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Dec 25, 2014

There are about 10-20 pages of valuable insight and wisdom scattered throughout this 215-page meditation on the greatness of Idan Ravin, who shows himself to excel at two things:

1) Offering unconventional private coaching to basketball players of all skill levels
2) Promoting himself and everything he believes in

I was familiar with Item #1 after reading Chris Ballard's chapter on Ravin in The Art of a Beautiful Game several years back. Item #2 took a while to fully reveal itself, but it's there There are about 10-20 pages of valuable insight and wisdom scattered throughout this 215-page meditation on the greatness of Idan Ravin, who shows himself to excel at two things:

1) Offering unconventional private coaching to basketball players of all skill levels
2) Promoting himself and everything he believes in

I was familiar with Item #1 after reading Chris Ballard's chapter on Ravin in The Art of a Beautiful Game several years back. Item #2 took a while to fully reveal itself, but it's there from the first pages of this book, which functions as a bitter screed against the basketball establishment that has rejected Ravin (never because he is at fault in any way, and always recounted in painstaking detail) as well as a self-congratulatory explanation of how he (and, by implication, he alone) has changed the career trajectories of Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, and a host of other luminaries.

The level of false modesty got thick enough to choke on after a few chapters, in which Ravin offers standard-issue disclaimers about his inability to take credit, which would be more convincing if unaccompanied by in-depth examinations of the myriad ways in which his singular training methods have allowed each NBA star to fulfill his potential. Each chapter took the same pattern: name-dropping, mixed in with hyper specific recollections of how much Ravin helped the player under discussion, with some gushing about how each individual he has ever mentored is one of the 15-20 smartest, humblest, most extraordinary humans who has ever walked the earth. (He attributes wholly positive attributes to all but a few players - as much as I love the NBA and its members, I am fully aware of the arrogance that all but a few of them possess, and for Radin to gloss this over makes him look like either their lackey or someone of equal brashness.) Each chapter also gets an epigraph in the form of one of Radin's pretentious tweets, complete with hashtags straight out of a generic motivational speaker's manual.

I understand why Radin has found success in a league where too often nobody wants to think outside the box, and I can see why people might have wanted him to share some of his secrets. I just think he could have done so in a short magazine article, instead of in a rambling book that leaves an impartial reader wondering how anyone could spend weeks or months training with its author. ...more
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Sep 21, 2015

fun to read about his growing up very near me [if I warmed up well I could almost throw a baseball to his high school] obsessed with basketball but not being good enough to play in college. very relatable. And I cheered as he blew off being bored at his law firm in order to make a living in the game, providing individual coaching/training for NBA/WNBA players.

......but then the rest of the book. One after another self-congratulatory chapter about the little flaws he identified in [fill in name fun to read about his growing up very near me [if I warmed up well I could almost throw a baseball to his high school] obsessed with basketball but not being good enough to play in college. very relatable. And I cheered as he blew off being bored at his law firm in order to make a living in the game, providing individual coaching/training for NBA/WNBA players.

......but then the rest of the book. One after another self-congratulatory chapter about the little flaws he identified in [fill in name of great player here], clever drills he developed to help improve that player, dumb coaches who should have listened and appreciated rather than being territorial about their players, ignorant public who mistakenly believe that player is a thug, etc. etc. etc. Reads like a promo for his next gig ("say, I'm a great guy who's misunderstood within the association too -- i wonder if showing up for a couple early morning workouts with this guy would make me the next KD. I'm in!"). ...more
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Aug 22, 2018

I was reading this book again for the second time, and it helped me to understand some of his ideologies that at first I was unsure about
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Sep 17, 2017

The Hoops Whisperer is about Idan Ravin and him being a trainer for basketball players. The first thought I had in my head after reading the blurb was: "This is a guy that has never played or coached college basketball, let alone professional basketball and yet, many NBA All-Stars depend on him to help them perform to their full potential!" There isn't much to go on about this book as most of it is talking about the players and their training. One of the main reasons I loved this book was The Hoops Whisperer is about Idan Ravin and him being a trainer for basketball players. The first thought I had in my head after reading the blurb was: "This is a guy that has never played or coached college basketball, let alone professional basketball and yet, many NBA All-Stars depend on him to help them perform to their full potential!" There isn't much to go on about this book as most of it is talking about the players and their training. One of the main reasons I loved this book was because it was about my favorite sport and because Idan, the author didn't write about professional players as people that were like gods, he wrote about them like they were just like the other billions of people playing basketball, just trying to get better every day. ...more
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May 25, 2014

This book is candy for any hoops junkie. Liked the mix of philosophy and human relationship insight. Would love to have learned more about the individual players. That said, this is an easy fun read that I finished in a day and a half.
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Apr 30, 2014

This is a great read - even if I am biased, that it's my brother's book. The book is far from a bball training manual. It explores a personal journey, faith, and dreams. Check it out!
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Jan 14, 2018

I thought this book would be a great insight into the training habits of NBA stars. Like the focus would be on them through the lens of the trainer. Theyre the subject, not the trainer.

