Basketball For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 16, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 432 pages
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Basketball is the most popular participatory sport in the United States. As simple as the game often seems—throwing a ball through a hoop—there are many aspects of the game that go unnoticed. But with Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition, you’ll get the inside scoop on hoops.

Whether you’re a player, a fan, or a coach, Basketball For Dummies, Second Edition will get you better acquainted to the game, so you can play it better, coach it smarter, or appreciate it more as a spectator.

Former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps begins with the fundamentals and quickly moves up court from there. From playing a pick-up game to watching March Madness on TV to the excitement of the NBA Playoffs, Phelps has come up with a game plan that shows you how to have fun with the game, while you become familiar with it. By the final buzzer, you’ll have pulled down pointers on how to play the game, how to look good on the court, how to coach it, how to watch it, ho w to strategize, and even how to talk trash on the playground.

Within these pages, you’ll also discover how to:

  • Suit up for the court
  • Get into basketball shape
  • Play effective offense and defense
  • Use signature moves from NBA greats
  • Shoot quality free-throws
  • Join fantasy leagues and get great stuff online
From the basics to the latest coaching drills and techniques, this friendly reference offers you expert advice on the plays, strategies, and moves on and off the court—from high school to college hoops, to the WNBA, and beyond.

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I'm a middle-aged portly gentleman (my daughter's words) who never paid much attention to basketball until recently. A few years back, though, I made the mistake of checking out that 'March Madness ... Read full review

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This book is good for all levels of knowledge about basketball. It covers all aspecst of basketball from pickup games to international ball. I especially liked the fan tips scattered throughout the book. Good for players coaches and fans. Read full review

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BareBones Basketball
TheWear and Where of Basketball
The Rules
The Players
Nonfoul Violations
The Fundamentals of Basketball
Team Size
NCAA Womens Basketball
Does Great College Player Great NBA Player?
International Basketball
How Hoops TookOverthe World
Filling Out Your NCAA Tournament Bracket
Coaching Philosophy and Motivation

MantoMan Offense
Press Offense
Moves Plays and Strategies
Moves for aGuard A Move foraPower Forward
You Dont Need to Play to Be a
Basketball and the Internet
Pickup Basketball
High School Basketball
WhatCoaches Can
College Basketball
Likethe Universe orNBA Salaries a Philosophy May Expand Infinitely
Coaching Kids
Its NeverToo Early
Teaching Shooting
Setting Up Your First Week of Practice
100 Participation
Reasons forGetting
Ten Games That Changed the Course of Basketball
Ten NBA Greats
Glossary of Basketball Terms
Drilling the Basics

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About the author (2011)

Richard "Digger" Phelps coached the University of Notre Dame to more wins than any basketball coach in the school's history. John Walters is a writer for Sports Illustrated. Tim Bourret is the Sports Information Director at Clemson University.

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