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More than a game
Jackson, Phil.
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New York : Seven Stories Press, [2001]

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320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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Sportswriter Charley Rosen and star basketball coach Phil Jackson collaborate on an account of their shared history in the world of basketball. They recount Jackson's journey from New York Knick to seven-time world champion NBA coach (six times with the Chicago Bulls and this year with the LA Lakers) and Rosen's journey to become 'the foremost chronicler of the game' (The Wall Street Journal). Packed with insights into the game and its major players, this, however, is not just a story of basketball but the story of a friendship forged in the sacred brotherhood of the hoop.

Author Notes

Phil Jackson was born in Deer Lodge, Montana on September 17, 1945. He graduated from the University of North Dakota. He played professional basketball for 11 seasons with the New York Knicks. After coaching in the Canadian Basketball Association and serving as the Chicago Bulls assistant coach for two years, he became the Bulls coach from 1989-1998. He coached the Bulls to six championships in the eight seasons between 1990-91 and 1997-98. He was the coach for the Los Angeles Lakers from 1999-2004 and from 2005 to 2011.

He has written several books including The Last Season, which describes his point of view of the tensions that surrounded the 2003-04 Lakers team, and Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior, which is about mindful basketball and delineates his personal philosophy as well as his coaching and leadership style, based on Eastern and Native American principles. Jackson is also the author of Eleven Rings: The Soul of Successs.

(Bowker Author Biography) Phil Jackson is a seven-time world champion NBA coach (six times with Chicago, once with Los Angeles). As a player he spent most of his career with the New York Knicks. His previous books are "Maverick" (with Charley Rosen) & "Sacred Hoops: Spiritual Lessons of a Hardwood Warrior" (Hyperion, 1996), a national bestseller, with Hugh Delehanty.

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Booklist Review

Phil Jackson rose to prominence as the coach of the six-time NBA champion Chicago Bulls. Last season, his first as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, ended with another championship ring for Jackson and his team. Here Jackson shares the spotlight with coauthor Rosen, himself the author of a half-dozen novels and Jackson's assistant coach years ago in the Continental Basketball League, as they explore the truths that basketball can offer in terms of both personal and team evolution. Don't be scared off: this isn't just a reprise of Jackson's best-selling Sacred Hoops (1995), in which the Zen-inspired coach waxed mystical on basketball and life. Here Jackson and Rosen, a couple of hoop gypsies, fit the game into the context of their lives, from the problems with high-school coaching to the story behind the breakup of Jackson's marriage. The importance of the team concept in basketball and life is stressed throughout, but the text avoids preachiness with a steady stream of amusing and enlightening anecdotes (including a hilarious account of a one-on-one game between Jackson and talk-show host Craig Kilborn when the latter was a $25-per-game announcer in the CBA). There's plenty here to attract a broad spectrum of fans, from celebrity talk to techno-hoop strategy, but underlying it all is a reverence for a game that, when played well, can be a transcendent personal experience and a joy to watch. --Wes Lukowsky

Publisher's Weekly Review

At first glance, this book is a strained synthesis. During the first half, storied NBA coach Jackson and CBA coach-turned-writer Rosen alternate chapters. Each details his upbringing, life in basketball and friendship with the other. Even though Jackson is the star here, he gives little attention to his years with the Bulls (covered in his earlier book Sacred Hoops). Later in the book, Jackson recounts, game by game, his championship first season with the previously undisciplined Lakers. It seems a somewhat perfunctory treatment of a surprising season, until the book's true (and higher) purpose slowly becomes clear: it is a magnificent tribute to Tex Winter's triangle offense, the perfect scheme. In describing their attempts to implement the triangle in the CBA, the authors illustrate its effectiveness, even its necessity. Jackson and Rosen depict the Lakers learning to make the offense work, finally suggesting that the triangle could work for any team that Michael Jordan wasn't the only reason Chicago won six rings under Jackson. And through it all, they show that the only thing standing in the way of many teams adopting the triangle, just as many NFL teams have taken up the West Coast offense, is player ego. For the heart of the scheme is the individual's sacrifice of status and spotlight for the greater success of the team. The technical details in this wonderful book will give any fan a better appreciation of the game. (Mar. 25) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Jackson is becoming a prolific chronicler of his life in basketball. Maverick (1975), also written with Rosen (Scandals of '51), covered his offbeat life as a player with the two-time champion New York Knicks, while Sacred Hoops (1999) focused on how he used his Triangle offense and personal "Zen Christian" beliefs in coaching the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships during the 1990s. This latest work brings Jackson's journey two years forward as he brings the Triangle and his hardwood soul-searching to Los Angeles, leading the Lakers to yet another championship. Chapters alternate between Jackson and Rosen as the two trade tales and insights. The primary voice is Jackson's, however, and the major interest to most readers will be his behind-the-scenes account of the Lakers' successful season and the tenuous teaming of stars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant. An unusual amalgam of biography, spiritualism, basketball technique, and journalism, this will be of strong interest for all basketball collections. John Maxymuk, Rutgers Univ. Lib., Camden, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

NBA coach Jackson and Rosen (star college player, sportswriter, and author of books on basketball)--friends since 1973--team up to write an extraordinary book that reveals to the ardent basketball fan why Phil Jackson is the winningest coach in professional basketball today. Readers get an exceptional insider's view of the approach to the game known as the Power Triangle: an unselfish team-oriented offense, developed by legendary coach Tex Winter, who has been involved with the game of basketball for over 55 years. Reading this account, one can feel only admiration for a great professional coach who learned a little from each of the old coaches that he played for at various levels of the game, and who then understands that the game of basketball, and life, is about people being able to play together. One of the best books on professional basketball to appear in many years. Extremely effective diagrams and glossary. This text can be read and understood thoroughly by basketball fans from high school through the college and professional levels. A must for college libraries, indeed, any library. H. F. Kenny Jr. emeritus, Wesleyan University