Jeff is crazy about basketball, but his father, a research scientist, thinks sports are a waste of time. Jeff still wants to play, and so, without his father’s support, he tries out for the school team. And he makes second string. He’d mostly sit on the bench, but Jeff knows that he will get a chance to prove himself to the coach and the team-and his father. He also knows that his dream of playing varsity will take a lot of hard work, but he e...

A novel about discovering what it means to be a true friend. Thirteen-year-old Tim Daniels can’t wait to go to four weeks of summer basketball camp. A scrappy point guard, he’s sure he’ll shine on the court. But then he learns that his friend Billy will be going to camp with him. Billy is a good guy, but kind of flabby and not much of a basketball player. Tim is worried that Billy will drag him down, a concern that seems to come true their fir...

Are Kelly’s new hightops magically helping her game? When Kelly Roberts plays basketball at home with her friend Ester, she’s a whiz, but as soon as she faces a crowd, she freezes. Then one day Kelly finds a brand-new pair of red hightops in her locker. They fit her perfectly, and whenever she wears them, her teammates tell her she plays a better game. She is reluctant to believe in them at first, but soon even she has to admit that the sneake...

Dwight Howard was a high school phenomenon who soared head and shoulders above all other players to become the number-one draft pick in 2004. Since joining the Orlando Magic, Howard has powered the team to its first NBA Finals in more than a decade. He’s an absolute monster on the boards.And in 2009 won the coveted Defensive Player of the Year award—before he was even twenty-five years old! With plenty of seasons still ahea...

Outstanding. Unbelievable. Mindblowing. These are just a few of the words used to describe the talents of LeBron James. He was a sensation in his early days playing AAU ball in Akron, Ohio-and continued to amaze through his four years as a high school phenomenon. Now going into his fifth year as a star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he has is touted as the best player in basketball today. And for good reason: his dunks are monstrous, his no-look ...

Kobe Bryant may be one of the youngest basketball players in the NBA, but no one would dare call him inexperienced. The son of former NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, Kobe spent his childhood watching professional basketball. From the moment he could handle a ball, he was learning to dribble and shoot. At age eighteen was given the chance to prove his stuff when he was drafted into the NBA. Fresh out of high school, Kobe showed he had the ta...