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    January 24, 2009

    Basketball Book Review: Court Sense

    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


    About the Author


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