Keep the March Madness spirit alive beyond the NCAA championships with basketball page-turners available at Cobb County libraries.

In Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court by Jay Bilas, the basketball player, coach and ESPN analyst examines his life and career through the prism of toughness, which he explains comes from discipline, a team-oriented mind-set, and belief in oneself.

The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and An Epic College Basketball Rivalrylegends club by John Feinstein captures the essence of the recruiting wars, the extreme pressure and the intensely personal competition of the NCAA. With insights from three legendary college coaches, this book turns the spotlight on what goes on behind the scenes in college basketball.

Sum It Up: 1,098 Victories, a Couple of Irrelevant Losses, and a Life in Perspective by Pat Summitt. She is the all-time winningest coach in NCAA basketball history and renowned for her grit even in the face of life’s toughest challenges.

Wilt: Larger than Life by Robert Cherry. The four years the author spent researching and interviewing the most important people in the legend’s life paid off in this intimate biography of the late basketball Hall-of-Famer Wilt Chamberlain.

Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success is the latest book by Phil Jackson, head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, who won more championships than any coach in the history of professional sports. In it, he traces the life experiences and philosophies that inspired his championship-winning techniques, revealing how he forged successful teams by combining talents and promoting trust.

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It’s Madness: Top Seeded Basketball Books
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