Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: George Dohrmann

Narrated By: Emily Rose Speer

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: October 2010

Duration: 15 hours 10 minutes


The NBA has returned to prominence on the backs of phenoms like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Garnett. The media promotes them, the shoe companies pay them, and America applauds. But how exactly do such players reach the pros? What do they give up to get there? And what happens to those who fall short? Drawing on eight years of reporting and telling the very specific tale of one talented young recruit, his coach, and his teammates, George Dohrmann immerses listeners in the world of grassroots basketball, where men hunt for future NBA stars and young boys and their parents navigate a tumultuous course in pursuit of basketball glory.

'[A] wonderful and immaculately reported first book'It's a brilliant and heart-wrenching journey, and a cautionary tale to any basketball player who thinks the path to the NBA is a slam dunk.''Publishers Weekly (starred review)