They werent. The trainer was the subject. And it was written by him. It sucked so bad.

In this book, this dude talks about himself the whole time by name dropping and vaguely describing his supposedly radical and life-altering training techniques. He paints himself as the savior of the modern NBA by acting as an I thought this book would be a great insight into the training habits of NBA stars. Like the focus would be on them through the lens of the trainer. They’re the subject, not the trainer.

They weren’t. The trainer was the subject. And it was written by him. It sucked so bad.

In this book, this dude talks about himself the whole time by name dropping and vaguely describing his supposedly radical and life-altering training techniques. He paints himself as the savior of the modern NBA by acting as an all-knowing sage to the NBA’s greatest players. This book is equal parts corny and aggravating.

It’s one of the most annoying books I’ve ever read. It’s no fun watching someone build an unmerited temple to themselves. This dude ignored the fact that he’s working with Melo, CP3, and KD and somehow reached up, grabbed the spotlight, and forced it on himself, then realized there’s nothing there to show except generic coaching aphorisms you can find written in black Sharpie on any basketball shoe in every high school gym in America.

This book drove me insane. ...more
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Apr 13, 2015

I think this book is very good. The reason I like this book so much is because it's all about basketball. For me I really got into this book really quick because it talked about Chris Paul, Lebron James and so much more NBA players that I really like. One of the things that was in the book was some hard core training for the NBA players. They would work on their shot form, their dribbling, and their strength. Idan Ravin he wanted to be a walk on for college ball but he never. So he went to I think this book is very good. The reason I like this book so much is because it's all about basketball. For me I really got into this book really quick because it talked about Chris Paul, Lebron James and so much more NBA players that I really like. One of the things that was in the book was some hard core training for the NBA players. They would work on their shot form, their dribbling, and their strength. Idan Ravin he wanted to be a walk on for college ball but he never. So he went to college for being a basketball trainer. So I think overall I thought this book was very good. ...more
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May 18, 2014

A quick, easy read, well-written and thoughtful. Things for the follow up book: instead of snapshot interactions with many superstar players, follow a longer development path for just a few; describe the workouts in more detail -- include a few exercises the reader can do alone (which won't reveal any trade secrets but would give interested readers substantive guidance instead of vague notions); and ultimately choose who the book is about: Idan (e.g. career choices, the NBA establishment, A quick, easy read, well-written and thoughtful. Things for the follow up book: instead of snapshot interactions with many superstar players, follow a longer development path for just a few; describe the workouts in more detail -- include a few exercises the reader can do alone (which won't reveal any trade secrets but would give interested readers substantive guidance instead of vague notions); and ultimately choose who the book is about: Idan (e.g. career choices, the NBA establishment, training strategies) -- or his players (e.g. identification of weaknesses, specific training exercises, development and progress). ...more
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Nov 18, 2014

The Hoops Whisper is one of the best books Ive ever read. Idans story of his unusual upbringing leading him to many disadvantages in life, yet still succeeding in ways he didnt know possible. Failing at his only goal and dream in life, but enjoying his alternative route even more. The authors entire life story is very inspirational. I enjoy reading his philosophies on life, and how he connects almost everything to basketball. He does his job in an incredibly unorthodox way, although that is what The Hoops Whisper is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Idan’s story of his unusual upbringing leading him to many disadvantages in life, yet still succeeding in ways he didn’t know possible. Failing at his only goal and dream in life, but enjoying his alternative route even more. The author’s entire life story is very inspirational. I enjoy reading his philosophies on life, and how he connects almost everything to basketball. He does his job in an incredibly unorthodox way, although that is what sets him apart and makes him the best at what he does. This is my favorite book and I would highly recommend it to anyone, not just a basketball fan. ...more
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Jul 19, 2015

