Basketball and Philosophy: Thinking Outside the Paint (The by Jerry L. Walls, Gregory Bassham

By Jerry L. Walls, Gregory Bassham

What can the movie Hoosiers train us concerning the that means of lifestyles? How can historical japanese knowledge traditions, comparable to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, enhance our jump-shots? What can the "Zen Master" (Phil Jackson) and the "Big Aristotle" (Shaquille O'Neal) educate us approximately sustained excellence and luck? Is women's basketball "better" basketball? How, ethically, may still one take care of a strategic cheater in pickup basketball? With NBA and NCAA crew rosters always altering, what does it suggest to play for the "same team"? What can training legends Dean Smith, Rick Pitino, Pat Summitt, and Mike Krzyzewski train us approximately personality, fulfillment, and pageant? What makes basketball this kind of appealing online game to monitor and play?

Basketball is now the preferred group game within the usa; every year, greater than 50 million american citizens attend collage and professional basketball video games. while Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, first nailed peach baskets on the contrary ends of a Springfield, Massachusetts, fitness center in 1891, he had little concept of the way completely the sport could form American -- and foreign -- tradition. Hoops superstars comparable to Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Yao Ming are actually immediately famous celebrities all around the planet. So what can a gaggle of philosophers upload to the certainty of basketball? it's a particularly easy online game, yet as Kant and Dennis Rodman beloved to assert, appearances might be deceiving. trainer Phil Jackson actively makes use of philosophy to enhance participant functionality and to inspire and encourage his group and his fellow coaches, either off and on the court docket. Jackson has built-in philosophy into his training and his own existence so completely that it's always tricky to differentiate his function as a basketball trainer from his function as a philosophical consultant and mentor to his gamers.

In Basketball and Philosophy, a Dream staff of twenty-six basketball fanatics, so much of whom additionally take place to be philosophers, proves that basketball is the pondering person's activity. they appear at what occurs while the Tao meets the hardwood as they discover the teamwork, endurance, selflessness, and balanced and harmonious motion that make up the paintings of taking part in basketball.

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