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From Notes to Narrative eThere are many stories within this grand narrative which is part of what makes it so difficult to summarize in a meaningful way With Jim Valvano s untimely death in 1993 Dean Smith s recent passing in 2015 and Coach K s continued presence as head coach of the Blue Devils it sasy to forget that they were in fact contemporaries Don t worry I ve got pics to prove it These pictures of course fail to capture the nature of their relationships for most of the time sheer Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America enmity But that s what makes this book so special it captures an arc that we miss when we make rivalries out to be all about animosity And though there were plenty of moments that werexactly that a good legendary rivalry is also built on mutual respect You don t have to be a die hard Duke UNC or NC State fan to njoy this one I ve always been drawn to the March MATHness side of Bracketology and frankly wasn t really a sentient sporting fan for the heyday of the clashes among the Blue Devils Tar Heels and Wolfpack Honestly as I got a bit misty yed toward the Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) end of the story my thoughts went to likes of Beowulf than to the Sweet Sixteen which is not to say that Feinstein neglects the basketball at all he doesn t Unless you ve been living in an Air Raid shelter for the past 30 years I m not spoiling anything by giving you the parting shots of the victors cutting down the netach a their own time But there s no other way for me to close this half baked review And I guess one last shot of two GOATs couldn t hurt Should you read this book 1 Are you a UNC Duke or NC St fan If so your xcuse for not reading this book is invalid You HAVE to read it You ll probably ven walk away with an added respect for your team s nemesis 2 Are you at least modestly interested in college basketball If so you ll find this book fascinating Read it If not skip it 3 Would you like to grow as a leader If so this might be worth your time It can t hurt to learn about some of the greatest leaders basketball has ver known 4 Do you have a heart If so you ll be moved by Jimmy V s battle with cancer Dean Smith s dementia the relationships that formed between these 3 men The book sometimes descended into the fate of so many sports books knitting together statistics and records of season after season I was hoping for insight into the personalities of the participants and the ways in which those personalities were shaped by the culture at their respective schools and shaped them in turn A few flashes of those insights made this book worth reading but I wasn t wowed Dean Smith in particular served largely as an impersonal foil to Coach K and10 The Legends Club Dean Smith Mike Krzyzewski Jim Valvano and an Epic College Basketball RivalryBy John FeinsteinKindle Edition5 StarsIf you like mens college basketball you will love this Book You Might Love It You might love it little if you are an ACC fan or alum which I am It s about 3 of the best coaches in the history of the sport Dean Smith Mike Krzyzewski whom i will refer to as Coach K because I have to look up the spelling ach time I write his last name and Jim Valvano who is lovingly referred to as Jimmy V and their respective teams University of North Carolina my alma mater Duke University and North Carolina State University The book covers the coaches and players and their their play against ach other the coaches and players and their their play against ach other conference and nationally from 1980 to 2015 Don t worry there is not a bunch of statistics to bore you but there is a lot about recruiting styles game strategy and personal traits of these fine menThere have been great coaches in this sport but the best based on their successes are John Wodden at UCLA with 10 national titles in 12 years Coach K 1000 wins and 5 national titles Bobby Knight with 4 national titles And Dean Smith With 4 Dean Smith with 4 875 total wins Jimmy V would than likely be ranked there too if cancer had not cut his life short The ACC is and always has been a tough conferenceJohn Feinstein is one of the top sports writers in the US and i Fragments enjoyedach one of his books I ve read What makes him so good is his knowledge of the sport the research he does and mostly because of his personal relationships with the coaches in this case He is also well versed in all sports and i highly recommend this and any of his work for that matterWhat made this book so special was the way Feinstein gave the reader the behind the scenes look at the rivalry Coach K and Jimmy V started at Duke and NC State respectively the same summer of 1980 Dean Smith had been at UNC since 1966 and in the space of 14 years had built a dynasty of recruiting and winning that stil Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries exists to this day Coach K a Bobby Knight protege was the coach at Army and played against Jimmy V at Iona both schools in New York When they came south they had no idea. Rt time as head coach of Army and worst of all no one couldven pronounce his name The announcement caused head scratches if not immediate calls for his head and on this note his career at Duke began      The table was set nine days later when on March 27 1980 Jim Valvano was hired by North Carolina State to be their new head coach The hiring didn't raise as many yebrows but with the xuberant Valvano on board two new coaches were now in place to challenge Dean Smith and the most sensational competitive decade in history was about to unfold      In the skillful hands of John Feinstein this xtraordinary rivalry and the men behind it come to life in a uniue intimate. In 1980 North Carolina was already stablished as a legendary basketball program with a legendary coach Dean