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Journey to the Ring: Behind the Scenes with the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers Hardcover – November 3, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Time Capsule Press, LLC (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982324227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982324226
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.9 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #850,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Phil Jackson, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007, has won more NBA titles than any coach and has more playoff victories than any coach in any major professional sport in the United States. In any discussion of the NBA's all-time best coach, JacksonAEs silent advocates are the facts: architect of eleven of the NBA's last twenty champions, holder of the all-time highest winning percentage during the regular season (.705) and playoffs (.697), fastest to 1,000 coaching victories, first coach to win three consecutive titles three times. When winning Game 1 of any playoff series, best-of-five or best-of-seven, Jackson's teams are 48-0. Andrew D. Bernstein, senior director of NBA Photos, joined the NBA in 1983 and has been its senior photographer since the position was created in 1986. In his twenty-eight years with the league, Bernstein has shot every NBA Finals since 1983, covering more championship series games than any photographer.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yun Seok Oh on December 31, 2010
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Those looking for groundbreaking insight will obviously be disappointed as this is a commemorative book with pictures that are, quite frankly, average quality. It's black and white but does not quite have that 'feel' to it as it has obviously been transferred from color digital files. I know nobody uses film anymore, but as an avid photographer myself I'd much rather see pictures in color when it's taken in color, especially when your team is purple and gold. Granted purple is a difficult color to depict with digital cameras, but it's not a book about championships decades ago but 2010, and it just doesn't do any good to have them in black and white.

The pictures are mostly snapshots, non-descript most of the time not really capturing many significant or impressive moments. It does have a candid, rough sketch type of quality to it that you would appreciate when you find it in a blog, but you expect more from a hardcover. Often some of the pictures are lazy shots, taken with little thought about composition (they are snaps) using wide angles just to cram everything in.

Phil Jackson supplies the text to the pictures, and some are insightful, some are laced with typical PJ barbs, but mostly they are rather bland, mostly praising teammates.

All in all, it is just what it is: a commemorative note-book of a championship team.

You buy it if you want to own a bit of the championship and if you are a fan of the franchise. For any other reason, pass.
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Another off season, another book from Phil Jackson. Except that JOURNEY TO THE RING is more a photo album inhabiting the shape of a handsome coffee table book. During the 2009-2010 NBA season, photographer Andrew Bernstein worked his tail off amassing black & white imagery of the Los Angeles Lakers, and this is the result. JOURNEY TO THE RING tracks the Lakers as they experience training camp and the dog days of the long regular season, the push thru the playoffs and that epic NBA Finals with the Celtics. Andrew Bernstein is well respected and trusted by the Lakers organization and so was given access on those long plane trips and in the locker rooms and in gym practices.

To cleanse the palate, Bernstein also exhibits photos of our guys captured in their more private moments, whether it's Phil cooking Thanksgiving dinner or Artest playing football on the beach or Lamar either chillin' out by the pool or sitting in an abandoned hallway, trying to get away from the media before a game. And, really, the photos that depict the team not in action but instead in repose, those photos are what lends this book its grounding and heft. Sometimes, you get more out of gazing at Kobe caught in deep reflection or at Bynum hunched in his chair with his knee brace telling a story of unmet potential. Bernstein's classy black & white photography presents a lush and vibrant tone, lends more texture, looks more powerful. Apparently, some of these photos were originally in color, but were converted to black & white. I'm not a photographer so I can't talk much about composition and lighting and film exposure and such. I'll say, instead, that Bernstein accomplishes what he set out to do.
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By blue_violin on December 26, 2010
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Standing on its own as a photography book, this is an exquisite piece of work. As a document of a journey it resonates even more deeply, and the fact that its central theme is basketball means even more to this longtime sports fan. Phil Jackson's typically literate narrative ties it all together. This is a book that works on many levels, and I can't recommend it enough. Bernstein's solo portraits at the end of the book even recall, oddly enough despite huge differences in era and socio-economics, those of Disfarmer.

It's also beautifully produced. No corners cut here.
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Long considered the best in the business, NBA senior photographer Andy Bernstein offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse, where no other photographer is allowed to go. The result: a collection of photos which record from beginning to end, one team's journey to scale the NBA's 'mountain' in quest of the championship. With the addition of text by Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson, this is a book that would be a great addition to any Laker fan's(and NBA fan's)library, a lasting record of a championship season. See how it all unfolded, captured as only Andy Bernstein can!
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By Brent Andrew on November 11, 2010
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Champion coach with both the Lakers and the Chicago Bulls, Phil Jackson, and the NBA's senior director of photography, Andrew Bernstein, show what it's really like for a team to pursue the season-long trip to a title. See the team airplane, training room, team meetings and off-court life.

If you're a basketball fan, a Laker fan, or if you just want to get more than a passing glimpse behind the curtain, see the stellar photography in this book.

Rated one of the top 20 new sports books - see [...].
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