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Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead

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Colorful, controversial, and outspoken basketball coach Jim Valvano recalls nearly a quarter century as a coach, including North Carolina State's 1982 Cinderella NCAA championship and the 16-month rollercoaster ride that led to his resignation. 2 cassettes.

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Colorful, controversial, and outspoken basketball coach Jim Valvano recalls nearly a quarter century as a coach, including North Carolina State's 1982 Cinderella NCAA championship and the 16-month rollercoaster ride that led to his resignation. 2 cassettes.

30 review for Valvano: They Gave Me a Lifetime Contract, and Then They Declared Me Dead

  1. 4 out of 5

    Quinton Miller

    This book is a Jim Valvano, otherwise known as Jimmy V, making light of some things that had happened in his coaching career. Often times Valvano does so in a humorous manner. Valvano begins the book by giving a brief summary of his playing days, detailing his hustle and work ethic. The author then begins writing about his early coaching career. Valvano talks about his struggles through that time and how he was able to keep on going. The bulk of the book is highlighted by Valvano's time as the h This book is a Jim Valvano, otherwise known as Jimmy V, making light of some things that had happened in his coaching career. Often times Valvano does so in a humorous manner. Valvano begins the book by giving a brief summary of his playing days, detailing his hustle and work ethic. The author then begins writing about his early coaching career. Valvano talks about his struggles through that time and how he was able to keep on going. The bulk of the book is highlighted by Valvano's time as the head basketball coach at NC State. He goes into great detail about some of those games, giving you an insight as to what he was thinking at the time. Valvano also really likes to make fun of some of his decisions, bringing a light tone throughout most of the book. In the final portion of the book, Valvano talks about what the causes were of him not coaching at the time he was writing this book. During this portion, Valvano was not cracking jokes or downplaying a bad situation for the first time. I really appreciated the way Coach Valvano carried a lighthearted spirit through most of the book. If you know anything about Jimmy V, you would know he was a very lighthearted and hilarious man throughout his life. I also really loved how Valvano clearly speaks about his struggles and how they made him a better person and coach. I also enjoyed how Valvano clearly stated what he was thinking throughout the book. There was nothing about Valvano's writing in this book I didn't enjoy. In the book Coach Valvano says, “Every day, in every walk of life ordinary people, do extraordinary things.” I think that this fits his book very well because he often refers to himself as just another guy, who happened to be one of the biggest name coaches in the business for a few years. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys analyzing basketball and the life of coaches within. It is also great for those who love to laugh. I would definitely rate it 5 stars any day of the week.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dwayne Smith

    Great book which gave great insight into the coaching life of a great coach and even better human being. Chronicled the championship run of the NCSU 1983 team and also gave his side of the story of the controversy in the late 80s.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy Wyndham

    This was a funny book by a man who loved and lived basketball. It was written before he became sick but he shares good insights into living a full life. It was clear he loved to laugh (one of my favorite qualities in people).

  4. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Embrey

    This is an extraordinary book that chronicles the lifetime & career of an even more brilliant person & coach!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I learned that basketball is a lot more complicated than 5 players going against 5 opponents. If you like college basketball, especially the ACC, read this!

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    Jennifer

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    yangyuchen

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    Claire Frabkiewicz

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