Rus Bradburd talked with me about his new book, “Make It, Take It” and why he hung onto this book idea despite having to put this book idea on hold while writing his first two books. He talked about how this book was a way for him to reflect on his experience coaching college basketball, the recent problems involving Rutgers and what it was like to construct a character with serious character flaws but one that you couldn’t help but root for.Read More
This evening I had the chance to chat with Aaron Torres about his new book “The Unlikeliest Champion.” We talked about the writing process, the challenges he faced during the writing process, what parts of the process have been rewarding , and he gave his case as to why this book would make a great Christmas gift.Read More
I’ve been playing basketball since I was in elementary school and coaching since I was in high school, so it’s tough to find a book on coaching or skill development that catches my attention.
I usually dig through a handful of books each year with the hope that I can add a new drill or [...]
I get bombarded with requests from publishers to review books so over the past few years I’ve gotten kind of “numb” to the process and it takes a lot for a basketball book to grab my attention. The reissued of edition “Rockin’ Steady: A Guide To Basketball & Cool” was able to grab my attention and I spent an entire evening reading through the book. After finishing the book I had the pleasure of being able to chat with its co-author, Ira Berkow, about a wide range of topics surrounding the book.Read More
Buzz Bissinger talked with Hoops Addict about how the writing process for “LeBron’s Dream Team” unfolded, what impressed him the most about LeBron James while spending time with him and he explained why he doesn’t think LeBron will be playing in Cleveland past this season.Read More
On the weekend Hoops Addict was able to chat with Rus Bradburd about a wide range of topics including what inspired him to write a book about Nolan Richardson, why Richardson had a dislike for “book coaches” and the unique situation the Richardson’s had in Tulsa where players frequently came over to eat dinner or to spend time with his family.Read More
In “Art of the Beautiful Game,” Chris Ballard, the award-winning Sports Illustrated writer who has covered the NBA for the past decade, goes behind the scenes to examine basketball in ways that will surprise even the die-hard fan. Hoops Addict was given permission to post an excerpt from this book.Read More
I have a confession to make: after two seasons of covering the NBA I had started to become lazy when it came to asking players the kinds of questions which warranted them throwing out something more than the traditional sports cliches. However, instead of digging a little deeper I chalked this up to athletes not wanting to provide answers.
Don’t get me wrong, I still do my homework leading up to each game, it’s just that instead of taking some risks or digging deeper with the questions I asked players, I was starting to throw generic questions out to players and was getting frustrated when I would get generic answers thrown back at me.
After reading Chris Ballard’s new book I found myself renewed and motivated for another season of covering the NBA while being given the motivation to dig a little deeper in the kinds of questions I asked players.Read More
Getting cut from the high school varsity is nothing compared with getting but by a blindfolded samurai swordsman with a watermelon on your stomach. Here’s the amazing but true story of the day that Michael Jordan lost his first Team USA warmup shirt – and nearly a great career – while just trying to be a good sport.Read More
Fresh off his introductory press conference with the Washington Wizards, guard Randy Foye talked to members of the media about his true position, his initial reaction to being traded, his thoughts on Kevin McHale’s influence on his game, and his memorable duel with Dwyane Wade last season.Read More