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Magic Johnson Presents: The Fundamentals of Basketball; Comprehensive

Magic Johnson , Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Carmelo Anthony, Diana Taurasi, Richard "RIP" Hamilton
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Foundation Sports
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 137 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K3I96
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,322 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The instruction is simple, informative, and effective. Even for serious players" -- Sporting News, May 13, 2005

Product Description

The Fundamentals of Basketball is the most comprehensive basketball instructional video on the market. Packed with two hours of skills and drills this program will help you become a better ball player. Learn and practice with the game's best including: Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, Diana Taurasi, Richard Hamilton, and Gary McKnight California's legendary High School Coach

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic has left us and enduring legacy. September 8, 2006
For years Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been dedicated to educating on the importance of the fundamentals of basketball, going as far back to the year 1989 when he released the wonderful book "Magic's Touch" with Roy S. Johnson. In "Magic Johnson's Comprehensive Fundamentals," Magic's enthusiasm and charisma come through during both of the instructional DVDs. One example is evident in the segment about cone dribbling. As Magic executes the exercise he demonstrates a humility and sense of humor that humanizes the presentation in a way that few other instructional DVD's do. The DVDs included in the set cover fundamental drills on shooting, ball handling, defense, post play and passing. The drills included in all of the above areas are necessary for any player to master.

In addition, the workout booklet included with the DVD is worth much more than the price of the DVDs. The workout includes drills on shooting, ball handling, cone drills, passing, and most importantly, condidtioning. Magic himself used to do wind sprints before playing all day and credits much of his success to the extra effort he put in before he practiced five on five. Furthermore, if any player follows the five out of seven day work out religiously they will see tremendous advances in their skills and abilities. My eleven year old son is proof of that as he has taken all of his abilities to a higher level and has become a much better player in just the last few months.

Many other DVD's on the market are excellent as well. Better Basketball, Coach K, Five Star, and Gannon Baker are the absolute pinnacle of basketball instruction.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Instructional Video February 22, 2006
This video was excellent. Showing the fundamentals of basketball but also stressing the mental preparation for the game of basketball. The instructions were easy to understand kept my 13 year old son's interest. I highly recommend this video to the beginner and intermediate player.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT VIDEO July 9, 2006
After being benched for most of the entire season, I picked up this video with 2 months left of the year. I practice 3 hours a day after school. I did the drills over and over again. I went from the 12th man to starting lineup. In the final tournament, my cofidence is so high that I eventually got all the trust from my coach. I wound up with 37 points in the final game and won first place in Alberta. I was named MVP and my coach couldn't be happier watching my growth. Thanks Magic.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD - OUR KIDS LOVES IT!!! December 3, 2005
By Charlie
We bought the Magic DVD not knowing whether or not our 9 year old son would watch it. Turns out, he watches 5 times a week and practices his new moves on the driveway all the time. Two things really make this DVD different from the rest of the basketball instructional tapes - the recognizable players from yesterday (Magic, Kareem, Kenny Smith) and today's stars (Rip Hamilton, Amare Stoudamire, Carmelo Anthony) and the quality of the production. It is really movie quality which we found kept our son's attention. Because of the amount of information on the DVD, some of it is more advanced and probably better for a junior high or high school player, but there is also plenty for the beginner to get better. We would highly recommend this DVD for kids, parents, and coaches.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids not Coaches February 17, 2006
I agree with the previous reviewers comments regarding the effectiveness of this DVD in motivating young players to work on their game. From a coaches perspective, however, the DVD seems to be more about Magic and his friends than it is about basketball fundamentals. Way too much chatter and way too few drills to justify the purchase price. There are much better fundamentals videos on the market. The "star factor" for young players earns the DVD three stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Max #10 AWESOME VIDEO December 13, 2005
This is a great DVD. It has really helped me in my shooting. After watching it, I scored 14 points in my first ball game. I was on the B-team, and after my caoch saw what I had learned, I am now on the A team!!

I am going to get my coach to show it to the team. I think this can really help.

It is really cool because it has a bunch of NBA players, and past NBA players.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars magic johnson fundamentals of basketball January 12, 2008
By ti
straightforward and complete fundamentals of basketball that are presented in a format that is easy to deploy and teach.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Total rip off!
This video showed the same drills from the Advance tape which I thought was an excellent video. If I had not already bought the Advance video, I probably would rate it a little... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alton Heard
1.0 out of 5 stars One DVD arrived cracked and neither disc worked
Opened this DVD and saw there was a small crack in one DVD running from the center ring out toward the edge of the DVD; that disc obviously did not work. Read more
Published on November 28, 2009 by G. Szymanski
4.0 out of 5 stars SOLID INSTRUCTIONAL DVD.
Magic has definitely put together some of today's finest and past players to instruct young men and women on how the game is suppose to be played. Read more
Published on January 10, 2009 by Eric Robinson
1.0 out of 5 stars rules
All I wanted was to know the rules about basketball. I am a fan and enjoy watching the Heat play but, I do not understand

all the rules, especially the fowls so I was... Read more
Published on July 8, 2006 by Cynthia Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much talk not enough basketball
The DVD was worth the cost because it got my 10 year old to pay attention to defense. The lessons are pretty simple which is ok for younger players but could use more substance... Read more
Published on March 10, 2006 by Gene V. Gorski
3.0 out of 5 stars seems good, but....
My 10-yr-old basketball fanatic son watched part of it once and then never again. I guess it just didn't interest him.
Published on February 25, 2006 by L. Stephens
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