How Lucky You Can Be The Story of Coach Don Meyer

ISBN-10: 034552411X
ISBN-13: 9780345524119
Edition: 2010
Authors: Buster Olney
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Description: In September 2008, Northern State University menrs"s basketball coach Don Meyer stood on the brink of immortality. He was about to surpass the legendary Bobby Knight to become the all-time NCAA wins leader in menrs"s basketball. Then, on a two-lane  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: ESPN Enterprises
Publication date: 11/9/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

In September 2008, Northern State University menrs"s basketball coach Don Meyer stood on the brink of immortality. He was about to surpass the legendary Bobby Knight to become the all-time NCAA wins leader in menrs"s basketball. Then, on a two-lane road in South Dakota, everything changed in an instant. InHow Lucky You Can Be, acclaimed sports journalist Buster Olney tells the remarkable story of the successive tragedies that befell Coach Meyer but could not defeat him. Laid low by a horrific car accident that led to the amputation of his left leg below the knee, Coach Meyer had barely emerged from surgery when his doctors informed him that he also had terminal cancer. In the blink of an eye, this prototypical 24/7 workaholic coach-who arrived at the gym most mornings before 6 a.m.-found himself forced to reexamine his priorities at the age of sixty-three. A model of reserve, Coach Meyer had sacrificed much of his emotional life to his program. His wife, Carmen, felt disconnected because of his habitual reticence, while his three children-all now well into adulthood-had long had to compete with basketball for his attention. With sensitivity and skill, Olney shows how Coach Meyer mined his physical ordeal for the spiritual strength to transform his life. In the months that followed his accident and diagnosis, he reached out to family, friends, and former players in a way he had never been able to do before, making the most of this one last opportunity to tell those close to him how he felt about them-and in turn he received an outpouring of affirmation that confirmed how deeply he had affected others. Sustained throughout an often painful recovery by his love of basketball, he would return to the court once more-with a newfound appreciation for the gamers"s place in his life. The inspirational story of a life renewed by unimaginable hardship,How Lucky You Can Beproves that itrs"s never too late to start making changes-and reminds us that fortune can smile upon us even in our most trying hours.

Robert Buster Olney is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine and an analyst for ESPN's Baseball Tonight. He is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty: The Game, the Team, and the Cost of Greatness.

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