Smith That Year The Two Biggest Rivals That year the two biggest rivals the Tar Heels Duke and North Carolina State hired Mike Krzyzweski and Jim Valvano respectively That led to a decade of intense basketball between these three schoolsJohn Feinstein considered by many to be one of the best writers of college basketball captures the spirt of this three headed rivalry by telling the story of not only the successes on the court of these three coaches but by also xploring what made ach one of them so intense despite having distinctly different personalitiesFeinstein is a no nonsense writer as he tells stories of the recruiting wars between the three the he tells STORIES OF THE RECRUITING WARS BETWEEN of the recruiting wars between three the competitive fire inside One Ticket To Texas each one against one another and insightful stories that bring the reader inside the mind ofach coach Feinstein gives Helpmate each timeual time through the time that all three coached However I felt that Feinstein did his best work when writing about the discovery of Valvano s cancer and all that happened until his death in 1993 The stories have been told before but not like this Feinstein should also get Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy extra kudos for getting Valvano s widow to open up so freely about the loss of her husband This section made for some of the best reading in thentire book Readers who have njoyed Feinstein s previous books on college basketball such as A Season on the Brink and The Last Amateurs will njoy this one as well Covering the game and the three schools who were coached by these three legendary coaches in his usual informative style The Legends Club is a book that Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader every basketball fan should add to his or her collectionI wish to thank Doubleday Publishing for providing an advance review copy of the book through NetGalley inxchange for an honest review OUTSTANDING Picture me screaming this from the rooftopsJohn Feinstein brilliantly weaves together the coaching lives of three of the greatest coaches in men s college basketball Dean Smith Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano all three from North Carolina schools and all of these schools within 20 25 miles of Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead each otherSome The Legends Club is a story about the passage of time and coming full circle with the coaching legacies of Dean Smith Jim Valvano and Mike Krzyzewski The stories this book tells convey the depth of their intense rivalries yearly chase for national titles of top ranked programs the battle for coveted recruits and the nuanced personalities thatach of these coaches brought to their respective programsThe stories of Valvano and Coach K begin in 1980 where they assume control of basketball programs in the highly competitive ACC basketball conference at NC State and Duke While these two new hires acclimated to their new roles UNC s legendary Dean Smith managed a highly respected and successful national program despite the fact that he was chasing his first championship for the Tar Heels Each of these coaches would achieve great success leading highly recruited players to a collective Bryozoan Evolution eight titles and countless Final Four appearances Amidst their in state rivalriesach coach Crisis and Continuity at the Abbasid Court: Formal and Informal Politics in the Caliphate of Al-Muqtadir (295-320/908-32) endured obstacles both personally and professionally This book goes a good job covering these obstacles but none poignantly than Jim Valvano s 1993 battle with cancer That story showcased the bond Valvano and Krzyzewski had as friends in a time of dire personal struggleThis book takes you on annjoyable Silvers Edge early journey through their coaching careers bringing you courtside to Championship seasons over their career including Valvano s 1983 Survive and Advance Wolf Pack I m a bit rusty in the art of reviewing books right now and though this may not mark a triumphant return for me this read moved menough to put that aside John Feinstein is a prolific and talented sports writer particularly in the college basketball world This time last year with the Madness of March fast approaching I read his Last Dance Behind the Scenes at the Final Four and found it underwhelming to say the least However I can t help but think that some of that had to do with bits and pieces of this book The Legends Club Dean Smith Mike Krzyzewski Jim Valvano and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry that Feinstein struggled to keep at bay Why Because this is the book that Feinstein has been destined to write ver since he first met UNC coach Dean Smith circa 1976 back when Feinstein was an undergrad covering the basketball beat for his cross town alma mater Duke This was a few years before the other members of the ponymous trio Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K and Jim Valvano would make their way to North Carolina s Research Triangle but it s apparent throughout the book that the seeds of this story run deep for Feinstein Actually. The riveting inside story of college basketball's fiercest rivalry among three coaching legends University of North Carolina's Dean Smith Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and North Carolina State's Jim Valvano by the king of college basketball writers #1 New York Times bestseller John FeinsteinOn March 18 1980 the immensely powerful Duke basketball program announced the hiring of its new coach the man who would resurrect the team restore glory to Duke and defeat the legendary Dean Smith who coached down the road at UNC Chapel Hill and had turned UNC into a powerhouse Duke's new man was Mike Krzyzewski The only problem was no one knew who Krzyzewski was he had a so so record in his sho. .
