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The Long, Hot Winter: A Year in the Life of the Portland Trail Blazers Hardcover – January, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (January 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671748521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671748524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,558,919 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1990, his first year as coach of the Portland, Ore., basketball franchise, Adelman took the Trail Blazers to the NBA finals; this book, written with Oregonian sportswriter Jaynes, covers the following season. It quickly becomes clear why Adelman is such a brilliant coach. He is democratic, even soliciting opinions from his players about a prospective trade; studying his men carefully to see not what they do wrong but what they do right, he utilizes each player in the role for which he is best suited, with the best shooters shooting, the good rebounders rebounding, and so on. The team had a highly successful 1991 season, with the top record in the league, but was defeated by the L.A. Lakers in the third round of the playoffs. The book is an excellent recap.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Adelman, the second-year head coach of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, chronicles his team's 1990-91 season. From the first day of training camp in October to the playoffs in May, he provides a firsthand account of life in the locker room, on the court, and in the practice sessions of a professional basketball team. Adelman proves he is up to the challenge of managing and motivating his team through the longest season in professional sports, but the Blazers fall just short of reaching the NBA finals. This book will appeal to serious basketball fans. An optional purchase for large collections.
- Jeffrey Nicholas, V.A. Medical Ctr. Lib. Svc., Castle Point, N.Y.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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For younger fans such as myself, 24, I was only somewhat aware of what was going on during the Drexler-era, so to be able to read Coach Adleman's words, opinions, and thought processes behind each move really put you back into 1991. Although the season didn't turn out the way the team and their fans wanted it, there was still a great thrill to reengage in those memories to see just how special of a team we had then.
After reading the book, if you want visual evidence of that record breaking season, I strongly recommend purchasing Running Down a Dream, the 1991 Portland Trail Blazers video yearbook.Running Down a Dream:1990-91 Season [VHS]
If you don't have the video, I have dissected Running Down a Dream into 7 YouTube clips for viewing at my blog, [...]
Finally, this book is a great gift for any older Blazer fan wanting to relive the memories or to introduce Blazermania to a younger generation fan.
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I grew up in Portland when the Blazers were an annual Finals contender. I listed to Bill Schonley and Mike Rice on the radio all the time. I was a frequent caller to "Courtside with Steve Jones" as well as "The 5th Quarter with Scott Lynn" (pregame and postgame talk shows) and this book by Coach Adelman brought back a lot of great memories from that season. Many of the games he writes about were games I remembered listening to and watching on TV. To this day I think the biggest mistake the Blazers made was firing Adelman and replacing him with P.J. Carlesimo. The Blazers have not been a serious contender since then and this book will help any Blazers fan remember the good ol' days.
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