Release on 2010-04-27 | by LeBron James,Buzz Bissinger
How Four Friends and I Brought a Championsip Home
Author: LeBron James,Buzz Bissinger
Category: Sports & Recreation
The DREAM TEAM was a bunch of kids from Akron, Ohio-LeBron James and his best friends-who first met on a youth basketball team of the same name when they were ten and eleven years old. United by their love of the game and their yearning for companionship, they quickly forged a bond which would carry them through thick and thin (a lot of thin) and, at last, to the brink of a national championship. They were a motley group who faced challenges all too typical of inner-city America. LeBron grew up without a father and had moved with his mother more than a dozen times by the age of 10. Willie McGee, the quiet one, had left both his parents behind in Chicago to be raised by his older brother in Akron. Dru Joyce was outspoken, and his dad, who was ever-present, would end up coaching all five of the boys in high school. Sian Cotton, who also played football, was the happy-go-lucky enforcer, while Romeo Travis was unhappy, bitter, even surly, until he finally opened himself up to the bond his team mates offered. In the summer after seventh grade, the DREAM TEAM tasted glory when they qualified for a national championship tournament in Memphis. But they lost their focus, and had to go home early. They promised each other they would stay together and do whatever it took to win a national title. They had no idea how hard it would be to pursue that promise. In the years that followed, they would endure jealousy, hostility, exploitation, resentment from the black community (because they went to a "white" high school), and the consequence of their own over-confidence. Not least, they would all have to wrestle with LeBron's outsize success, which brought too much attention and even a whiff of scandal their way. But together these five boys became men as they sought a national championship. From the Trade Paperback edition.
How Michael, Magic, Larry, Charles, and the Greatest Team of All Time Conquered the World and Changed the Game of Basketball Forever
Author: Jack McCallum
Pubpsher: Ballantine Books
Category: Sports & Recreation
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Acclaimed sports journalist Jack McCallum delivers the untold story of the greatest team ever assembled: the 1992 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. As a writer for Sports Illustrated, McCallum enjoyed a courtside seat for the most exciting basketball spectacle on earth, covering the Dream Team from its inception to the gold medal ceremony in Barcelona. Drawing on fresh interviews with the players, McCallum provides the definitive account of the Dream Team phenomenon. He offers a behind-the-scenes look at the controversial selection process. He takes us inside the team’s Olympic suites for late-night card games and bull sessions where superstars like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird debated the finer points of basketball. And he narrates a riveting account of the legendary intrasquad scrimmage that pitted the Dream Teamers against one another in what may have been the greatest pickup game in history. In the twenty years since the Dream Team first captivated the world, its mystique has only grown. Dream Team vividly re-creates the moment when a once-in-a-millennium group of athletes came together and changed the future of sports—one perfectly executed fast break at a time. With a new Afterword by the author. “The absolute definitive work on the subject, a perfectly wonderful once-you-pick-it-up-you-won’t-be-able-to-put-it-down book.”—The Boston Globe “An Olympic hoops dream.”—Newsday “What makes this volume a must-read for nostalgic hoopsters are the robust portraits of the outsize personalities of the participants, all of whom were remarkably open with McCallum, both then and now.”—Booklist (starred review)
Do you have a dream in you that challenges you on a daily basis to be birthed? Well, you will be very surprised to see whom God will choose to help press that dream into manifestation. This writing is dedicated to every believer as a tool to help affirm the God-inspired dream you feel within the heart of your spirit. Its purpose is to bring you into a broader perspective of the people God allows to accompany you on your journey of life while pursuing your purpose. It will quickly become frustrating if we have and keep a narrow perspective concerning whom God has designed to help us reach our dreams in life. We dedicate this writing to the leader as well as the dream God has planted in your heart. Sometimes we are capable of questioning the fact of the cause of people flowing in and out of our lives. God is a strategist, and he will never make a mistake. There is none good but God. We cannot separate good from God, so we must trust that whatever he permits in our lives, it has to be for our good. There is a purpose of the “current flow” of people in your life today. Upon reading, we pray the material shared will help broaden your perspective and purpose of life.
