Toughness - Jay Bilas


By Jay Bilas

  • Release Date: 2013-03-05
  • Genre: Basketball
Score: 4.5
From 309 Ratings


ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas looks at the true meaning of toughness in this New York Times bestselling book that features stories from basketball legends.

If anyone knows tough, it’s Jay Bilas. A four-year starter at Duke, he learned a strong work ethic under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. After playing professionally overseas, he returned to Duke, where he served as Krzyzewski’s assistant coach for three seasons, helping to guide the Blue Devils to two national championships. He has since become one of basketball’s most recognizable faces through his insightful analysis on ESPN’s SportsCenter and College GameDay.

Through his ups and downs on and off the court, Bilas learned the true meaning of toughness from coaches, teammates, and colleagues. Now, in Toughness, he examines this misunderstood—yet vital—attribute and how it contributes to winning in sports and in life. Featuring never-before-heard stories and personal philosophies on toughness from top players and coaches, including Coach K, Bob Knight, Grant Hill, Mia Hamm, Jon Gruden, Tom Izzo, Roy Williams, Bill Self, Curtis Strange, and many others—Bilas redefines what it takes to succeed.


  • Toughness

    By pjv0515
    Jay Bilas' book is one of the better books I've read in a while. He does a fantastic job on painting many pictures of what "toughness" is all about.
  • Toughness- Thanks Jay!

    By Dapup16
    While sports is used as the example most of the time, do not mistake this as a sports only book. Toughness is now in our company library to help our team understand teamwork, and how true toughness can effect their roles and our company. Terrific read for anyone looking to build or mold their team to be more collaborative, cooperative, and more focused on the mission. Highly recommended!
  • Awesome

    By CoachE27
    This is the best book I have read in a long time. I am a basketball coach and just purchased it for all of my players. A must red for any athlete, coach or parent!!
  • Eye opening

    By Gangstagrover
    The book paints a fresh picture of the ways in which we must look at our efforts and our own bad habits to truly evaluate and grow to be tougher individuals.
  • Hope floats

    By Benjiboi3123
    One of the great lessons I'm this book is the importance of Hope. This book demonstrates that's those that are known as "Tough" people have constant hope which instills toughness! Without hope being "Tough" doesn't exist. -Ben Hinton
  • Super

    By Feed23
    Best book I have read in long time, will definitely apply to me teachings this winter
  • Toughness

    By Brendan Suhr
    Jay did a fabulous job. TOUGHNESS is a must read for all coaches!
  • Value of toughness

    By Swany #1
    After reading this book I realized almost every successful and respected person I know exhibits the toughness Bilas talks about in this book. That's not a coincidence. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get better and reach their potential. Why? Because to get there, a key ingredient is "Toughness."
  • Must read for EVERYONE

    By Elwood 1959
    I have admired Jay Bilas' work on ESPN. He is one of a handful of people in the public eye who are "must listen". I read his article on toughness when it came out a few years ago. I shared it with some friends of mine who play and coach basketball. So much of what was written rang true with us. I was talking with my son last week. Being Chicago Bulls fans, I asked my son what he thought Jay would say about Derek Rose and what he is going through right now after being cleared to play yet refusing to. Little did I know that Jay has just written this book. I had to buy it and read it immediately. I truly believe this book can be useful to anyone in any position. This should be required reading and possibly an elective class for any high school student. I would prefer that kids get this message even earlier, like in junior high. The subject matter is extremely interesting and it may have a chance to stick with kids as they navigate their way through life. Jay thank you for sharing a well prepared (would you have done it any other way) piece of literature for us to enjoy.
  • Paul

    By Pgjlogan
    Jay, I watch a lot of sports. Played some when I was much younger! I'm 63 now but still enjoy college sports the best!! I loved your insight & portrayal of sports today. You've described pro sports weakness to perfection. Maybe it's money or whatever. But college is still somewhat pure. I loved how you related toughness to basketball as you did and the comparison to real life situations. Looking back I can identify with all you referenced in my career, my family life (7 children, 26 grandchildren), and to church, community service, etc. Thanks for pointing myself back into looking in the mirror every morning to see how I can make me "tougher" today!! I really enjoyed the basketball stuff, too! I totally agree with who is really the tough people on the court. I love March Madness going on now. I am going to watch & enjoy it more as I look for the true tough guys on the court. This new focus will help me enjoy the game I love even more. Thanks Jay Paul Jensen Logan, UT Go USU Aggies, my alum. Stew Morrill "gets it" for sure!! He is a great coach!!!