My daughter got me this book for my birthday because she knows I like basketball and this was one of the newer books on the shelf. It is a quick and easy read. The story of Idan's early life and the way he found his way to being a basketball personal trainer was interesting. After that the book chapters cover the players he has trained. The chapters become quite repetitive and you are left wanting to know more about his clients. It appears many only train for short periods of time. Why? There is My daughter got me this book for my birthday because she knows I like basketball and this was one of the newer books on the shelf. It is a quick and easy read. The story of Idan's early life and the way he found his way to being a basketball personal trainer was interesting. After that the book chapters cover the players he has trained. The chapters become quite repetitive and you are left wanting to know more about his clients. It appears many only train for short periods of time. Why? There is a lot of self promotion and the life lessons are pretty standard.

I was left thinking this could have been a much better book but Idan didn't want to give much personal information about his clients. Larry Brown is the only one to earn the authors scorn. ...more
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Jun 20, 2014

A well written, fun and quick read for basketball fans and those who just like underdog stories. Short chapters and interesting narrative.
It's absolute crazy perseverance that Idan Ravin somehow even got his foot into the door of coaching some of the greatest players in the NBA, he's never played at that level himself. This is the story of a short(former)lawyer who played high school ball. How that happened is worth the read alone but there are many short chapters about specific players Idan has A well written, fun and quick read for basketball fans and those who just like underdog stories. Short chapters and interesting narrative.
It's absolute crazy perseverance that Idan Ravin somehow even got his foot into the door of coaching some of the greatest players in the NBA, he's never played at that level himself. This is the story of a short(former)lawyer who played high school ball. How that happened is worth the read alone but there are many short chapters about specific players Idan has coached and those are good too.
In his words, 'I had tried to turn my back on the game and pursue a more sensible life, but basketball's siren song was stronger to me than someone else's idea of "normal."'
So why is he so good at coaching? I would say it's two things. He analyzes the player like a master of psychology so he's able to relate to the player and communicate effectively. Number two, he knows how to evaluate weakness and push the player into situations which force learning and change during intense short practice sessions. Getting down to where business needs to be done,Idan uses high pressure game-situation drills,practicing pressure, very systematically and deliberately in everything he puts the player through.
Idan says most people feel too entitled because greatness is created-- even with NBA superstars. It takes work. ...more
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Mar 01, 2015

The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin was a great book for a basketball player like me, or anyone who loves the sport. Idan wrote this autobiography to describe his life as a all-star caliber basketball trainer for the top pro ball players in the world. Idan didnt have the normal background of an everyday trainer. He didnt coach or play in college or the pros. He would just practice all day everyday until he was one of the best players he could possibly be, making up his own drills to make him The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin was a great book for a basketball player like me, or anyone who loves the sport. Idan wrote this autobiography to describe his life as a all-star caliber basketball trainer for the top pro ball players in the world. Idan didn’t have the normal background of an everyday trainer. He didn’t coach or play in college or the pros. He would just practice all day everyday until he was one of the best players he could possibly be, making up his own drills to make him better in every aspect of the game. Whether it be sprints or even simple dribbling drills. Idan describes his many sessions and lives with the pros of the NBA. He could make even the best players get better with the multiple numbers of drills the he designed. Adding hints of conditioning into each one to make sure they were ready to sprint up and down that hardwood floor for 48 minutes. This book was very instructive in the fact that it he taught me some new points to the game that I never knew before, and I can add them to my game the next time I start training. He tells us that no matter where you come from, you can get better and improve your game, or anything else. It makes me want to practice everyday on my game to reach the stardom that he has reached. Even if that means not making it to the NBA, or any other top caliber position. If you play basketball, or even enjoy the sport, you should read this book. It will help you in all aspects, and even in life in general.
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Feb 18, 2016

