Basketball Basics: How to Play Like the Pros

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D&M Publishers Incorporated, Mar 23, 2012 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 80 pages
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Basketball is an ideal sport for youth in today's economic climate ? basketball courts are abundant and the costs associated with participation (equipment, access, clothing) are low compared to other popular sports. In "Basketball Basics, " famed NBA coach and Hall of Fame player Jay Triano presents the important drills and fundamental skills that every young player needs to excel on the hardwood. Focusing on the core areas ? Conditioning, Offense, Defense, Rebounds, and Plays That Make a Difference ? Triano provides step-by-step instructions for everything from balance and stretching to dribbling and passing, from shooting to catching to lay-ups and free throws. The book includes instructional photos on every page, as well as full-color action photos of international and NBA stars and playing tips from some of the greatest players in the world, including Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Emanuel Ginobili, and Yao Ming. Featuring a foreword by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, "Basketball Basics" is essential equipment for young players hoping to master the hoops and a must-have for coaches and parents.

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Jay Triano is Head Coach of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors. He was Assistant Coach of the USA-B Select Team in 2007, Head Coach at the Nike Skills Academy (2006 and 2007), and Coach at the prestigious Euro Camp in Treviso, Italy (2003–08). Triano played for the Canadian national team for 11 years (1978–88), and was Head Coach of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team. A member of the Canadian Basketball and Olympic Halls of Fame, Triano has also worked as a basketball analyst for TSN, and he was a TV broadcaster for the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

Steve Nash is a point guard with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. He is a two-time NBA MVP winner (2005, 2006) and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. He is ranked as one of the top players in NBA history for three-point and free-throw shooting, total assists and assists per game. Nash is involved in charity, environmental and humanitarian work, and in 2001, he formed the Steve Nash Foundation, which supports children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or neglect. Nash was captain of the Canadian National Team at the Olympics in Sydney, Australia (Jay Triano was head coach of that team).

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