During the 1980s and 1990s three of the best college basketball programs in the country resided within a 20-mile triangle in North Carolina. From 1980-1999, head coaches Dean Smith (North Carolina), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) and Jim Valvano (North Carolina State) combined to win 5 NCAA titles and 12 ACC Tournament titles. These three legendary coaches not only battled each other on the court but also in the homes of prospective recruits throughout the country. The Legends Club is an entertaining year by year chronicle of the unique relationships and intense rivalries among these three coaches.
The Legends Club is full of remarkable stories of the three legendary coaches as well as anecdotes about iconic players such as Michael Jordan, Christian Laettner and Grant Hill. Feinstein peppers his narrative with interviews with other successful coaches and players from the time period which enhances reader enjoyment and provides a great sense of nostalgia. Valvano was an incredibly engaging personality and his stories provide a great amount of humor as well as sadness. While Feinstein is a Duke alumnus and Krzyzewski receives the bulk of the attention (he is the only living coach of the three), this would nevertheless be a highly enjoyable read for any fan of college basketball.
Reviewed by bb, 03/16. Other reviews by bb.