Read and React: The Art of a Beautiful Game

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The Art of a Beautiful Game

This isn't just another book on pro ballers or a sports how-to. The Art of a Beautiful Game is about the way professional athletes use their minds to play basketball. "In talking to NBA players, like Kobe, LeBron and Battier, what really struck me—and this comes through in the book—is how they 'think' the game," says Chris Ballard, the book's author. "Like how James sees the defense and focuses not just on his defender, but the help defenders, and reads their body language to help him make his decision. [Or] how Bryant finds challenges in the tiniest of things—finding novel ways to motivate himself."

Use The Art of a Beautiful Game to help you take your game to the next level. At least that's Ballard's wish. He says: "I hope players take away, in a larger sense, a greater awareness of the game and what it requires to succeed [and] that there is no one right way to master this game, but rather thousands of right ways."

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