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SUPERSTARS IN THE WORLD OF BASKETBALL

From LeBron James to Kobe Bryant, todays basketball superstars were once just students with dreams of playing in the NBA. With hard work and dedication to the sport, these young people became the star athletes known around the world today. This series brings young readers the true stories of their basketball idols, both their successes and setbacks. Each title in this series tells the life story of a different player who went from a young dreamer to a sports celebrity.

Hardcover

ISBN 978-1-4222-3101-2

$209.50(USD)
  Entire Series

10

2015

5th - 8th

8 1/2 x 11

From LeBron James to Kobe Bryant, todays basketball superstars were once just students with dreams of playing in the NBA. With hard work and dedication to the sport, these young people became the star athletes known around the world today. This series brings young readers the true stories of their basketball idols, both their successes and setbacks. Each title in this series tells the life story of a different player who went from a young dreamer to a sports celebrity.

Booklist Review

• “The large-format Superstars in the World of Basketball series spotlight current NBA luminaries. Each book opens with one of the player’s outstanding games before rewinding to discuss his childhood, family, education, training, coaching, and career. The conclusion comments on his personal life and his ways of “giving back” to others.” • “The text points out difficulties each player faced growing up and the importance of working hard to achieve goals.” - Booklist (Dec. 1, 2014)

SLJ Review

• These biographies offer admiring portraits of contemporary hoops stars. • The books limn childhoods and personal lives and highlight their college and pro careers. • Color photos, sidebars with ideas for further research, and appendixes are welcome… • Players and the Game Around the World differs from the rest in that it traces basketball’s history and spread worldwide, noting that in the early 20th century, black athletes were not allowed to play alongside white players. The book goes on to detail the sport’s popularity in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and concludes with thumbnail sketches of international superstars including Yao Ming and Hakeem Olajuwon. • …Players and the Game Around the World is noteworthy for its coverage of integration within the sport and its attention to the international aspects of the game. - School Library Journal (SMS Nov. 2014)
Blake Griffin

by Shaina Indovino

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In just a few years, Blake Griffin has become one of the NBA’s most exciting stars. After spending his first season in the NBA sitting courtside with an injury, Blake became a star in 2010, when he was chosen as Rookie of the Year. He then went on to play in the NBA All-Star Games three years in a row. Whether playing with the Los Angeles Clippers or appearing in television commercials, Blake seems to become more popular all the time. Discover more about Blake’s life story. Find out how growing up in Oklahoma City with his brother, Taylor, led to his love for basketball. Learn how he became the star he is today!

Carmelo Anthony

by Aurelia Jackson

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Carmelo Anthony is one of the biggest stars in the NBA. A six-time NBA All-Star, Carmelo’s time in the league has been a dream-come-true. From playing with the Knicks in Madison Square Garden to playing on the U.S. Olympic team, Carmelo has proven that he’s at the top of the basketball world. Learn the story of one of the NBA’s most popular players. Find out how he worked hard to realize his childhood dreams of playing basketball in the NBA—and discover how today, he shares his success with others!

Chris Paul

by Aurelia Jackson

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After being chosen as Rookie of the Year in 2006, Chris Paul has done a lot to show fans he’s one of the NBA’s most talented players. A six-time NBA All-Star, Chris even won the All-Star Game MVP award in 2013. Whether playing with the Hornets or with the Clippers, Chris has done amazing things in his years in the NBA. Learn more about one of the NBA’s best players. Discover how he became the impressive player he is today!

Dwight Howard

by Shaina Indovino

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Dwight Howard has already had an amazing career in the NBA, and he’s not done yet. Since being drafted in 2004, Dwight has played in seven NBA All-Star Games, won awards for defense, and even won the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Dwight’s played for the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, and Houston Rockets, breaking records and winning games with all three teams. Find out how Dwight Howard became the amazing player he is today. Learn why he’s one of the best players in the game!

Dwyane Wade

by Aurelia Jackson

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Dwyane Wade has become one of the NBA’s most impressive stars, playing alongside an all-star cast for the Miami Heat. After joining the league in 2003, Dwyane won three NBA championships and was chosen to play in the NBA All-Star Game an amazing nine times. Dwyane has won games, received awards, and scored more points than any other Miami Heat player in history.Find out more about one of the NBA’s best players. Follow Dwyane from high school to college and from college to the NBA. Discover how Dwyane helped the Miami Heat became one of the most successful teams in the league!

Kevin Durant

by Shaina Indovino

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Kevin Durant may be a young player, but he’s already done amazing things in his NBA career. After joining the league in 2007, Kevin was chosen as Rookie of the Year. He led the league in scoring for three years in a row and has been chosen to play in the NBA All-Star Game four times. In 2012, he was chosen as the All-Star Game MVP, a huge honor for any player but even more incredible for a young player. Learn more about how Kevin became the NBA star fans know today. Find out about his childhood in Washington, D.C., and how he learned to love basketball. Discover what makes Kevin the success he is today!

Kobe Bryant

by Shaina Indovino

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Around the world, fans know Kobe Bryant is one of the best players in basketball. Playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe has become one of the sport’s biggest stars. In fact, he has joined basketball legends like Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Magic Johnson as one of the best players to ever shoot hoops. Not many players can say they’ve done as much for their sport as Kobe Bryant. Find out how Kobe became the superstar we know today. Discover how he came to love basketball and how his favorite players inspired him to become better at the game. Learn how Kobe went from playing basketball in high school to become one of basketball’s biggest names!

LeBron James

by Shaina Indovino

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Few sports stars can say they’ve reached the heights LeBron James has reached. First with the Cleveland Cavaliers and then with the Miami Heat, and now returning to Cleveland, LeBron has become one of the most exciting players on the court. Fans around the world know LeBron has truly earned his nickname—“King James.” Learn the true story behind LeBron’s amazing rise to success. Find out how he pushed himself to become a better basketball player, even when life at home was tough. Discover how LeBron became the superstar he is today!

Players & the Game Around the World

by Z.B. Hill

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Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Fans everywhere watch both local games and games played in the NBA. Millions of people around the globe play pick-up games with friends, while professional basketball players have become celebrities who are recognized everywhere. Fans from Japan to Brazil and Canada to Kenya love players like Jeremy Lin, Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, LeBron James, and many more. The NBA may play in the United States, but basketball is the world’s sport, with fans, leagues, and players worldwide. Discover how basketball is seen around the world and find out how the sport became so popular. Learn more about the world's best basketball players. Explore the connections between fans in different places—and find out how basketball brings people together no matter where they live.

Rajon Rondo

by Aurelia Jackson

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Four-time NBA All-Star Rajon Rondo is one of the most exciting players in the NBA. Since being drafted in 2006, Rajon has gone on to amazing heights playing with the Boston Celtics. In his time in the NBA, Rajon has led the NBA in assists and steals, won awards, and played with some of the NBA’s best. Find out more about one of basketball’s best players. Learn about Rajon’s childhood—and how he went from shooting hoops in high school to sinking baskets for the Celtics. Discover how he became one of the league’s best defensive players!