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The Smart Take from the Strong: The Basketball Philosophy of Pete Carril

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“The strong take from the weak, but the smart take from the strong.” So said Pete Carril’s father, a Spanish immigrant who worked for thirty-nine years in a Bethlehem,Pennsylvania, steel mill. His son stood only five-foot-six but nonetheless became an All-State basketball player in high school, a Little All-American in college, and a highly successful coach. After twenty-n ...more
Paperback, 205 pages
Published October 1st 2004 by Bison Books (first published March 12th 1997)
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Dave Bolton
I'm a basketball fanatic, so I didn't need much convincing to read this. Great lessons from a coach who managed to overachieve with the little he had (no basketball scholarships, full fee paying students with a full Princeton workload only). Constantly overmatched, he built disciplined teams that played to their strengths and took away the opposition's options. Sprinkled amongst the basketball insights is a lot of life wisdom -- not surprising, because so much about success in sports translates ...more
Dave
A collection of stream-of-consciousness remarks about basketball and life, in that order. The hoops wisdom is highly technical, but still enjoyable for the knowledgeable fan. The more general life lessons are strict and severe and seem taken from a much earlier age. I would be very surprised to learn that Carril uses any kind of data analysis (or even email).

Still, though, you get some insight into the way the great coach thinks and the way he constructed his many teams. The reflections are easy
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Charles JunkChuck
You don't have to be a motion offense proponent to learn from what is quite possibly the most important book a basketball coach can read--not about x's and o's, but the philosophy of teaching and coaching. Pete Carril is my basketball idol, so I'm more than a little biased, but reading this book is like getting a chance to sit down with one of the greats and just listen.
Dad
Apparently a cleaned up transcription of Pete Carril speaking into a pocket recorder, this book has some interesting ideas on how teams with smaller, slower players can still compete by working hard and playing smart.
Too bad nobody edited it or organized it into a real book.
Jspencer24
Great book. Super insightful coming from a great coach, teacher and mentor that led the Princeton Tigers to one of the greatest college basketball upsets of all time over the UCLA Bruins.
Jamie Gallagher
As a basketball coach, this is a must read. He really makes basketball sound like a simple game.
Brad Huebner
Great teacher from the Lehigh Valley rises to international fame at Dillon and Jadwin gyms.
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