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  • basketballnemeth
    international coach Laszlo Nemeth and aims to stress the fundamentals of the game while offering practical tips and advice to improving one s game The aim of the book is neither to repeat how to start to playing basketball nor is it produced for the top end of the game states the Hungarian born coach My target was the British reality where a lot of players must do things at mid level for him herself as well as providing drills for coaches at this mid level In that respect Basketball hits the mark Fully illustrated by action photos plus set pieces featuring Ronnie Baker and Sharon Inchley the book weaves deftly between the various skills and drills which are applicable to players of any age and standard complementing them with practical advice on becoming a better exponent Starting with the basics of ball handling to the tactics of offense and defence via tips for fitness and agility Nemeth pulls together his personal experiences of coaching in several countries in a clear and consise fashion Putting each move in context is never easy particularly when taking the book onto the floor is an impracticability But as a companion to hard work

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  • Hang-Time: Nike Shox VC
    the feet to give even more responsive performance The Look VC looks top notch Its sleek black or red mesh exterior is supported by a cage inside giving the shoe a uniquely hip look The tie up laces have been replaced by a pull up lace with a zip to tidy them away Nice And underfoot the red sole has a funky bubble which should light up under the strobes The Shoe We tested VC on both an outdoor and indoor court to see if its feel was as good as its look The answer is yes with minor reservations The lightweight frame is as good as the hype and you genuinely do forget you re wearing anything on your feet perfect for leaping like Air Canada itself On the playground there wasn t any particular wear and tear on the soles a good sign for a longer lasting product The shoes are very comfortable with ample support round the ankle And the Shox technology designed to offer better support underfoot really does come through in the clutch It s springy without giving up control and does offer protection in the impact after you drop back off the rim or

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/hangtime/nikeshoxvc.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Hang-Time: Big Game, Small World
    and colours respected Sports Illustrated diarist Alexander Wolff sets out to find out what happened to the game invented by Dr James Naismith in Springfield once it boarded the steamer ships and headed off for far flung pastures Unseen and largely unrecognised until the Dream Team era brought international basketball into the mainstream Naismith s brainchild has spread into paths only previously uncovered by soccer a truly global endeavour with a universal face up front Over the course of a year Wolff tracked down friends and strangers using their experiences to guide him toward basketball s new roots He reveals the complex and intriguing saga which led the construction of Ireland s National Basketball Arena a development assisted by the apparent philanthropy of an American millionaire and a boisterous union magnate Further afield he sees how a generation of his own countrymen have sought to earn a living in Europe an existence far removed from the bright illumination of the NBA How do the locals adjust to the invasion and how do the exports for hire deal with a game which may have the same rules on paper if not off the court Horse racing may be the sport of kings but hoops is not without royal patronage as Wolff reveals in vivid colour from his excursion into the remote mountain kingdom of Bhutan There he attempted to set up a little one on one with King Jogme Singye Wangchuck who as Wolff notes in regular pick up games with the Royal Bodyguards was famous for coming off screens and letting fly well practiced three point shot Such incredible tales serve to delight and occasionally astound The blind courage of those in Bosnia who risked the safety to reach the gym the teenage dreamers in Illinois who hope that their

    Original URL path: http://www.britball.com/hangtime/biggamesmallworld.html (2016-05-02)
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  • Britball.com: Basketball Test 2002
    outside are not sunk enough which feels decidedly weird on free throws enough to make Shaq tremble at the knees Perhaps and this is strictly applicable to those of the vain persuasion it doesn t look as good as its rivals despite the FIBA ACB and Swoosh logos plastered on the side Nike could do much better than this Rating 6 10 PLAY Baden 321 Manufacturer Baden Familiar as the BBL s ball of choice for the past seven years the Baden ball promises Cushion Control Technology to give a better bounce and feel The 321 version is a mid range synthetic leather product suitable for indoor and outdoor use and it delivers on its boast soft to touch without losing control on your shot It has a good feel all round although outdoor use appears to take the edge off the surface a little To compensate however it is a durable product and despite a reasonable amount of abuse in our test there was no sign of major degradation something which should ensure a good lifespan for your use With the distinctive red and white combination colours it will be easy to find in those dark cupboards when the itch takes you to work on that half court hook shot And for a penny under 40 it s good value for your buck Rating 9 10 PLAY Spalding Infusion Manufacturer Spalding You remember the TV adverts with Kobe boasting how he could work on his inside and outside game You get the total hype with the Spalding Bryant endorsement with the signature of NBA honcho David Stern on the side That in itself doesn t of course guarantee the quality but in this case the product delivers Take able to the playground or the gym Infusion feels good on

