The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril (Paperback)

The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril By Pete Carril, Dan White, Bob Knight (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Pete Carril, Dan White, Bob Knight (Introduction by)
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“The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong.” So said Pete Carril’s father, a Spanish immigrant who worked for thirty-nine years in a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, steel mill. His son stood only five-foot-six but nonetheless became an All-State basketball player in high school, a Little All-American in college, and a highly successful coach. After twenty-nine years as Princeton University’s basketball coach, he became an assistant coach with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings. In 1997 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Coach Carril inspired his teams with his own strength of character and drive to win, and he demonstrated time and again how a smart and dedicated team could compete successfully against bigger programs and faster, stronger, more athletic players. His teams won thirteen conference championships, made eleven NCAA Tournament appearances, and led the nation in defense fourteen times. Throughout his reflections on a lifetime spent on the basketball court and the bench, Carril demonstrates deep respect for the contest, his empathy and engagement with the players, humility with his own achievements, a pragmatic vision of discipline and fundamentals, and an enduring joy in the game. This is an inspiring and wonderful book, even for those who never made a basket.

About the Author

Dan White is an award-winning freelance writer, the author of eight books, and a contributor to the New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Detroit Free Press. Bob Knight won three NCAA titles as men's basketball coach at Indiana; he currently coaches at Texas Tech.

Praise For…

“Pete Carril is the Stonewall Jackson of NCAA basketball—unbelievable in victory, unforgettable in defeat.”—John McPhee

“Warm and wise. . . . disarmingly candid.”—Publishers Weekly

“Pete Carril is very clear about what he wants in basketball, and he wills things to happen.”—Senator Bill Bradley
Product Details
ISBN: 9780803264489
ISBN-10: 0803264488
Publisher: Bison Books
Publication Date: October 1st, 2004
Pages: 206
Language: English