"Play Their Hearts Out" - George Dohrmann's Day in Bristol

On March 1, 2011 I reviewed George Dohrmann's exceptional book "Play Their Hearts Out," http://bit.ly/gETodd which chronicles the basketball journey of talented youth basketball players from middle school to high school. Dohrmann's book has been acclaimed by many and won 2011 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing http://bit.ly/Ic0Tsz On 4/11/12 George Dohrmann was interviewed on a number of ESPN TV & Radio shows - http://es.pn/I6SHx0 Read More
George Dohrmann @georgedohrmann

Just arrived at hotel in Southington, CT. Anyone got a good restaurant rec for dinner?

11/04/2012 07:27:50 WIB
George Dohrmann @georgedohrmann

@TheBackPage espn tomorrow to talk Play Their Hearts Out on some shows

11/04/2012 07:31:12 WIB
George Dohrmann @georgedohrmann

Excited to be headed to Bristol to talk Play Their Hearts Out with the kind folks @ESPN.

11/04/2012 20:55:52 WIB
George Dohrmann @georgedohrmann

Just got bumped from First Take as Skip and Co go off on one another. Hilarious.

11/04/2012 22:34:23 WIB
George Dohrmann @georgedohrmann

Thanks to everyone at @espn for a memorable day talking Play Their Hearts Out. Had a great car wash. Much appreciated.

12/04/2012 04:06:36 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

AAU buffs: Shabazz played for an ADIDAS team, correct?

12/04/2012 06:57:45 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

Muhammad post updated with quotes and analysis: http://t.co/SiU1BBV7

12/04/2012 07:01:32 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

(Assuming it's true) Am I the only one that is OK with Adidas guiding Muhammad to UCLA? Get that money, son.

12/04/2012 07:07:38 WIB
Matthew Moix @azredbirds052

@RobDauster Can u (seriously) explain how a shoe company has influence over a player? How do they get the kid's loyalty?

12/04/2012 07:11:02 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

@azredbirds052 Read Play Their Hearts Out, for sure. That'll break it down.

12/04/2012 07:14:55 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

@azredbirds052 W/ Muhammad, is AAU team is sponsored by Adidas, his sister is sponsored by Adidas for tennis, UCLA is sponsored by Adidas.

12/04/2012 07:15:26 WIB
Lori Stvns ZimmerMoM @VegasBballMom

Bullshit @georgedohrmann! Weak or absentee parents let AAU coaches be more influential than they are. Shame on those parents! #hoopsfamily

12/04/2012 07:15:56 WIB
Brian Snow @BSnow247

With all due respect to George Dohrmann, AAU coaches don't have more influence than parents, that is absolutely comical.

12/04/2012 07:16:00 WIB
Brian Snow @BSnow247

George Dohrmann wrote one heck of a book, I loved it. He has no idea what he is talking about now though, that was brutal

12/04/2012 07:17:01 WIB
Brian Snow @BSnow247

@jordanchunt I read the book and I this is what I do for a living... I know what goes on

12/04/2012 07:17:25 WIB
Jay Demings @CoachJayDemings

@georgedohrmann you speak in completely general terms and fail to acknowledge the benefits of travel basketball

12/04/2012 07:17:55 WIB
Jeff Rabjohns @JeffRabjohns

George Dohrmann went way, way too far saying AAU coaches "control the lives" of players. Dave Telep's comments much more accurate.

12/04/2012 07:18:23 WIB
Brian Snow @BSnow247

@jordanchunt A sample size of one, isn't much of a sample size

12/04/2012 07:18:30 WIB
Dinos Trigonis @trigonis30

ESPNU now discussing AAU "culture" - not 1 mention of major shoe companies that fuel top elite teams

12/04/2012 07:19:21 WIB
Rob Dauster @RobDauster

I haven't spoken to my high school coach in nine years. I still talk to my AAU coach. They aren't all bad.

12/04/2012 07:20:15 WIB
Dinos Trigonis @trigonis30

Not 1 mention of the agents and their runners that have the resources to influence it

12/04/2012 07:20:16 WIB
Brian Snow @BSnow247

Honestly the more I think about what Dorhmann said the more it is screwed up. He is wrong on so many levels it is sickening

12/04/2012 07:20:17 WIB
Jeff Rabjohns @JeffRabjohns

A few AAU coaches are questionable. No doubut. But an overall statement like Dohrmann just made? Incredibly wrong.

12/04/2012 07:20:39 WIB
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Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2 13/04/2012 07:35:30 WIB
This quote from @dvbballmom was a catalyst in me creating this story "Bullshit @georgedohrmann! Weak or absentee parents let AAU coaches be more influential than they are. Shame on those parents!"
Clarence Gaines @ClarenceGaines2 13/04/2012 22:05:50 WIB
Interview with @GeorgeDohrmann on Las Vegas ESPN 1100 4/12 - http://bit.ly/HFQegz - Different slant than most b/c George deviates from his book - Probably the interview that caused @dvbballmom tweet - "Bullshit @georgedohrmann! Weak or absentee parents le