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  • READ: At the Buzzer
    as remarkable then as it remains now Or when Kareem Abdul Jabbar slipped under the wing of blocking maestro Mark Eaton pirouetting sweeping upwards and then unleashing the sky hook to edge definitively past Chamberlain s scoring mark in the league a bar he would raise almost 7 000 points further before taking his final bow There is the funny like when then Dallas coach Dick Motta borrowed a circus tiger to use as his motivational prop at half time during a particularly inept Mavericks display The unexpected when a 50 point blast from Bob Pettit helped the St Louis Hawks to insert a blip into the Boston Celtics decade long dominance And the plain bizarre when a Texan thunderstorm swept through the roof during San Antonio s final regular season game in the ABA yet play went ahead while fans crouched under their umbrellas for shelter At the Buzzer aims to gather all this special events together in one colourful and comprehensive tome charting its way through the legendary players and the ground breaking points in the NBA s six decades from Mikan to Iverson Maravich to Jordan Utilising a portfolio of imaginative photos and with the bonus of

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  • READ: THE ULTIMATE ASSIST - John A Fortunato
    for popularity and the bottom line dollar Fortunato an assistant professor at St Peter s College in New Jersey examines the relationship and the broadcast strategies employed by the NBA and its television partners past and present providing a detailed insight into why broadcasters are prepared to splash out the budget of a small country to have Shaq and MJ strut their stuff on their channel Much of the shows watched in America are produced however not by NBC or TNT They are made by the NBA itself who are able to control the message that is sent out to fans It makes for largely banal broadcasting but the message is clear if you want our game you stick to our rules Be nice or we go elsewhere It isn t something which is unique to basketball just that the NBA has done it better and for longer and has used television as a platform to create a brand which stretches far beyond its native land Its players have been made into personalities vests into fashion items sport twisted and turned into entertainment The television companies reap the rewards in reaching viewers who the advertisers wish to attract And in

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  • READ: THE COMPLETE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BASKETBALL
    the game The NBA teams and their history The Legends of the NBA from Abdul Jabbar to Jerry West and what made them so special One step down the rung are the Great Players although the inclusion of Bryant Reeves here is somewhat mystifying and Coaches men and woman who loaned their brains to pushing the sport forward from peach baskets to slam dunks If there is one criticism it is that the title is mis leading Basketball is more than just the NBA and if there is a failure in the book it is that the blinkers have rarely been taken off when examining the reach of the sport The international game receives only a cursory mention by comparison Likewise the role of women is spreading the gospel of hoops Even the college ranks are largely over looked omissions which are a trifle disappointing despite a detailed chronology of the last decade s worth of Final Fours The American focus is however a minor gripe Compiled and written by three of basketball s finest observers everything else about The Complete Encyclopaedia is top notch its descriptive narrative matched only by the quality and frequency of its illustrative accompaniment Not

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  • Britball.com : Hang-Time - Playing For Keeps
    academic endeavours The coaches are compensated richly for their efforts in recruiting the best young talent onto their campus those players in turn becoming fledgling superstars While officially they remain amateurs and receive no direct payment the spin offs render their lifestyle a distinct one from their fellow students most harbouring ambitions to reap their reward once they hit the professional ranks In his latest book Feinstein however chose to eschew the bright lights and head for the lower reaches to be found within the Patriot League a small time conference populated by seven schools which includes the distinctive powers of the US Navy and Army colleges as well as lesser known stops such as Lafayette and Bucknell In this league no one leaves university early to join the NBA the teams travel on buses rather than private jets television takes little interest and as students they are expected to complete their assignments on time without assistance from any clandestine support network In the sort of access all areas book which only ever seems to come out of the States Feinstein chronicles each of the teams over a course of a season charting their highs and lows on and off the court Rather than merely reeling off a series of match reports instead we learn about the personalities involved where these no names came from and where they hope to go once their four years come to an end Only a few will go on to make a career of the sport most notably here Brian Ehlers a star performer of the campaign who spent last term at Newcastle Eagles Their targets are largely to beat each other run fancied opponents valiantly close and ultimately to win the league championship which will send them onward to a berth in the

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