Sports are an integral part of leading a healthy lifestyle.
Basketball is a great way to burn calories (playing basketball for an hour can burn 630-750 calories). It also helps to build endurance and improve balance and coordination. Additionally, it helps to develop concentration and self- discipline and build muscle.
Whether you are looking to find the perfect book for a basketball fan, or whether you are looking to learn a bit of basketball yourself, this is list of basketball books is perfect for you.
So, enjoy and happy learning!
Toughness: Developing True Strength on and off the Court (Jay Bilas)
This book, written by an ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player, features stories from basketball legends. He talks about how he learned a strong work ethic under his coach Mike Krzyzewski.
He returned to Duke after playing professionally overseas and served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons. He helped guide the Blue Devils through to two national championships.
In this book he shares everything he learned through his ups and downs on and off the court. How he learned the true meaning of toughness from his coaches, teammates and colleagues. He examines this often misunderstood, yet important, attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports as well as life.
It also features never before heard stories and personal anecdotes about toughness from top coaches and players.
The Mamba Mentality: How I Play (Kobe Bryant)
This book is Kobe Bryant’s personal perspective on his life and career on the basketball court and his game. Once he retired from professional basketball, Kobe Bryant decided to share his knowledge and understanding of the game.
His goal was to teach the students who were devoted to the game how to play it “the right way”. This book takes us through the mind of one of the most intelligent, analytical, insightful and creative basketball players the world has ever seen.
He reveals his detailed approach and the steps he took to prepare himself mentally and physically to excel at his game. The book talks about how he studied his opponent and how he channelled his passion for it; how he even played through his injuries. These accounts are paired with fascinating photographs by the famous hall of fame photographer Andrew D. Bernstein. He captured Bryant’s very first NBA photograph in 1996 and his last in 2016, with thousands in between.
The amazing combination of Bryant’s storytelling and Bernstein’s photos make this book a very interesting read and provides a sneak peek behind the career of one of the world’s most celebrated athletes.
The Book of Basketball: The Nba According to the Sports Guy (Bill Simmons)
This is a book about the past, present and future of the NBA. Written by Bill Simmons, an opinionated and thoroughly entertaining basketball addict, it has answers to all major questions about the organization, such as- who won the rivalry between Bill Russel and Wilt Chamberlain, which team was truly the best of all time etc.
He further re-evaluates how the NBA Hall of Fame inductees should be chosen and how the organization must be reshaped from grassroots level. Finally, he uses a conversation with one NBA great to discover the secret of basketball.
It is partly controversial, yet hilarious and difficult to put down with tons of footnotes. Funny, knowledgeable and incisive, this book provides a great review of some of NBA’s finest.
The Breaks of the Game (David Halberstam)
This book focusses on a single season (1979-80) in the life of Portland Trail Blazers, led by Bill Walton. This was a team that had been the NBA champions three years prior to the season.
The expanse of Halberstam’s knowledge on the subject of basketball remains unrivalled. But this is about more than just basketball. It is a story about a place in the society where money, talent and power collide and corrupt. It is about the influence of media, fans and the hypes. It is about the clash of ethics, the physical demands of sports (drugs and body size), unreal salaries and clash of races and class. It is about how a sport is converted into mass entertainment and athletes are transformed into celebrities.
Overall, a must-read for basketball history buffs and basketball coaches.
Basketball Skills and Drills (Jerry Krause, Don Meyer, Jerry Meyer)
This book is perfect for you if you are looking to build a foundation that every well- rounded player needs. It talks about key skills such as player positioning, moving without the ball, shooting, passing, catching, dribbling, perimeter and post moves, defence, rebounding etc.
It provides coaching tips and even comes with a DVD to reinforce and demonstrate the instructions. It also covers key team principles for both ends of court. It teaches tactics for offense, including special situations like out- of- bounds plays, ball and player movement, selection of shot, and scoring.
This book is a must read, and your guide to becoming a well- rounded player.
Youth Basketball Drills (Burrall Paye, Patrick Paye)
This book contains more than 160 drills that will help you master all the essential skills that you need to become a complete player. It covers the entire scope of the game (both offence and defence). It helps you understand how, when, where and why to use each drill.
The drills progress in a way that will help the team to develop from beginners to advanced players. It addresses skills like shooting, dribbling, passing, cutting, screening, rebounding, team offense and defence, balance and agility, stance and footwork etc.
This book is perfect for you if you are a basketball coach, so you can teach your team the fundamentals they need if they want to excel.
Basketball Anatomy (Brian J. Cole, Robert Panariello)
This book focusses on what it takes to increase on- court power, strength, agility and quickness to maximum. It shows you how you can improve your performance by increasing your muscular strength and increasing the efficiency of each movement.
It presents 88 most effective exercises for basketball, with step- by- step descriptions and full- colour anatomical illustrations to show the muscles in action. It illustrates the muscles involved in pivoting, rebounding and shooting. It emphasizes on the exercises that are fundamentally linked to performance.
It also explores the anatomy of injuries to the ankle, knee, shoulder and the exercises for recovering from these injuries. This book is a must- have for people who truly appreciate the game, whether they are a player, coach or spectator.
Odds- on Basketball Coaching: Crafting High Percentage Strategies for Game Situations (Michael J. Coffino)
This book provides an innovative way for coaches and trainers to prepare for basketball games. It challenges them to think out of the box about what they emphasize in practice, placing greater value on preparing for certain game situations.
It will help in crafting plans and strategies by assessing the odds and creating a culture that elevates how players think about the game. This book is great for all coaches regardless of experience or coaching level. It challenges you to rethink your approach to coaching and gives you different insights into the game. All in all, this book will definitely help you become a better coach.
