The Hoops Whisperer
On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players
ISBN 9781592408917 | 256 pages | 01 May 2014 | Gotham Books | 9.25 x 5.51in | 18 - AND UP
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Basketball’s most unlikely—and most sought-after—training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he’s helped transform.
Where do the best basketball players in the world turn when they want to improve their game? Whom does a future NBA Hall of Famer thank at his press conference when he’s named Rookie of the Year? Who is it that Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Journal all call the "Hoops Whisperer" because of his ability to engage, inspire, and challenge the players he trains? The answer to all of these questions is Idan Ravin.
Ravin never played or coached in college or the pros, yet a virtual NBA All-Star team relies on him to better their game and reach their full potential. A soft-spoken former lawyer, Ravin has become professional basketball’s hottest trainer.
In The Hoops Whisperer, Ravin shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and many more. He offers a rare unguarded glimpse inside the lives of these great athletes, drawn from his intimate connection with them that is the basis of his success.
Showcasing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, Ravin reveals how faith, effort, dedication, and passion can make a player into a superstar—and anyone into a success. Combined with his own inspiring journey, Ravin’s insights make The Hoops Whisperer a must-read for anyone who loves the game.
“I started working with Idan when I was getting ready for the Draft. He got me better- a lot better. The last two years we worked really hard. It’s no coincidence that I have improved so much and played well at the World Championships. Me, Chris Paul and Idan worked hard for more than 6 weeks to get ready!” –Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks
“I have learned so much working with Idan. I really appreciate everything he has done for me and I have a lot of fun in the process.” –Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
“You see what Idan has done with Melo and Chris Paul. They were killing this last year and during the World Championships. The best guys in the League trust Idan with their game because he gets us better so fast. His workouts are no joke. That’s why I made sure I worked with Idan when the docs cleared me to play in February/ March! He is great! –Gilbert Arenas, Shanghai Sharks
“I worked with Idan when I was getting ready for the Draft. He was great to work with then and I continue to work with him. When the doctors cleared me to play after my injury, I knew what I had to do. I flew Idan to L.A. to work with me mid=season. He really makes players better.” –Elton Brand, Atlanta Hawks
“The best guys in the League work with Idan: Melo, CPaul, Gilbert, EBrand, etc. I had a chance to work with Idan and I definitely took advantage of it. That was by far the best work I have done while I have been in the league. Now I understand why the all Stars make it a point to work with Idan. My goal is to become an All Star and I know Idan will help me get there.” –Jason Richardson, Orlando Magic
“Idan is a fantastic player development coach. His track record speaks for itself as he has worked with the top players in the NVA yet he is able to help any player at a level improve their game. Players that will invest the time and effort to work with him will see tremendous results.” –Tommy Sheppard, VP Operations for the Washington Wizards
“I invited Idan to Dallas during the season to work with our players. My coaching staff and I consider his work excellent. He is creative and innovative in his approach. He has a very strong presence on the court. Players respond quickly to his direction and leadership.” –Donnie Nelson, President, Dallas Mavericks
“Player development has become a necessary component of professional basketball and Idan is one of the finest coaches in this field that I have met. Players at the highest level respond to his instruction. He is insightful and creative, very bright and an excellent communicator.” –Rolando Blackman, Assistant Coach, Turkey national basketball team
“This is really a big year for me. Its my last year on my rookie contract and so there is a lot of money at stake, especially after the kind of money teams are paying this offseason to big mean. I knew what I had to do so I made sure I worked with Idan this entire offseason.” –Brendan Haywood, Charlotte Bobcats
“Idan prepared me for summer league and training camp through his intense workouts. His attention to detail with his ball handling and footwork drills elevated my game to new levels.” –Roger Mason, Miami Heat
“To attempt to put into words the impact Idan has had on me both mentally and physically simply takes away from the true value of his knowledge and his will to make you better. He takes your game to another level so that you wonder what else is there to teach. I respect every aspect of his knowledge because he respected/ respects every aspect of my game while making it better.” –Alana Beard, Los Angeles Sparks
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