This past week has been a complete blur for me between covering Raptors’ games, finishing off report cards and starting up the Junior basketball team at my school. Despite it being a hectic week I was still able to read through Rus Bradburd’s latest book “40 Minutes of Hell” because I had a tough time putting it down whenever I picked it up. Between learning about Nolan Richardson’s coaching philosophies, the issues he’s dealt with regarding race, what people served to inspire him and his strong family ties, this is a book that both inspired me as a coach and as a person.
Trust me, if you’re a fan of college basketball this is a book you’ll want to read.
On the weekend I was able to chat with Bradburd about a wide range of topics including what inspired him to write a book about Richardson, the constant tension Richardson had with Frank Broyles during his time at Arkansas, why Richardson had a dislike for “book coaches” and the unique situation Richardson had in Tulsa where players frequently came over for dinner or to spend time with his family.