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  1. 10.3 hrs • 7/7/2016 • Unabridged

    An inspiring true story set in the midst of the Civil Rights era By 1970, racial tension was at a breaking point in the southern town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Desegregation had emotions running high. The town was a powder keg ready to erupt, but it was also on the verge of something incredible. Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon were boys growing up on opposite sides of the tracks who shared a passion for basketball. They knew the barriers that divided them—some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart—but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill entered the rigors of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill—and transform their town.

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    More Than Rivals

    10.3 hrs • 7/7/16 • Unabridged
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  2. 12.3 hrs • 3/22/2016 • Unabridged

    This inspiring memoir from sports and cultural icon Bill Walton recounts his devastating injuries and amazing recoveries, set in the context of his UCLA triumphs under John Wooden, his storied NBA career, and his affinity for music and the Grateful Dead. In February 2007, Bill Walton suffered a catastrophic spinal collapse—the culmination of a lifetime of injuries—that left him unable to move. He spent three years on the floor of his house, eating his meals there and crawling to the bathroom, where he could barely hoist himself up onto the toilet. The excruciating pain and slow recovery tested Walton to the fullest. But with extraordinary patience, fortitude, determination, and sacrifice—and pioneering surgery—he recovered, and now he shares his life story in this remarkable and unique memoir. Walton grew up in San Diego in the 1950s and 1960s and was deeply influenced by the political and cultural upheavals of that period. Although he strongly identified with the cool people, particularly in music and politics, his greatest role model outside his family was super-straight UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, a thoughtful, rigorous mentor who seemed immune to the turmoil of the times. Although there was always tension and conflict between them, the two men would speak nearly every day for forty-three years until Wooden’s death at age ninety-nine. Despite a lifelong stuttering affliction, Walton chose a career in broadcasting after his playing days ended. He eventually won an Emmy Award and other accolades for broadcasting and was recognized as a leading media pundit. John Wooden once said that no greatness ever came without sacrifice. Nothing better illustrates this saying than the real story of Walton’s life. In Walton’s own words, Back from the Dead shares this dramatic story, including his basketball and broadcasting careers, his many setbacks and rebounds, and his ultimate triumph as the toughest of champions.

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    Back from the Dead

    12.3 hrs • 3/22/16 • Unabridged
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  3. 15.3 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    The riveting inside story of college basketball’s fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends—University of North Carolina’s Dean Smith, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, and North Carolina State’s Jim Valvano—by the king of college basketball writers, #1 New York Times bestseller John Feinstein On March 18, 1980, the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach—the man who would resurrect the team, restore glory to Duke, and defeat the legendary Dean Smith, who coached down the road at UNC Chapel Hill and had turned UNC into a powerhouse. Duke’s new man was Mike Krzyzewski. The only problem was, no one knew who Krzyzewski was, he had a so-so record in his short time as head coach of Army, and worst of all, no one could even pronounce his name. The announcement caused head scratches…if not immediate calls for his head…and on this note his career at Duke began. The table was set nine days later, when on March 27, 1980, Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach. The hiring didn’t raise as many eyebrows, but with the exuberant Valvano on board, two new coaches were now in place to challenge Dean Smith—and the most sensational competitive decade in history was about to unfold. In the skillful hands of John Feinstein, this extraordinary rivalry—and the men behind it—come to life in a unique, intimate way. The Legends Club is a sports book that captures an era in American sport and culture, documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition. Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal competition that wasn’t always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball allegiance in a hot-bed area. Getting to the roots of the NCAA goliath that is followed religiously by millions of fans today, Feinstein uses his unprecedented access to all three coaches to paint a portrait only he could conjure. The Legends Club is destined to be one of Feinstein’s biggest bestsellers.

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    The Legends Club

    15.3 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  4. 17.5 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country’s most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves. The New York Times bestseller, now with a new introduction! The Breaks of the Game focuses on one grim season (1979-80) in the life of the Bill Walton-led Portland Trail Blazers, a team that only three years before had been NBA champions. The tactile authenticity of Halberstam’s knowledge of the basketball world is unrivaled. Yet he is writing here about far more than just basketball. This is a story about a place in our society where power, money, and talent collide and sometimes corrupt, a place where both national obsessions and naked greed are exposed. It’s about the influence of big media, the fans and the hype they subsist on, the clash of ethics, the terrible physical demands of modern sports (from drugs to body size), the unreal salaries, the conflicts of race and class, and the consequences of sport converted into mass entertainment and athletes transformed into superstars—all presented in a way that puts the reader in the room and on the court, and The Breaks of the Game in a league of its own.

