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The Resource The hoops whisperer : on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players, Idan Ravin

The hoops whisperer : on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players, Idan Ravin

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The hoops whisperer : on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players
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The hoops whisperer
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on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players
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Idan Ravin
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  • On the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players
  • hoops whisperer
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on the court and inside the heads of basketballs best players
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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-read for anyone who loves the game."--
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  • As a trainer, Ravin has helped hone the skills of some of pro basketball’s biggest names, including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. His arrival at this starry occupation was hardly glamorous. The product of a Conservative Jewish household, Ravin fell in love with basketball as a child and devised his own training regimen. Using that and his experience coaching youth basketball, he began training players while he pursued an unsatisfying law career. Year by year, despite no ties to the NBA hierarchy and a playing career that ended in high school, he attracted high-profile clients willing to pay for his personal, unorthodox training. The book’s caroming style—Ravin’s twisty path to his unique career, insights on working with clients, and inspirational asides—is galvanized by Ravin’s chummy directness and his practical observations: we can become so enamored of reaching a goal that we lose sight of an equally rewarding path; even if you win the genetic lottery, insistent hard work is required to get the most out of a passion. This is a self-help book for the basketball player, but Ravin’s commonsense approach elevates it well beyond gimmickry categorization. (May) --Staff (Reviewed March 10, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 10, p)
  • An unlikely inspirational book by the trainer for the NBA's biggest stars. Ravin became an athletic trainer without the seemingly requisite formal education or experience. Yet, solely through word of mouth from the league's biggest stars, he has built a career training elite athletes in their shared quest to improve their games and achieve their highest goals. Ravin didn't stay at his previous boring and soul-killing job; he created one based on the game he loved. Always an outsider, he remained mistrustful of organizations that would make him "sacrifice [his] identity or authenticity to try to blend into the environment." In devising his innovative training philosophy, the author figured if players could consistently handle "the complexity, intensity and pace of the workouts I dreamt up, then practice and games would feel like Oreos soaked in milk." Pampered NBA superstars fly him across the country and pay for the privilege of working out in empty practice gyms with no amenities, having their weaknesses exposed, and competing "under strenuous circumstances designed to fatigue, test and build." He earns their trust by creating an environment of collaboration and mutual respect based on accountability, honesty and positive reinforcement. Ravin's writing mimics the quick, staccato rhythms of the game. He shares his experiences in short, free-standing chapters that create a constant flow of his observations and beliefs. With characteristic modesty, the author might reject the idea he has written not only an insightful look at what motivates NBA players, but also an uplifting life guide. (Indeed, the words he repeats throughout are "intuition," "love" and "faith.") Ravin doesn't reinterpret such familiar aphorisms as "Do what you love" and "Follow your bliss"; rather, this book uniquely overlaps the genres of memoir, self-help, organizational psychology and philosophy. A sports book that will motivate readers to live a purposeful, authentic life.(Kirkus Reviews, March 1, 2014)
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Ravin, Idan
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796.323
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  • Ravin, Idan
  • Basketball
  • Basketball
  • Basketball players
  • Athletes
  • Success
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Contents
Becoming Lamar Mundane -- The king and pi -- Rituals -- Proverbs 10:4 -- Breaking in -- Breaking out -- Free agent -- No coincidences -- Breaking through -- Making varsity -- Training days -- The point -- The real Carmelo -- Stack -- A cry for help -- The legend of Kevin Durant -- Zero -- The emperor -- Two baskets -- Steph -- Mojo lost and found -- Amar'e in the promised land -- A different star -- Joy in the streets -- Rollin' with the king -- Reborn -- Words of wisdom -- Little things -- From the perimeter -- Coaches' suite -- Fifteen minutes -- Brand ambassador -- The work, not the job -- Out of the shadows
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ocn861069082
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24 cm
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viii, 246 pages
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9781592408917
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2013046340
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(OCoLC)861069082
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The hoops whisperer : on the court and inside the heads of basketball's best players, Idan Ravin
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Becoming Lamar Mundane -- The king and pi -- Rituals -- Proverbs 10:4 -- Breaking in -- Breaking out -- Free agent -- No coincidences -- Breaking through -- Making varsity -- Training days -- The point -- The real Carmelo -- Stack -- A cry for help -- The legend of Kevin Durant -- Zero -- The emperor -- Two baskets -- Steph -- Mojo lost and found -- Amar'e in the promised land -- A different star -- Joy in the streets -- Rollin' with the king -- Reborn -- Words of wisdom -- Little things -- From the perimeter -- Coaches' suite -- Fifteen minutes -- Brand ambassador -- The work, not the job -- Out of the shadows
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ocn861069082
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 246 pages
Isbn
9781592408917
Lccn
2013046340
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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(OCoLC)861069082

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