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Toughness: Developing True Strength On and…

Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court

by Jay Bilas

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This is a very good book that teacher a very good lesson to all athletes. It describes a very misused in the athletics industry and is very well-written. 5Q3P The cover art is okay and I'd recommend this to high school students and adults. I chose to read this book because I liked the title. BrandonC
  edspicer | Dec 30, 2014 |
Toughness by Jay Bilas teachers people of all ages how to succeed not only in basketball, but in life as a whole. It is organized into different lessons, all of which are expressed clearly and descriptively. Everything Jay Bilas presents, on what he believes "toughness" really is, is backed up by various players, coaches, and legends like Phil Jackson and Michael Jordan. Something that really stands out is the clear connection he makes between basketball and life. For example one of the lessons Bilas presented in his book was the idea of "Next Play". This idea refers to a time where one makes a mistake, and instead of sulking in his or her shortcoming he or she shifts his or her focus to the next obstacle. This lesson refers to the real world in that if you make a mistake, or fail at anything, it helps you in no way to linger on that failure, and benefits you tremendously to move on to the next challenge. This is one example of many that teaches an important lesson that not only applies to basketball, but to the real world as well.
  matiacone | Nov 2, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451414675, Hardcover)


The popular ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player looks at the true meaning of toughness.

If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, during which the Blue Devils won back-to-back titles. A graduate of Duke Law School, he has since become one of basketball’s most recognizable faces through his insightful, intelligent work on ESPN’s SportsCenter and College GameDay.

Through his ups and downs, on and off the court, Jay learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, he discusses this misunderstood—yet vital—attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life. Featuring never-before-heard stories and personal philosophies on toughness from top players and coaches including Coach K, Bob Knight, Grant Hill, Mia Hamm, Jon Gruden, Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Curtis Strange, and many others—Bilas redefines what it takes to succeed.

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The basketball player, coach, and ESPN analyst examines his life and career through the prism of toughness, which he explains comes from discipline, a team-oriented mind-set, and belief in oneself.

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