Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 10 to 18
- Grade: 5 to 12
Basketball is an ideal sport for youth in today's economic climate basketball courts are abundant and the costs associated with participation (equipment, access, clothing) are low compared to other popular sports. In Basketball Basics, famed NBA coach and Hall of Fame player Jay Triano presents the important drills and fundamental skills that every young player needs to excel on the hardwood. Focusing on the core areas Conditioning, Offense, Defense, Rebounds, and Plays That Make a Difference Triano provides step-by-step instructions for everything from balance and stretching to dribbling and passing, from shooting to catching to lay-ups and free throws. The book includes instructional photos on every page, as well as full-color action photos of international and NBA stars and playing tips from some of the greatest players in the world, including Pau Gasol, Dirk Nowitzki, Emanuel Ginobili, and Yao Ming. Featuring a foreword by two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, Basketball Basics is essential equipment for young players hoping to master the hoops and a must-have for coaches and parents.
About the authors
Jay Triano is head coach of the NBA's Toronto Raptors. He has been assistant coach of the USA-B Select Team, head coach at the Nike Skills Academy, and coach at the prestigious Euro Camp in Treviso, Italy. Triano played for the Canadian national team for eleven years and was head coach of the 2000 Canadian Olympic team. A member of the Canadian Basketball and Olympic halls of fame, Triano has also worked as a basketball analyst for TSN and as a TV broadcaster for the Olympic Games. Triano lives in Toronto, ON, and Vancouver, BC.
Steve Nash, OC, OBC is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2001, Nash founded the Steve Nash Foundation, which aims to foster health in kids by funding projects that provide services to children affected by poverty, illness, abuse, or neglect, and create opportunity for education, play, and empowerment. It's efforts focus in both Phoenix, Arizona and Vancouver, British Columbia. In 2007, Nash received the Order of Canada in honour of his philanthropic efforts.