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Backspin: One Player's Journey From the U.S. to Europe and Back Again. [Kindle Edition]

Pete Strobl
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Backspin traces the playing career of an athlete, beginning with the rigors of college life, and continuing through nine seasons in the European leagues. It is through the author's reflections of life before college, that we get an inside look at some of the quirky characters and unexpected events that help him cope with the challenges of a sometimes lonely life far from home.

Humorous, entertaining and above all inspirational, Backspin is a great read for students, athletes of all ages, and the families, coaches and friends that teach them, cheer for them, drive them to sporting events, and agonize along with them in hopes that someday, all of their efforts will pay off.

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About the Author

Pete Strobl, a veteran of the European Basketball leagues, founded The Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh in 2009. Originally from the Los Angeles area, he attended Niagara University on a full athletic scholarship where he also earned a Master's degree in business.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1754 KB
  • Print Length: 327 pages
  • Publisher: The Scoring Factory; 1 edition (December 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HWDGXKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first book February 18, 2014
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Backspin is part travel log, part basketball book, part personal history written in a light, tuneful style punctuated with ease, humor and insight. It is recommended for anyone interested in knowing how a one-time Division One basketball player survives in several European leagues. Strobl's descriptions of fellow teammates and his interactions in France, Ireland, Germany and Austria are quite good, as are his detailed accounts about coaches and opponents. His technique of using "Backspin" to flashback events is very effective. As far as debut books are concerned, it's a swish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, thought provoking February 14, 2014
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I could not quit reading this book once I started. The real life stories kept me reading. And the "Backspin" paragraphs gave great insight into how our life experiences have a part in who we are. Pete's persistence and love of learning whatever the situation or the country he was in was awe inspiring. Pete coached my daughter in basketball and it amazed me how he could relate to my 16 year old daughter, an eight year old boy and 20 year olds that were in the gym before and after us. This book made me laugh, made me cry and I am truly inspired by Pete's story. He takes any and all excuses away- work hard and believe in yourself. Gail Y
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“Backspin” is a highly entertaining memoir of basketball player Pete Strobl a scholarship athlete turned professional, playing for several European leagues between the years 2000 and 2008. Strobl’s passion for the sport and his gift for writing make the book a great read for all audiences, though the experiences Strobl shares about playing as a college athlete and his journey after college to pursue his dreams of the big leagues, provide valuable insight for aspiring college-scholarship athletes and their parents. “Backspin” begins with Strobl sharing his often amusing, experiences at a small-town college, Niagara University, on the east coast in New York State and a long way away from his home state California. The latter two-thirds of the book Strobl describes his turbulent career as a professional athlete playing for several teams within European Basketball leagues in countries that included France, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland over a period of nine seasons.

The ‘Backspins’
The ‘backspin’ segments within the chapters are brief snippets of Strobl’s life experiences pre-college days that give the reader insight into his tenacity and drive for not just the sport, but his approach to life. My favorite vignettes are the ones featuring Strobl and his dad, which reveal not only the deep influence of Strobl’s dad had on his character, but are touching, funny and real.

Three Helpful Lessons for Potential College Athletes and Parents
Between the pages the book holds helpful lessons for young athletes—either current college athletes or aspiring scholarship-athletes and their parents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 6, 2014
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As a Niagara alum and basketball fan I found Pete Strobl's book very entertaining.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Adventure June 7, 2014
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Backspin offers great insight into the life of an aspiring basketball player whose journey takes you from California to Europe and back. It is easy to read and well written; it will make you want to go on your own European adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read May 31, 2014
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I consider myself unbelievably lucky to know Pete personally, and reading this book has given me such an insight into his life and why he has turned out to become such an incredible coach, person, and mentor. Training with Coach Pete at The Scoring Factory for the past 4 years has inspired me to be a better teammate, basketball player, and person. Reading his book has had similar positive effects on my outlook on life as both an athlete and a recent college graduate. I highly recommend this book for athletes at any age or level in any sport, and non-athletes who are looking for guidance through life changes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Lesson for Everyone May 4, 2014
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I agree heartily with all of the other reviews posted here, and will add my endorsement. However, this book is more than a travelogue or an insight into the life of an American basketball player overseas. Strobl's book quietly encourages all of us to overcome adversity, whether it is a language barrier, personality clashes, or private challenges. His writing style is entertaining and captured my attention from the first paragraph. I found the “backspin” sections to be especially interesting as I appreciated how he reflected on and learned from his past, and also how he wove these ponderings into the overall text. Along with his reflections on his life (so far) and his interesting career, Strobl shows us how he has maintained a sense of perspective by not losing sight of the bigger picture, and how he always endeavored to do (and be) his best. This in particular impressed me and I now look for ways to incorporate that approach into what I do. I wished I had read this book when I was younger and just starting into my own career (which has nothing to do with sports). I would recommend this book not only to young athletes, or athletes of any age, but also to anyone who is looking for an interesting and engaging read that will leave them reflecting on their own life.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars enlightened!!!
Great informative reading for anyone interested in the trials and tribulations of a young athlete entering the world of college athletics.
Published 3 months ago by ek
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
Great book for adults and players. Enjoyed reading about the journey it took Coach Pete in becoming a professional athlete as well as an inspiring dedicated individual.
Published 4 months ago by Kirstie Berringer
4.0 out of 5 stars Packed with fun stories and great lessons for life
"Backspin" is the serious-humorous autobiography of a former professional basketball player in the European leagues, Pete Strobl. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Michael Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read with a good message
It would be simple to say that Pete Strobl’s book, Backspin, describes his experiences as a college basketball player at Niagara University and nine years playing professional... Read more
Published 4 months ago by VN
5.0 out of 5 stars "Swish!" This book is a winner!
Whether you have any interest in basketball or not, this book is a lot more than putting a ball in a hoop and the stories associated with that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pat McCloskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Everyone can get something out of this book--its about much more than basketball. It is about how to live your life to the fullest and to use every opportunity to grow and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Book lover
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read - interesting, engaging and inspiring
Many kids dream of making it as a sportsman in whatever sport, but only a few get to achieve it. But not everyone becomes a big league star at the highest level of their chosen... Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Sports Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality read!
A well-written book exploring the path of a college basketball player navigating the European professional basketball markets. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Dan Burt
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Pete Strobl, a veteran of the European Basketball leagues, founded The Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh in 2009. Originally from the Los Angeles area, he attended Niagara University on a full athletic scholarship where he also earned a Master's degree in business.


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