Play Their Hearts Out

A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (15.12 hours)
Product Number: Z100097522
Released: Jun 21, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781483063485
Narrator/s: Emily Rose Speer
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The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short? Drawing on eight years of reporting and telling the very specific tale of one talented young recruit, his coach, and his teammates, George Dohrmann immerses listeners in the world of grassroots basketball, where men hunt for future NBA stars and young boys and their parents navigate a tumultuous course in pursuit of basketball glory.

Author(s): George Dohrmann
Original Publish Date: Oct 05, 2010

All formats/editions

Author(s): George Dohrmann
Product Number EB00151711
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: #9780345523167

Professional reviews

"This inside look at Amateur Athletic Union basketball--a rarely scrutinized hoops farm ground--examines a sordid world of overly ambitious coaches banking their lives on the futures of preteen players. Many of the coaches seem motivated by shoe contracts while dreaming of a bigger payday down the road. Each day for AAU basketball coaches is a gaze at a proverbial crystal ball as they try to predict which young players will evolve into NBA draft picks. Emily Speer's poor pacing and numerous mispronunciations of well-known basketball figures mar this book. She also cannot conjure an angry voice--even for the hot-under-the-collar coach who is the book's focus. M.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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