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Winning Off the Court, Sure. But On?

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Got our copy of Aspire Higher: Winning On and Off the Court with Determination, Discipline & Decisions -- otherwise known as Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson's inspirational self-help tome, which comes complete with an eight-page forward from ... Jerry Jones? O...K. Don't wanna spoil the ending, but this is the last paragraph of Avery's book, co-written with the editor of Men's Fitness: "Your house is designed to last. It is not designed to be inferior. It is designed to be an example. Your house is a showcase and -- like you -- it is designed to be a champion. Now build it." I suddenly feel the urge to watch some HGTV.

Our book came with a note inside: Johnson will be speaking from and signing Aspire Higher April 1 at 5 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble Booksellers on Northwest Highway -- though you can start picking up your "event tickets" March 31, beginning at 9 a.m. Johnson will, of course, welcome any and all questions about how not to motivate your team to finish a big game and how to coach porous defense and pedestrian offense. Just no shouting, please. --Robert Wilonsky

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