Friday, January 18, 2019

Basketball:

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravitch by Mark Kriegel

I read about this while researching for my DVD list and I really can’t wait to read the book and see the movie. I’m flat out admitting that I have absolutely no idea who this kid is, although the name Pistol Pete did sound familiar (although I think that I think he is a cartoon character that is friends with Bugs Bunny….) But his life sounds remarkable. This is the story of Pete Maravitch, told in what has been described as an unforgettable biography about “a child prodigy, the prodigal son and his father’s ransom in a Faustian bargain.” Maravitch was a remarkable basketball player in the 60s who went on to set huge scoring records at Lousiana State University. But beyond that he became “basketball’s answer to Elvis, a white Southern who sold Middle America on a black man’s game.” And the price he paid to be so great.

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Let me tell you a story: A Lifetime in the game: by John Feinstein and  Red Auerbach

I was about to say it is the tale of the coach of the Boston Celtic’s Dynasty when I just read a better headline: The Emperor of the Celtic’s Dynasty. Feinstein spent four years meeting with Auerbach once a week, for lunch with the good ole boys at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. And every week he learned more and more about one of his great idols. Feinstein is a highly acclaimed sports novelist so that alone is reason to read this. Auerbach has many books about his life and philosophies but this one is truly unique and fascinating.

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Michael Jordan: A Biography: by David L. Porter

It’s Michael Jordan. Do I really have to elaborate on why this book should be read? He is one of, if not THE, greatest athletes and sports heroes of all time. He single-handedly (although I hate to say that because his teammates, coaches and rivals were great as well) changed the game of basketball into what it has become to day and became and international phenom. His skill, personality and branded image had a profound impact on American society. I’m sorry, I really can say nothing bad. I love him.

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Mindgames: Phil Jackson’s Long Strange Journey by Roland Lazenby

Love him or hate him, there is no denying that this man is good. He lead the Bulls and Lakers to a combine 7 Championships as head coach and he also had two rings himself when he was a player. He was a mentor to Michael Jordan, Shaquielle O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and he was adored in Chicago, L.A., and even in New York during the 90s when the Knicks/Bulls rivarly ran rampant. He is truly a fascinating person and the book sheds light on both the good and bad parts of his long, strange journey of his life.

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About the author: Jennifer Taglione is the owner of this fabulous website Stiletto Sports. Despite writing well over 500 posts, she still maintains that she is not a sports writer! She is however a huge fan of Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, Mark Sanchez, the Celtics, and totally kicks butt on March Madness brackets! Connect with her by following her on Twitter @StilettoSportsJ and subscribing to her weekly newsletter. For more info check out the About the Editor page!

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2 Responses

  1. Jonathan Sparco Said,

    I’ve read the book about MJ which I’ve had for 3 years now. I’ve heard about the Mind Games book of Phil Jackson but can’t seem to find a friend who has one. I want to borrow it first so I can figure out if it’s a worthy buy.

    Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 4:04 am

  2. Stiletto Jen Said,

    Everyone I know that has read it loved it! He is a really fascinating guy to learn about! Let me know what you think!

    Posted on October 12th, 2011 at 11:36 pm



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