What they were going to Going Berserk encounter with Smith and UNC There was no way any North Carolina high school basketball player was going to Duke andven NC State would be a last choice All the kids wanted to go to Carolina and play for SmithHowever Coach K and Jimmy V would learn how to compete in the conference and ventually xchange wins and losses with Smith and UNC All three schools are only a few miles apart in North Carolina and rivalry is always intense To give you an idea in 3 years Jimmy V would take his NC State team to the national championship and win Dean Smith also felt Coach K s presence and though behind NC State in his ramp up Coach K was good and a force to be reckoned withIf I don t stop now i will write a book about this book because it has had a profound impact on me I have relived some of this rivalry having been there during part of the years discussed I also have a greater respect for the 3 coaches who at one time despised Come Hell or High Water: Feminism and the Legacy of Armed Conflict in Central America each other butventually came to love Autobiography and Other Writings each other For those of us who live and breathe any one of these three ACC basketball teams UNC Duke or NC State this is nostalgia It is reliving our memories some that make us so happy and some that are infuriating because all of our love and passion is for one of these teams and we have none for the other two Mine is for the my alma mater and beloved university The University of North Carolina I did however gain a deeper understanding and some greater measure of respect for the other two coaches if not the programs they ledlead It looks beyond their public personna and shows a side that the other two fan bases don t always consider Well done Injoyed the walk down memory lane specially the walk with a man for whom I have great respect not only for his coaching ability but also for his moral center and his championing of causes well before they were accepted in mainstream society Dean Smith your legacy lives on in many ways With two nonfiction bestsellers sitting on my table I reached first for John Feinstein s The Legends Club I m a fan of his sports books and I ve ven read some of his books on golf But this time he covered my favorite basketball conference the ACC and three remarkable coaches The subtitle is Dean Smith Mike Krzyzewski Jim Valvano and an Epi How would you feel if you were coaching against North Carolina s Dean Smith Personally I would be very afraid In John Feinstein s book The Legends Club he describes three of the best coaches in basketball Unbeatable Mind (3rd Edition): Forge Resiliency and Mental Toughness to Succeed at an Elite Level (English Edition) eBook: Mark Divine: Amazon.fr: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l. ever and how they competed againstach other and other teams This book falls into the category of historical fiction In 1980 Duke and NC State had just hired two new head coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Valvano This led to an intense decade of basketball between these three Valvano This led to an intense decade of basketball between these three There were three main characters in this book Dean Smith Jim Valvano and Mike Krzyzewski If you know a little about basketball these three people are the pinnacle of xcellence at dominating there sport Dean Smith coached at North Carolina for thirty six years They were the best of the best the top of the food chain The year 1980 was huge for college basketball Two new coaches had arrived at NC State and the prestigious Duke both in the same conference as North Carolina Jim Valvano got the head coaching job at NC State Jim was a great man a man that someday I want to be like He treated veryone the same with love kindness and much glee He treated his players the same way He wasn t the best technical coach in the world but he knew how to get the best out of his players Mike Krzyzewski arrived at Duke with lofty aspirations He s had the privilege of coaching some of the best college basketball players Apocalyptic Cartography: Thematic Maps and the End of the World in a Fifteenth-Century Manuscript ever Christian Laettner forxample is probably the best player to ver play in college He won two national championships in his four years at Duke Those championships would be the first two for Duke University and Coach K Coach K and Coach Valvano are great coaches but they were no match for the veteran Dean Smith While losing a lot to Deans teams over the years in a way they were winning They gained much knowledge through defeat they figured out how Dean was successful In this book you ll see how three men can be great friends as well as fierce competitors I give this book a five out of five stars There is so much juicy and interesting information about these three men and schools that I didn t know I thought John Feinstein did a fantastic job of giving a lot of really cool info without making it too long with his choice of words I also njoy analyzing and watching basketball It would ve been cool too watch Dean Smith fiercely coach North Carolina in his hay day but Feinstein paints a pretty good picture in the mind of what it was like "All in all this was a fun read. Way The Legends Club is a sports book that captures an "in all this was a fun read. Way The Legends Club is a sports book that captures an in American sport and culture documenting the inside view of a decade of absolutely incredible competition Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars the intensely personal competition that wasn't always friendly the normous pressure and national stakes and the battle for the very soul of college basketball allegiance in a hot bed area Getting to the roots of the NCAA goliath that is followed religiously by millions of fans today Feinstein uses his unprecedented access to all three coaches to paint a portrait only he could conjure The Legends Club is destined to be one of Feinstein's biggest bestseller.

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