Basketball season is around the corner and for the first time in a long while I’m not preparing to coach, but instead preparing to watch. Simply watching is bound to keep me busy as I will be supporting my son and the boys basketball team, and of course I will be cheering on the high school girls team that I used to coach, and though I will miss being a part of their season as their coach, not coaching will also allow me to travel and watch my daughter who is playing basketball in college. I can’t wait!

If you’re a fan, parent, coach, or a player, here are some great basketball books to get you pumped up and ready for the season!



In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle (Memoir) by Madeleine Blais



Brief Garland (Memoir) by Harold Keith



Back on the Court : a young woman’s triumphant return to life, love & basketball (Memoir) by Sonya G. Elliott



Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Honor on the Little Big Horn by Larry Colton (Memoir)



Standing Tall: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph (Memoir/Coaching) by C. Vivian Stringer



Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior (Memoir/Coaching) by Phil Jackson



They Call Me Coach (Coaching) by John Wooden



Reach for the Summit (Coaching) by Pat Summitt



Blind Your Ponies (Novel) by Stanley Gordon West



Sue Bird: Be Yourself (Basketball Positively for Kids) by Sue Bird



Whose Game Is It, Anyway?: A Guide to Helping Your Child Get the Most from Sports, Organized by Stage and Age (Parents) by Amy Baltzell


On my basketball reading list:

  • Play Their Hearts Out by George Dohrmann
  • The Last Shot by Darcy Frey
  • Venus to the Hoop by Sara Corbett.
  • Don’t Put Me In Coach: My Incredible NCAA Journey From The End Of The Bench To The End Of The Bench by Mark Titus