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Basketball For Dummies Paperback – October 11, 2011
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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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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.Read more ›
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!
Don't be affraid to place this on your bookshelf.
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.
The Contents at a Glance has 20 chapters divided into five parts: Basketball101 (the basics of what basketball is and rules of the game), The Fundamentals of Basketball (how to play the game - offense, defense, the things to do to win), The Game (various leagues from pick up to international play), And You Don't Have to Pick Up a Ball (how to just enjoy the game as a spectator and fan and tips for your NCAA bracket), and The Part of Tens (best or important games, websites, players, etc.). This is followed by an in-depth Table of Contents that really works more like an index with all its detailed listings for each of the 20 chapters. There is an index at the back of the book and a couple of appendices covering basketball terms and practice drills.
This book is so easy to read, even for a layperson like me. It's not just boring text, but dotted with tips and anecdotal information from the author. My seven year old also perused several sections of the book and was excited to recognize drills from basketball practices. The basic information about the game was not new to me, but was presented in a way that I think would give a good understanding to a person who had not seen much basketball. Aside from what I already knew, there were a lot of extra tidbits of information for me to learn. 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. I'm glad to have read this book and glad to have it for reference when I need it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read...basketball is my favorite sport and I know a lot about the game, and this book filled in a few holes in my knowledge....Published 18 days ago by M. Tessler
I love this book. So much information in one book. My son and I will learn the game together.Published 6 months ago by Nena Clark
Very disappointed. Explanations and writing did not come near Football for Dummies by Howie Long. Some definitions were not even included in the book..Published 7 months ago by LUCE
This book cleared up details about the game that I was always wondering about! It is written in language that is comprehensible and all terms are clearly explained in the glossary... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Entertainment Cellist