The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin is a Sports Nonfiction book about a Jewish basketball trainer who transformed his love of the game into working with iconic basketball stars like Lebron James,Steph Curry, and Chris Paul. When Idan goes through a rough patch in his life from getting fired from his job at a law firm, he started to host basketball clinics for all ages, and his name eventually got out. Idan later gets a call from-at the time, young Steve Francis, and has he moved to the next The Hoops Whisperer by Idan Ravin is a Sports Nonfiction book about a Jewish basketball trainer who transformed his love of the game into working with iconic basketball stars like Lebron James,Steph Curry, and Chris Paul. When Idan goes through a rough patch in his life from getting fired from his job at a law firm, he started to host basketball clinics for all ages, and his name eventually got out. Idan later gets a call from-at the time, young Steve Francis, and has he moved to the next level,so did Idan. Idan Ravin must live up to the pedestal that Steve is putting him on, or else, his life has a trainer may be over. Years after Idan got his name throughout the NBA, he starts to see more and more things come to him. He got a phone call from the Lebron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers asking if Idan could get a work out session in and that he would bring his best friend Chris Paul and pay for Idan to come to Cleveland. Since this was going to be a really big workout session, Idan had to bring his A-game or he wouldn't be able to impress Chis who is the next best thing in the league. Idan then got a call from Chis Paul himself asking to bring a close friend of his who was Jamal Crawford. So Idan has 3 superstars to impress and he has no idea how. So it's up to Idan to either be a one and done or one and the some.
There are a lot of reasons to why I love this book. One reason I love this book because it's very consistent, and what I mean by consistent is it never seems to switch tempos too fast, and it never just leaves the reader with unanswered questions. Also the book is in chronological order of his life with no foreshadowing and me personally am not a fan of forshadowing . The best thing about the book has to be the character development . Idan Ravin grows has a character in every chapter of the book. For instance, in the beginning of the book Idan was just a regular Jewish boy who went the school and came home but always loved the game of basketball. He then started working on his game by his self in order to better his game. However, the book lack of character discriptions. For example,the only hint I got out of the book of what Idan look like was white with grey hair. Almost every old white guy has grey hair. That the problem, his description doesn't go beyond that.
Despite of the lack of the characters being described,I would definitely recommend The hoops Whisperer . The storyline and anticipation of the book kept my eyes glued to the book and my figures in the motion to turn the page. I think anyone who likes basketball in general would love this book. If you like books like "heavens playground" or movies like "Hurricane Season" then you'll probably like it has well. I love this book and I would definitely read more like it! ...more
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Apr 13, 2020

Interesting fact: I read the "Thank you" page of this book and one of the people thanked is an old friend of mine. We played basketball together when I lived in Atlanta.
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Mar 16, 2017

This book has touched and inspired me, brought tears on my face, big smiles, and moments of deep stillness as it speaks on so many levels. Idan, who used to be a lawyer and is now a NBA basketball coach, shares moments of his life with us that are real, honest and sometimes heart breaking. But also encouraging and uplifting as one of his main messages is for each and every one of us to WALK OUR OWN PATH. Sharing with us that walking our own path comes with everything that life entails, the This book has touched and inspired me, brought tears on my face, big smiles, and moments of deep stillness as it speaks on so many levels. Idan, who used to be a lawyer and is now a NBA basketball coach, shares moments of his life with us that are real, honest and sometimes heart breaking. But also encouraging and uplifting as one of his main messages is for each and every one of us to WALK OUR OWN PATH. Sharing with us that walking our own path comes with everything that life entails, the unbelievable joy, the tears in moments of loneliness, how much it means to us and the people in our lives when we truly care and put love at the heart of things. Meeting Idan in person has only deepened my deep appreciation, love and respect for him and his journey. Thank you Idan Ravin, and all the people in your book for sharing your path with us <3
And don't miss the chapter on 'words of wisdom' from his little niece: "Because it's my drawing." ...more
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Jun 16, 2017

More about how "amazing" the author is than what he does for the athletes.
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Sep 18, 2019

Interesting book about a man who never made the grade as a player, but showed a great talent for bringing the best out of others by using less conventional training methods. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't have an interest in basketball though.
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May 07, 2019

I am about 4 chapters in already.
Tough to put down b/c the story line is dope.
Ravin is my new inspiration.
Goes to show how hard work, dedication, commitment to never giving up, and doing what you love to do for the right reasons can result in success and happiness.
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Jul 05, 2017

As a coach I am still looking for books which provide practical tips which I can use for coaching. There are several in this book which I will try and take away and apply when I coach, but it is mainly biographical.
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Jun 27, 2017

Definitely recommending this to anyone that loves the game of basketball as much as I do - and I LOVE the NBA more than most things. Very easy, quick read. I loved hearing about his interactions with different teams/coaches/players and getting a behind-the-scenes kind of look at the game that I love so much. I think anyone interested in the sport would find this book entertaining.
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Dec 06, 2017

I really liked this book and the stories that were told. I have played basketball and loved every minute of it. Ravin does a great job writing and expressing his love for the games and all that is associated with it. I enjoyed his stories about the athletes he trains and their efforts to improve. Basketball is truly a great game with much to offer and Ravin does such a good job expressing it greatness.
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Dec 04, 2017

Ravin shares the story of how he became a trainer to NBA stars. He seems to have a very thoughtful and technical approach to the sport on an individual level.

