The Miracle of St. Anthony: A Season With Coach Bob Hurley and Basketball's Most Improbable Dynasty (Anglais)
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“Compelling.”—Chicago Tribune“A classic.”—Boston Globe“Astonishing”—New York Post“Hard to put down.”—The Washington Post--Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Broché .
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In The Miracle of St. Anthony, acclaimed sports journalist Adrian Wojnarowski follows Hurley through a gripping and heartrending season, as he struggles to lead a troubled team to glory through his unparalleled understanding of the game and his ceaseless determination to see no more children lost to the city streets.
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ED SZALKIEWICZ KEPT coming down the third-floor corridor of St. Anthony High School, insisting that Ahmad Mosby-the senior everyone called "Beanie"-turn around and talk to him. Lire la première page
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Many AAU programs do not teach the fundamentals of basketball...they showcase...and use players as trophies. Many AAU programs are also factories who spit out players regularly when other more talented players come along. Coach Hurley teaches his kids how to play as a team and sticks with them for a lifetime. He also introduces a culture of refreshing honesty and does not engage in the dark world of under the table payments to, "street agents."
Admittedly, Coach Hurley would not get away with the harsh screaming and cursing of players in most affluent suburban basketball communities. However, it appears to be the right forumla in Jersey City an inner city low-income community just across the Hudson River in the shadows of New York City. The kids who play for St. Anthony use basketball as an escape from the demons of drugs and violence on the streets. They use the academic and basketball education at St. Anthony's to get free rides to college.
Coach Hurley shows them the path. He does so by teaching them discipline...the discipline to keep your mouth shut and play ball. It is amazing that Coach Hurley's teams rarely get called for technical fouls. They play the game on the court and are prohibited to "trash talk" to opposing players, coaches or officials.
But it is hardly a piece of cake...Coach Hurley is demanding. He expects a "total," commitment. Some pages of this book are harsh. However, this is a national high school powerhouse with a long tradition of championships and it is hard to argue with the genius of Coach Hurley. Recommended.
Fortunately, like John Feinstien in Season on the Brink, Wojnarowski does the subject justice with excellent reporting, great writing and a very honest and engaging style. There are a huge number of "Year in the life of..." style books now and many of them are about athletic teams or athletes and this is certainly one of the three best I've read (along with Season and Friday Night Lights). I would recommend it to anyone who likes basketball, socio-economic issues (the Jersey City backdrop and how it affects the kids and school are fascinating) and most importantly for coaches or teachers who want to know how to lead your pupils. A fantastic book that I recommend very highly.
I once went to a play in a Jersey City High School and I wondered how anyone could live in such a bleak, even dangerous environment. And this is a tale of not only learning, but excelling in an environment where most of us want to drive through quickly with the doors locked.
This is a story about basketball. But more than that, it is a story of depressed urban areas with all the usual problems of race, drugs, poverty, and all the other problems. At the same time it is a story of hope and fulfillment. It's also the story of extraordinary people who are willing to spend their careers helping the people in such an area to get ahead.
More than just a basketball story, this is a story of a small brick schoolhouse run by Felician nuns always at the edge of bankruptcy but somehow able to barely survive but to continue to turn out educated kids.