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    The Breaks of the Game

    17.5 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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  5. 6.8 hrs • 3/1/2016 • Unabridged

    WNBA, Olympic, and NCAA star Tamika Catchings shares how her faith helped her overcome a disability to become a champion committed to helping at-risk youth. When all she wanted was to fit in, Tamika Catchings stood out and felt left out, never knowing one day she’d stand out—as a basketball superstar and an inspiration. She faced being set apart by her hearing loss, separated from family, living up to high expectations, and the pain and discouragement of debilitating physical injury. Yet she reached for the stars with hard work, perseverance, and her faith in God. Through the silence, she found the way to shine. Catch a Star tells Tamika’s story of overcoming: of leading the Indiana Fever to its first championship, being named one of the WNBA’s top fifteen players in history, earning three Olympic gold medals, and founding the Catch the Stars Foundation to help young people achieve their dreams. Her story will inspire listeners to face their doubts and fears, encouraging them to reach for their own stars, no matter what challenges come their way.

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    Catch a Star

    6.8 hrs • 3/1/16 • Unabridged
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    9.5 hrs • 10/6/2015 • Unabridged

    One of the most outspoken and original voices in sports sounds off while revealing his incredible life story. Jalen Rose has never been quiet. Not as a kid growing up in Detroit in the 70’s and 80’s. Not as the brash, trash-talking leader of the legendary “Fab Five” at the University of Michigan. Not as the player under the stewardship of Hall of Famers Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, and others throughout his thirteen-year NBA career. And certainly not as a commentator and analyst on ABC/ESPN and Grantland. In Got to Give the People What They Want, no topic is off limits. Honest, unfiltered, unbiased. Raw, refreshing, real. This colorful collection of stories and opinions about basketball and life gives people the kind of insight and understanding they don’t get anywhere else in the sports world.

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    Got to Give the People What They Want

    9.5 hrs • 10/6/15 • Unabridged
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  7. 4.9 hrs • 6/23/2015 • Unabridged

    The inspiring story of Isaiah Austin, the man who captured our hearts when he was made the honorary NBA draft pick after a shocking diagnosis ended his professional basketball career before he could even step onto the court “There are two choices in life: you make it your excuse or you make it your story.” Isaiah Austin’s mother shared these words of wisdom with him as a child as he came to terms with a torn retina taking away the ability to see with his right eye. Faced with adversity at such a young age, Isaiah had to choose—let his disability define him or overcome the challenge and shine. Overcoming that challenge is exactly what Isaiah did, as he made a name for himself on Baylor University’s NCAA Division 1 basketball team. Everyone expected Isaiah to have a successful career in the NBA after college, but on June 21, 2014—just five days before the NBA draft—Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue, putting him at risk of rupturing his heart if he continued to play basketball. In seconds, Austin’s hopes for a career in the NBA became impossible. After hearing about Isaiah’s diagnosis, NBA commissioner Adam Silver invited Austin to attend the 2014 draft as his personal guest. The League recognized Isaiah’s courage, resilience, and determination in a bittersweet moment when he was made an Honorary Draft Pick. Rather than let another challenge destroy his faith, Austin has once again strived to overcome adversity by becoming a spokesperson for the Marfan Foundation, raising awareness and understanding for the disease. Despite the many heartbreaking challenges he has faced, Isaiah’s story is inspirational and full of hope. He encourages everyone to tower in the face of adversity and keep living out your their—no matter what life throws your way. Proceeds from Dream Again will go to the Isaiah Austin Foundation, which provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it.

