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5 Star Review: Amazingly this book is as much about the coming of age of the author as it is his character’s journey. It took Author Mike DeLucia twenty-five years to write the story you are about to read. This is an incredible story about Hank Luisetti. You don’t have know one thing about professional basketball to follow the journey of a boy who grew up believing in something bigger than himself.

Chapter One opens in San Franciso, 1926. It is here that we meet ten-year-old Angelo Luisetti or “Hank” a nickname he earns as a teenager. Like most parents who want their children to succeed and have a better life than they did, Hank’s father is no exception. Even at this tender age, Hank’s father buys him a restaurant. One that the whole family can work in and if successful, Hank will carry on the family business.

Hank struggles with the idea of working in the restaurant after school and as he puts it “forever”. He knows his legs are not as strong as other boys his age and probably never will be. Despite this, he dreams of playing basketball. Fate changes everything when coach Ricardo “Ricky” Durán takes notice of him and tells him something that changes his life forever.

Dreams can come true and here is the part of the book (chapter 16) that I want to quote for you:

WHETHER IT IS one specific thing or some combination of talent, chemistry, magic, fate, or commitment, the Stanford Indians, led by a free-wheeling coach and a group of sophomores, hit the league like a wrecking ball, winning their first fifteen consecutive games. Then, one by one, the Indians start going down. During their thirteenth game, Art is hit with a horrendous flu, which sidelines him for two weeks and curtails his usefulness in the weeks that follow. The flu spreads to the Zonne brothers a few days later. When Dinty starts showing symptoms, Bunn secures separate dorms for each of his players, trying to prevent the virus from wiping out his whole team. Dinty’s flu turns out to be a cold, but it is a bad strain and he is out for a week. Like Art Dinty doesn’t regain his health and loses his starting position. Without Art, the Zonne brothers, and Dinty, the Indians are blown out in their sixteenth game by the Golden State Bears. Howie is the next to fall when he receives a season-ending wrist fracture mid-way through the seventeenth game.

They bounce back in their next one, but game nineteen is John Bunn’s worst nightmare. Hank is knocked out cold at the start of a game against UCLA when he and another player smash heads. Hank lay motionless in an ungraceful, facedown position but begins moving by the time John Bunn charges over. He returns to the game but doesn’t look right so Bunn sits him. With the game slipping away, Hank begs to go back in, and Bunn relents. A few minutes after his return, he becomes entangled with two big guys as the trio leap for a rebound. The heel of one of the clunkers lands on Hank’s ankle when they hit the floor, and Hank goes down for the second time. This time, he is out for good and unavailable for the next two games.

Although he returns, he hobbles on that taped ankle right up to the game that decides the Pacific Coast Champions. Hank spends most of the game on the bench, since he reinjured his ankle slightly after the opening tap. The season seems to be over for the Indians by the beginning of the fourth quarter when the Bears are up by fifteen. But Hank convinces Bunn to give him another chance. He goes on a tear and scores thirty points in the fourth quarter, which is just enough to give Stanford the title and its best single-season record with twenty-two wins and seven losses. Dr. Elliot initiates a grand event to honor the team’s achievements and publicize Stanford as the new standard in men’s college basketball.

As a mother and grandmother, I can say with no hesitation that this book should be required reading for young teens. It is story of courage, determination, individual and team spirit along with the sweat and tears that it takes to be your best.

Author Mike DeLucia has three published books. Award Winning Madness: The Man Who Changed Basketball, Settling A Score and Boycott The Yankees: A Call to Action by a Lifelong Yankees Fan.

Review by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).

Genre: Basketball Biographies, Basketball

Amazon Print:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0997174110/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Kindle:
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Man-Who-Changed-Basketball-ebook/dp/B07N87N384/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Audio Book:
https://www.amazon.com/Madness-Man-Who-Changed-Basketball/dp/B07Y2SYSPH/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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