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“James Naismith invented basketball. He did so in order that Pete Newell would come along a few years later to perfect it. Newell operates what is called a 'Big Man's Camp' each year, but the biggest man of all runs it. Count me among the embarrassed legions who only now realize that the greatest unwritten story in basketball was Pete Newell’s. Thanks to Bruce Jenkins, it is unwritten no longer.”—Bob Ryan, Boston Globe
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“Every fan of hoops and hoops history should get this book.”—Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated
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“Enlightening and interesting on every page. . . . [Newell] has a wonderful basketball mind, and his story has been told by a wonderful writer.”—Dan McGrath, Chicago Tribune
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“Pete Newell is a basketball treasure, the game’s guru, and he is needed now more than ever to educate a fundamentally deficient generation of basketball players. Bruce Jenkins has captured the man and the coach perfectly.”—Dave Newhouse, Oakland Tribune
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“An insightful look at one of the game’s most renowned coaches.”—Mal Florence, Los Angeles Times
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“The Pete Newell story, told with great detail and affection by Bruce Jenkins, is a portrayal of a great man who just happens to be a basketball lifer. It is about a coach from a much simpler time whose wisdom is as contemporary as it is old. . . . Get to know Pete Newell. He truly has had an amazing life.”—Mike Wise, New York Times
(Mike Wise New York Times 2009-09-29)

About the Author

Bruce Jenkins is a sports columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of Goodbye: In Search of Gordon Jenkins, North Shore Chronicles, and Inside Maverick’s. Ron Fimrite is a sportswriter, enjoying a thirty-four-year career with Sports Illustrated, and the author or editor of several books, including Golden Bears: The History of Football at the U.C. Berkeley and  Birth of a Fan.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bison Books (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080322818X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803228184
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,808,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Excellent book on the history of Pete Newell, with many stories contributed by former players, friends, and family.
Pete contributed some of his theories of basketball, and his approach to the game. It's a must read for all Old Blues, and anyone else who is interested in the development of today's game.
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First, I must confess I know Pete Newell and family. One normally expects an author to explore the pros and cons of a man. But this book is biased in exploring Pete Newell's life and his coaching. Anyone who explores Pete Newell could only write in this fashion. I have never found anyone who had a problem dealing with Pete and the book in my opinion is accurate and truthful. Thank you Mr. Jenkins for documenting one of the best and most popular basketball minds ever. Pete has a saying in basketball, you are either a giver or taker. Pete in life, has been a big giver. I will always cherish that part of my life which included Pete and Florence Newell. This from someone who is not easily impressed. I played at UCLA for John Wooden.
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By A Customer on January 30, 2002
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As a former Pete Newell, Jr. player, I eagerly anticipated the printing of this book. I had heard plenty about his father that I knew he was not only a "Good Man," but a great man as well. Coach Newell, Jr. was my inspiration to join the coaching ranks, and still is. However, knowing your past helps you know your future. This book sheds light on, who I biasly feel is the greatest college basketball mind. In all the research and studying I've done over the years to prepare myself for coaching, I feel this book has given me so much more than what I have read to date. The book is enlightening, philosophical, saddening and amazingly funny. I recommend this for any college basketball fan or basketball coach. You won't regret it.
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I really liked this book. I have followed some of the stuff that Pete has done with the Big Man's camps over the years, but didn't know much about Pete as a coach and his history of the game. After reading the book, I feel like I am a more knowledgeable student of the game, hoping it will make me a better coach in the long run.
So much history is covered, I liked reading the comments of other players, coaches, Pete's players. I have been a Wooden fan, but this book makes me appreciate so much more about Pete. I also liked reading the stories, the practical jokes, and just the background. Seeing how things were done 40-50 years ago, the players/athletes Pete influenced, his connections with people like Pete Rozelle, Joe Kapp, Bobby Knight, Jerry West, Cap Lavin, etc.
The title of the book is quite appropriate for such a great coach. I think the only thing I was looking for was the relationships he shares with his sons, especially after he retired from coaching.
Good book, a must read for those who love the game!
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By A Customer on March 28, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Pete Newell never coached for basketball's blue bloods, and when that is the case, there is so much that is never known about a coach. He retired so young that there is still relatively little known about him compared to the other coaching legends.
A Good Man finally sheds light on one of the best teachers of the game.
All you need to know about his knowledge of the game is this - he is the guy that Bob Knight goes to for advice.
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