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    Dream Again

    By Isaiah Austin, withMatt Litton
    4.9 hrs • 6/23/15 • Unabridged
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  8. 4.8 hrs • 3/24/2015 • Unabridged

    Legendary University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith tells the full story of his fabled career, and shares the life lessons taught and learned over forty years of unparalleled success as a coach and mentor. For almost forty years, Dean Smith coached the University of North Carolina men’s basketball program with unsurpassed success—on the court and in shaping young men’s lives. In his long-awaited memoir, he reflects on the great games, teams, players, strategies, and rivalries that defined his career, and explains the philosophy that guided him. There’s a lot more to life than basketball—though some may beg to differ—but there’s a lot more to basketball than basketball, and this is a book about basketball filled with wisdom about life. Dean Smith insisted that the fundamentals of good basketball were the fundamentals of character—passion, discipline, focus, selflessness, and responsibility—and he strove to unite his teams in pursuit of those values. To read this book is to understand why Dean Smith changed the lives of the players he coached, from Michael Jordan, who calls him his second father and who never played a single NBA game without wearing a pair of UNC basketball shorts under his uniform, to the last man on the bench of his least talented team. We all wish we had a coach like Dean Smith in our lives, and now we will have that chance.

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    A Coach’s Life

    By Dean Smith, with John Kilgo and Sally Jenkins
    Read by Eric Conger
    4.8 hrs • 3/24/15 • Unabridged
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  9. 11.2 hrs • 3/10/2015 • Unabridged

    The true story of the game that never should have happened Something was happening to basketball. In the wartime fall of 1943, at the little-known North Carolina College for Negroes, Coach John McLendon was on the verge of changing the game forever. Within six months, his Eagles would become the highest scoring college basketball team in America, a fast-breaking, hard-pressing juggernaut that would shatter its opponents by as many as sixty points per game. The last student of James Naismith, basketball’s inventor, McLendon had opened the door to its future. Across town at Duke University, the best basketball squad on campus wasn’t the Blue Devils but was an all-white military team from the Duke medical school. Comprised of former college stars from across the country, they dismantled every team they faced, including the Duke varsity. They were prepared to play anyone—that is, until an audacious invitation arrived, one that was years ahead of anything the South had ever seen before. Based on years of research, The Secret Game is a story of courage and determination and of an incredible, long-buried moment in the nation’s sporting past. The riveting true account of a remarkable season, it is the story of how a handful of forgotten college basketball players not only changed the game forever but also helped to usher in a new America.

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    The Secret Game

    11.2 hrs • 3/10/15 • Unabridged
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    21.1 hrs • 5/6/2014 • Unabridged

    The definitive biography of the most legendary basketball player of all time When most people think of Michael Jordan, they think of the beautiful shots, his body totally in sync with the ball, hitting nothing but net. He is responsible for incredible moments so ingrained in basketball history that they have their own names: the Shrug, the Shot, the Flu Game. But for all his greatness, there’s also a dark side to Jordan: a ruthless competitor, a gambler. There has never been a biography that balanced these personas—until now. Drawing on personal relationships with Jordan’s coaches; countless interviews with friends, teammates, family members, and Jordan himself; and a career in the trenches covering Jordan in college and the pros, Roland Lazenby provides the first truly definitive study of Jordan: the player, the icon, and the man.

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    Michael Jordan

    21.1 hrs • 5/6/14 • Unabridged
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  11. 7.8 hrs • 5/1/2014 • Unabridged

    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 has 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 is 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 for anyone who loves the game.

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    The Hoops Whisperer

    7.8 hrs • 5/1/14 • Unabridged
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  12. 18.6 hrs • 3/4/2014 • Unabridged

    The New York Times bestselling author of Sweetness delivers the first all-encompassing account of the 1980s Los Angeles Lakers, one of professional sports’ most-revered—and dominant—dynasties. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s personified the flamboyance and excess of the decade over which they reigned. Beginning with the arrival of Earvin “Magic” Johnson as the number one overall pick of the 1979 draft, the Lakers played basketball with gusto and pizzazz, unleashing their famed “Showtime” run-and-gun style on a league unprepared for their speed and ferocity—and became the most captivating show in sports and, arguably, all-around American entertainment. The Lakers’ roster overflowed with exciting all-star-caliber players, including center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and they were led by the incomparable Pat Riley, known for his slicked-back hair, his Armani suits, and his arrogant strut. Hollywood’s biggest celebrities lined the court, and gorgeous women flocked to the arena. Best of all, the team was a winner. Between 1980 and 1991, the Lakers played in an unmatched nine NBA championship series, capturing five of them. Bestselling sportswriter Jeff Pearlman draws from almost three hundred interviews to take the first full measure of the Lakers’ epic Showtime era. A dazzling account of one of America’s greatest sports sagas, Showtime is packed with indelible characters, vicious rivalries, and jaw-dropping behind-the-scenes stories of the players’ decadent Hollywood lifestyles.  From the Showtime era’s remarkable rise to its tragic end—marked by Magic Johnson’s 1991 announcement that he had contracted HIV—Showtime is a gripping narrative of sports, celebrity, and 1980s-style excess.

