The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players

The Hoops Whisperer: On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players

by Idan Ravin

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ISBN-13: 9781592408917
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Idan Ravin splits his time between Maryland, and New York City.

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

Acknowledgments 243

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—Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
 
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—Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
 
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 —JR Smith, New York Knicks
 
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 —Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
 
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 —Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
 

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