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The soul of basketball : the epic showdown between LeBron, Kobe, Doc, and Dirk that saved the NBA

Author: Ian Thomsen
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A chronicle of the transformations throughout the NBA that played out during the 2010-2011 season traces the particular stories of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers, Dirk Nowitzki and other stars who were at the forefront of significant league changes.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Thomsen, Ian.
Soul of basketball.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
(DLC) 2017050919
Named Person: LeBron James; Kobe Bryant; Glenn Rivers; Dirk Nowitzki; Kobe Bryant; LeBron James; Dirk Nowitzki; Glenn Rivers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ian Thomsen
ISBN: 9780547746517 0547746512
OCLC Number: 1007505806
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xix, 330 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; 24 cm
Contents: The bastard --
The decision --
The game --
The tradition --
The entrepreneur --
The all-star --
The trade --
The odyssey --
The higher calling --
The immigrant --
The conflict --
The twelfth star --
The finals --
The sheriff --
The triumph.
Responsibility: Ian Thomsen.

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A chronicle of the transformations throughout the NBA that played out during the 2010-2011 season traces the particular stories of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers, Dirk Nowitzki and other stars who were at the forefront of significant league changes.

"Tells the story of an NBA prodigy, his league and their sport in the throes of crisis during the pivotal 2010-11 season. It began with The Decision, that infamous televised moment when über-star LeBron James revealed that he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers--thereby distancing himself from his role model Michael Jordan--to pursue his first championship with his former opponents on the Miami Heat. To the great fortune of LeBron, the NBA and basketball itself, the mission didn't work out as planned. In the cultural tradition of Moneyball and Friday Night Lights, veteran NBA writer Ian Thomsen portrays the NBA as a self-correcting society in which young LeBron is forced to absorb hard truths inflicted by his rivals Kobe Bryant, Doc Rivers and Dirk Nowitzki, in addition to lessons set forth by Pat Riley, Gregg Popovich, Larry Bird, David Stern, Joey Crawford and many more. This is about the making of a champion. Brimming with inside access, The Soul of Basketball tells the inspiring story of LeBron's loneliest year, insecure and uncertain, when his ultimate foe was an unlikely immigrant who renewed the American game's ideals. From Miami to Boston, Los Angeles to Dallas, Germany to the NBA's Manhattan headquarters, the biggest names in basketball are driven by something more valuable than money and fame--a quest that will pave the way for Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and future generations to thrive."--Dust jacket

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