The Gift of Basketball Knowledge this Season


The Holiday season is upon us! We here at A Rob Academy find basketball IQ very important to developing yourself as a player. Here are 3 books in 2020 we found that encourage team work, a better understanding of the game, and insight on how to grow as a player.


The Mamba Mentality: How I Play by Kobe Bryant - Great for encouraging young players and giving hard core fans insight on the player that Kobe was.

Top 3 takeaways from the book:

  • Getting a deeper look into who Kobe Bryant was as a person and player
  • The mental aspect of basketball is just as important as the physical aspect of basketball
  • Kobe never stopped learning about the game, It’s a great reminder that you can never stop learning and improving.


Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable by Tim S, Grover - a book that provides great lessons on how to be great as a player and to always keep improving.

Top 3 takeaways from the book:

  • A great book for motivation from a legendary trainer who worked with the greats in basketball.
  • Some great lessons from this book can be applied to other facets of life, not just the game of basketball.
  • Can be somewhat arrogant but good for those who like and respond well to directness.


The Big Three: Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and the Rebirth of the Boston Celtics by Michael Holley - A great book about teamwork and how a team won their 1st championship in over 2 decades.

Top 3 takeaways from the book:

  • Great insight on how a championship team is built.
  • Learning the ins and outs of the management of a great NBA team
  • Insight on how important team work is and what makes up a team that works really well together.


These 3 books dive deep into the mentality and IQ of basketball and what it takes to become a great player. These can be great gifts for yourself or basketball loving family members!