Legends: The Best Players, Games, and Teams in Basketball (Howard Bryant)
This book contains the top ten lists of players, teams and games in basketball. It also features the top 40 key moments in the history of basketball.
It talks about the greatest dynasties, from Bill Russel- era Celtics, to the amazing Johnson- led Lakers, to the Jordan- led Bulls and Tim Duncan- led Spurs. It talks about some of the greatest legends of basketball including Steph Curry, LeBron and Michael Jordan. It overviews each decade since the 1960s and presents the profiles of particular players. Readers also learn about the American Basketball Association and its merging with the NBA in 1976.
It also talks about how the game has changed in face of public image problems in 1980s, and many of the long- running rivalries. This book emphasizes on statistics- heavy description of play, and so is perfect for you if you are a basketball junkie.
Basketball for Beginners: The Complete Guide for Parents and Coaches (Mark Anthony Walker)
If you are looking to rapidly develop your basketball skills, this book is absolutely perfect for you. The author himself has coached over 6000 games in the last 28 years, and hence brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom.
It provides a unique accelerated system of learning to help kids learn basketball strategies easily. Moreover, it tries to ensure that they keep playing for lifetime and enjoy it to the fullest.
It helps you learn breakthrough strategies to help you develop your skills. Essential basics are presented in a simple sequence to help build individual and team skills and gain self- confidence. It will help you create simple play sets that can turn regular beginners into a well- functioning team in short period of time. It will also help you develop a positive mindset for a lifetime.
Basketball for Dummies (Richard Phelps, Tim Bourret, John Walters)
This book covers the rules and regulations of NBA, WNBA, NCAA and international basketball leagues. It is a valuable resource for the fans of this sport and covers everything from players to personalities, rules and equipment.
It will keep you updated with information on everything from NCAA Tournament Brackets to college players on their way to NBA. It also provides an overview on interesting topics like LeBron, ESPN’s influence on the NBA, and the UCONN women’s basketball dynasty. So whether you are a beginner basketball player or a spectator, this book is a wealth of information and intrigue for anyone who loves the sport.
It Takes More Than a Whistle to Coach Basketball: A Simple and Complete Guide to Becoming a “Real” Basketball Coach (Ed Leibowitz)
This book presents the most effective way to coach basketball players in present day and age, regardless of their gender.
It includes all skills and drills that your team will need to become successful.
It contains ideas about how you can organize the team, along with tips on how you can conduct a well- planned practice. It also includes easy to teach individual and team offences. It also has easy to follow diagrams that clearly demonstrate how to make your team win.
Coming from a basketball coach who has experience in coaching elementary school, high school boys and girls, junior college and major basketball, this book is a must- read for coaches, whether they are novices or experienced.
The Basketball Handbook (Lee Rose)
This book comes from a coach who was also a pro basketball player at high school, college and professional level. It provides a tried and tested team and individual development plan founded on the five principles of success.
It presents the essential techniques and tactics with skills to execute them when the game is at a crucial point. The performance rating system provided in this book is an excellent evaluating tool and is effective in identifying the players’ strengths and weaknesses. It also emphasizes the key skills that are essential for advancing through each competitive level of the game.
This book will help you master each skill, and use them in team performance on the offensive and defensive ends of the court, as well as in other crucial points in the game.
Basketball: Basketball Made Easy (Beginner and Expert Strategies for Becoming a Better Basketball Player) (Ace Mccloud)
This book will help you so that you will never again be embarrassed by your basketball skills. Whether you want to shoot more accurately, play better defence or discover how you can be a better person, this book is perfect for you.
It includes numerous drills and strategies that you can use to manoeuvre around your opponent easily. Even if you adopt few of the skills mentioned in this book, you will find yourself dribbling more confidently, passing more smoothly and shooting with greater confidence. It will also teach you more powerful defence strategies that can help you win the game. It will also help you design practice sessions tailored to your specific strengths and interests, and will help you improve upon your weaknesses without neglecting your strengths.
All in all, if you are trying to learn to improve your game, and understand the physical and mental sides of the game, this book is great for you.
Bball Basics for Kids: A Basketball Handbook (Coach Bobby Kaplan)
This book makes you understand that learning to play basketball is not as difficult as you might think. Rather, it is quite enjoyable. This is a step- by- step handbook for kids, featuring a character called “Hoops”.
Hoops is a playful, basketball- loving friend who shows kids of all ages the most essential skills of the game. Coach Bobby Kaplan applies his experience of having taught more than a thousand games to teach kids the basic of this sport. For people who are just beginning to learn to play the game, he shares practical tips on the basics of the game- dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding, defence, footwork. It also includes the history of the game and inspirational stories.
It provides a number of warm- up exercises and a glossary of basketball terms. For those looking to refine their skills, it includes a sixty- minute practice plan. Apart from this the book also educates young players about the importance of values like cooperation, respect, trust, sacrifice and perseverance.
Coaching Basketball Successfully (Morgan Wootten, Joe Wootten)
Morgan Wootten’s knowledge about the game remains unsurpassed. This book comes with a wealth of his timeless wisdom.
He adds his coaching experiences, methods and tactics that his son, Joe Wootten uses, being a high school basketball coach himself. This book comes loaded with insights, drills and is the best resource on making the most of your team and its players. It is the most definitive tool on putting together a team. The author lays out the principles that can actually be applied to any sports team that allows the coach to build a successful unit.
Following these team building blocks that will contribute to the success of a team.
A must- read for any coach, regardless of what level they coach.