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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 3 edition (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118073746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118073742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Basketball for Dummies is another slam dunk in the Dummies series. Former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps begins with the fundamentals and quickly moves up court from there. By the final buzzer, you'll have pulled down pointers on how to play the game, how to look good on the court, how to coach it, how to watch it, how to strategize, and even how to talk trash on the playground. From H-O-R-S-E to Hoosier hysteria to the signature moves--Grant Hill's between-the-legs hesitation, Michael Jordan's fadaeway--of the greats of the NBA, Phelps has come up with a game plan that takes the game seriously, and teaches its nuances a helluva lot less painfully than running wind sprints between the foul lines. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A must-have book for all basketball coaches and fans! -- Jeff Nix, Assistant Coach, New York Knicks

An entertaining and informative guide to basketball. -- Rick Barnes, Head Coach, The University of Texas

Invaluable to both basketball beginners and veterans. -- Chris Fowler, ESPN College Sports Studio Host --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I'd recommend it to anyone who wants to read more about the sport of Basketball.
Alain B. Burrese
It helped me get a better understanding of the game and I'm sure I'll get more out of watching a game and possibly be able to help my kids with their games.
Wixby Bonnet
To my disappointment, I found most of the material in the book a bit tedious to work through - for two main reasons.
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Targo Tennisberg on November 16, 2003
Format: Paperback
I bought this book hoping to get some insight into some technical issues that cause endless arguments between my buddies when we play (most often about whether a particular play involved a foul or not). If you have the same idea, forget about this book as it has next to no in-depth explanations for this kind of situations. For example, a defensive foul is defined as "a player engaging in illegal contact with an opponent". And this is it! There are no examples, no explanatory diagrams, nothing more. How's that for completely useless for you?
Or take this very common situation where you're watching a game on TV, then something quick happens that you don't quite follow, and the referee signals something. What exactly does the signal mean? The book has ZERO information on signals.
So what does the book contain?
- Hundreds of anecdotes, some of which make a good read but very few improve your understanding of the game.
- Very, very basic and shallow introduction to the game and the rules.
- Descriptions of playing strategies - this comes right after the introduction, leaving a big logical gap in your knowledge. If you are indeed a dummy about basketball (as the title suggests) then this part is too advanced for jumping right into it.
- Lots and lots of coaching suggestions and drills. Again, this would be a good idea but I'd assume that better knowledge of game rules would be a pre-requisite of successful coaching. And since the book is very sparse on the actual rules and jumps from very basic introduction straight to strategies and coaching, it leaves the latter parts hanging in the air.
Also, it has next to no information for practicing on your own, almost all the drills assume that you do it with many people.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 18, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book was so increadibly awesome I can't even begin. For the first fourteen years of my life, I had little to no interest in basketball whatsoever, but then in eighth grade a friend of mine made it his personal goal to convert me to basketballism. He succeded.
I still didn't know much about the game though, (I had to ask what a field goal was) and so I, being a basketball "dummy", bought this book. It had more in it than I think I wanted to know. It was awesome. The book explained everything so that someone like me who didn't know a thing about it could understand. They explain how to play the game, as well as how to watch it. They covered everything in offense, defense, etc. I learned about basic basketball plays such as the give-and-go, pick-and-roll, etc. In addition to teaching you about the game, it also explains how to do different shots and what the propper defensive stance is. I was looking for information like what a foul is, and it's all in there. Towards the back it gives some neat chapters such as "Ten NBA Greats" and "Top Ten Places to Watch a Basketball Game" and I was proud to see that the Delta Center was listed in there.
I learned just about everything I was wanting to know here. I would recommend it to ANYONE wanting to know ANYTHING about basketball!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 2001
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Digger Phelps' attempt to write a book for the novice fan to player to budding coach is a success. "Basketball for Dummies" may be the title, however any hoop fan or coach will find its contents helpful and useful. Perhaps one of the best skills development sections in print. There's enough good basketball information in there that anyone can benefit from.
Don't be affraid to place this on your bookshelf.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
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I think that this is one of the best books on basketball ever.It was well written and easy to understand strategies. A coach,player and parent can find this book useful. With all the drills, helpful tips and personal experiences, you have to read this book if you are a basketball fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zach F on July 15, 2005
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This book has alot of very helpful info on the game and the breakdown of the rules. The diagrams on plays should be easier to understand though, because most people can not follow on how the plays or drawn out or worded. I wanted a little more information on fouls and how they work..... there is not much a definiton and explanation of a defensive foul. But alltogether it is a great book and reference for the game of basketball.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yale R. Jaffe on November 5, 2011
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I really was surprised at the depth of information in so many basketball topics in BBall for Dummies. It has something for everybody, in full-on detail, from game history, to rules, to playing strategies, to drills for youngsters.

As a fan, and a longtime high school basketball referee, Digger Phelps's personality shines through and makes reading this book a joy with unexpected jokes and stories.

I wish this was available when I was a kid - I'm a big fan of the format of the ... for Dummies book formulas. One can read from cover to cover, or view specific topics as a reference book.

For young players, new coaches, budding fans and just about everyone else this book is full of need to know basketball information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2012
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Digger Phelps, basketball commentator and former basketball coach at Notre Dame, has authored another in the "for Dummies" series. This, about basketball.

Not a bad work. How do you attack a 1-3-1 defense? Go to page 104. What about offensive rebounding? Go to page 153. Interested in high school basketball? On page 207, we see a listing of the largest high school gyms in the U.S. What about professional basketball? On page 241, Phelps speaks of the globalization of basketball, with professional NBA players from throughout the world.

All in all, a nice addition to the "Dummies" series. Phelps does a nice job introducing readers to basketball in all of its manifestations.
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