I didnt always agree with his outlook on the sport or life, but he seemed genuine. And I thought his admiration for his mother was charming.

Unfortunately as the authors success and confidence builds with each chapter, so does his unnecessary reliance on profanity. Otherwise a very interesting look at Ravins philosophy on basketball and Ravin shares the story of how he became a trainer to NBA stars. He seems to have a very thoughtful and technical approach to the sport on an individual level.

I didn’t always agree with his outlook on the sport or life, but he seemed genuine. And I thought his admiration for his mother was charming.

Unfortunately as the author’s success and confidence builds with each chapter, so does his unnecessary reliance on profanity. Otherwise a very interesting look at Ravin’s philosophy on basketball and celebrity. ...more
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Apr 29, 2018

Throughout this book, Idan Ravin talked about some of the people he trained throughout their careers, such as NBA and WNBA players. He had worked with some of the most talented players there are. Some of the players had no skill, needed to lose weight and weren't tall enough to play at a higher level. Since Ravin began to train them, they made their way to the big leagues to become professional basketball players. Their determination helped them strive to become an amazing athlete that knew what Throughout this book, Idan Ravin talked about some of the people he trained throughout their careers, such as NBA and WNBA players. He had worked with some of the most talented players there are. Some of the players had no skill, needed to lose weight and weren't tall enough to play at a higher level. Since Ravin began to train them, they made their way to the big leagues to become professional basketball players. Their determination helped them strive to become an amazing athlete that knew what they wanted and got it the day they started working with Ravin.

I would recommend this book to anybody who has interest in sports or just needs motivation to become the best player they can be because Ravin had so many supportive quotes, inspirational and motivational sayings that helped create the mindset of becoming the greatest player anybody could become.
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Feb 05, 2019

If you wanted to be a professional athlete and be a star but life doesnt take you on the right path, would you want to follow that sport for the rest of your life to help others? After going to college to become a business worker, Idan Ravin realizes that he really want to follow his dream, to play basketball. Idan was the type of person to follow his dreams, maybe not at that high of a level but he still knew he wanted to do a job related to basketball.
After he was cut from his college team, If you wanted to be a professional athlete and be a star but life doesn’t take you on the right path, would you want to follow that sport for the rest of your life to help others? After going to college to become a business worker, Idan Ravin realizes that he really want to follow his dream, to play basketball. Idan was the type of person to follow his dreams, maybe not at that high of a level but he still knew he wanted to do a job related to basketball.
After he was cut from his college team, he decided to coach young kids at the YMCA and finally his career exploded as he tried to be an agent for professional players. This didn’t really work out so he took the players of other managers to train and keep them in shape during the off season. He focuses on the weaknesses of the players to further extend the abilities of the players. This book expresses the theme of that there is always a glimpse of hope in everybody, when working with Dwight Howard, a very popular player, Idan really express how Dwight doesn't have to listen to the critics and other people, “In order to reconnect with his younger, joyful self, we started the summer focusing on playing small. He moves better when he's lower to the ground, like a sprinter bursting off the blocks; I told him to envision playing in his daughter’s dollhouse, where he’d have to bend his legs and drip his butt down low to keep from hitting his head on the ceiling. And I told him to ignore all those people who say he can’t shoot. He’d heard over and over that he couldn’t shoot, but I could see that his mechanics on release of his jump shot were good, not perfect, but nothing that needed a serious change. (148) This quote shows that working on your biggest weaknesses not just your strengths can cause you to become the best that you can be. If you keep working on one thing and then you have to come back to your weakness, you will not be able to do it with much success.
If you enjoy The Hoops Whisperer, you may also like Rebound by Kwarme Alexander because The Hoops Whisperer is also about basketball but in the rebound, the main character loves to play basketball, but after his father's death he wants to stay away from thinking about him, after the character steals from his neighbor his mom sends him away to Washington DC to his grandparents as a punishment, here many life changing events happen. I rate the Hoops Whisperer 5 out of 5 stars because it is a very serious book about working on your weaknesses to change yourself for the better, there may be some funny parts but if you really want to learn lessons about following your dreams and passions this book is a very good read.
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