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Rebound Rules: The Art of Success 2.0 Paperback – Bargain Price, June 29, 2010

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The only coach in college history to lead three different schools to the Final Four, Rick Pitino is a basketball icon. He is an NCAA champion and a bestselling author, but Pitino's journey has not been without life-altering adversity, including the devastating loss of his infant son, Daniel, and the death of his brother-in-law and best friend in the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11.

In his new book, Pitino is more deeply personal, more inspiring, more practical, and more powerful than ever before. More than a comeback story, Rebound Rules is a manual for overcoming life's difficulties and resetting your worldview for a fresh start, written by one of the sporting world's most innovative and dynamic leaders.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Rick Pitino is the head coach at the University of Louisville. He won the NCAA Championship in 1996 with Kentucky and has won the SEC Tournament Championship five times. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks; 1 edition (June 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006168726X
  • ASIN: B005Q6FAQW
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,888,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Have you ever watched a person go through life and just said to yourself, "That man surely leads a charmed life." If anyone should fit that description, it would be Rick Pitino.

I had came into REBOUND RULES with a few prejudices of my own--I'm an enormous Kentucky Wildcat fan and I consider him "the best coach, if not, the ONLY coach" we ever had. So yes, you could say, I might have had a slight bit of a bias when picking up my copy of REBOUND RULES.

But what a refreshing surprise! Yes, there is basketball aplenty for all us Wildcat, Cardinal and Celtic fans. And Pitino goes far beyond that, taking the players and coaches, breaking down their good and bad points far beyond anything I'd ever expected.

I was also humbled by the way that Pitino shared the tragedies of his life. At times, I felt like a curtain was being pulled back, allowing me to witness firsthand his families pain. This left me with a greater admiration for Rick Pitino, the coach and the man.

There are so many good points I could make about this book, but I will make myself stop and leave you with only one.
In college, I attended a class for leadership and the textbook was nowhere near the caliber of REBOUND RULES. I think this should be mandantory reading for college freshman to help them develop PHD. And if you don't know what that means, read the book:)
Just a thought to leave you with.
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Format: Hardcover
Several years ago I had the pleasure of watching in person as Rick Pitino coached several games at UK and other schools. I was impressed with the way he was constantly teaching the players as they sat on the bench. I bought Rebound Rules for my grandson and read it first to ensure that it was a book I wanted to give him.

Rick shares many lessons of life that come from experiencing tradegy, disappointment, and success. His forumla for success is simple in one respect as he talks about setting goals, managing your time, and having the discipline to work hard. He also stressed that God and family are just as important as business success.

I personally enjoyed the parts where life is more than making money or winning recognition. We all go through ups and downs, and it is not how many times one gets knocked down but how many times one gets up. The fact that Rick has gotten back up after experiencing several personal tradegies and dissappointments speaks volumes about his character. The only areas that bothered me was some use of profanity and his allusion to the possibility of many ways to heaven. Rick shared his faith which was interesting to read and I believe he is very sincere in his faith. I am sure I will be blasted for the following but it is important for people to understand an important truth:
Acts 4:11 - 12 (ESV) 11This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. 12And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

John 14:6 (ESV) 6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I am a fan of Rick Pitino and his influence is evident on many people.
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This is a book about how to rebound back from life's struggles. Coach Pitino talks about how he lost his son after the Big East Tournament and how he and his wife dealt with that. He gives very simple easy to understand ideas and thoughts to bounce back. He goes into detail about how his life changed when he lost his brother-in-law/best friend, Billy Minardi in the 9/11 tragedy. Coach Pitino writes about how it totally changed his mindset about how he looks at life and approaches obstacles. There is some basketball in this book but most of it is about life. There are ideas and thoughts about business and how to use this in your own life. Only downfall of the book is that he tries to be motivational and inspirational and I'm not sure that he really achieves that. The stories he uses to highlight his concepts are powerful but not sure that he takes it to the next level for them to be truly motivational. I would recommend this to Rick Pitino fans and for people looking to hear about his life since UK. Not sure about people looking for a business inspirational book.
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Rick Pitino has been a successful basketball coach but has also tasted his share of adversity. Professionally, he was unable to translate his college basketball wins into NBA success. He was an acknowledged flop as the coach of the Boston Celtics. In his personal life, he had a son die in his infancy. He also lost a brother-in-law in the 9/11 attacks.

Rick Pitino believes in second chances and in rebounding from losses. That is the essential message of his newest book, REBOUND RULES. This is a quick read that will provide motivational tips for anyone looking to elevate their games. Pitino describes his detail orientation in running a successful college basketball program at the University of Louisville. At the end of each chapter, he provides a brief checklist of distilled tips on how to cope with adversity and achieve success.

Pitino does not come across as an arrogant individual who feels that he has found the way were the key. The scar tissue he has from various setbacks that he has experienced gives him some perspective in offering advice for those seeking to cope with setbacks.

Many may scoff at yet another book by a sports coach that purports to offer success tips. Fine. REBOUND RULES provides a highly readable book that may give you a dose of motivation to improve your game in business, athletics, and life.
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