The best basketball
players and coaches are known not only for their success in the sport
but for the manner in which they manifest their knowledge and abilities
in playing, coaching, and teaching the game. Court Sense highlights all those qualities that make players and
teams great, and it provides practical ways to improve any intangibles
that might be lacking. The first half of the book covers all the basics
a player must have in place, on and off the court, in order to excel.
The second half features the six Cs that are crucial to on-court
performance: coachability, communication, cohesion, capacity to lead,
competitiveness, and concentration. Robertson, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Steve Nash,
Diana Taurasi, and other great players past and present share a special
grasp of what is needed in every situation on the court and how to
maximize their own effectiveness as well as that of their team. Teams
coached by John Wooden, Phil Jackson, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski
won many championships because of their coaches’ amazing ability to
teach, motivate, discipline, and unite players to perform to their
potential individually and as a group.

Author John Giannini brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the
subject as a former collegiate player and veteran coach who has earned
a PhD in sport psychology. His insights and advice are combined with
real-life examples and supported by stories shared by these top coaches:
John Beilein, Tony Bennett, Tom Crean, Jamie Dixon, Steve Donahue,
Joanne P. McCallie, Sean Miller, Oliver Purnell, Bo Ryan, Tubby Smith,
Sharon Versyp, and Jay Wright.

Playing like a winner first requires preparing like one. Use Court Sense to your advantage and you’ll be one step closer to cutting down the nets.


About the Author

John Giannini, PhD,
is the head men’s basketball coach at La Salle University, which
competes at the Division I level in the Atlantic 10 Conference. He has
led La Salle to its best Atlantic 10 record in school history. Giannini
accepted the job at the Philadelphia-based school in 2004 after a
successful eight-year stint at the University of Maine, where he became
the winningest men’s basketball coach in the school’s history and
turned the Black Bears into a perennial force in the America East
Conference. Prior to that, Giannini amassed a remarkable 168-38 record
in 7 seasons as head coach at Rowan University. He also brought a
Division III national championship to the Glassboro, New Jersey, school
and was named Coach of the Year.

Giannini’s collegiate basketball career began as a player at North
Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He continued his education
through graduate school and in 1992 earned a doctorate in kinesiology
with a specialization in sport psychology from the University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. While at Illinois he served as a graduate
assistant coach for two years, including the 1989 season when the
Fighting Illini made it all the way to the Final Four.

Coach Giannini applies many innovative motivational, communication, and
instructional techniques with his players. As a result, his teams have
been known for their effort, teamwork, and attention to the

Giannini, his wife, Donna, and their two daughters reside in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mike Brey


Part I Fundamentals for a Winning Focus

Chapter 1. Evaluation of Abilities

Bo Ryan: Player Assets

Chapter 2. Commitment to Goals

Steve Donahue: Goals for Growth

Chapter 3. Expectations of Success

John Beilein: Individual Motivation

Chapter 4. Off-Season Work Ethic

Sean Miller: Off-Season Development

Chapter 5. In-Season Accountability

Joanne P. McCallie: Team-First Mentality

Chapter 6. Off-Court Conduct

Oliver Purnell: Good Habits

Part II The Six Cs of On-Court Success

Chapter 7. Coachability

Tubby Smith: Player Responsibility, in Writing

Chapter 8. Communication

Jay Wright: Shooting Straight

Chapter 9. Cohesion

Sharon Versyp: Team Building

Chapter 10. Capacity to Lead

Tony Bennett: Leadership Values

Chapter 11. Competitiveness

Tom Crean: Developing Competitors

Chapter 12. Concentration

Jamie Dixon: Upperclassmen Focus


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