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The Hoops Whisperer

On the Court and Inside the Heads of Basketball's Best Players

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Basketball’s most unlikely—and most sought-after—training guru offers an inside look at his career, his methods, and the all-star players whose games he’s helped transform.
Where do the best basketball players in the world turn when they want to improve their game? Whom does a future NBA Hall of Famer thank at his press conference when he’s named Rookie of the Year? Who is it that Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and Men’s Journal all call the "Hoops Whisperer" because of his ability to engage, inspire, and challenge the players he trains? The answer to all of these questions is Idan Ravin.

Ravin never played or coached in college or the pros, yet a virtual NBA All-Star team relies on him to better their game and reach their full potential. A soft-spoken former lawyer, Ravin has become professional basketball’s hottest trainer.

In The Hoops Whisperer, Ravin shares the fascinating story of how he transformed a passion for the game into working with iconic basketball stars such as Chris Paul, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Stephen Curry, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Dwight Howard, and many more.  He offers a rare unguarded glimpse inside the lives of these great athletes, drawn from his intimate connection with them that is the basis of his success. 

Showcasing his unorthodox drills and improvisational techniques in action, Ravin reveals how faith, effort, dedication, and passion can make a player into a superstar—and anyone into a success. Combined with his own inspiring journey, Ravin’s insights make The Hoops Whisperer a must-read for anyone who loves the game.

From Publishers Weekly

Mar 10, 2014 – As a trainer, Ravin has helped hone the skills of some of pro basketball's biggest names, including LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. His arrival at this starry occupation was hardly glamorous. The product of a Conservative Jewish household, Ravin fell in love with basketball as a child and devised his own training regimen. Using that and his experience coaching youth basketball, he began training players while he pursued an unsatisfying law career. Year by year, despite no ties to the NBA hierarchy and a playing career that ended in high school, he attracted high-profile clients willing to pay for his personal, unorthodox training. The book's caroming style Ravin's twisty path to his unique career, insights on working with clients, and inspirational asides is galvanized by Ravin's chummy directness and his practical observations: we can become so enamored of reaching a goal that we lose sight of an equally rewarding path; even if you win the genetic lottery, insistent hard work is required to get the most out of a passion. This is a self-help book for the basketball player, but Ravin's commonsense approach elevates it well beyond gimmickry categorization.

Customer Reviews

A heart for the game

Great read! Highly recommend

Blown away

This book spoke to me on so many levels I don’t know where to begin. Ravin does an amazing job on painting pictures and details inside the readers head and he gives an in depth details on these amazing, hardworking players. Ravin also goes in great depth on how he trains players not only physically but mentally as well. This man is a genius and his love for the game can be clearly seen in the words he writes in this fantastic book. I highly recommend this to anyone who is a fan of basketball and although it does take hard work, Ravin teaches the reader that they can still have fun with the game like a child and not having to make it seem so complex.

More than Basketball

Idan deals with more than just basketball and meeting famous people. His connection with the sports industry and advice on achieving dreams reminds us about the humanity and faith inside of all of us to achieve our dreams. He sees people as they are and works with people because he wants them to succeed, not for his personal gain. It’s truly inspiring to hear his story and see the progression of his life and where his love for sports took him, and even more inspiring to see him helping others to achieve their dreams and purse what they love. Great read for anyone who has a dream that is seen as “absurd” or “unattainable”.

The Hoops Whisperer
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Basketball
  • Published: May 01, 2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 256 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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