In 1978, the Duke basketball team reached success, making it to the NCAA champtionship game. Feinstein tells what happened to the promising group of stars. He takes readers inside the lives of team members, then and now, showing what it is like to be flying high only to be shot down later.In 1978, the Duke basketball team reached success, making it to the NCAA champtionship game. Feinstein tells what happened to the promising group of stars. He takes readers inside the lives of team members, then and now, showing what it is like to be flying high only to be shot down later.Read Less
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Forever?s Team follows the Duke basketball team of 1978 and their coach, Bill Foster. With a chapter on each team member as well as the head and assistant coaches, author John Feinstein delves into not only the basketball, but also the deeper connection between the team members. The Blue Devils are tracked from the beginning of the season to the championship game. Though Duke lost, they had the time of their lives. They were a team playing basketball to?get this?have fun. The team, led by a freshman point guard, only wanted one thing: to win. Whoever got the job done needed to be in, even if it wasn?t the upperclassmen. The 1978 Duke team was a team of dreams. They were not torn by jealousy. They just wanted to play some ball. In 1979, Duke was expected to come back and win the NCAA Championship. Then, everything went wrong. Seniors were sick of sitting out while the underclassmen did all the work, and began demanding more time to play. Jealousies were apparent, and began to tear the team apart. Gone were the days of innocent basketball. These men?s lives had caught up with them. Needless to say, Duke did not win, and soon thereafter, Bill Foster decided to leave. John Feinstein writes an amazing story of the memorable Duke team of 1978, and takes you back to the good ol? days.
Publishers Weekly, 1990-11-23 The coaches and players of Duke University's 1977-78 team, who ended an otherwise successful season with their NCAA championship loss to Kentucky, are traced from their time on the squad to their present occupations. ``Granted the dubious premise that this almost-winning team is a reasonable subject for a book, this is a good study of boys becoming men,'' remarked PW. (Jan.)
Publishers Weekly, 1989-11-10 The author of A Season on the Brink and A Season Inside here turns his talents to composing a basketball version of The Boys of Summer , based on the Duke team of 1977-1978, which lost the NCAA championship to Kentucky. The team was unusual in that most of the players were freshmen and sophomores, with only one senior on the squad; further, they all played the sport for the fun of it, developing a wonderful sense of camaraderie as they did so. A decade later, their coach is at Northwestern, having survived a heart attack; one of the assistant coaches is head coach at Rutgers; another has left coaching. Of the players, three are lawyers, two are in the computer business, one is a minister and one is a star in the NBA, while some of the others have had professional and medical problems. Granted the dubious premise that this almost-winning team is a reasonable subject for a book, this is a good study of boys becoming men. BOMC alternate. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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