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Basketball’s most unlikely - and most sought-after - training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he’s helped transform.

Where do the best basketball players in the world turn when they want to improve their game? Whom does a future NBA Hall of Famer thank at his press conference when he’s named Rookie of the Year? Who is it that Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Journal all call the "Hoops Whisperer" because of his ability to engage, inspire, and challenge the players he trains?

The answer to all of these questions is Idan Ravin. Ravin never played or coached in college or the pros, yet a virtual NBA All-Star team relies on him to better their game and reach their full potential. A soft-spoken former lawyer, Ravin has become professional basketball’s hottest trainer.

In The Hoops Whisperer, Ravin shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and many more. He offers a rare unguarded glimpse inside the lives of these great athletes, drawn from his intimate connection with them that is the basis of his success. Showcasing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, Ravin reveals how faith, effort, dedication, and passion can make a player into a superstar - and anyone into a success. Combined with his own inspiring journey, Ravin’s insights make The Hoops Whisperer a must-listen for anyone who loves the game.

©2014 Idan Ravin (P)2014 Gildan Media LLC

Critic Reviews

"I never imagined that when I first worked with Idan before my rookie year, our relationship would extend more than a decade. He has influenced me tremendously and I am very grateful for his loyalty, friendship, and guidance. He is passionate about everything he does and, while some may consider his methods unorthodox, the end results for me have been remarkable." (Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks)

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Awesome.

My little girls are just starting in the game I love and this gave me inspiration, ideas and hope. I chose the book for the rating and the narrator but the content was amazing.

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New favorite

Idan did an excellent job relaying his message of to do what you love and chase your dreams through his amazing experiences. It touched me on a personal level because I share the love of the game of basketball and often train kids in Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland. The book also gives great insight on what kind of work it takes to be successful and gives me a whole new outlook on some of the NBA’s brightest stars. I suggest this book for anyone who loves the game of basketball and also anyone looking for inspiration to pursue their dreams!

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David

Very interesting read. Great stories about working with individual NBA players. Enjoyed the fundamental strategies he shared - would love to hear more.

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Cool insight and amusing

Its a great hoops culture story but we can assume this guys living in his moms basement saddled with student debt. The Dallas and Nelson part is hilarious. Splitting the hooters check is comedy. This book is like the ABA's Loose Balls story but about a hoops trainer. Great stuff Idan thanks for sharing your road!

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Insider info on NBA players & how they train

Great reader for this book also! The author was amazing. He had insider info on BIG TIME NBA players that let you into their lives and training schedules. LaBraun, KD, CP3, wow

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Useful and Unique Perspective

Very unique and interesting insight into the inner NBA from a non traditional point of view. The way he established himself as a coach, trainer, psychologist , counselor and friend to upper echelon was fascinating.

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