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Developing True Strength On and Off the Court

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The popular ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player looks at the true meaning of toughness.

If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned an incomparable work ethic under coach Mike Krzyzewski, battling against the greatest college players in the game. After playing professionally overseas for several years, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, during which the Blue Devils won back-to-back titles. A graduate of Duke Law School, he has since become one of basketball’s most recognizable faces through his insightful, intelligent work on ESPN’s SportsCenter and College GameDay.

Through his ups and downs, on and off the court, Jay learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, he discusses this misunderstood—yet vital—attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life. Featuring never-before-heard stories and personal philosophies on toughness from top players and coaches including Coach K, Bob Knight, Grant Hill, Mia Hamm, Jon Gruden, Tom Izzo, Bill Self, Curtis Strange, and many others—Bilas redefines what it takes to succeed.

Customer Reviews


An excellent book that provides countless examples of toughness in all walks of life. Countless quotes about being mentally tough really drive the point home. A must read!!!


Jay, I watch a lot of sports. Played some when I was much younger! I'm 63 now but still enjoy college sports the best!! I loved your insight & portrayal of sports today. You've described pro sports weakness to perfection. Maybe it's money or whatever. But college is still somewhat pure.
I loved how you related toughness to basketball as you did and the comparison to real life situations. Looking back I can identify with all you referenced in my career, my family life (7 children, 26 grandchildren), and to church, community service, etc.
Thanks for pointing myself back into looking in the mirror every morning to see how I can make me "tougher" today!!
I really enjoyed the basketball stuff, too! I totally agree with who is really the tough people on the court. I love March Madness going on now. I am going to watch & enjoy it more as I look for the true tough guys on the court. This new focus will help me enjoy the game I love even more.

Thanks Jay

Paul Jensen
Logan, UT

Go USU Aggies, my alum. Stew Morrill "gets it" for sure!! He is a great coach!!!

Must read for EVERYONE

I have admired Jay Bilas' work on ESPN. He is one of a handful of people in the public eye who are "must listen". I read his article on toughness when it came out a few years ago. I shared it with some friends of mine who play and coach basketball. So much of what was written rang true with us. I was talking with my son last week. Being Chicago Bulls fans, I asked my son what he thought Jay would say about Derek Rose and what he is going through right now after being cleared to play yet refusing to. Little did I know that Jay has just written this book. I had to buy it and read it immediately. I truly believe this book can be useful to anyone in any position. This should be required reading and possibly an elective class for any high school student. I would prefer that kids get this message even earlier, like in junior high. The subject matter is extremely interesting and it may have a chance to stick with kids as they navigate their way through life. Jay thank you for sharing a well prepared (would you have done it any other way) piece of literature for us to enjoy.

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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Basketball
  • Published: Mar 05, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 288 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with 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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