Books, Coaching & PE

Take to the court with a mental edge

The best basketball players and coaches are known not only for their success in the sport but for the manner in which they manifest their knowledge and abilities in playing, coaching and teaching the game.

Court SensePlayers like Michael Jordan, Steve Nash and Diana Taurasi share a special grasp of what is needed in every game situation.

Teams coached by John Wooden, Phil Jackson, Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski won many championships because of their coaches’ amazing ability to teach, motivate, discipline and unite players to perform to their potential both individually and as a group. In Court Sense, John Giannini highlights the qualities that make players and teams great and provides practical ways to improve any area that might be lacking.

The first half of the book covers all the basics a player must have in place, on and off the court, in order to excel.

The second half features the six Cs that are crucial to on-court performance:

  • coachability
  • communication
  • cohesion
  • capacity to lead
  • competitiveness
  • concentration

Giannini brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the subject as a former collegiate player and veteran coach who has earned a PhD in sport psychology. His insights and advice are combined with real-life examples and supported by stories shared by top coaches such as John Beilein, Tony Bennett, Tom Crean, Jamie Dixon, Steve Donahue, Joanne P. McCallie, Sean Miller, Oliver Purnell, Bo Ryan, Tubby Smith, Sharon Versyp and Jay Wright.

Playing like a winner first requires preparing like one. Use Court Sense to your advantage and you’ll be one step closer to cutting down the nets.

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