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~~Long on Basketball History ..Short on Team Building~~
December 1, 2019
This is not what I was expecting when I selected this title as my First Reads selection for December 2019. My expectations were to learn the manner in which Coach Walters inspired his team against all odds.
Part I , for me even as a fan of basketball and former player, was too heavy on the history of Evansville, IN, and also on basketball, in general ...I will admit, however,that reading about Larry Bird in his early years was educational.. There were some pictures between Part I and Part II that held my interest but seemed to be more 'fillers' than meat of the book.
Part II covered the crash of Air Indiana Flight 216 on December 13, 1977, and the building of a completely new team of 16 basketball players. They were recruited from different states and started as a team in mid-October 1978 under the coaching of Dick Walters.
I was expecting more, lots more, on the manner in which a coach builds a team from scratch...including motivation, playing together and in general, teamwork. To me, all of those attributes were mostly missing.
One other thing is that the book ends at around the 80% mark and goes into the author's acknowledgements.
Disappointed with my Amazon First selection this month. I still recommend it as an OK read. Read it and decide for yourself.
Recommended...long on basketball history but, for me, short on the team building aspect which I was searching for..