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How Lucky You Can Be: The Story of Coach Don Meyer Hardcover – November 9, 2010
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"Don Meyer is a dear friend to me and the entire Basketball Community. His passion to teach, to share, and to live is unmatched. Buster Olney does a magical job of capturing this truly unique man and presents him in a way that is surprising and unforgettable." -Mike Krzyzewski, Coach of the Duke Blue Devils
"There are very few coaches who have positively impacted the game of basketball and the people who coach it as Don Meyer has done. His passion for the game, for teaching and for building character as well as his commitment to team are legendary. Coach Meyer has taught and given so much to us, and our game is better for it. This book chronicles not only his life as a coach, but his journey as a man through triumph and adversity. His story is a true inspiration and one which everyone should know." -Pat Summitt, Coach of the Tennesee Lady Vols
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And what of that man? Olney presents him with all his warts. A hard, tough nut, without the time or interest to engage in social pleasantries. Driven. Demanding. Exasperating. And yet so much more. Moreover, as he deals with a tragic accident, he himself is forced to take time, and appreciates how much he has meant to so many people, so many lives he was able to touch in a lifetime of coaching, of teaching lessons that apparently went far beyond basketball. I loved all of the life lessons that Meyer shared with his players, who were required to take copious notes. There are tragedies and triumphs, joys and sorrows. There is humor, and sadness. In short, life happens.
You can read it in an evening or two, if you like, but I chose to take my time with it, to extend the pleasure of reading such a compelling story, so well written.
I will be on the lookout for further books by Buster Olney. Now I know why they refer to him as an award-winning journalist.
I am very glad I picked up this short, engaging book. I suspect you will be, too, if you choose to purchase.
What author Buster Olney has done through HOW LUCKY YOU CAN BE is paint a portrait of more than just an individual who loved sports. Meyer loved life, and although it took some hardships to bring him closer to those who mattered most, it was something that was done with great appreciation and as a lesson for all of us.
I had the opportunity to interview Olney on the radio show Conversations LIVE, and to hear how he was changed by Meyer's life really shows the importance of books that are written about those involved in sports. Their lives are so much more than about the game. They are about the people involved, the relationships formed and the lessons that are learned along the way.
HOW LUCKY YOU CAN BE really highlights that in life nothing we do is ever about luck. It is about the oportunities you are given and how you react to them. That is true with Meyer who had to deal with challenges that few have known. The way he has dealt with them, however, provides lessons that people will be learning from for generations to come.
Kudos to Olney for taking us along this journey. We are all better off because of it.
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Heartwarming story of a coach/ father whose value system gave him the strength to battle many adversities, including life's ultimate one-cancerPublished 14 months ago by Johnny Johnson
Very well written but wish the book would have included to end of his life. I sure this book shows his determination but also how he was before his accident. Read morePublished 15 months ago by sissy h
I had the opportunity to hear Coach Meyer's at a clinic in Oak Ridge, Tennessee several years back and I learned so much more about life than about basketball. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Barry Wade
Hard to put down once started
What a great coach Don Meyer was a great influence on all who meet him
As a graduate of NSU '79 /BS PE, I never had the privilege to interact with Coach Meyer, but followed the Northern sports program closely. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Unknown