loyalty, friendship, and guidance. He is passionate about everything he does and, while some may consider his methods unorthodox, the end results for me have been remarkable."
—Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
"Idan inspired me to see my full potential, to become more than others had ever expected of me, and challenge myself to do more than I had even expected of myself. He showed me the importance of resilience and determination; and to capitalize on all my opportunities I had coming out of school and even to this day. His challenge to never become 'regular' stuck with me and kept me fierce in my determination to be committed to who I am, what I stand for, and to leave my lasting fingerprints on the game I so dearly love."
—Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
"Idan believed in me when others didn't. He challenged me when others couldn't. He cheered for me when others stopped. He praised me when others wouldn't. He stood by me when others ran. He encouraged me to find my greatness, which I did and continue to find."
—JR Smith, New York Knicks
"Idan is the first guy that I've worked with that brought something different to the workouts, who pushed me past my limits, who made me think of the game on a different level. He pushed me with his words, encouraged me and built my confidence as the days went on. Truly one of a kind and I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from him."
—Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
"Idan was the best trainer I've ever worked with. The drills that we did pushed me to and past the limit. Working with Idan allowed me to fall in love with the game of basketball all over again. If you want to be great, go see Idan and it will change your life."
—Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets