Whenever I’m doing a coaches clinic, I recommend the book, Forever’s Team by John Feinstein. The book is an extraordinary chronicle about Duke men’s basketball during the 1978-1979 seasons (before Coach K arrived). The book tracks the Duke team as they went to the 1978 national championship game, only to lose to Kentucky. A majority of the book, however, focuses on the following year.
When NBA coaches Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics), and Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat) are looking for advice, they seek out a Division II basketball coach to learn more about the game. Jim Crutchfield, head basketball coach at Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, is a source of information for some of the best basketball minds in the world.
The late John Thompson was a coaching icon. He developed the Georgetown program into a national powerhouse. Author Jesse Washington delves into the facets of Thompson’s life that extend beyond the court.