Five Point Play Summary

Five Point Play – By: Mike Krzyewski (Coach K) and Donald Phillips and written in 2001

Five Point Play is the story of Duke’s latest triumph, as told by the man whose leadership has inspired hundreds of young athletes and people from all walks of life.

He shows how one player, a transfer student named Dahntay Jones, helped the team succeed without ever playing a minute of any game. He describes the injuries and inconsistencies of the season, he returns again and again to his dynamic trio of Shane Battier, Jason Williams, and Nate James, as well as the development of players as Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, and Mike Dunleavy, all of whom would play crucial roles during March Madness.

By the time Duke enters the tournament, the young team is growing more and more confident in itself and in Coach K’s vision.

Five Point Play offers a thrilling courtside seat to excellence in the making – and some bruising basketball action. As this story builds to a thrilling conclusion, we realize that we are reading more than a sports story. Five Point Play is living proof that adversity and triumph often go hand in hand, and that when it comes to leadership–from the hardwood to the boardroom,–no one ever does it alone.

With the thrilling 2001 basketball season as a backdrop, Coach K takes the reader behind the scenes–into the locker room, into team meetings, into his office and his home, speaking one–on–one with individual players–all the while, teaching, guiding, motivating, and inspiring.

The main focus of Five Point Play is the human story behind the championship season– the players, the coaches, the motivational techniques utilized by Coach K–and the players’ reactions and responses:

A group of individuals, each talented in his own right, transformed into a true team. No jealousy. No fear. Love.

A team brought together by the five points of THE FIST: communication, trust, collective responsibility, caring and pride.

In short a thrilling season. –Five Point Play Book Jacket

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