Release on 1996-12-26 | by Robert Fisher,Bo Thomas
Seven Practices Used by World-Class Team Leaders to Achieve Extraordinary Results
Author: Robert Fisher,Bo Thomas
Pubpsher: CRC Press
Category: Business & Economics
Want to achieve spectacular success in your personal and business life? Looking for ways to mold and capture superior teamwork, cohesion, and bone-deep dedication? Put Real Dream Teams on your list of must reads. From the headlines used to describe groups such as the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, to Hollywood production moguls, to attorneys clashing in major criminal cases, we have all heard the phrase "dream teams" used and misused. Real Dream Teams is a book that focuses on extraordinary efforts by conditioned winners who have achieved outstanding results through what the authors call "synergistic group dynamics." Let Real Dream Teams point you in the direction of becoming a more effective team leader and team member. Read of team efforts and extraordinary practices and results as demonstrated by recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Medal of Honor, national championships, and best-in-industry awards. Take tips from those who have achieved their membership in Real Dream Teams:
"e;Build Your Dream Team"e; puts in perspective the progress made over the last 20 years in management. It presents in a simple and pragmatic way the key elements of powerful management: management by vision, example and values; the reinforcement of Emotional Intelligence; the use of key skills; the development of empowerment and accountability for a real client orientation; and, the benefits of transparency in communication and fairness in the processes. Successive waves of innovation in management theory have claimed to revolutionize the subject. However we should look at all these waves together. This is what achieves the tide of change. For many years modern management has been known as 'Humanist Management'. 'Humanist management' is management focused on people, emotions, development, freedom, initiative and innovation. With every page of this book you, too, will discover the secrets of putting 'Humanist Management in Practice' and make sure your team rides high on the wave of success.
Release on 2012-09-06 | by Gary Mackay,Rob Robertson
Author: Gary Mackay,Rob Robertson
Pubpsher: Black & White Publishing
Category: Sports & Recreation
Gary Mackay is a Hearts legend who has played more games for the Tynecastle club than anyone else in history. He fulfilled his boyhood dream of turning out for the boys in maroon in the early 1980s and continues his love affair with Hearts to this day. Here he selects his Hearts Dream Team made up of the greatest players ever to pull on the famous maroon jersey. Packed full of stories from his time at the club and other Tynecastle tales, it is a fascinating read for Hearts fans of all ages. There is serious debate about Gary's choices from some well-known Hearts fans such as actor Ken Stott, the man who played Ian Rankin's Edinburgh detective Rebus and appeared in the movie The Hobbit; respected ITN reporter Martin Geissler who has reported from some of the world's most dangerous wars; 1990 Grand Slam rugby hero John Jeffrey and senior political figures such as First Minister Alex Salmond; Tory MSP David McLetchie; Lord George Foulkes of Cumnock and Charlie Falconer, who was the Lord Chancellor in the Labour Government of Tony Blair.
On the footy (soccer) field, good friends Hanh and Rainbow work together as a superhero duo. Coach Shawna must choose a new captain for the Flyers and everyone knows that Hanh or Rainbow will lead the team. But which girl will become captain, and will their friendship past the test?
Mark's favourite player, striker Robbie Kidd, is presenting the cup at a five-a-side tournament. The only way Mark can meet him is if his team wins. No problem! Well, maybe just a small one. His best friend Kenny is totally useless. But Mark can't leave him out of the side - can he?
Willie Miller is an Aberdeen legend. In a glittering career he won every domestic honour, played in two World Cup Finals for Scotland and led Aberdeen to victory in the 1983 European Cup Winners' Cup. He played with and against some of the greatest footballers of all time and now selects his Aberdeen Dream Team of the greatest players ever to pull on the famous red jersey. In Willie Miller's Aberdeen Dream Team there's serious competition for every position and Willie's choices are sure to spark debate. Willie has also invited some well-known Dons fans - Ally Begg, Chris Cusiter, Richard Gordon, Buff Hardie, Paul Lawrie, James Naughtie and Jack Webster - to contribute their own dream teams to see if they take issue with his own selections. Packed full of facts and anecdotes about the club's greatest heroes, Willie Miller's Aberdeen Dream Team is a fascinating and entertaining read for Dons fans of all ages. But will you agree with Willie's selections and the reasons he chose them?