NBA Library: Instructional
Posted Oct 22 2001 6:46PM
Hardwood to hardbacks
Basketball for the Player, the Fan and the Coach, by Red Auerbach, first published in 1952 by Simon & Schuster and updated many times since. Fundamentals of the game as taught by one of the NBA's legendary coaches, who guided the Boston Celtics to nine championships in 10 years from 1957 to 1966.
Winning Defense, by Del Harris, published in 1993 by Masters Press. An instructional on defensive basketball by the long-time NBA head coach.
Basketball Post Play, by Pete Newell and Tom Newell, published in 1995 by Masters Press. An instructional on center play by the Hall of Fame coach and founder of the famed Big Man's Camp, as well as his coaching son.
Basketball Playbook, by Bob Ociepka and Dale Ratermann, published in 1995 by Masters Press. A long-time assistant coach and scout, Ociepka outlines, with charts and photos, many of basketball's fundamental plays.
Butch Beard's Basic Basketball, The Complete Player, by Butch Beard with Glenn Popowitz and David Samson, published in 1985 and 1995 by Michael Kesend Publishing. Tips from the former coach of the New Jersey Nets for young players seeking to improve their skills, and coaches looking to improve teaching methods.
Complete Conditioning for Basketball, by Greg Brittenham, published in 1995 by Human Kinetics. Subtitled Fifty Court Drills for Players, by the strength and conditioning coach of the New York Knicks.
Elevating the Game: Black Men and Basketball, by Nelson George, published in 1992 by HarperCollins. The experience of African-Americans in basketball, from the sport's early years to the present.
The Hard Road to Glory, by Arthur Ashe Jr., published in 1988 and 1993 by Amistad Press. A look at the African-American athlete in basketball, including an extensive reference section listing athletes, coaches and executives.
The Back in Your Face Guide to Pick-up Basketball, by Chuck Wielgus and Alexander Wolff, published in 1986 by Dodd, Mead & Co. A state-by-state guide to the best playgrounds and gymnasiums for basketball, with photos, anecdotes and an "Asphalt Argot," a glossary of streetball terms.