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    Showtime by Jeff Pearlman

    Showtime

    18.6 hrs • 3/4/14 • Unabridged
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  13. 6.2 hrs • 10/1/2013 • Unabridged

    Rick Pitino is famous as one of the most dynamic and successful basketball coaches of our time, leading the University of Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA basketball championship in 2013, and is renowned for writing the #1 New York Times bestselling success and leadership book, Success Is a Choice. In his new book, The One-Day Contract, Pitino details his key to success, on the court and in life: to focus on making the most of each day, by creating a contract with yourself. Coach Pitino was able to turn Louisville into NCAA champions by applying this idea to everything he and the team did—every practice, every recruiting visit, every game preparation, every scouting report, every instruction that he gave players and coaches, and everything he did himself. Each day became just as important as reaching the national championship, and so, by honoring the one-day contract, he and Louisville moved through adversity toward their goal. In this inspiring and practical guide, Coach Rick Pitino illustrates how to set your own one-day contract, and follow through to honor it for each day, each goal, and each interaction with another person. Pitino shows how to: • Establish focus as a discipline in everything you do: planning, strategy, priorities, and career advancement • Discover the true key to success: not ambition, not wealth, not power, but humility • Use technology wisely—but don’t let it replace personal connection with the people you work and live with • Own up to your problems and they will become part of your past; ignore your problems and they become part of your future • Make small changes and add value to every minute of your life The One-Day Contract will reshape the way you approach your job, your goals, and your life.

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    The One-Day Contract

    By Rick Pitino, with Eric Crawford
    6.2 hrs • 10/1/13 • Unabridged
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  14. 3.0 hrs • 9/18/2013 • Unabridged

    Play It Again!, with voice of the Blue Devils Bob Harris and color commentator Mike Waters, features radio highlights from Duke University’s 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship run that saw the team defeat Louisiana-Monroe, Iowa, UConn, St. John’s, and exact revenge on UNLV, before beating the University of Kansas, 72–65, on April 1, 1991, in the title game. Three players from the 1991 squad (Laettner, Hurley, and Grant Hill) had their jerseys retired by Duke.

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    Play It Again!

    3.0 hrs • 9/18/13 • Unabridged
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  15. 2.9 hrs • 9/18/2013 • Unabridged

    Play It Again II!, with voice of the Blue Devils Bob Harris and color commentator Mike Waters, features radio highlights from Duke University’s 1992 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship run that saw the team defeat Campbell, Iowa, Seton Hall, and edge Kentucky in what is widely considered one of the greatest college basketball games ever played, before beating Indiana and the University of Michigan’s Fab Five in the title game. Duke became the first team since UCLA, nineteen years earlier, to repeat as National Champions.

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    Play It Again II!

    2.9 hrs • 9/18/13 • Unabridged
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  16. 2.4 hrs • 9/16/2013 • Unabridged

    Join Mick Hubert, Voice of the Gators, as he relives, through radio high-lights, the 1993–94 Gator football and basketball seasons, a year which saw the University of Florida climb to the top of collegiate athletic programs! Capturing a second consecutive SEC Eastern Division title, the Florida Gators avenged a loss to Alabama the year before by beating the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game and earning a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Along the way, the Gator scored more points, totaled more yards and passed for more touchdowns than any team in conference history. Against undefeated West Virginia, the Gators rolled to a 41–7 Sugar Bowl win, for a school-record eleventh victory and a top five ranking in the final AP poll. The Florida basketball team began the 1993–94 season largely unheralded, but shocking critics and fans alike, marched to victory after victory leaving in their wake major powers Kentucky, Texas and Oklahoma State. On their way to a school-record twenty-nine victories, the Gators become SEC Eastern Divisions Co-Champions, SEC Tournament Runner-ups and ranked fourteen in the final AP poll. A third seed in the NCAA Tournament, Florida defeated James Madison and Pennsylvania, stunned UConn and rallied against Boston College to capture the East Regional Title. They had, in fact, “Found a Way” to the Final Four.

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    A Year to Remember

    2.4 hrs • 9/16/13 • Unabridged
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