“The Legends Club” is the first John Feinstein book I’ve read despite having “Last Dance” and “A March to Madness” sitting on my shelf. After reading through, this is something I’m already regretting. John Feinstein was granted incredible access for this book, and rightfully so. He’s excellent at telling the stories of others, even those of Dean Smith and Jimmy V, both of whom have passed. Every story he brings up in the book serves a purpose and he doesn’t add any fluff to fill in some gaps. I haven’t been much of a college basketball fan, but as a general basketball fan, I can greatly appreciate the work put into this book.
Coach K was the inside man for the book along with his wife, Mickie. Family members of both Coach Smith and Coach Valvano played a part in the book, as well. This gave John Feinstein details that may not have been publicly known prior to the book. That kind of access is crucial to the focus of the book. On court, these three men wanted to coach the best teams possible and beat each other whenever they would face off. The stories are memorable, just as I’m sure many of the games were. It’s fascinating to read these stories and learn more about three coaches than whatever a Wikipedia page will tell you. As far as sports books go, everyone should put this on the top of their list even if they’re like me and don’t follow college hoops all that much.
I could go on and on about how much I enjoyed the book, but John Feinstein’s hands on experience speaks more about it than I ever could (or should). You can grab a copy of the book here and see for yourself.