Playing Pro Basketball

From the Series Playing Pro Sports

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

For a professional player, basketball isn’t just a fun game—it’s a job. Millions of people are watching your every move, expecting you to make every shot and block your competitors’. You have to give your all for every game, and when you’re not playing, you’re sharpening skills, working on plays, and studying your opponents. Dedication extends beyond the season. You must follow strict diets and workout plans to stay in shape throughout the year. You must learn to manage the pressure of constant travel and stardom. Is it worth it?

This book, which was reviewed by 11-year National Basketball Association (NBA) veteran and three-time NBA champion Devean George, offers an authentic look at what life is like as a pro basketball player. You’ll learn:

• What kinds of skills it takes to play in the NBA
• How players climb the ranks to reach the NBA
• What daily life is like for an NBA player
• The types of workouts and dietary plans NBA players use
• How NBA players prevent and treat injuries

Go behind the scenes and see what it’s really like to be an NBA star!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category Sports
Copyright 2015
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2014-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.7
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF054020, JNF011000
Dewey 796.323
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 780
ATOS Reading Level 5.4
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 166073
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Reviewed, Sidebars, and Table of contents

Author: Marty Gitlin


School Library Journal, Series Made Simple

“Top-notch writing, colorful photos and sidebars, fact boxes, and diagrams combine to make this series a standout…. A great series that sheds light on the reality of life in professional sports.” —School Library Journal, Series Made Simple


“With such a popular subject and wealth of action images, this seems headed toward immediate popularity for browsing and independent reading…. A solid gateway book for readers interested in the NBA.” —Booklist