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May 18

"Last Dance" Lovers Reading List

Posted on May 18, 2020 at 8:04 AM by Michael Lang

Already missing The Last Dance? We've got some options for you. Read more about Jordan or choose an autobiography by professional basketball's most famous players and coaches. 

Michael Jordan

DB 29841 Michael Jordan: Basketball’s soaring star by Paul J. Deegan
Annotation: Presents the life and career of the Chicago Bulls basketball player who was the 1985 Rookie of the Year, the 1988 NBA Most Valuable Player, and the holder of several NBA scoring records. For grades 3-6.

DB 61922 Driven from within by Michael Jordan
Annotation: Michael Jordan explains through snapshots, vignettes, stories, and shoe designs the motivations that helped him become a famous basketball player and entrepreneur. Discusses his childhood, athletic career, and business philosophy. 2005.

DB 38006 Rare air: Michael on Michael by Michael Jordan
Annotation: In a conversational manner retired basketball superstar Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls shares his life and extraordinary career. Chapter titles include "Pregame," "Family," and "Playoffs." For junior and senior high and older readers. Bestseller.

DB 34711 The Jordan rules by Sam Smith
Annotation: June 1991. The Chicago Bulls have just won the 1991 NBA Championship, and there is joy all around--not only for player Michael Jordan, but for the entire team. For the Bulls came together as a team when it really counted. Smith looks at the Bulls' 1990-91 season and discusses what Jordan did for the team. He also talks about the petty jealousies, fragile egos, and contract disputes that almost broke the team up. Bestseller.

DB 36211 Hang time: Days and dreams with Michael Jordan by Bob Greene
Annotation: A newspaper columnist presents his impressions of the popular Chicago Bulls basketball player, Michael Jordan--impressions formed by spending two championship seasons observing the star on and off the court. Greene describes small incidents that he feels illustrate Jordan's caring personality and the impact a high-profile career has had on his life-style. Bestseller.

DB 48035 Playing for keeps: Michael Jordan and the world he made by David Halberstam
Annotation: Examines the basketball superstar's career and character from high school to the professional ranks. Describes championship games and fellow players. Discusses 1980s and 1990s changes in media coverage and how Jordan evolved from athlete to cultural phenomenon. Bestseller.

DB 75291 Dream Team: How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball by Jack McCallum.
Annotation: Sports Illustrated reporter covers the 1992 U.S. gold medal-winning Olympic basketball team--the first ever composed of professionals--from its inception to the medal ceremony in Barcelona. Details the selection of the players, the fourteen games they played together, and the team's mark on basketball history. Strong language. Bestseller. 2012.

Other Players and Coaches

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
DB 88135 Coach Wooden and me: our fifty-year friendship on and off the court.
DB 96159 Becoming Kareem: growing up on and off the court.

Ray Allen
DB 94937 From the outside : my journey through life and the game I love.

Charles Barkley
DB 55571 I may be wrong but I doubt it: some things I've learned so far.
DB 61213 Who's Afraid of a Large Black Man?

Elgin Baylor
DB 91281 Hang time: my life in basketball.

Larry Bird
DB 30887 Drive the story of my life.
DB 70080 When the Game Was Ours.

Kobe Bryant
DB 93941 The mamba mentality: how I play.

Wilt Chamberlin
DB 35147 A view from above.

Cynthia Cooper
DB 55996 She got game: my personal odyssey.

Bob Cousy
DB 10133 The killer instinct.
DB 24953 The last loud roar.

"Dr. J" Julius Erving
DB 78542 Dr. J: The Autobiography.

Red Holzman
DB 27730 Red on Red.

Andre Iguodala
DB 95635 The sixth man : a memoir.

Phil Jackson
DB 55635 More than a game.
DB 77168 Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success.

LeBron James
DB 70324 Shooting Stars.

Magic Johnson
DB 19953 Magic.
DB 36163 My life.
DB 70080 When the Game Was Ours.

George Karl
DB 87958 Furious George my forty years surviving NBA divas, clueless GMs, and poor shot selection.

Pete Maravich
DB 28246 Heir to a dream.

Hakeem Olajuwon
DB 44381 Living the dream : my life and basketball.

Doc Rivers
DB 42656 Those who love the game : Glenn "Doc" Rivers on life in the NBA and elsewhere.

Dennis Rodman
DB 42330 Bad as I wanna be.

Bill Russell
DB 14995 Second wind : the memoirs of an opinionated man
DB 69492 Red and Me: My Coach, My Lifelong Friend.

Dwayne Wade
DB 75553 A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.

Bill Walton
DB 84575 Back From the Dead.

Jerry West
DB 74058 West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life.

Lenny Wilkens
DB 61666 Unguarded: My Forty Years Surviving in the NBA.

Yao Ming.
DB 61982 Yao: A Life in Two Worlds.