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I had hoped that this book would engage my basketball mad boys, but they just weren't that into it. I listen to a lot of 'motivational' material, and this was OK, but probably not quite what I had expected. The format - taking a set of key words and talking about what they meant to him and his team - got a bit monotonous after a while. There wasn't a lot of flow, and I found myself in the end looking forward to 'Z' so that I could start the next book.
A little boring. It seemed like a series of buzzwords strung together with dry commentary following each of them. I am a fan of self-improvement books, especially those by coaches and sports figures. I could not finish this one.
Good book. I have ways liked coach K because he is a class act. This book is somewhat boring but it provides you with what you need to hear. He talks about former great Duke players which is a lot of fun to hear about.
There are many great people working with our young adults today. Coach K is one of the best.
My favorite of all of Coach K's books.
Fun. Relevant. Intelligent.
Coach K's stories are just great. The one I thought was one of the best was when he was helping Coach Knight and he'd built up the courage to ask Coach Knight why the team wasn't having to run the killer drills that Coach Knight had Coach K run when he played for Coach Knight and Coach Knight responded "because they don't need the same drills." Too often we think that all training fits every situation and everyone and the key to building a winning team is understanding the difference.
Coach K's daughter and her advocating for a new family pet is priceless.
An exceptional journey of discovery.
This one is a must hear; it's a part of physical book library now.
Yes. So much information in the book it's hard to listen too just one time if you plan on taking the information and applying it.
As a coach myself I've taken Coach K's one word approach and passed it on to my team. We had one game where we were just getting out hustled. I called timeout and encouraged the team to hustle. From that point on throughout the game every time they broke huddle they did it with the word Hustle.
Such a simple solution to any number of obstacles the team may experience on the court. Since then words like Focus, Intensity, Defense and Together we've used to unite the team towards the obstacles they face during that game.
Coach K has so many stories he uses to associate with what he's talking about in the book. Many of those stories I remember watching live on TV so they bring about a connection to the ideas he's trying to communicate in the book.
No. However, I write software for a living and I often prefer to listen to books over music. Because of that I've listened to this book between 10 - 20 times. I pick up on something new each time I hear it.
It's a great book. Not just for basketball but in life. I've start using these single words with my six year old son. When he has a bad attitude day we sit and talk about it. Then randomly throughout the day I'll simply ask what's our word today? He will tell me the word and what it means. I'll follow up with how do you think your attitude is right now? And he'll tell me. This single word solution has also ended his nail biting as well. His mother and I would constantly call out
This book is so worthwhile for anyone, but especially parents of athletes and any young people with an interest in basketball, coaching, teaching, etc. I was not a huge Duke fan although I have always pulled for them and admired their program and Coach Krzyzewski's insights detailed in this book have made me happy to become a more ardent follower. He is a teacher and a friend, much like John Wooden, and I hope he keeps on discovering more words to add to his list and writes another book soon. Give this book to any basketball coach you know and they will love it and benefit from reading it.
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