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On These Courts

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  84 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway grew up in Binghampton, one of the roughest sections of Memphis. Due in no small part to the self-discipline and strong values his grandmother instilled in him, plus his singular talent, Penny beat the incredible odds and made it to the NBA. He was such a special player that it seemed inevitable that he would win at least one champ ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Touchstone (first published January 1st 2013)
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Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I borrowed this book from my Dad because Penny Hardaway, Hometown Hero and NBA Superstar, has just been named the Head Coach of the University of Memphis Tiger Basketball team. I was born and raised in Memphis, TN, so I have known about Hardaway since he played for the Tigers back in the 90's. I was looking for fluffy entertainment and instead found a deep, impactful story of the inner city of Memphis. Talk about humbling... This story focuses on the Lester Middle School basketball team. This sc ...more
Aug 05, 2013 rated it liked it
On These Courts by Wayne Drash recounts former NBA star Penny Hardaway's efforts at coaching and mentoring the Lester Lions, a team of middle schoolers from a rough Memphis neighborhood to the state championship. Hardaway's involvement grew out of his friendship with the team's old coach, who was struggling with colon cancer and then the chemotherapy that followed. The book is an uplifting and inspirational chronicle of Hardaway's attempts to pursue a championship that eluded him during his prof ...more
Collin LeBlanc
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Penny Hardaway is the GOAT
P.e. lolo
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story about Penney Hardaway, is more than just a basketball book. This is first a story of one friend who is needing help of another friend. You see Penney always gives money for basketball programs and uniforms but this year his friend who has colon cancer needs someone to coach the high school basketball team in one of the roughest inner cities, Memphis TN. Penney says he will do it himself, for this is where he grew up on and in the streets, courts of Memphis. Without a mother or father ...more
Dejuan Hill
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sports biography that is about an NBA legend Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway. It talks about his childhood up to his life after the NBA. The story changed dramatically when one of Penny's best friends Desmond Merriweather couldn't coach the middle school team that Penny went to when he was growing up so he felt that he had to step up and become the new coach of the team because of how much he cared about the children and also how much he cared about his friend Desmond. He not only teach ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-read
It's a good book. Written by Wayne B. Drash a combination of different elements in this hoops and life story. A very interesting bio of former star player Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway, from hometown of Memphis to the NBA and beyond. A kind of loose history of Memphis basketball and players is scattered throughout the book. The main storyline is Penny taking over the coaching reigns of the Lester middle school basketball team for his old friend, Desmond Merriweather, who is battling cancer. Penny do ...more
Lynn Huggins
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
See *UPDATE below.
Wayne Drash did a great job of giving insight into the backgrounds of some potential NBA players and the hurdles they must overcome. A key to their success is one or more mentors. Penny Hardaway identified with middle schoolers from his home neighborhood of Binghampton in Memphis and their struggles. He showed up. He gave his money. Most important, he gave (and is giving) his time. Lots of it. This is a quick read, and a must read.

*UPDATE: Penny Hardaway (former NBA Star) is n
Jul 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
Anfernee Penny Hardaway was the next big thing in basketball in the nineties. Shaquille ONeal and him paired in Orlando was going to be the great dynasty of that decade. But it was one of the things that never came to full fruition. They lost the NBA Finals to the Rockets and the dynasty to be self imploded, with Shaquille going to the Lakers and Penny Hardaways career derailed by injuries. The star that was supposed to win multiple championships, ended up being a champion as a coach of teens in ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great book -- as most reviews say this is not just about basketball. It's more about friendship, leadership and citizenship. Penny Hardaway had a tough life growing up in Memphis but found his way to the basketball court and a successful career in the NBA. But he didn't forget his roots and the streets of Memphis that lure kids to the dark side. He returns to coach a middle school team at the request of his friend who is fighting cancer.

Makes me appreciate all that we have and how important it i
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, memphis
The true story of Lester Middle School's road to the first of three basketball state championships, coached by Memphis native and NBA great Penny Hardaway. These events took place just a few miles from where I now live, but I never heard much about it at the time. I believe every Memphian should read this book. When I finished, I wanted to start volunteering with one of Penny's charity organizations immediately. Still looking into it.
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good account of how one man's (Penny Hardaway) return to his childhood helped change the outlook of an entire community. More than just a story about basketball, a story about growing up and becoming men.
Hazeem Neal
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In my opinion I thought that "On These Courts", by Wayne B.Drash was a good book. I would recommend this book to all my friends or anyone. The details about the community kept me wanting to read more about the book.
Cynthia Sillitoe
May 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Inspiring story and I learned a lot, but it could have been better done. Not as well-done, for instance, as Kareem Abdul-Jabar's "A Season On The Rez."
M Gilston
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Anfernee penny Hardaway is an absolute legend, and Wayne Drash tells a fantastic story.
May 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent study of how a successful person can give back to the community. Anfernee is making a difference in so many lives. Inspirational!!
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable read! I would suggest this book if you need a little pick me up.
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