Pat Williams has drawn on his basketball industry connections to compile great stories from on and off the court. Fans will be inspired, surprised, and even amused, by inside stories from well-known coaches and players, fascinating looks behind the scenes, and anecdotes from the people who make it all possible - the fans. Includes first person stories from 21 basketball celebrities, plus Pat Williams:
Caron Butler - current NBA all-star for the Washington Wizards
Dolph Schayes - former NBA great; one of the top 50 players in NBA history
Jim Les - former NBA player and current college coach (Bradley University)
Matt Doherty - former UNC player and head coach; current head coach at SMU
Ron Hunter - head coach at IUPUI
Sam Smith - well-known sports writer/basketball columnist
Gregg Popovich - head coach of the San Antonio Spurs
Donn Nelson - general manager of the Dallas Mavericks
Bob Love - former NBA all-star
Ed O’Bannon - collegiate basketball player of the year in 1995 for UCLA
Ann Meyers-Drysdale - first woman to play in the NBA; current GM of the Phoenix Mercury (WNBA)
Grant Hill - current NBA all-star with the Phoenix Suns
Sheila Johnson - president of the Washington Mystics (WNBA) and former wife of Bob Johnson (BET)
Adonal Foyle - current NBA player
Charlie Villanueva - current NBA player
Chuck Daly - Basketball Hall of Fame coach; won two championships with the Detroit Pistons; coached the 1992 Dream Team
Chris Paul - current NBA all-star and USA Basketball Olympian
Greg Kite - former NBA player
Skip Caray - former well-known sports broadcaster
Pat Riley - Miami Heat president; former coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat
John Gabriel - NBA scout and former Orlando Magic general manager
The Chicken Soup for the Soul series turns to the game of hoops in Chicken Soup for the Soul - Inside Basketball: 101 Great Hoop Stories from Players, Coaches, and Fans.
Edited by series co-founders Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen and Orlando Magic co-founder Pat Williams, this book collects stories about practicing faith, confronting fears, and helping others on and off the hard court. In one chapter, a coach tells the true tale of a star recruit who died from a heart ailment and how his team sought inspiration from it. Another story reveals NBA star Jermaine O’Neal’s relationship with a cancer-stricken child.
With a tone reminiscent of a favorite high-school teacher, Kevin Stillwell lets the power of the material take the front seat in an understated but positive performance.
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